Moments of Joy

Palace of the Legion of Honor

Palace of the Legion of Honor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What a wonderful day yesterday was. Clear sky, cool, with that glorious blue haze that mutes the colors and renders everything nostalgically European.

The best of Northern California weather, a San Francisco kind of day, and with Government shutdown, the roads were clear and you could park anywhere.

First thing was an email from the bookstore, saying my English cozy mystery “The Domino Deaths” had sold out (I had asked on Tuesday, so the mention at Toastmasters meeting paid off).

In the exuberance of that, with the Impressionists on the Water exhibit at the Legion of Honor museum calling to me, I took the long way in to the city, past green hills, then along the Great Hiway with the Pacific Ocean rolling blue and sparkling on my left, past a line of beach-lovers, past Cliff House, then wiggling up along Clement to the staggering beauty of the Legion of Honor set among the verdant links of the golf course.

Then the museum, no lines, and the paintings—all about the Impressionists, and not just the French this time, but those who had studied in France like Jongkind and Caillebotte who went off to become a racing sailor and boat builder. For people who love the Impressionists and are passionate about boats, this was like sitting down in a candy store. And there was a magnificent catalogue to take home with me and enjoy at my leisure. So in the end I spent the whole afternoon and evening with the Impressionists, and considering how this show made me feel, I took the unusual step of becoming a member of both the Legion of Honor and de Young, so if the Government stays broken, at least life goes on through art.

Which it always does anyway.


About helenscribe

Helen is a long-time writer, with experience in both fiction and non-fiction. Her latest fiction, an English cozy mystery "The Domino Deaths" is available on Amazon. She is also an amateur painter and sailor.
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