MEET MEMBER LINDA BROOKS: TWO LINDAS

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BOLLI Member Linda Brooks

 

TWO LINDAS

By Linda Brooks

After four years and eighteen courses at BOLLI , I continue to be an eager and voracious learner. I’ve enjoyed classes in history, philosophy, literature, poetry, music and more. Thanks to three writing courses, I am now assembling my memoirs. Best of all, I discovered my very first “creative” hobby –photography!

For BOLLI’s spring term 2015, I signed up for Joe Cohen’s Photography course. When Joe described the term project, I was intrigued. We were to present an essay of twenty photos on a single theme. He distributed a sheet with dozens of theme possibilities. I scanned the list and the word “WINDOWS” jumped off the page. Joe suggested we keep our topics a secret from the class.

During the last three weeks of April, I was married to my camera, visiting many sites and taking hundreds of photos of windows. I wanted to capture the reflections both inside and outside of the glass. The early ones were just awful, but slowly they improved.  At the last class, we were called on to present our slide shows with commentary. I was very proud that “Windows” was well received by Joe and the group.

Immediately following my presentation, Linda Dietrich was called upon to present her project. Linda is a charming woman I had sat beside and chatted with throughout the term.  I often thought that I would like to continue our relationship outside of BOLLI.  Much to my utter surprise and delight, Linda’s topic was “DOORS”! She had assembled photos from her New England travels that captured doors or entryways in the most beautiful and unique way.

That did it! Linda Doors and Linda Windows laughed heartily, and so began a dear friendship outside of BOLLI. We decided to put our favorite doors and windows into a 2016 calendar. It was modestly published and distributed to family members as gifts.  We are presently working on another joint project—a calendar for 2017.

With the busy life at BOLLI, it’s always a challenge to make new friends, but definitely possible!

Here is a photo of “Linda Doors” and “Linda Windows.” If you see us at BOLLI, say hello. We’d love to chat.

Linda Dietrich and Linda Brooks
Linda Dietrich and Linda Brooks

Our 2016 Calendar

Calendar Cover Photo: Fairmont Copley Window
Calendar Cover Photo 1: Fairmont Copley Window
Cover Photo 2: Shop Window, Concord
Cover Photo 2: Shop Window, Concord
Cover Photo 3: Summer Door, Maine
Cover Photo 3: Summer Door, Maine
Cover Photo 4: Pumpkin Door, Concord
Cover Photo 4: Pumpkin Door, Concord
5 JAN Copley Square Windows
JANUARY Copley Square Windows
6 FEB Unstoppable Natick Collection
FEBRUARY “Unstoppable” Window, Natick Collection
7 MAR Barn Door Kennebunkport
MARCH Kennebunkport Barn Door
8 APR Rockport Music Hall
APRIL Rockport Music Hall
9 MAY Mansion Door Saint Gaudens NH
MAY Mansion Door, Saint Gaudens, NH
10 JUN Arborway Door Cornish NH
JUNE Arborway Door, Cornish, NH
11 JUL Goose Rocks Beach ME
JULY Goose Rocks Beach, Maine
12 AUG Cape Porpoise ME
AUGUST Cape Porpoise, Maine
13 SEP Concord Main Street Cafe Window
SEPTEMBER Main Street Cafe Window, Concord
14 OCT Kennebunk ME
OCTOBER Kennebunk, Maine
15 NOV Fine Art Gallery Rockport MA
NOVEMBER Fine Art Gallery, Rockport
16 DEC Kennebunkport MEjpg
DECEMBER Church Door, Kennebunkport