A bookstore, a bridge and a library.

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(It’s warm tonight and I’m wearing shorts for the first time in 2014. Possibility of severe weather looms.)

Monday, we were in Little Rock for a regular appointment for Karen with her rheumatologist.

After that, since we were in Little Rock, we decided we should do something.  Years ago, we would have gone to one of the malls or somewhere to do some shopping (looking).  Now, though, going through stores just for the sake of going through stores has very little appeal.

We actually did stop in Barnes and Noble.  It was the first time we had been in a bookstore since stopping in one in Duluth, Minnesota in September.  That time we had stopped to use their free wifi since we had no Verizon reception at the campground and, thus, our mobile hot spot wasn’t of much use.  Karen found a tea there that she really liked – and that was the reason we were in Barnes and Noble this time in Little Rock… so she could pick up a new supply of the tea.

Barnes and Noble was once a favorite store.  Then we got our Kindles.

After Barnes and Noble, what to do? Head on home… or… what?

We decided to check out the “new” pedestrian bridge by the Clinton Library – an old railroad bridge over the Arkansas River converted for pedestrian and bicycle use.  After we walked across to North Little Rock and back, we decided to go though the museum at the Clinton Presidential Center.  It had been 9 years since I visited and a bit more than that for Karen.

The glass sculpture shown above is “The Millennium Tree” by glass artist Dale Chihuly, made for use in the White House for the holiday season of 1999.  There is to be an exhibit of Chihuly’s work at the Clinton Presidential Center from May 17 to January 5.

Iclinton-library-o put together a new page – Clinton Presidential Center and Park – over on Haw Creek.  It includes a new video, mainly from photos and video on the bridge and in the library that I took with my iPhone.  Check it out.

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  • Hilary Apr 4, 2014

    Hi Mike – interesting how the President’s choose a library or a museum .. I think we’re getting some Chihuly in Bond Street – now I remember I must check it out next time I visit London.

    Interesting about bookstores isn’t it .. we have Waterstones still here in Eastbourne … but I don’t go in it very often – I do still buy from there if I can … but have taken to buying books at the various museums I visit … I’ll check out your Haw Creek site in May ….

    Cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Apr 4, 2014

      When I was doing research for the new page, I was really enthused to discover the Chihuly exhibit would be in Little Rock. I recently read about Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Gardens, but that’s in Phoenix and we’re not going to be anywhere near there.

  • Cheerful Monk Apr 4, 2014

    Thanks for the tour at Haw Creek. So that’s why the museum was built that way. I would never have guessed.
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    • Mike Apr 4, 2014

      Thanks for visiting the page. We actually took part in one of the tours this time. The tour guide mentioned the reason behind the design, so, when I was developing the page, I knew to search for that particular piece of information.

  • Alan G Apr 4, 2014

    Great job on the video Mike. I really like the glass sculpture. Wouldn’t like to have to dust it however. 🙂

    Guess I should be ashamed being a local native but I have never been to the library myself. Need to do that someday I suppose. On the other hand, perhaps your video could suffice!!
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    • Mike Apr 4, 2014

      I’m thinking that a great time to visit would be during the period of the Chihuly exhibit. I’d like to see that.

  • Grannymar Apr 4, 2014

    When I saw the tease on your previous post, I thought it was sculpted glass. I like the piece, but as Alan says, I would not fancy the task of dusting it! I enjoyed the video and info at haw Creek.
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    • Mike Apr 4, 2014

      I thought about the dusting, too. Not a bit a sign of dust that I could see anywhere, though.

  • nick Apr 5, 2014

    Dale Chihuly is a new name to me. I just googled some of his other glass sculptures and they’re amazing.

    The last thing I would do on a visit somewhere is go shopping. I loathe shopping at the best of times. I love browsing in bookstores though, there’s something about the look and feel of books that I really enjoy.

    • Mike Apr 5, 2014

      I’m really looking forward to the Chihuly exhibit later this year. The “The Millennium Tree” is pretty special. It’s the only Chihuly I’ve seen.

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