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Resting My Foot On Your Head

In January my horoscope for 2012 advised me to ‘go forth in the way I intend to be.’ Taking that to heart, I’ve been very committed to being open to all kinds of possibilities while keeping it simple and spending my free time, well.

Storm King Art Center

After you pull up to the entry booth and dole out a $12 fee per person, a security guard will approach the driver’s window and give you parking options as well as the vitally important low down on where the porta-pottys and the onereal-restroom can be found on the over 500-acres of these magnificently manicured and cultivated grounds. Storm King Art Center featuring large-scale sculptures, in New York’s HudsonValley, is massive and totally worth the trip across the river, up from Westchester or down from Albany.

If you prefer a more docile adventure, you can hop the free tram that hugs the perimeter of the park and enjoy the ride along with the views. If you come with a friend to spend some time, give yourself plenty! You can walk and talk for hours. Trust me, my companion for the day was able to relay the entire storyline of the latest book he’s reading, and then some. His endless supply of words was equally met by endless intertwining walkways. Both of which, I enjoyed thoroughly.

If you’re looking for a more aggressive exercise-art experience, you can rent a bicycle for $20 and bike along the pathways.

A photographer’s heaven, you don’t have to be a lover of modern art to appreciate the pristine landscape and natural beauty that in a few cases actually is and in all cases surrounds, the art sculptors that reside along the footpaths.

After spending one day a week for the past five weeks exploring some great places in my own backyard, like the Walkway Over the Hudson, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, The DIA: Beacon and most recently, The Storm King Art Center; I realize, that although I didn’t plan it this way, this is just what I needed to help me put myself back on a more even-keel for living. In keeping with my resolution, I remain open and continue to move forward with the intention of not letting life pass me by but living it, meeting it and enjoying it, any way I can. I’m blessed with many beautiful friends but this one is different. And in these consecutive and consistent meetings, I’ve let myself get lost in thought and talk and walk, with someone who doesn’t really know me all that well; an impartial friend. It’s been refreshing to spend time away from the details of the past two years of my life.

I’ve allowed myself to leave myself and in doing so, I’ve come closer to myself.

Sometimes, The Universe knows what you need better than you do and provides it for you, whether you’re looking for it or not. You end up getting what you need and what you didn’t even know you wanted at the same time. 


Yep. Recently, I’ve spent time resting my foot on this head and it’s been time, well spent.

Where have you been resting your feet and how have you been spending your time lately?

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Photo Credits #1-9 Karen Szczuka Teich & http://www.takingtheworldonwithasmile.com/All rights reserved.

  1. JLH
    May 20, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Awesome, Karen! What a lucky person you are….and luck can happen just as easily by design as by chance — and I wish you lots of both!


  2. May 20, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Thank you, JLH!! 🙂


  3. May 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I’ve never been to Storm King. I’m putting it n the summer list of things to do with the kids! Thanks, Karen.


    • May 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

      You will LOVE it Breida!!


    • May 20, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Let me know when you go & maybe me and my kids can join you!!


  4. Your sista
    May 20, 2012 at 8:59 am

    So far, this is my favorite blog that you have written.


  5. May 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    “You can’t always get what you want, but you get what you need.”


  6. May 20, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You said it, Karl! 🙂


  7. Anonymous
    May 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    l have heard of storm king arts center, lt seems like a beautiful and interesting place, l would love to visit there, maybe in the near future,
    this is a beautiful blog,


    • May 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, commenting & reading Anonymous! Yes, it is a very beautiful place. 🙂


  8. singleworkingmomswm
    May 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Wow! Wooooooow! This is soooo totally awesome that the first thing I’m going to say is that I wish I was the friend walking and talking with you all the way through the 500 acres! I’ve been so out of touch with my love of art (and consumed with just getting by, but of course), that I could so use a trip like this. Soon. Yes….soon. Can you go up to the sculptures and touch them? Man…I love the zig zag one that goes clear up into the sky. Amazing! Oh, I’m so grateful to have you as a blogging friend, Karen. But, for the experiences I wouldn’t get to enjoy vicariously if I didn’t have your blog show up into my in-box each week. Mexico, camping in the mountains, and this totally spectacular art show. Hmmm, resting my feet…well…if the sun stays warm enough, I’m beach bound on Memorial Day with Maycee to simply…relax (Huh? What’s that?)! Lots of love! XOXO-SWM


  9. May 21, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Kasey!! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm! When you come to New York, you will be my companion and we will walk and talk for hours at Storm King w/ Hannah & Maycee in tow! Yes, you can touch many sculptures & I understand there are some that you can CLIMB on!! The center is sooo big, we of course didn’t get to see the whole thing. Resting your feet on warm, tingly sand sounds GOOD to me! Enjoy and RELAX! Much love, Karen

    P.S. The gratitude is mutual. 🙂


  10. May 23, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Karen, forgive me for I have been a slug. I love your post as I love to look at art. In fact, I love to look at art that I don’t even like! Make sense? We have Art Walks here where all the art galleries open their doors for open house. And its fun to just browse through these. I don’t know much about art but i do know if the art makes you think it did its job.One reason I love your art. Oh, and those statues are nice too 😛 Good luck!


    • May 24, 2012 at 7:15 am

      Good to see you out and about, Andy! It’s hard keeping up w/ writing, reading, family and work obligations. I know! Yes — it makes sense to want to look at art that you don’t even like! I like to do that too for it’s thought provoking nature if nothing else. Thanks so much for reading & commenting. Hope you and your girls are well!! 🙂


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