Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Question: How does one become the happiest woman alive?

Answer: By saying yes when your best friend asks if you will spend the rest of eternity with him.

Steve popped the question two years ago today. My answer was the best and easiest decision I've ever made.

Love you, Mister.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


This has been a wonderful Easter weekend.
We're far from family, yet we spent time with loved ones who have become like family.
As we sat with friends tonight and spoke of the significance of the Easter season, I couldn't help but think of Jerusalem.

On one of our last nights at the Jerusalem Center, the program directors arranged a mock "Last Supper" event to walk us through the traditional Passover feast and the particular events of Christ's last supper with the apostles. It was unforgettable to read passages from the New Testament and then look out the window and see Jerusalem at my fingertips, and realize that there I was, sitting on the Mount of Olives...

We know that He lives, loves, and leads us today.

I first saw this slideshow in 2008 at a time when I really needed some perspective. Many of you may have seen the book it is based on, and maybe even this slideshow, but it has remained one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Easter

Sunday, April 17, 2011


About those museum posts I promised...

Not going to happen.

While I've thoroughly enjoyed the presentations in all my classes, there is no way I'm going to get everything onto the blog the way I would like. My sincerest apologies.

In other news, Team Adams took one more step towards adulthood this week...

We are now subscribers to the Columbus Dispatch - that makes us magazine and newspaper people. Never thought I'd see the day.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Museum Project - Instructor Adams style

Recently, I had an epiphany. Since I can't concentrate on the lesson plans that I should be preparing right now, I decided to pay a visit to Team Adams and share the result of said epiphany.

What is that?

The Museum Project

Instead of assigning a research paper that will be written and then promptly forgotten for my Art History courses this quarter, each student has to give a presentation on a specific museum. They have to tell us about its history, design, architect, etc. Most importantly, they need to share information about ten famous artworks from the permanent collection, all in a concise, yet creative way (stay tuned and you'll see what I mean). Students will keep a journal/notebook of the presentations and by the end of the quarter, they'll have their very own catalog of the world's best art - in one location - that can be tossed in a purse or man-bag the next time they travel. Oh how I wish I'd had that on so many occasions!

I don't know how many of you enjoy museums, or even art for that matter, but I figured I'd share the wealth from this project with any interested party. I'll base my posts around the presentations given by my students, with a few extra tidbits thrown in from my own experience.

Here's what you have to look forward to in the next 10-11 weeks:

Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo, EGYPT*
National Archeological Museum, Athens, GREECE*
British Museum, London, UNITED KINGDOM*
J Paul Getty Center, Los Angeles, USA**
National Palace Museum, Taipei TAIWAN R.O.C.***
Vatican Museums, Vatican City, Rome, ITALY*
Uffizi Gallery, Florence, ITALY*
Musee du Louvre, Paris, FRANCE*
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS*
Borghese Gallery, Rome, ITALY*
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA*
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, AUSTRIA*
Albertina Museum, Vienna, AUSTRIA*
Alte Pinakothek, Munich, GERMANY*
The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, RUSSIA**
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, UNITED KINGDOM*
Museo del Prado, Madrid, SPAIN**
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, FRANCE*
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS*
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA**
The Frick Collection, New York, USA*
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA*
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
National Gallery of London, London, UNITED KINGDOM*
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, USA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA*
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FRANCE*
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, SPAIN (pictured above)**
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York, USA*
Tate Modern, London, UNITED KINGDOM

*Been there, loved it, highly recommend it.
**Never been, can't wait to see it.
***Came close, missed it, means I'll have to go back.

Although there are many more museums to choose from, keep in mind that I have only eleven weeks to work with each quarter, so these are the top 30 museums that made the cut.