Father's Day in Dogtown

For Father's Day this year my family went for a hike in Dogtown Park in Gloucester. The park is 3600 acres of woodsy trails and abandoned roads that used to be the Commons Settlement, a prosperous part of Gloucester in 1642. There are no signs of old houses, inhabitants, or daily life, but there are over 20 Babson Boulders scattered throughout the park with carved inscriptions. Millionaire philanthropist Roger W. Babson hired immigrant stone cutters to inscribe the boulders in Dogtown with words of inspiration during the Great Depression. We felt like we were on a scavenger hunt looking for these marked boulders. The words on the rocks are timeless values and advice- very fitting for Father's Day. Babson said, "I am really trying to write a simple book with words carved in stone instead of printed paper." Carved rocks give the words and phrases such a sense of permanency and stability. The natural setting makes the typography even more poetic. We really enjoyed our day at Dogtown, and got some awesome photos!

Inspired by Austin

I wanted to go to Austin since sixth grade. In sixth grade I watched the movie True Stories and dreamed of visiting Texas to see David Byrne in a cowboy hat, a parade of accordion players, gospel singers, wide open roads, and the "color of white paper". I wanted to celebrate the "special-ness" of Austin. I wanted to see why Austin was so weird. True Stories became my favorite movie and I wanted to go to Austin more than anywhere else.

It is inspiring to be in a city that is filled with creative minds. The young musicians and artists are the essence of cool in their cowboy boots and vintage dresses. The foodies and entrepreneurs are trendy with their beards and fedoras. The coolness is approachable, warm, and humble. The vibe is confident but casual. The air is warm, so everyone is out, and everyone is a potential friend. 

Art is ingrained in the city of Austin. The streets are marked with hand painted signs, chalk drawings, graffiti, graphic architecture, and murals. Every detail of the city oozes with good artistic taste- the stainless steel chairs, the wrap around porches, the dog with a red bandana, the unidentified cactus, the neon signs, the wide sidewalks, and the scent of tacos. I felt inspired by the unexpected artistic moments.

A vintage store that felt more like a museum-


A bar that used to be a house-


A "Cathedral of junk" in a guy's back yard-


A mural on the side of a building-


Layers of graffiti on the walls of old foundations-


A candid expression at Art City Austin-

In Austin I soaked up every moment, every detail, every font, tree, traffic light, sculpture, and song. Austin has inspired me to open my eyes wider to the art, design, and people all around me, no matter where I may be. 

"I really enjoy forgetting. When I first come to a place, I notice all the little details. I notice the way the sky looks. The color of white paper. The way people walk. Doorknobs. Everything. Then I get used to the place and I don't notice those things anymore. So only by forgetting can I see the place again as it really is."

- True Stories