365 Things That Inspire Me

I also do posts for my clay group, beads-of-clay.org. Twice now, I have posted pictures that I took on walks with my dogs in a park near here, 3 Creeks. I post these as creative inspiration for my fellow artists and jewelry designers. These posts have been so well received that I decided to start a blog with daily inspiration in the form of pictures, quotes and poems. These pictures will be things from my immediate environment that I find inspirational or beautiful; textures, colors, contrasts, animals, unusual things, intriguing things. A daily dose of wonder....

"Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, and of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK on these things."

"Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush is afire with God, but only he who sees takes off his shoes."
E.B. Browning

It's all for Joy!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sept 18 2010 Park View Hotel

My uncle has been doing research on a seaside hotel in NJ that was owned by my maternal great-grandmother.  She was my grandfather's mother.  I think it's really interesting that so long ago, this woman owned a business.  That must have been very unusual for that time.  An entrepreneurial spirit must run in the family...my grandfather was a self-employed artist's agent in NYC and I have been running a business of one kind or another since my early 20's. Both of my brothers have owned businesses as well.
Here is a picture taken in front of the hotel, we think sometime in the late 1800's.  I love the costumes!  They must have been having a Halloween or masquerade party. There are 2 hotel names in the pictures, some say "Park View Hotel" other pictures say "Epworth House"; my mom thinks there may have been 2 hotels but she's not sure. .

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