September 28, 2007

Movies Worth Watching

I for one am tired of all the usual junk that Hollywood produces these days. Five lights in the darkness of moviedom are:

1. Little Miss Sunshine - really quite a remarkable little movie.
2. Jesus Camp - got me thinking about fundamental Christians, and fundamentalism in general.
3. Infamous - so much better than the other versions that got all the hype.
4. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - an oldie, but one goodie.
5. Shall We Dance? - brilliant casting, wonderful dancing, what's not to like?

September 26, 2007

Recent Reads

Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women by Jo Packham

There is something really fun about seeing how people organize their creative space. This was a quick and fun read. And I got loads of ideas - now I just need the time to implement them.

Galen Rowell: A Retrospective by Galen Rowell

Had never heard of this photographer before and I am in awe of his creative talents. Really remarkable photographs.

September 24, 2007

Visual Journal Pages II

What fun to play with color!

Visual Journal Pages I

My visual journals allow to me to play and create anything I want. Whatever captures my interest. Where ever the creative juices take me.
A quote I take to heart - "Allow yourself to make bad art".

September 23, 2007


Always dressed impeccably for whatever life throws this way.

September 22, 2007


- The Musical

Saw this show last night. Absolutely delightful. Been ages since I've laughed so hard for so long. If you have not seen it, and it comes to your town, run out and get tickets.

September 18, 2007

Beautiful Photo Book

I would highly recommend "Work: The World in Photographs" by Ferdinand Protzman.

"Work is a subject that is both worldwide and personal. It is a shared endeavor at the very core of our identity. From the glamour of a Parisian fashion show to the grit of an African diamond mine, there are countless ways to make a living. The book illuminates scores of them—many in never-before-published photographs—offering revealing glimpses into various eras and cultures and engaging the reader with entertaining text and informative captions."

September 17, 2007

Patriots Debacle

Those of you who read an earlier post, know how disappointed I was with Michael Vick. Well, that is nothing compared to the news about the Pats cheating. Even now, I sit here shaking my head as I type this.

The victory last night was a resounding thrashing of the Chargers, but, I gotta say that their successes are now tainted. Did they win because they were cheating all along? It really is too bad. Once you realize that someone is not trustworthy in one area, then everything they do is up for grabs. How can you trust anything you hear? And if in fact there is enough evidence to justify the current penalties, why is BB not suspended? Lots of questions and no satisfying answers.

Though it is sweet to watch Randy Moss. He makes very difficult things look easy.

Quote of the Day

"Pain is weakness leaving the body."
- from a very accomplished gymnast who is the daughter of a co-worker.

September 14, 2007


I have an iPod mini, and have had it for about a year now. The strange thing is that I've only ever used it for music. So for every audio book I've listened to, I've had to schlep around a box of CDs in the passenger seat, and swap out CDs as I finish them.

Now, I know this is not rocket science, but it honestly never occurred to me to use my iPod to listen to books and podcasts. Well, got that resolved this past weekend, and have been having a ball. I'm always on the search for good podcasts, so let me know if you have one you'd recommend.

Oh, and I was in the Apple store the other day and really love the newer ones. Might have to upgrade soon! :-)

September 11, 2007

Recent Reads

Vacations give me a chance to wallow in my reading, and a couple of books I've ingested lately are:

1. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
My book club book for August. I absolutely loved this book. Desai's writing is lyrical and non-linear. Her story of the various losses that impact her characters is told with gentle empathy. The loss of love, family, culture, faith, roots, etc. Simply brilliantly done.
This is not an easy book to read. I was not able to simply blow through it. I found that I had to take pauses every several chapters to let it all sink in.

2. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Another book I loved. Have you ever read a book sparingly, and slowly, so as not to finish it too fast? This was one of those books for me. I was grabbed by the first line. And oh what beautiful language. I loved the characters and was not prepared for the ending. Simply delightful.

Isn't life grand when you are surrounded by wonderful reads? I so agree with the quote " a reader never goes to bed alone."

September 9, 2007

Recent Audio Books

Listened to 2 audio books last month - both very different in style.

1. Life's a Beach by Claire Cook
Classic chick-lit. Light and fluffy. I think Amazon's review of 4.5 stars is grossly exaggerated - I would give it 2 stars at most. Could not imagine reading this book, but it was not a bad listen for commuting.

2. 3 Weeks with My Brother by Nicholas Sparks
Billed as a travel essay - which it really is not. This is a well written memoir that gives us insight into the life of the author. The trip with his brother is the back drop, for the real story - his life, loves and losses. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

September 7, 2007


12x12 LO of a recent camping trip.

Details of left and right pages:

A Walk in the Woods

Another 12x12 LO

Detail of left and right pages:

Faces of Luke

A new 12x12 LO.
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