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Monday, February 20, 2017


For awhile, we wondered what it might be like to visit Scandinavia. And if only one country, which? While we gave thought to Denmark and Norway, Iceland and Finland also came to mind. Sweden, however, won out - particularly if time permitted us to visit only one.
So, today, we present Sweden - the first county to introduce freedom of the press (1766); a country where all public power proceeds from the people.
As one of the largest countries in Europe, Sweden is 97% uninhabited - with many national parks and nature reserves. And so much more... as can be found on the website: Sweden

Monday, February 13, 2017

Black Ballerina

A documentary film from Shirley Road Productions
When we, accidentally, stumbled upon this PBS documentary film, we were stilled in the revelation that another unknown history had escaped us. It startled us to discover that this "missing" past went back six generations!
Black Ballerina, "tells the story of several black moment from different generations who fell in love with ballet. …Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity." 
The film moves between present and past, informing us that we still have far to go in the battle against racial biases and opportunity.
To watch this beautiful documentary, please visit, Black Ballerina Documentary - and note, a DVD of the film may be purchased from the website.

Black Ballerina was sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Climate Change

The truth, the real truth, the whole truth

"Distortion? False information? Conspiracy theories? Hacked email?
Climate scientists have known all this for decades. What can be learned from their rich experience with climate propaganda.

The world is slowly waking up. “Post-truth” was declared the word of the year 2016 by the Oxford Dictionaries.

Finally, people start to widely appreciate how dangerous the epidemic of fake news is for democracy."

Thursday, February 9, 2017

True Stories

In this time when some would have us believe in an "alternative" truth, rest assured the following stories are all based in fact. They are true.
The climate has changed, in spite of those who would ask us to believe otherwise. In our first posting from The Guardian, we are asked to consider the future and the rights of our children in respect to a warming planet.
Then, we travel to the Amazon - to learn about Ayahuasca, a plant used for spiritual and healing purposes. For those who are still and listen, plant spirits teach, connecting us deeply into nature and our own hearts.
Melissa McCarthy takes us on an adventure of laughter in an ad for Kia. Her passion is not quite matched by her physical prowess - and we learn and laugh simultaneously.
For those students of architectural history, Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in a film about the famous architect, Mies van der Rohe - and Farnsworth House.
Finally, Rito - artists and dance team - engage us and each other in a performance relating to eros and earth.
Climate change and our children's rights - The Guardian

Ayahuasca, changing environmental consciousness - The Guardian

Melissa McCarthy, luckless eco-warrior in Kia ad - Inhabitat

Jeff Bridges / Maggie Gyllenhaal star in
Mies van der Rohe movie - Dezeen

Rito, live performance, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Madrid - Cfile

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Five

While perusing the world via our reading list, we stumbled on a mix of stories - including items  about politics, fabric, art and environment.
We live in a country rich in diversity, where we celebrate cultural differences, opinions, life-styles and view points. When America is at its best, it protects our environment, informs us of our rights, allows us access to the visual arts and music, and is open and unafraid of new ideas.
So, today we celebrate the following stories. Please press the link under each image.
Thank you for taking time with us - and keep the faith!

Obama Administration Protects the arctic until 2022 - Inhabitat

Babak Golkar, vessels distorting space and our frenzied screams! - cfileonline

Kvadrat + Raf Simons, Textiles, Avenue Road - CoolHunting

"Where we Go From Here" - by Clissa Bassist of The Rumpus

Not Your Everyday Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert - Colossal

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Cat Playland at Home

A house for both owners and cats
We came upon this story / video while exploring a contractor's website and because we love animals, we post it here. It is self-explanatory - no need for further text. If you love cats and creative design, you will love this story. 
Story and video: HouzzTV

Thursday, September 8, 2016

More Montecito Golf Club Images

Ronald Frink Architects' recent residential project was professionally photographed by Jim Bartsch, Santa Barbara. As promised a few weeks ago, we include more photographs by Mr. Bartsch. Our portfolio of images is now complete. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday's Thoughts

Time has meandered, hesitated, pirouetted, making its way back here, from the long ago into the now. And so, today - finally - we post selections from out there into the here.
First, don't think about picking these delicate flowers. They're not real. But, you might ask, they look so real.  And that's the idea. Kate Alarcón, a paper artist from Seattle, makes these eye-catching/fooling wonders.
Then, we move into the sublime. Christine Nofchissey McHorse exhibits pottery and sculpture at Peter's Projects, Santa Fe, NM. Her work is described in Cfile.daily as possessing "a cultural splendor that is as fertile as the Northern New Mexico forest where McHorse harvests her clay."
Basil. What comes to mind? Pesto for pasta? Yes, however in this case, David Lebovitz uses basil to make a thinner vinaigrette which can be used over most anything. And if you take the time to visit his website, you will be given the recipe!
Last but not least, what does a jewelry designer do to extend her repertoire? Well, she creates cakes. Yes, cakes. And not just simple, everyday cakes. London-based Danish designer Kia Utzon-Frank makes bespoke cakes, specifically for events / clients.
 There you have it. Enjoy each of these "delicacies" by visiting the links, below.
Kate Alarcón - Colossal

Christine Nofchissey McHorse, Double Rain Bird 1997,
bronze, 11.5 x 9 inches - Cfile.daily

Basil Vinaigrette, David Lebovitz

KUFcakes, KUF Studios


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Montecito Golf Club House

Ronald Frink Architects' recent residential project was professionally photographed by Jim Bartsch, Santa Barbara. We present Mr. Bartsch's photographs here - and will look ahead to  more views at some future date. Enjoy!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Sweet Friday

As my thoughts turn and churn, suddenly my sweet tooth is activated and I begin day dreaming images of Parisian eclairs and glossy innovative cakes and chocolates and floral tarts. As each thought elevates into the next, the level of excitement grows until, one by one, images of desserts are magically conjured.

•Devour a most unusual and delicious eclair by Christophe Adam of L'Eclair de Genie, Paris.

•Behold  your image in polished mirror cakes designed by Russian baker Olga Noskova.

•Take a trip to Paris via David Lebovitz and roll your eyes as you enjoy the chocolate of  Jean-Charles Rochoux.

•Learn to make your very own Chardonnay Mango Pecan Tart with Pati Jinicvh.

Food for your sweet tooth. Enjoy!
L'Eclair de Genie, Paris

Olga Noskovaa, Mirror Cakes

From David Levovitz,
Jean-Charles Rochoux Chocolate Shop, Paris

From Pati Jinich, Chardonnay Mango Pecan Tart

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