A CUTURAL EXPERIMENT, *"From the Outside In"-- Part II

See From the Outside In for the fascinating first part.

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*"From the Outside In" is a broad exploratory project: the aim is to follow the path of investigation, and see where it will lead. I search out lectures, seminars, and classes on every topic, whether I have had experience or not, and try to understand. I am especially interested in the "cutting edge"... new ideas about the world, that come from new discoveries, experiments and studies. This is in the interest of broadening and creating the richest envrionment for my writig and other creative work. I have a background in the humanities and the arts, but I am drawn to science. (I married a mathematician, who also loves art and music.) I like an interdisciplinary approach, but I want to hear the sciences speak in their pure form. As a poet/artist always dances precariously at the edge of the the mysterious universe, so science inspires and gives footing to a stance that is taken in wonder. Since I am a Caltech "spouse", I am especially exploring the vast resources for learning at Caltech and surrounding area in Pasadena . As I like to walk (in fact I'm a stubborn NY born non-driver) most but not all activities are walking distance from the Institute. I am also interested in the silly, the mundane, the unfamiliar and the practical, so I will not rule out anything as a topic of study. Below you will see the details and development of this project. This is Part Two of this experiment in learning. See From the Outside In for the fascinating first part.

Kathy and Rick

  • November 19 to December 9, 2006
    An especially busy time, updates in progress!

  • December 1st and 2nd, 2006
    Caltech Glee Clubs Concert
    see concert video and audio

  • Saturday, November 18, 2006
    Bellydance with Leela
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Southern California Haiku Study Workshop
    Pacific Asia Museum
    NEW!See A report, photos and haiku

  • Friday, November 17, 2006
    International Education Week Event: Noontime Concert & Resource Fair
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Red Door Cafe
    An International Education Week event featured live music from Trinidad & Tobago. Coming Soon: See the steel drum played during the event.

    My friend, Jian Yuan Thum displayed her handmade jewelry. Coming soon--See photos of the show and her display
    See Jian Yuan's web page for designs and prices

    Yoga Class with Jose
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    "The America Play" by Suzan-Lori Parks
    Peformance at Boston Court Pasadena, CA

  • Thursday, November 16, 2006
    International Education Week Film Screening: "Man Without Pigs" This documentary follows the life of a tribesman who returns home to his village in Papua New Guinea after earning his doctorate degree from the Australian National University. The film offers a glimpse into the antagonism caused by conflict between native customs and Western values.
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Center for Student Services

    A Visit to Jian Yuan's Garden

    A "Symmetry Sandwich"
    Yoga with Jose
    Athletic Club, Caltech, 3-4 PM

    Physics Research Conference
    "Symmetries of the Early Universe and the Origin of Matter,"
    Michael Ramsey-Musolf, senior research associate in physics, Caltech
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 201 E. Bridge

    Yoga with Nancy
    Athletic Club, Caltech, 5 - 6 PM

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2006
    Yoga with Kelley
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Rehearsal, Caltech Men and Women's Chorus
    Preparation for Holiday Concert
    Beckman Auditorium, Caltech

  • Tuesday, November 14, 2006
    Yoga with Anna
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Jewelry Chat with Jian Yuan
    Home, Pasadena

  • Monday, November 13, 2006
    Voice Lesson with Lori Marie Rios
    French Brunette, Celtic Songs "The Yew Tree", Robert Burns Collection, Armenian Songs
    The Music House, Caltech

    Yoga with Kelley
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Caltech Men and Women's Glee Club Rehearsal
    Repetoire for Holiday Concert
    Beckman, Caltech

    Poem composed: "Two Golden Things"
    Above post is on my "Livejournal" Site, an interesting experiment in itself.

  • Sunday November 12, 2006
    NEW! See Datura in Bloom on our Balcony

    Music with Rick
    Working on Celtic Song
    from Robert Burns collection

  • Saturday, November 11, 2006
    Bellydance Class with Leela
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Southwest Chamber Music Concert
    Cambodian Traditional Court Music and
    the music of Chineary Ung
    NEW! See
    drawings and notes
    Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

  • Friday, November 10, 2006
    Music with Rick, two sessions
    Voice and Flute : workshop on three French Brunettes, and one Armenian Song, Hoy N'azan, one Scottish song from the Robert Burns collection

  • Thursday, November 9. 2006
    A Volcano Sandwich:
    Yoga with Jose
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Lecture:"Volcanic Studies of Pyroclastic Volcanoes in the Lesser Antilles,"
    Alan L. Smith, professor of geological sciences,
    California State University, San Bernardino.
    Geology Club Seminar, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 151 Arms, Buwalda Room
    NEW! see the lecture notes

    Yoga with Nancy, 4-6 PM
    Athletic Club, Caltech

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2006
    Yoga class with Kelley
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Caltech Men and Women's Choral Rehearsal
    Beckman basement, Caltech, 5 to 5 PM

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2006
    Yoga with Anna, 4:45 to 6 P.M. Athletic Club, Caltech

    Music with Rick
    Two French Brunettes and a Celtic Song: "The Yew Tree"

  • Monday, November 6, 2008
    Voice Lesson with Lori Marie Rios

    Yoga class with Kelley
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Rehearsal Caltech Women's Glee Club
    Beckman Auditorium basement, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.

  • Sunday, November 5, 2006
    Southwest Chamber Music Concert at Boston Court
    our guest was featured poet, Don Campbell
    see the after-concert reception at our home and Firs Featured Ephemeral Poet, Don Cambell, at our home

  • Saturday, November 4, 2006
    Performance at the Athenaeum for Freshman Parents Day
    See the group before and after

    Jacaranda Concert Marathon
    NEW! See Kath's Haiku from the concert
    (one for each piece, three concerts, 4 P.M. to midnight

  • Friday, November 3, 2006
    Yoga Class
    with Jose, Athletic Club, Caltech

  • Thursday, November 2, 2006
    Submission: http://www.zianet.com/lunarosity/ I submitted five poems to this journal. The link was given to me my Don Campbell, who is featured in the online section this month. "Lunarosity, a bi-monthly publication, is currently seeking submissions for April 2007 with the reminder that we do not usually publish poetry that is structured around rhymes. Lunarosity updates on the fifth of each month. Lunarosity, the name of this journal, derives from the desire to provide work that represents a generosity and luminosity of spirit. Also, many writers work all day and must compose at night when the moon, not the sun, inspires. "

    Also today: A "Gemstone Sandwich"
    Yoga Class (Solo) 3- 4 PM PM

    a lecture: 151 Arms, Buwalda Room, Caltech
    "Characterization of Nanofeatures in Minerals". George Rossman, professor of mineralogy, Caltech spoke about iridescence, opalescence, stars, and turbidity in gem materials. High-resolution scanning electron microscopy allows us to image features on the nano-scale. Magnifivations of x 100,000 reveal new information never before known. Comming soon: notes, and sketches from the lecture. in the middle, and then

    Yoga Class (Kelley) 5 -6 PM

  • Wednesday, November 1, 2006
    Yoga with Kelley
    Caltech Athletic Club

    Caltech Men and Women's Glee Club Rehearsal
    for performance at the Caltech Athenaeum on

  • Saturday
    3 pieces: "Hosanna in Excelsis", a challenging contemporary piece by Brent Pierce, a traditional Chanukah song in four parts, and a piece by Felix Mendelssohn (1809 -1847)

  • Tuesday, October 31, 2006
    submissions to
    Southern California Haiku Society Chapbook and to University of La Verne Prism Review chapbook of handwritten poetry. mailed "Gnarled Tree Creature", surreal Art Photo to (poet-friend) buyer on ebay

    Yoga with Kelley
    Caltech Athletic Club 4:45 to 6 PM

  • Monday, October 30, 2006
    Private Voice Lesson
    with Lori Marie Riosat the Music House
    enlightening discussion and practice on moving the mouth...

    Yoga with Kelley
    Caltech Athletic Club, 4-5 PM

    Caltech Women's Glee Club Rehearsal
    at Beckman Auditorium 6:30 to 8:30 PM

  • Sunday, October 29, 2006
    Visiting the Museum of California Art
    Exhibitions: "Advancing the Moment, Recent Work by California Photographers"; "California Watercolors" "Ian Treasure: When the Rain Comes, the Sun Shines"

    Dinner with William Kraft and Joan Huang
    An amazing Chinese meal, and wonderful dinner companions, an evening created by two fantastic composers

  • Saturday, October 28, 2006
    Belly Dance with Leela
    Caltech Athletic Club
    Music Study
    Pieces to be performed next week by the Caltech Men and Women's Glee Club

  • Friday, October 27, 2007
    Yoga with Jose
    Caltech Athletic Club 3 to 4 PM

    Singing and Chatting with Jian Yuan
    Soon to come: photo album

  • Thursday, Oct 27, 2006
    ("A Collider Sandwich")--that means Yoga Class-Physics lecture on Collider in the middle-Yoga Class after (giggle):
    3 PM Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech (Jose)
    4 PM Physics Research Conference
    201 E. Bridge, Caltech
    "The Large Hadron Collider: More Symmetries or More Universes?"
    Lawrence J. Hall, professor of physics, UC Berkeley.
    See Kath's report on the lecture

    5 PM Yoga Class
    Athletic Club, Caltech (Jose)

  • Wednesday, Oct 26, 2006
    SFCC Workshop: "The Basics of Estate Planning", 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Beckman Institute auditorium Attorney Sara Polinsky explained the basics of living trusts and wills, and will also discuss probate avoidance; power of attorney; advance health-care directives; joint tenancy; capital gains, property, and estate taxes; and many other issues related to estate planning. Presented by the Staff and Faculty Consultation Center.

    4 PM Yoga Class (Kelley)
    Athletic Club, Caltech

    Mixed Chorus Rehearsal, Caltech Glee Clubs
    Beckman auditorium, Caltech, Desiree La Vertu, director

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2006
    Yoga class,(Jose) Caltech Athletic club

  • Monday, October 24, 2006
    Caltech Women's Glee Club Rehearsal
    Beckman Auditorium basement, Desiree La Vertu, director

  • Sunday, October 22, 2006
    Sureal Art Photo on auction on Ebay. Part of my effort to get my surreal creature constructions-art photos before the public eye. See the listing for Gnarled Tree Creature, Surreal Art photo You can bid starting at 99 cents until October 27.

    See Kath's report on the Huntington Gardens Orchid Show and a visit to Bukowski Archive in the Library See a poem and photos from the walk

  • Saturday, October 21, 2006
    Bellydance class, with Leela
    Caltech Athletic Club
    I started studying bellydance with Leela at Caltech last summer. It was a surprise that I enjoyed it so much. It was part of my experiment..."to try everything" and I found it good exercise, challenging, and intricate --plus Leela is one of the very best teachers I have known-- of anything. So I keep improving and learning and enjoying this varied and beuatiful dance.

    Haiku Study Workshop Pacific Asia Museum
    This was my first time, and it was the first time the group met at the Pacific Asia Musem. See the full report at The Haiku Study Workshop