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Monday, December 24, 2012

Santa Claus

When children go to bed with sugar plums dancing in their heads - hoping for Santa Claus to climb down the chimney - adults may ponder upon the following story, written by Holly McWhorter for Inhabitat.
Enjoy reading, "Santa and the 'Shrooms: The Real Story behind the design of Christmas"...
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Edible Abbey House

In a few weeks, Downton Abby recommences. And for those of us who are obsessed with this BBC import, we must try to enjoy our holidays in spite of our anticipation.
However, Curtis Jensen (in the above video), creates a monumental gingerbread house, made in the likeness of the Crawley home - soothing our appetites, temporarily.
This should help to calm us all down until January 6, 2012!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Claire Anne O'Brien

From the studio of Claire Anne O'Brien - her collection of knitted Irish animals. From Fionn the Fox to Liam the Hare to Brigid the Sheep, Ms. O'Brien's wonderful woven creatures are fabricated out of multi-coloured fleck wool with colors derived from the Irish landscape. All are woven from Donegal Yarns and are available from Makers and Brothers.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Monday Mix

On this mellow Monday, we offer our recommendations for compact living spaces, to things that grow, to an artist's imaginative artwork - and finally, to cool gifts for geeky youngsters and for friends who enjoy the unique and unusual.
Below, a few of our favorite things!
San Franisco Micro Apartments - dezeen
rootcup - Michael Holmberg

Designer, Katrin Olin - dezeen live

Geeky Gifts for Kids - Popsci
Gift Guide - Coolhunting
Above, pendant by Charlotte Cory

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Virtual Choir

Composer Eric Whitacre's Choral Network
Imagine asking a world wide audience to sing passages from your original music. Then imagine receiving thousands of performances via email. Imagine listening to each performance and, finally, whittling down this enormous field to over three thousand vocalists.
This is what composer Eric Whitacre asked, and below we learn more about the process and find ourselves enthralled by his virtual choir - singing the very beautiful composition, "Water Night".
To find out about Mr. Whitacre and his music, please visit:
Official site: http://ericwhitacre.com
Facebook: http://on.fb.me/l35yqZ
Twitter: http://bit.ly/lKJ4VD


Saturday, November 17, 2012


When a Coca-Cola bottle is recycled too many times, it deteriorates and is no longer useful as a container for the iconic soft drink. So, Nendo, a Japanese company known for transforming something old into something new and functional, has taken the Coca-Cola bottle and reshaped it into tableware.
From their website: "We were captivated by the particular green tint know as 'Georgia Green', and by the fine air bubbles and distortions that are a hallmark of recycled glass, so (we) decided to create simple shapes that would enhance these traits."
Nendo wanted consumers to see evidence of past use by allowing these hallmarks and other distinctions to remain as part of their new tableware - including the iconic brand name.
For more information about these delightful objects and other products, please visit the Nendo website.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Green Gifts

A Referral to Treehugger
From our reading list, we refer you to Treehugger's Holiday Gift Guide 2012 - for all things, "green".
Various categories include: Design, Food, Health and Wellness, DIY, Kids, Fashion, outdoors, etc.
This holiday season, please consider giving green gifts!
For more information, please visit Treehugger.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Tips

Below, we  publish our end of the week tips.
Thought provoking, beautiful artwork from two artists, Donna Ruff and Catherine Nelson - architectural precision by Chartier-Corbasson Architects - and fine furniture by French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec.
Artist, Donna Ruff

Chartier-Corbasson Architectes

Artist, Catherine Nelson

French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

Friday, October 19, 2012

Another 4

Today we recommend a beautiful rehabilitation of buildings within the historic city center of Guimaråes, Portugal, to an exhibition by one of England's most famous artists, Anish Kapoor, to a brand new and exciting design from Maserati - and, finally, to a wonderful play at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
from designboom, Cannatå & Fernandes Architects

from Cool Hunting, Artist, Anish Kapoor
from designboom, the Maserati Grancabrio MC

"By the way, Meet Vera Stark", Geffen Playhouse, thru Oct. 28

Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday 4

From a classic contemporary kitchen, to another's blog (Piece of Eden), to a paperback version of a cookbook we wrote about in 2010 - and finally, to a friend's cafe located just off Highway 285 (near Ojo Caliente, NM) - here are four recommendations for Friday:
from designboom: Valcucine - Sinetemporare kitchen,
designed by Gabriele Centazzo

from Piece of Eden,
Sherman Gardens "Coral Reef" Succulent Bed

from POPSCI, Modernist Cuisine at Home by Nathan Myhrvold
See our story, An Exact Measure of Ingredients?,
Thursday, December 2, 2010

Salad cutaway Chris Hoover/ Modernist Cuisine

from, The Local Coffeehouse blog, Red Mountain Cafe,
near Ojo Calients, NM - also, more information from
The Urban Spoon - above, owner, David Biggs

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Santa Fe Clay

Two upcoming exhibitions at Santa Fe Clay Gallery
November 2 - December 8, 2012
Handle with Care
Selections from the Hazel Greenberg Collection
Ceramics from 1980 to present, including works by Ken Ferguson, Bennett Bean, Chris Staley and many others.
L. Jennifer Allen, R. John Oles

December 14, 2012 - January 9, 2013
Beginning to End
Aisha Harrison, Christina Golden, Clayton Keyes
Three figurative artist create a narrative voyage of human experiences.

For more information:
Santa Fe Clay
545 Camino de la Familia
Santa Fe, NM 87501
T. 505.984.1122

100th Posting

FIRST 100th

Silverlake Hip

Many years ago, one of the major magazines referred to Silverlake as one of the hip neighborhoods - filled to the brim with creative, innovative people. We were new to the area and when we presented this exciting piece of information to our neighbor, Nicole, she raised her hand into the air, responding, "Again? We were hip thirty years ago!"
And so goes it. SIlverlake is now given the honor of being the #1 hippest neighborhood in America. And we agree. It was, then, and it still is...
Please see Forbes for more information.  Morgan Brennan, Forbes Staff

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday 3

From a book dealing with the history of photography and the impact it has had on society, to enchanting terrariums to close-up photographs from nature - today's end of the week recommendations:
Prestel Books, Photography-Then Whole Story,
edited by Juliet Hacking
For more information: Cool Hunting
Crooked Nest terrariums
'Malva Sylvestris' image © Rob Kesseler - Microscopic nature
captured by photographer, Rob Kesseler - for more info:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Jan Frazier

The sudden awakening of Jan Frazier
"No matter what was going on, fun or hard or neutral, I felt something quiet but constant running beneath it, apart from it. That something had the quality of other, of being outside the flow of familiar life. It was quiet; still, it felt more substantial than whatever was going on in the familiar realm."   Jan Frazier 
"Now there's a man with an open mind - you can feel the breeze from here!" Groucho Marx
The quotes above are much the same. While Groucho Marx intended to make us laugh, inside his remark is a profound truth. Spaciousness is much like a fresh breeze of energy flowing into the now. An open mind is a mind that isn't constantly thinking, judging, labeling. An open mind is empty, ready to accept everything. This is freedom.
Last year, I read The Power of Now and A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. I read both books long ago and they sat on my shelves for years. This time, I not only read, but practiced from them. Something inside of me shifted with each passing day.
That fall, while in Santa Barbara, I visited the Vedanta Temple bookshop and not intending to purchase anything, one book stood out from the rest - When Fear Falls Away - The Story of a Sudden Awakening, by Jan Frazier.

Jan Frazier
I read passages, here and there, and knew I was reading the story of a woman's immediate shift into enlightenment. It read much like  an instruction book by way of another's experience.
Up until then, I thought of enlightenment as something grand, special - only for those who stayed in ashrams, for those who studied important spiritual writings for many years, for those who were taken under the wing of a guru. However, as I continued reading, I discovered not only a special writer, communicating her journey with poetic phrases, but, a very ordinary person, as well. By ordinary, I refer to one who is married, has children, a dog - one who teaches, writes and deals with all the same issues of daily life we all encounter.
Jan Frazier went from woman with cancer to woman who changed so profoundly that illness was viewed from another perspective - detached, impersonal. She stepped away from her familiar self and transitioned into an aware state. And in this new state, fear departed - entirely.
Ms. Frazier writes, "Something happened today that I never would have thought possible. I went for my mammogram and wasn't terrified. Really, the significant thing came last night. I was lying in bed, thinking ahead to today, dreading the trip to Jamaica Plain. Anticipating the hyperventilating in the waiting room, the hideous anxiety. I was lying there thinking about all this, when all of a sudden I had this thought to say a little prayer, to ask for help. I said, Could I maybe do this tomorrow without being terrified?" And she continues in another paragraph, "But the moment I had that thought, I felt something happen, like something physical was lifted off of me. I felt dancing around my head, as if somebody were whirling around me in circles, clapping hands, laughing. Rejoicing."
Jan Frazier has, seamlessly, experienced this state of expanded awareness from that point. It holds and has the same strength and consistency as it did from the beginning. In her words, it "hasn't grown dull".
On page 188, Ms. Frazier writes, "The liberated state is a real thing. It is available to you. Simply acknowledging that, and living daily with that possibility, could increase your awareness of its presence within you."
And this brings me to her second book, The Freedom of Being at ease with what is. Written years later, this book teaches us how we can also enter into awareness. With the same gentle words, the same poetic prose, we are told to be still, to let go of effort, knowledge, to cease "being at the mercy of your mind."
So, if you feel there is something more to life and you are brave enough to explore and experiment - to follow your heart, non-stop, these books are a must-read. They will, if nothing else, give you another perspective on your life.
However, you might crawl into bed one night as that familiar you, and wake up in the morning, changed forever.
Jan Frazier website
Redwheel Weiser Books
Amazon - to read excerpts from, When Fear Falls Away - the Story of a Sudden Awakening
Amazon - to read excerpts from The Freedom of Being at ease with what is
A reading from Jan Frazier's, When Fear Falls Away - The Story of a Sudden Awakening - Advaita333 YouTube

Friday, September 21, 2012


Space Shuttle Endeavour
It flew directly over our home - then on to Griffith Park Observatory and the Hollywood sign, before returning - lifting us up into enthusiasm - the sound of jet engines roaring as it passed overhead. Magnificent!

The space shuttle Endeavour atop NASA's
modified 747 carrier soars northward over
Rosamond Dry Lakejust east of the town of
Rosamond as it begins itsTour of California
on the last leg of itsfinal ferry flight on
Sept. 21, 2012.(NASA / Jim Ross)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Climate Change

Bill McKibben
Please take time to read Mr. McKibben's artilce in Rolling Stone magazIne - same title as this posting.
Then visit 350.org to learn more about what you can do. What is 350?

350 means safety from the climate crisis.
To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million ("ppm")to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
At 350.org, we're building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and push for policies that will put the world on track to get to 350 ppm.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Artist, Eric Cahan

Artist, Eric Cahan
Two Mile Hallow, NY
Sunset 7:22pm
Today, as much as when I was a child, I enjoy looking up into the lucid blue of the sky or at white billowy clouds as they change form. That mystical knowing of a thing without defining it and the child-like wonder it evokes may be felt in the photography of New York artist, Eric Cahan.
The Dunes, Amagansette, NY
Sunset 6:47pm
Mr. Cahan describes his work as defined by light, with a nod toward James Turrell (Light and Space Movement), Mark Rothko, Morris Lewis (Color Field painters) and minimalism,  - where sublime light is the revelation. This series also brings to mind the paintings of Georgia O'keeffe and Agnes Pelton - for the surreal luminosity displayed in their imagery (see below).
Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA
Sunrise 6:35am
According to Mr. Cahan, "My mission is to capture light. Light is the true subject of this series: its constant mystery, the way it shifts and colors everything around it in nature."
Sea Cliff, San Francisco, CA
Sunrise 6:57am

Bridgehampton, NY
Sunset 7:48pm
While on location, the artist captures these exquisite images at either sunrise or sunset - usually near water. Very little digital manipulation is used in this series of photographs. Instead, the artist chooses self-made colored resin filters, placing them in front of the camera lens - to produce the desired color results. Four different cameras may be used to produce each image and each is titled with the time and location at conception - as a visual journal or memory.
Georgica Beach, NY
Sunrise 6:18am
In this way, both photographer and viewer experience a moment in time, felt as eternal. Mr. Cahan states, "My work is meant to capture a moment in nature, asking and empowering the viewer to be fully present, involved, and uplifted. I want the viewer to be drawn in and be completely absorbed by, rather than separate from that fleeting moment in time."
All Artwork Printed by Griffin Editions

For more information:
Eric Cahan website & Facebook
Eric Firestone Gallery
M+B Gallery
(L) Georgia O'Keeffe
Light Coming on the Plains III (1917)
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
(R) Agnes Pelton
Star Gazer, 1928, O/on canvas
30x18", Private Collection

Friday, September 7, 2012

Art of Speech Making

President Bill Clinton has been referred to as an eloquent orator. This morning I came across an article titled, FYI: Why is Bill Clinton So Good at Speaking to a Crowd? by Rebecca Boyle (Popsci, 9/7/12). Speaking creatively is one label I've not included within T2F. So, follow this link to find out why President Clinton is acknowledged as a great speaker: Popsci

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Thanks, Mother Nature!
Sunset, Santa Barbara, CA - September 3, 2012

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