last day of July

It's going to be the last day in July tomorrow. I'm very busy these days. I have many things to tell you. This month is full of new events to me. I'll report to you little by little since I have to be ready for my 2nd pastel workshop tomorrow. Then the next day, I'm going to Hakone to stay there for one night. I'm very looking forward to seeing the fireworks from my Ryokan(Japanese-style inn) room! The fireworks will be displayed over this lake!



Lake Hakone



However, the weather is not good these days. The sudden and heavy rain damages some areas in Japan.

When we see the world, lots of bad news are heard like terrorism in Norway, bullet train accident in China and heavy rain in South Korea. Some were done by Human and some were done by Nature. Human beings are powerless in front of power of Nature. I wish everybody remember the fact and view things on a large scale.

I hope the weahter will be perfect soon!!


Luau (many more fun pictures)


My husband bought everyone in our family Hawaii style clothes















Professor Wayne H. Knox and his wife performing on stage






Program chair Steve Cundiff with his family.





Professor Harris



Pretty girl





General Chair Daniel Gauthier and his wife





















Luau workshop students performing on stage.






Engaging conversation










Call for voluteers




Professor Boyd walking to stage...










sidestage with beautiful girls
















General chair Takunori Taira with his wife









Professor Andy Kung with the famous couple. You know who they are, right?




Professor Takayoshi Kobayashi with the famous couple, again.























concluding remarks by Steve Cundiff and his sleepy daughter

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poster session (many pictures)

Entrance of the poster session room...

This meeting had 149 presentations including 3 plenary, 30 invited, 92 oral, and 24 poster presenations. There were many interesting results presented there. One thing I like about the poster session is the valuble face to face communication with the presenter. You can get all your questions answered.














Take a Look

I've been painting in soft pastel for over 25 years. Long story short: no room to paint in pastels and an urge to move on. (God given!) I have a staggering pile of over 250 pastel paintings ~ credible, beautiful, fun artwork, bagged up and hidden away in the dark of my art cabinet. Take a look: Paintings for a Song


Corrales Acequia, 9" x 9"

Colorado Contrasts, 9" x 9"

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50 years of NLO---talk by Robert Byer



Prof. Byer talked about his passion for both light waves and ocean waves:



He mentioned a story when he worked with Prof. Harris:



He dropped the crystal yet this leads to Stanford's crystal growing by themselves and a life long collaboration. So bad things can turn to be good afterall.

Prof. Byer's slide is available on 2011 NLO website.

Thanks Andy Kung for providing me the pitures.