Taking down statues of people in states of rebellion who were fighting for and openly supporting an immoral system is NOT erasing history: it's history MAKING. Actually, it's also correcting the record. Those statues were an attempt to erase history already: the history of the gains made during the 1867-1877 Reconstruction era... gains allowed to … Continue reading Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…
image from crookedbrains.net I've been missing in action because being the parental figure/food god of pawed or feathered beings wasn't enough. I had to add fins to the mix this week. A. Lot. Of. Fins (and antennae). At first I was going for flippers. I love turtles, always have. And I went to the pet … Continue reading Overcoming depression & a lack of artistic inspiration with a fish tank (or two)…
I call myself a "recovering recluse" for a reason...I'm a work in progress on the social front. A VERY slow work in progress. Like pouring a bad concrete mix. Oh well. I suppose I'm wondering how to find inspiration beyond parks, pretty sunsets and cute puppies (or kitties, or sloths, or whatever else). I'm hoping … Continue reading Looking for Inspiration in an Insular World
I was looking for good film score music to put on my playlist (I downloaded Pollock and Frida) when I bumped into the soundtrack to Loving Vincent by Clint Mansell. I hadn't heard of this film (and it hadn't come out on DVD yet), but I saw the trailer for the film and couldn't believe … Continue reading “Loving Vincent” has to be one of the most beautiful films in years.
My Copy: 9783836512763 (image from bookdepository.com) Oh boy. I'd almost forgotten I had this book, but when things get me down, I have to look through this one. There's something about Jackson Pollock's work, and not only because they made a movie about the man (which is damned good and sticks as closely to the … Continue reading Pollock, by Leonhard Emmerling
My Copy: 9780805210156 (image from wikipedia.com) I've had this book for a couple of years now and have read through it several times. I can't help it. When I read it, it shows me so much, and I just let myself absorb what I'm seeing and reading. But this time I went cover to cover, … Continue reading …I Never Saw Another Butterfly…: Children’s Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944, ed. by Hana Volavkova
My Copy: 9783836527149 (edition cover different in link) I admit, I'm writing this review now because I'm donating it to a library. I don't really care for this particular Taschen book. Not to say the illustrations and writing aren't good, it's that I'm not a Basquiat fan, I suppose. The info about Basquiat and his … Continue reading Basquiat, by L. Emmerling
My copy: 9780977398846 As of this post, this book is not widely available beyond the Holocaust Museum Houston and it's affiliates. However, it's worth looking when you get the chance because of the sheer numbers of butterflies created for The Butterfly Project and the inability for many to see them outside of a museum visit. … Continue reading Taking Flight: Holocaust Museum Houston Remembers the 1.5 Million Children Who Perished in the Holocaust, by the HMH
My Valentine's Day present to myself when I left the coffee shop last night was an on-a-whim visit to a manicure/pedicure place. I'd never had one before, but considering I'm trying to return to Jiu-Jitsu soon, I thought it'd be nice of me not to accidentally cut anybody with my nails because of the harsh … Continue reading #014–Why do some women do the super-long fingernails thing?
I was almost proud of myself when I made my "fool-proof" schedule a couple of weeks ago, with everything nicely color coded. Red was for exercise/health, yellow for story writing, green for work/volunteering, blue for blog, pink for painting, and orange for deadlines and everything else. I had spent a whole two days making it … Continue reading #008–“Being an Artist for Dummies,” or how do you make a living from two wildly different creative pursuits at the same time?