Monday, April 25, 2011

Fame Becomes Her

finally, spring has come and that means that one spot of light in the hallway that stella loves to sit in.
and no, that face is not 'the-umbrella-is-stabbing-me' face, it's the 'why'd-you-wake-me' face

Stella and I walked out of the door yesterday morning to the squealing delight of our neighbors.  There were yells that sounded like "famous!" and "stars of the internet" and "blog-famy" (okay, i made that last one up).  But we both just stared at them blankly.  We had no idea what they were talking about.
Apparently, Stella and I were the Sunday stars of a fab local blog, with all things great and small.  I won't say which one of us is which.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Have You Heard, dahhhlings?

above photo: my grandmother, bobbie & grandfather, gene,
bobbie caught the fish just before they left for home

sisters, my great aunt helen & grandma, bobbie
and i don't know who that cute little doggie is, trying to get the fox

The Sartorialist is having a little photo contest.  These two beauties of my Grandma, Grandpa, and Great Aunt Helen haven't even made it on to my own old-photo-obsession-site, but they seemed just right/ripe for this moment.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

science is whatever we want it to be

I've fallen in love.
With a TV show.

I've fallen in love with
very. few. shows.
over the years.

Arrested Development

And now,
30 Rock.

Funny thing is, it wasn't love at first watch.
Maybe I couldn't just jump right in?:  I did not understand the Tracy Jordan character.  I couldn't really understand any of the relationships.  I didn't get the funny, the irony, the constant bits.
But, this is to say, if you don't understand something at first, try, try again.
Or, go back to the beginning and start at season one.
The writing is fantabulous.
And sometimes I only get the joke when it's all over and I laugh and laugh and laugh.
FANtabulous, I say!

And having just been privy to the first few pages of BossyPants, I now have an even bigger crush on Tiny Fey.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

S stands for Spirit

It was my niece's birthday recently.
S. turned 12.

But looong before she turned 12, she was doing things like this:

Pushing harder, to go faster,
flying down hills
only to get to bigger hills
to really fly.

And she was also doing things like this:
My nice thrives being between a rock and a hard place ...

and hanging on by a string doesn't seem to bother her one bit!:

Yup, that's her:  The one in the green helmet.
The one hanging off the side of a huge cliff.
Long before she was the wise old age of 12.

This kid, this little girl really, has more courage and determination at the age of 12 than I had at 20.  My sister often says she's reminded of me when S. does or says something, which thrills me no end.   Really? Like me?!  In actuality, S. is 10 x more confident than me and 50 x more daring when it comes to outdoor activities.

I think a lot of aunts, and I'll even speak for a few uncles I know, love the idea of a a niece or nephew seeming to be just like them.  Maybe we don't exactly hope, for their sake, that they're just like us.  We hope they'll get through middle school easier and that they won't fall for that foolish boy in the tenth grade.  We hope they're better at math and don't have to deal with all that drama about some interesting fashion choices they make through-out the year.
But now we get to see life through their experiences. 
We maybe, for a moment, can even pretend that they are just like us...

S. might be a little like me, I just hope she got the very best parts.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

An Experiment in Wasting Time






Because my sister, L. and I spent a lot of time this past weekend discussing how it's an absolutely futile endeavor, a real waste of time, if you will, to compare yourself to others... I won't bother spending any more time wishing I'd made the above juicy, clever, letterpress pieces.  Instead, I will celebrate and glory in the fact that they were made at all and that you can purchase them on etsy

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


This Saturday & Sunday, APRIL 16th-17th, from 11 to 6 .

Stop by and see all the artists participating
at Art Explosion:  744 Alabama/ (between 19th & 20th sts)

I'm on the 2nd floor, STUDIO #227,
and i'll be waiting with baited breath...

For more information, and details of all the artists participating, check out Mission Artists United.

As always, 
thank you for your tremendous support through the year. 
You all rock.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hey, you got a problem?!

The genius behind this old-school flow chart was a Mr. HD Stephens, a high school math teacher in the 1960's-70's, leaving to become a computer programmer, then an oil-man.  After many years of working for others and figuring out what life brings, he was in his seventies when he created this flow chart.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

You Say It's Your Birthday, It's My Birthday, Too, yeah...

We turn not older with years, but newer every day
~ Emily Dickinson

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm
~Henry David Thoreau

Spring is popping out all over around here:  the weather, the flowers, the sniffing dogs, the chirping of all sorts of birds.  I walk down the street thrilled to be blasting my Aretha Franklin album in my ears, dancing a two-step and smelling the massive waft of fresh-bloomed jasmine all down our block.  I'm feeling good.  While I'm not particularly enthused about what the passing years have done to my skin, or my knee joints, 
or to my memory, 
or my hearing.... 
Well, I make up for it with the idea that with each one of these passing years, I become more myself, the ME me, and am more comfortable than ever with who I ultimately am.  When the going is good, you best keep on going...
(and, every  year  seems  good!) 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Museum de Toulouse

New spaces for a new way of looking at relationships between men, nature and environment...

It's obvious from the moment you enter the sliding glass door, this is one hell of a museum.

At every turn, I could not get enough.  Each display was beautifully-curated and carefully labeled.  There were never ending cases of each topic:  Insects, Butterflies, Birds, Ground Animals, Plants, Water Animals, Land Animals, flying things, swimming things, things bigger than life itself!

I never wanted to leave, so I can't wait to return!