Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tal's Butterfly Blog : Here we are and Here we will be ! August 2013

Welcome all! Friends and family of Tal Streeter. As some of you may know, I've stopped updating the Care Pages Blogspot of the same name, quite some time ago. Out of sheer exhaustion, more than anything else!

 As things seem to have stabilized somewhat in my family's life, I've moved all the old posts over here from that earlier care pages blog.  I'll be doing two monthly updates here about my Pop, Tal Streeter, the Dream of Flight Museum and Library (soon opening here in Santa Fe, New Mexico) and any subject that Tal wants to write about : sky, clouds, night sky, rocks, kites, Domina Jalbert, 
butterflies, hummingbirds, Manhattan, Kansas, Spaceport America in Las Cruces, NM, The Art Of The Japanese Kite, Kite Journey Through India last but not least : Tal's up and coming projects!

For those of you just joining us, "Dream Of Flight, Museum and Library" is something that Tal has been working on for many many years. His first efforts went towards Newcastle in the U.K.,  then somewhat nearer to home in Verbank New York. Finally in 2012 here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Wong-Wagner family generously donated land, funds, and their enormous energy. They established "Friends of the Sky Foundation", surpervised the design and put in the hard work and construction of this amazing structure. 

Dream of Flight will house Tal's library and personal collection of six to seven thousand kites from the world over, sky related material as well as his sculpture, drawings and archives. It's going to be a marvelous place where all things flight intersect with the poetic and the inspirational quality of the sky. 

In this blog,  l'll also be talking about the peculiar consequences of Pop's ischemic stroke in February of 2011. He incurred serious injury to his right hemisphere in his parietal and temporal lobes. We think it is important to share what we have learned with the wider world as well as asking for help and advice in dealing with this right brain parietal injury. We will be updating in here about various aspects and experience with Tal's long term care as and when we can : bed, wheelchair, talk therapy, dealing with anosognosia, Modern Hospice Care, Hoyer Lift's, Relexology, Massage Therapy et all !    

For those of you that haven't seen Pop in the flesh, rest assured he looks great! He is very dapper, has good humour, memory and is still the fascinating fellow that we all know and love! Bit different, tires easily...but underneath it all, he is there.

I want to thank George Peters
 for inspiring me to start this blog . Both he and his wife Melanie Walker offer stunning blogs and set a wonderful example. George said he thought Tal deserved a blog that was worthy of him! I couldn't do that at the time but am going to attempt one now! Thanks also go out to Jerry Hickey, the night owl (retired) to whom I promised to restart/revamp Tal's Butterfly Blog and post regularly! Jerry, keep after me will you ?

And that beautiful picture of an Albers Dream Kite ? David Wagner, made the original from one of Pop's drawings, flew it with him, and offered this photo of that moment together.  

Lissa Streeter

Santa Fe, New Mexico
August 2013


  1. Lissa, your dad and my mother are cousins, and I have photos to share with you of Tom Waller, my grandfather and the uncle who encouraged his nephew, your dad to be an artist. These are from Tom Waller's trip to Egypt in 1929. If you think your dad would like copies of these, send me an email with your address. Kate Volkel Smith

    1. Hi there Kate ! Sitting next to Pop and reading him your message ! He said he would love to see those on the computer ! Would you be able to scan them and upload them ?

  2. Tal was my teacher back in the 1980s at SUNY Purchase. We collaborated outside the classroom on a project that never got past the dream phase but I was impressed as a young artist that he treated me as an equal in the collaboration. That stuck with me and gave me confidence. Love to you Tal! - Chris Ballew (SUNY PUrchase class of 1987 - babypantsmusic.com