Friday, July 25, 2008

Favorites from Artscape Baltimore

Hit the Artscape event in Balt. on Sunday.

It's really more of a large open air flea market and food court than an "artscape". Maybe they should re-think the name. Not that there wasn't original and interesting work to be seen - but it was few and it was far between. And it was damn hot that day.

Some of my favorites:

> Queen of Sheba Trading Company

Her ideas of "Jewelry for Lunch" and her LiAni (TM) Shawls were fantastic as was her personality.

> Squidfire
Great t-shirt designs - this is a weak spot for me. I have quite of few of these folks designs that I've purchased over the last 2 - 3 years. Below - I found some other designers that had great stuff.

> Sharp Shirter

T-shirt and laptop skin designs.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

BOOK: The Road, Cormac McCarthy

This is a beautiful and surprising account of a father and son - a journey of absolute endings. There are no wasted words or efforts. The language and the story are concise. The world has been destroyed; nature is burned to a crisp; the few humans that are left are scattered and not to be trusted. This father and his son are moving away from winter's coming trying to find a warmer place - nothing is considered safe - and finding food is chancy at best. I started this book and read through it in two days - not wanting to stop or put it down. I was heart broken several times in the book as the little boy becomes older and wiser than typical for his age just by observing the world. Random moments: When the two enter a house and draw a gun on their own reflections in the mirror not knowing themselves anymore. "It's us, Papa, the boy whispered It's us." Later - the father observes that to his son he is "... an alien. A being from a planet that no longer existed." Taking place in a destroyed world - the story is allowed to examine deeply the relationship between these two - trust, belief, love and questioning one another - and growing together and apart along the way.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Food and Fashion...

Just because it's Monday. We're finally getting a nice steady light rain here and the garden and plants are loving it. Have a great week out there ~ E.


Today's Comic


(Thanks to Kris for this photo - I'm not asking where he found it...)

Friday, July 11, 2008

"Tee hee, Brutus."

One of those e-mails... that actually cracked me up...

Insight into the minds of 6th graders:
The following were answers provided by 6th graders during history test. Watch the spelling! Some of the best humor is in the misspelling.
1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that all the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada .
3. Solomon had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
4. The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
5. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline.
6. In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the Java.
7. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul . The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."
8. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by Bernard Shaw.
9. Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."
10. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking.
11. Sir Francis Drake circumsized the world with a 100-foot clipper.
12. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple.
13. Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.
14. Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backward and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
15. Abraham Lincoln became America 's greatest Precedent. Lincoln 's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin, which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show . They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
16. Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German, half Italian, and half English.
17. Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
18. The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbits. Madman Curie discovered the radio. Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Louisiana and Texas...

I hadn't been here in 30 years.

We were out on the lake with my Uncle Max.

We have caught up with and met family and re-met family.

We have eaten ourselves full and picked up new recipes -

And we have come into: family members, favorite histories, tips and tricks and e-mail addresses.

As well as promises not to wait another 30 years.

Now we're at the airport - waiting for our plane home.

Important airport security messages slide across a Huey Lewis ditty.

Mom is sitting beside me tucked into a romance novel.

A very loud lady is sitting across from me calling someone to keep them informed, "I am at the airport -- eatin' Pringles -- yeh, they sell them in small snack packs now -- huh? -- sour cream and onion ..." This is why the cellphone was invented: to give everyone the grocery list of your daily life.

Travel exposes me.

We had a fantastic time - but no matter how good a trip is - always,
I am ready for my home...