Category Archives: Family

House Industries at The Henry Ford Museum

Entry to the House Industries exhibit

While in Michigan this summer I visited the House Industries exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum. Marvelous presentation of stunning visuals, a trip down a typographer’s memory lane and exploration of the creative process.

“Out-of-the-Box” is a phrase commonly used. But how do we incorporate that in our problem solving, designs and critical thinking? Is it just being weird? The House exhibit offers insights into their journey and perhaps nudge you along a richer path in your own.

I never created an alphabet nor did I do much hand lettering, but I sure love insights into those processes. Seeing a collection of fun or wild fonts often feels like shopping in a large store. Too many choices and not enough context. This exhibit give context to the process and the results. Excellent.

Traverse City & Long Lake 2017

Don & Kathy’s home on Long Lake

Skid, Kathy and I took a quick trip “up north” to visit cousin Don and Kathy this July. Their home is on Long Lake in Traverse City area.

Gallery is mostly from our boat ride around Long Lake and connected, Mickey Lake. Also some images of the home.

Don’s sister, Shelly and her grandson joined us for the afternoon. Good times with good people.

April 29, 2017 Ballroom Dance

Gastil and Tom ready for a slow waltz

On the first anniversary of the Gastil-Buhl 70th Birthday Dance Party, we attended the recently revived, monthly City Parks & Recreation 4th (or 5th) Saturday Ballroom Dance.

These Carrillo Ballroom dances are hosted by a rotation of popular dance instructors. April’s dance was hosted by the fabulous Kookie. She lead an hour-long Samba lesson followed by two hours of social dancing.  Kookie put together a play list of recorded music for waltz, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, quickstep, rumba, cha cha, swing (Lindy and West Coast), salsa and hustle.

Tom, Crosby and Lila. Honored to be with two special youngsters.

Besides dancers, a number of Tom’s  friends came by to share birthday wishes. We enjoyed a surprise visitor from Colorado, Lila Ferguson, Crosby’s dear friend since Montessori days.

I danced a bit (waltz and foxtrot), took lots of photos and smiled often. It was a great evening. Gastil’s teacher, Vasilly Golovin (Dance Fever Studios), attended as well as a number of other instructors and high-level dancers. The floor handled all of us, from beginners (me and my kind), through intermediate level and the brilliant, experienced dancers. 

Tom and Crosby doing a slow waltz at the legendary Carrillo Ballroom.

After the dance I went to La Arcada Bistro for a pint of Guinness and a sip (or two) of Willie Quinn’s favorite (value) Irish whiskey with long-time friends Larry and Betty.

A grand evening, appropriate to celebrate the first anniversary of my 70th birthday. A gallery of images is below.

Janet’s 80th Birthday Celebration

Gastil Family December 22, 2016
Gastil Family December 22, 2016

Friends and family gathered to celebrate Janet Gastil’s 80th birthday on the rainy evening of December 22, 2016.

Stories, music, food and friendships were shared. Many hands made the setup a party in itself.

Nan Couts Cottage, part of the La Mesa Community Recreation Center, was a perfect setting for the special occasion.

The smiling birthday girl.
The smiling birthday girl.

Over the years, Janet has performed and taught music, been active in politics, real estate and with Friends (Quakers) – all while raising a family. Children Garth, Gastil, George and John were with her on this evening.




Tom’s 70th Birthday Dance Party & Multi-Reunion – 1 of 2

Tom & Gastil celebrated the birthday and dear friends at Santa Barbara’s historic Carrillo Ballroom. We danced to the sounds of the Ventura Jazz Sextet plus vocalist, Donna Green. Stories from long ago and recent were shared, visited with friends that we do not see often enough and shared a bounty of pot luck delights.

Carrillo Recreation Center & Ballroom
Carrillo Recreation Center & Ballroom

We brought samples of Tom’s woodworking and mementos from the Graphic Arts Center days, when Tom Buhl Typographers served a wide range of clients and personalities.

A number of Range Animal (softball) players and supporters helped make the night special. It was a fabulous, whirlwind evening. Thanks to all who were there and those who checked in during that week. A special surprise was my brother, Skid, visiting from Michigan. Lucky birthday boy I was. Big smile all night long.

I owe a big shout of gratitude to Karen Derfer, Thomas Rollerson and Rod Lathim who took many of these photos to share. This is the first page of two.  Link to page two.

Schafer High School Dinner July 2016

SHS Class of 1964 dinner, July 2016
SHS Class of 1964 dinner, July 2016

This year we gathered at Rosie’s in Southgate to share memories, life updates and friendship. If I am missing any names or have them incorrect let me, Grace or Sue know and we’ll take care of it. You can leave a note in the comments section below, or with a personal email.

This summer dinner is a great new tradition. Each year some newbies have joined those veterans who appreciate sharing a drink and an evening together. It is incredible to share the journey with friends from an important time of our lives.

Thanks to all who could make it and keep checking your email Inbox for announcements from Grace and Sue regarding future events.

I Madonnari 2016 – Day Three

Traci Lee Stum's work
Traci Lee Stum’s work

I returned to the festival early on day three to take some more photos and talk with friends. Great artwork and marvelous people.

All the artists seemed to recover well from the Sunday morning wetting. When I take visitors to Santa Barbara on the typical tourist venues it is fun to see that many of the images are still visible months afterwards. The colors fade, quickly with foot, car traffic and weather add their patina but the spirit lives.

Mark your calendars for the 31st edition for Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Hope to see you there.

I Madonnari 2016 – Day One

The Santa Barbara Mission, home to the I Madonnari Festival
The Santa Barbara Mission, home to the I Madonnari Festival

Welcome to images from the 30th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. This annual event, sponsored by The Children’s Creative Project is a Santa Barbara and Tom Buhl favorite.

Held over Memorial Day weekend, I have been an artist for twenty-five of those thirty years. Last year was my “official” retirement as a participant. Titanium knees and shoulders do not lend themselves to this activity. I miss being a part of it.

IMG_9834It is inspiring to wander the Mission setting without chalk smears all over my face and clothes. I like to take photos all three days to see the art as it develops. Some artists finish on the first day, but many will be at working well into Monday.

Today, I enjoyed talking to my artistic friends as well as others, like me, who bask in the swirl of art, food, music and community.

Tomorrow is another day, and perhaps a few more images to share. Enjoy.