Last week I took a walk in another’s shoes. It wasn’t easy. Prompted by a workshop at Maine Media Workshops and College called Creativity and the Photographer, your concierge tried her hand at fiction. Real fiction, not the Imaginary Hotel kind.
Typical hotel particulars–King or Queen, side chair or sofa bed, garden view or cityscape–are of little consequence here. The Hotel exists purely as figments of the imagination, mine and yours. That is why when we are asked to provide accommodation photos, we gently remind inquirers that at the Half Century Mark everyone needs to be the creator and fluff-ers of their own down-cushioned domains. However if you examine the words and pictures presented here, you’ll discover that clues to your concierge’s reality do present themselves on occasion. These are […]
Sorry for the silence as of late. Your Concierge has been out and about chasing summer and seedheads. But she’s on her way back with a head filled with storied dreams and personal expansion plans. Have you heard? A new wing is being added to the Half Century Mark. The words and dimensions are still simmering but the images are clamoring to be seen. The decor may seem a bit dimmer than the usual Hotel fare, but private clouds can be […]
We have a new afternoon card game; it’s called Posies to Poems. It’s similar to Apples to Apples but it involves Flowers and Poems, no fruit. Some of our guests have taken to playing it with darts which was never the intent, but we aspire to maintain our flexibility at the Half Century Mark. Posies to Poems features a sampling of photographs from the Hotel’s upcoming exhibition, Offerings: Posies for Emily and Other Dreamers. It requires participants to think like your Hotel concierge for a […]
In April, thanks to my friend Mandy Smith, I will be exhibiting at the Weller Gallery, Fellows Riverside Gardens in Youngstown, Ohio April 24 – June 14, 2015. I’m pleased as punch to be able to empty the vault here at the Hotel for this special occasion. I’ll be showing 23 floral photographs that honor poets and writers whose words have etched themselves in my daydreams. I call my exhibit, Offerings: Posies for Emily and Other Dreamers. Offerings has brought […]
I love when my imaginary world intersects, however briefly, with my reality. India wrote to me at the hotel today. The salutation was rather general: “Attn: Purchase Manager / House Keeping Manager / Director”, yet the offer to purchase “hotel towels” in bulk quantity was articulated clearly in a heart-warming, yet business-like manner. The towels were advertised as 86% cotton; 14% polyester and were available in various colors. How will I respond to Mr. Hotel India? How’s this: “Thank you for your kindly […]
Maine Processing Confessions of an imaginary hotel owner: I love to tell people that I have an imaginary hotel. The conversation either ends immediately or suddenly becomes amusingly real. There is no middle ground when soul sharing. However your concierge is feeling guilty as the hotel hasn’t hung (posted) new work since April when Management decided a re-design was called for. I know there have been no new pictures (blog posts) on these imaginary walls for months. But rest assured that down […]