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Tuesday, June 25, 2013


A Memoir
by Cheryl Strayed
I'm almost done reading, Wild, written by Cheryl Strayed. I take my time, savoring each word, not wanting it to end. 
By now, everyone who has read this book  - or is familiar with its story -  knows it as the novel of a woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. With heavy backpack, shoes that turn toenails into raggedly black torments and the adventure of solitary travel, it is much more than a narrative about hiking. It is the story of a young woman who has lost her mother to cancer, a woman just released from marriage, and one with a desire for freedom that only comes with hard internal looking. What better place, than on the PCT, with stars, rattle snakes, weather of all types, an occasional bear and the kindness of like-minded wanderers she encounters along the way.
From Ms. Strayed's website
"At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journy that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her."
I'm wishing for more - for it not to end. It's that good! 
For more information about Wild and other books written by Ms. Strayed, please visit her website
Cheryl Strayed, Facebook
Published by Knopf

Maye's Cortona

Wish I could say I snapped this photograph, myself. That I stood on stairs or hill, swooning at the beauty of it all; the vines and flowers, the cyprus trees, the verdant green lawn and the absolute stillness, all mine. But, it wasn't me.
What I enjoy of images is how they draw you in and seduce you into thinking you might actually be there - in the hills of Italy or anywhere. Instead, I sit here in this office, writing these words, imagining myself peering into the vast loveliness of the Italian countryside.
I'm thankful, that Frances Mayes took time to post this and other images on her blog. With each posting, I am transported into her small town, her Italian world; a world that includes sitting around a dining table, relishing the taste of fresh food served with love, uproarious laughter and entertaining conversation. I am there now as I write. And I hope you will find your way to Francis Mayes (see you in the piazza!).

Friday, June 14, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


From TheCreatorsProject:
rAndom International's Rain Room exhibition at MoMA as part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1: New York allows visitors to navigate through rain without ever getting wet. Each individual's movement within the installation affects rain patterns, carving a cocoon of dryness and allowing visitors to stay dry amidst downpour.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Amy Tan on Creativity

Amy Tan at TED
In the following video, author Amy Tan, talks to a TED audience about creativity and asks the question, "Where does it hide?"
Amy Tan website

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday Three now 4

"You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant..." Arlo Guthrie
If written today, Mr. Guthrie might have used "internet" in place of Alice. You CAN get about any type of information on the net. (Much more to the song than food or information, if you know what I mean...)
Today, we find Liu Bolin, hiding within a group of assault rifes. He's the one at the center of it all - almost invisible. We posted a story about Mr. Bolin, July 8, 2011.
Then, a clever design - both bench and billboard (IBM and Oglivy & Mather France). We wonder why we didn't think of that!
An artist who uses lighting as medium, Barry Underwood.
Last, but not least, on this Friday, we add Technobohemian, by John Malkovich. We had no idea he had a clothing line.
A world of ideas, of images, of information.
Alice, take note.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Silver Lake Garden

Less time, less gardening. Fortunately, most of our garden is fairly established. Even the lettuce, chard and kale were planted in late winter. And they have all given quite a performance these past few months; each having made its way into many or our evening meals.
Roses bloom, are cut back, then return. Plants, given to us by gardener-friends, also thrive. One of them now delivers its beautiful deep blue seed bombs (our term). Bright yellow coreopsis flowers continually produce - seemingly, without end, while our gardenia brings forth a profusion of ethereally scented white blossoms.
Privets, planted only 18 months ago, have grown more than twice in height. And cherry tomatoes thrive alongside their San Marzano cousins.
This is the look of our garden in June.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Adventure Stories

LA Speaker Series at the Broad - Santa Monica, CA
From the website:
Now announcing its third season in the Los Angeles area, National Geographic Live brings dynamic events, fascinating people, and captivating stories from the frontlines of exploration to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. Illustrated with award-winning photography and video, each evening concludes with a lively question-and-answer session, and an opportunity to meet the presenter in the lobby. From the extreme climate of the world’s polar regions, to filming extreme adventurers, and leading expeditions to the world’s wild places to making films in the world’s forgotten places, our speakers inspire and enlighten audiences worldwide. For more information, National Geographic Live - Los Angeles.
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