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Monday, March 16, 2015

Pricey Classic Cars

Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
As seen on Wired, classic beauties from eras past.
In the photo, above, a fiery red 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Restored to its original condition and valued at over 2.3M - RM Sotheby's.
Visit our links, below, to view more classics and to find out more about the Amelia Island Concours!

Thursday, March 5, 2015


Spring Awakening, Silverlake
"In winter, I plot and plan, in spring, I move."  by Henry Rollins
Signs exhibit themselves throughout our Silverlake garden as spring emerges. From a new hydrangea which we thought was gone, to a brightly colored Kolanchoe, to pink azaleas, our little patch of heaven begins to renew itself.
Roses have been feed once already - and soon we begin to tidy up. Dead leaves will be picked up and weeds, pulled - as we ready for the oncoming growth of deep spring and early summer.
And so it begins - year after year after year. Spring emerges.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

And In This Corner...

And the winner is?
Photograph: Food52
From Food52, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt reviews two beautiful cookbooks. I own only one of them, My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz.
Each time I enter the cookbook section of our local bookstore, Vroman's, I am tempted to purchase Bar Tartine, as well. And no matter what the judgement of this reviewer, I can agree with everything Mr. Lopez-Alt says about My Paris Kitchen. I see eye-to-eye with him, when he writes,
"Personality? Check. His book, like all of his work, is brimming with it. He's your host, your guide, and your partner in crime in the kitchen and around town, simultaneously showing profound respect for his adopted country while playfully challenging traditions and reveling in the looks of quoi?that his American questions earn him from French colleagues."
We are entertained and educated by David Lebovitz' descriptive writing and lovely photographs - and while we have attempted only a couple of recipes, we can safely attest to thoroughly enjoying this cookbook.
So, please make your way to this review at Food52, read it and decide for yourself.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flow Hive

Are you concerned about the loss of bees, worldwide? Might you be interested in tending to your own bees and gathering honey for your own pantry? Then you might want to find out more about Flow Hive. 
Below is a video and text from their campaign to raise money. Please take a look at the video and follow the links below to find out more!
From the Flow website:
"Flow™ is the most significant innovation in beekeeping since 1852.
Flow is a revolutionary beehive invention, allowing you to harvest honey without opening the hive and with minimal disturbance to the bees.
It’s the beekeeepers dream…"
Enjoy beekeeping and collecting your own honey, the easy way - by supporting Flow
Website: HoneyFlow

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Four Quarters

Enter the world of four imaginative artists / designers.
"Know Thyself" via the work of Daniel Ramos Obregòn and astral project using these handcrafted porcelain body casts.
Light, "Let There Be Light" via the Armstrong Light Trap by Constantin Bolimond.
Light under glass or an exhibition of Gazing Globes, by Artist and Landscape Architect, Paula Hayes.
Unique custom glazes on porcelain vessels, created by Milan Pekár
Today's four selections from the world out there - just use our links below.
Outrospection, by Daniel Ramos Obregon
The Armstrong Light Trap, Constantin Bolimond - CFile

Gazing Globes, Madison Square Park, 2015,
Paula Hayes

Milan Pekar, CoolHunting

Friday, February 13, 2015

Silverlake Spring

Temperature: 86º

This is what I saw in our garden, today. Our birdbath, which is already accepting doves, mocking birds and bluejays into its cool waters, reflects new azalea blooms.
Usually, this transpires in early March. Close enough, I guess.
Poets, in the past, wrote of spring. I wondered if anyone is writing poems, today, about climate change. Certainly, there isn't a poet anywhere on the planet who would write a standard poem of spring. Spring is changing. Weather is changed.
Then, I came across this poem, written (and performed in the link, below) by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, a 26-year-old native of the Marshall Islands. Her poem is an encounter with now - and with our future - and more.
What will it take to wake us up from this impending nightmare?

Dear Matefele Peinam
Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
dear matafele peinam,
you are a seven month old sunrise of gummy smiles
you are bald as an egg and bald as the buddha
you are thunder thighs and lightning shrieks
so excited for bananas, hugs and
our morning walks past the lagoon
dear matafele peinam,
i want to tell you about that lagoon
that lucid, sleepy lagoon lounging against the sunrise
some men say that one day
that lagoon will devour you
they say it will gnaw at the shoreline
chew at the roots of your breadfruit trees
gulp down rows of your seawalls
and crunch your island’s shattered bones
they say you, your daughter
and your granddaughter, too
will wander rootless
with only a passport to call home
dear matafele peinam,
don’t cry
mommy promises you
no one
will come and devour you
no greedy whale of a company sharking through
political seas
no backwater bullying of businesses with broken morals no blindfolded
bureaucracies gonna push
this mother ocean over
the edgeno one’s drowning, baby
no one’s moving
no one’s losing
their homeland
no one’s gonna become
a climate change refugee
or should i say
no one else
to the carteret islanders of papua new guinea
and to the taro islanders of fiji
i take this moment
to apologize to you
we are drawing the line here
because baby we are going to fight
your mommy daddy
bubu jimma your country and president too
we will all fight
and even though there are those
hidden behind platinum titles
who like to pretend
that we don’t exist
that the marshall islands
and typhoon haiyan in the philippines
and floods of pakistan, algeria, and colombia
and all the hurricanes, earthquakes, and tidalwaves
didn’t exist
there are those
who see us
hands reaching out
fists raising up
banners unfurling
megaphones booming
and we are
canoes blocking coal ships
we are
the radiance of solar villageswe are
the rich clean soil of the farmer’s past
we are
petitions blooming from teenage fingertips
we are
families biking, recycling, reusing,
engineers dreaming, designing, building,
artists painting, dancing, writing
we are spreading the word
and there are thousands out on the street
marching with signs
hand in hand
chanting for change NOW
they’re marching for you, baby
they’re marching for us
because we deserve to do more than just
we deserve
to thrive
dear matafele peinam,
you are eyes heavy
with drowsy weight
so just close those eyes, baby
and sleep in peace
because we won’t let you down
you’ll see

Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday's Picks

FRIDAY - What's Up?
From Michael Paul Smith's optical illusions to a wild ever moving dark vortex of water by Anish Kapoor to a Huis Marseilleas exhibition of Dancing Light to "unfolding stone" cushions to The Great Glass Sea - this is what's up! Enjoy our end of the week selections from our reading list.
Elgin Park from Animal on Vimeo.
Small worlds: Optical illusion by Michael Paul Smith as seen on Colossal

Anish Kapoor, Black Water Vortex - Designboom

Dancing Light: Let it Move You,
exhibition: Huis Marseilleas as seen on Lensculture

Jule Waibel's, Unfolded Seats - Contemporist

Josh Weil, interviewed by James Scott, The Rumpus
Re: The Great Glass Sea

Friday, January 23, 2015

Gustavo Perez

Gustavo Pérez
We are admirers of Gustavo Pérez' work. And so, we lead you to an essay written in 2004 by Garth Clark, regarding the work of Mr. Pérez - who, at that time was exhibiting at Galeri Silberies, Paris. Last year (November), Galeri Siberies displayed a retrospective exhibition of the artist's work, dating from 2001-13.
Mr. Clark writes (in part):
"Gustavo Pérez’s exhibition at Galeri Silberies (Paris) continues a long journey of wounding and healing pots. His cuts most closely resemble the clean slice of a scalpel, a surgeon’s skill in the precise and measured way in which he cuts into the skin of the pot. The clay then divides and exposes its interior much as our flesh reveals itself when we suffer a deep laceration, breaking the perfect seal of the body’s epidermis. One cannot look at these incisions without the vessel exerting its spell of anthropomorphic transference, making one’s own skin itch with sensations of vulnerability and risk."
To read the entire essay, please follow this link: Cfileonline
Gustavo Pérez on Vimeo

Gustavo Pérez, stoneware vase with glaze, 2012,
11 1/2 x 8 inches, Galeri Siberies

Time Shift

The Photography of Romina Ressia
Born in 1981, Romina Ressia is an Argentinian artist living near Buenos Aires. Her credentials and talents include art photography, theater decoration / scenic design and fashion photography. 
Ms. Ressia's work, exhibited in Milan, Buenos Aires, the Czech Republic, Edinburgh and New York is represented by galleries in more than 20 countries.
She states that meaning in these works derives from "classical or mythical influences" and their interpretation and incorporation into the collective memory of contemporary culture.
Below are a selection of Ms. Ressia's visual metaphors of mythical, hyperreal heroes and heroines. Although seemingly defunct as they lay in their "coffins", we wonder if their ideals are still intact or have they perished along with each crusader? Or are their ideals no longer necessary as we age? 
As children we believed in their super powers and eternal youth (and our own), but in the time-passage between childhood and adulthood, how have our beliefs changed? Have they withered, died?
Artists present us with questions; perhaps questions we may not ask of ourselves. Questions are easy - the answers, much more complex.
All images ©Romina Ressia.
For more information and to view this and other series, please visit the artist's website: Romina Ressia or Arusha Gallery.

©Romina Ressia

©Romina Ressia
©Romina Ressia
Romina Ressia's models, ©Romina Ressia

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Be Present NOW

Too many years ago, I read the book, Be Here Now, by Ram Dass. I had no idea what it meant. I enjoyed the illustrations which were very cleaver, but, never really understood the meaning of this profound book until a few years ago.
Be-Here-Now - what does that really mean? Put down your phone, your pad, step away from all electronic devices and just sit. Sit for five minutes. Enjoy the space where you sit, whether it be a room or garden or busy city. Just sit and enjoy the space. If a thought enters and creates a bodily sensation, go to where the feeling lives and be with it. Don't label it, judge it or anything else - only be with it. You may find yourself returning attention to space or returning to that feeling in your body. Wherever you go, go consciously. Do this now.
After five minutes or so, go back to whatever it was you were doing. But, this time do it with consciousness - be with it, whatever it is. Pick up your phone or pad and be with each physical movement, allowing nothing past or future to draw your attention. Checking an appointment schedule? Does a feeling come up? Go with it, but be with it fully. Forget about the electronic device and follow the feeling. Choose to do so.
When you are lost in time - in thought after thought -  you have returned to unconsciousness - back to ego. Choose to awaken.
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