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Sculpture garden


Unseasonably warm Thanksgiving holiday! This made a pre-dinner walk around our newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden seem like a must-do.

The most iconic of the works here is “Spoonbridge and Cherry” (1985-1988) by Claes Odenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. I didn’t get a picture of that one this time around, but I did take some of the other sculptures.

The Sculpture Garden is within an easy walk of my home rink, which was closed over the holiday. I had to drive a bit to get some skating time in over the weekend, which I gladly did. I was all fueled up on turkey, stuffing, and pecan pie!

I also had to practice! Had another great lesson earlier in the week, in which we worked on really getting my weight into the circle on back crossovers. Laurie had me pretending I had a hockey stick that I was pushing into the ice, which forced me to lean into the circle. Ack!

She also pointed out that I am not always maintaining a steady edge when I straighten my skating knee. Instead of holding that edge steady, I rise to a flat and then try frantically to get the edge back as I bend again. Double ack! I really have to think about using my ankles (and lean), since that’s seems to be key to maintaining that edge.

Here’s my version of that classic song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, sung here by the voice behind many of my memories: Dionne Warwick. Only it goes something like this:

What do you get when you lose your edge?
A gal with a flat who seems to hobble,
That’s what you get when your ankles wobble.
I’ll never lose my edge again!


Author: Joskates

Don't see me on the ice? I may be in the classroom or at the theater, or hanging out with my family and friends.

4 thoughts on “Sculpture garden

  1. What great photos, Jo! I love the hockey stick visual – I’ll have to use that when I skate so I can learn how to lean into the circle.


  2. Thanks, Eva! If we get good enough at the hockey stick thing we might want to switch sports–only kidding, of course!


  3. Happy Thanksgiving Jo! I too had to change my skating schedule because of the holiday. There was a hockey tournament so I had to get up early on Friday and Saturday for the only freestyle. I too am working on maintaining my lean, I think that’s one that we’ll never stop working on. My troublesome flats du jour are on my back power three pattern. Without a good back outside edge I scrape through the back three turn. Gotta get that lean!


  4. You are so dedicated, Mary! Your “flats du jour” expression made me laugh out loud–for me it seems like “toujours les flats, n’est-ce pas?” As Mad-eye Moody says, “Constant vigilance!”


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