So, every year, for my birthday, friends and I x-country ski into the Uinta backcountry to a Yurt (as shown above). This year was super special and it helped me through a difficult period. I don't think there are greater friends to be found in this world. Thank you. And thank you, mother nature, for giving my favorite birthday present: snow.
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Long time Topanga resident, Randal Mariott, passed away on January 22, 2009. Diagnosed with Cancer in 2008, she left this world prematurely, but not without a fight. One of her favorite things to say was, BE STRONG. Born and raised in Chicago, Il, she recognized her artistic nature early and explored talents at the Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago, and the American Academy of Art. She owned and operated a cafe in the Chicago area, Yves' Cafe. Her love of art knew no boundaries as seen in the artistic and entrepreneurial connection in the world of women's fashion. She founded two companies, Tres Bien and Randal, whose clothing is still timeless and desired. Her business savvy allowed her to explore many markets, mainly in Real Estate. A true artist, everything she touched was left beautified by her eminent sense of style and design. All accomplishments in her life were saturated with art and beauty. She was a virtuous woman, known for her compassionate nature, and was always the first to lend a hand to anyone in need. She is survived by her three daughters: Samantha, Alexandra, and Danielle, and her three grandchildren, Trevor, Kaden and Angel, and her loving partner, John Nealon. It goes without saying that animals were everything to her; she is also survived by her beloved Anatolian Shepherds, True and Tilly, and parrot, Fletcher.
A Memorial Service will take place at Our Lady of Malibu, February 28th, 2009 at 11:00 am.
3625 Winter Canyon Road • Malibu, California 90265
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a cancer research foundation of your choice.
I'm ok. I'm doing what I know how to do best: put my headphones on, walk and take photos. Breathe - Breather - Repeat.
Thank you everyone for your loving support.
"Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it..."
I've been too busy to even wish myself a Happy Birthday. My birthday is usually my favorite holiday (ask anyone, I'm obnoxious about it). This year I spent the most of my bday driving on the glorious I-15 freeway driving from CA to UT. The universe did give me an awesome gift though - a meteor! The most amazing meteor came crashing though the atmosphere when I was driving. It was bright green and fabulous. I've never seen anything like it. It was huge and burned for at least 5 seconds. Happy Birthday me!
Also, my birthday is Inauguration Day, and what a fabulous day it was. That was another amazing gift - Obama! There was one line, in particular, of his speech that really pulled a the heart:
"We are willing to extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."
I started thinking and made a screenprint. I used a raccoon to symbolize a creature that mythically links the spirit and human world and also a creature that scavenges and uses their hands. I placed it in an iconic catholic setting and have it clutching a rosary. This is to symbolize what most people hold tightest: their religion. Sometimes we all need is to loosen our grips on what we hold. We need to be more fluid, more lending, more open to other views.
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Using fine-tooth metal saw, gently saw the bottom of light bulb. Pull out the filaments.
Using a hand held drill place metal against some scrap wood and poke two holes opposite from each other.
Lace thin wire through the holes and tie off at desired length. Fill with lovely blooms.
Another genius tutorial from craftershock!
So, I'm a big fan of the Selby. I love looking into other people's lives, especially in the sense of nuance. People's homes are filled with nuance; if they aren't - that says something too. So, here is my self selbyish project. Welcome to sexie time! cribs edition 1, subject: me!
Hugo Crosthwaite does large-scale figurative drawings that I find quite interesting. His point of view is often a political one, often strung together by a romantic air. Sometimes surrealistic, sometimes brutal, sometimes as it is, his pieces are a complex narrative of mind and body in relation to the world. Oh, and the pieces are mostly graphite....hot damn. To see them best, click on the image to view larger.
I just got the Grouper album, Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill - super awesome, ethereal, filled with droning oceans and misty mountain tops; I highly recommend it for anyone that likes to be swept away.
And, I taught myself how to knit and drink double handed singlehandedly.
P.S. Thank you Macee for lending me the knitting book - I know I've had it for months and haven't looked at it until now. You'll be getting it back at the beginning of the semester...