Thursday, March 31, 2011
36 and Haverford, No. 2 by Jeffrey Stockbridge
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
And then there were five.
Read my interview with Carmen Carrera on The Huffinton Post.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Lots of herbs are sprouting as well!
Outside, in one of the raised beds sprouts are beginning to also appear.
In other garden news, I made a bed using some found bricks by our side entrance and planted a hydrangea bush along with some salvia pants and a columbine.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
There has always been a soft spot in my heart for Ms. Taylor. Her great acting and persona aside (not to mention her generous dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS), she has always reminded me of my mother (or the other way around). Not to say that my mother was a dead ringer for Liz, but she was that "type" of beauty. People often told her so and this comparison endeared me to the movie star.
As a dear friend of mine mentioned earlier today, she was one of the last true movie stars. They simply don't make them like Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor anymore. She perfectly balanced talent, glamor, sex appeal, kindness, compassion and yes, even scandal. She was a gutsy and flawed; as intriguing off as she was on screen. Young Hollywood could take a lesson or two, perhaps an entire course from her.
Today, Ms. Taylor, I do not mourn you.
I celebrate you!
Rest in peace, you beautiful goddess.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
An untrained monkey could assemble this faster than I managed to.
After preparing the first bed I decided to keep the momentum going so we ran to Lowes and picked up a second, smaller, bed. I am officially a fan of Suncast raised bed kits. They are super simple to assemble. I was filling it in just minutes after opening the box. I will definitely add a few more next spring.
Cool weather crops: Broccoli and Romaine.
I also planted spinach and radishes by seed.
Just keepin' things real in the garden.
Today I tilled dirt and turned sod, filled in beds, did a few plantings, dug a small trench for drainage out back and even helped Ron put down new flooring in our sun room. It was a packed day and a great way to kick off the gardening season. Too tired (or lazy) to cook, we ended the day by filling our bellies with some Afghan take-out.
I'm covered in dirt and every inch of me hurts (in a good way). As soon as I finish uploading this post I'm taking a shower and then soaking in a hot bath. I love Spring!
Friday, March 11, 2011
I send you all off into the weekend hoppin' and prancin' and stompin' to Sam Sparro's fierce House music throwback "Pink Cloud".
Mr. Sparro, please please please release your new album soon!!!
Be sure to stop by Sam Sparro's site where you can download a "Pink Cloud" EP FREE! It includes 3 mixes of this song plus "You's a Nasty". Who doesn't need that??
Keep it fierce, everyone!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Seated Girl With Clouds
acrylic on canvas
18" x 24"
This image was also the cover for a Spring issue of Philadelphia Stories.
The painting is currently available for purchase from Singing Stone Gallery in Tampa, FL.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
This song and "Phone Sex" (of which I can only find remixes on youtube, sigh!) are personal favorites.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I've decided to garden using both seeds and transplants. I will use raised beds as well as plant directly into the ground. As this will be my first year doing any kind of vegetable gardening that extends anywhere beyond a container tomato plant, I want to cover different bases and ensure that if one does not turn out terribly productive then the other will. Hopefully both will yield plenty of fruit, in which case the combination will simply add versatility to my garden. My ultimate goal is to expand beyond a few traditional beds and create an edible landscape.
I also now can't get this damn song out of my head:
Monday, March 7, 2011
You see, we're finally living in a home where I have a large and sunny yard in which to create the vegetable garden I've been wanting for 13 years!
I also picked up one of those seed-growing kits today and am calling Home Depot tomorrow about renting a tiller this weekend.
Oh, I mean business.
This year, when anyone asks what I want for my birthday I will tell them that I will gladly accept gift certificates to Home Depot or Lowes so I can spend them on plants and gardening supplies.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Looking forward to an evening of cocktails and laughter.
Wishing everyone a great Saturday Night Experience!
Saturday Night Experience
from Jody Watley's Midnight Lounge
Thursday, March 3, 2011
The second I laid eyes on the frames I imagined cubist-inspired compositions in them and knew I would regret not leaving the store with them. Sold!
I love the decorative hangers on top of the frame rather than the standard wire on the back.
Now I need to order some Masonite 5x7's and cut them down just a bit so that they will fit into the frames properly.
Here are some of the styles that are floating around my brain:
Still Life With Violin
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
La Gaga did not disappoint! She still delivers (no pun intended). The video's visuals are as stunning, as I expected they would be. The camp quotient, right down to the glittery unicorn is perfect. The song, despite all the media and internet criticism, is fabulously catchy. After all, how could it not be? If it in fact sounds so much like Madonna's Express Yourself, a song that suddenly is being praised for its brilliance, then how bad can it really be?
I fear that if I read yet another story or internet forum comment about how much Lady Gaga's Born This Way lacks merit and is a blatant rip-off of Madonna's Express Yourself my head might implode, not from anger, but boredom. At first I honestly did not hear it and rolled my eyes at the comparisons. Now I kind of do and roll my eyes still, but for different reasons. So what if Gaga's latest single borrows heavily from Madonna's 1989 hit? When has Lady Gaga not acknowledged Madonna as a major influence in her work? She has repeatedly expressed her admiration of the Material Girl and other artists of the 70's and 80's. So Born This Way sounds a lot like Express Yourself, the same way that Cher's Strong Enough is an obvious throwback to Gloria Gaynor's iconic I Will Survive and Fergie's Fergalicious sounds incredibly similar to J.J. Fad's Supersonic. Even my all time favorite artist, Prince borrows heavily from The Pointer Sisters' Automatic in the hook to Lavaux, from last year's overseas release 20Ten. The list goes on and on. None of these similarities affect my ability to enjoy any of these songs.
I suppose that harsh criticism is to be expected. With over-exposure comes backlash. Gaga is constantly chastised for putting on too much spectacle. Her critics accuse her of trying too hard to shock rather than being "herself". Well, who can truly be the judge of this? How are we even to know of or speculate on such things? Until a relative or close friend comes forward stating otherwise I will continue to suspend my disbelief and go along for the ride, thinking that she is expressing something sincere. Truth be told, I don't really care one way or the other. I just want to be entertained.
In this day, when so many talented yet boringly "real" artists fall by the music industry wayside never to be heard from again, I am thankful for spectacle. I grew up on spectacle and arrogance. Didn't Madonna once declare that she wanted "to rule the world?" Didn't Prince grace us with his assets in yellow butt-less pants? Didn't Cyndi Lauper all but become a professional wrestler? These are the things of show business! The over the top antic was an art form in and of itself. Frankly, I'll take an outrageous performance and wardrobe over a "leaked" sex tape or crotch shot any day.
Yesterday I felt 14 and giddy. Thank you, Lady Gaga.