Sunday, October 08, 2017

This was a great week. Two concerts and a lecture.

The Piano Guys were in Portland at the Schnitz on Friday and their concert did not disappoint. Their music is so full and commanding. It fills the hall and fills your soul. Simply breathtaking.

I share this video with you so that you can experience it too. Well sort of. It's better up close and personal. But do have a listen.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores

I discovered this delightful little book at the library the other day. It's even fun how it opens. The cover lifts up and then the pages turn as usual in any book.

Of course, I had to check to see if Powell's was included. It was.

Some of the store names are terrific, such as:
  • Moby Dickens in Taos, New Mexico
  • Giggles in Chennai, India
  • Books of Wonder in New York City
  • Tell a Story in Portugal
But my favorite of all is Weapons of Mass Instruction in Argentina.

Some had interesting signage. I especially liked this one. Wise men fish here.

One of my favorites is a shop in San Francisco called Adobe. It's in the Mission district. It's story: In 2013, the store's rent was set to practically double in the fast gentrifying neighborhood. The artist community that had grown up around Adobe over the decades promptly rallied and once starving, now influential artists like Rebecca Solnit and Chris Johanson took over the store as a collective. 

The most amazing show they ever had was in 2004 when overnight, Chris Cobb rearranged the entire store (20,000 books) in order of color--rainbow hues and then a big black and white section. As an artist, I love this and only wish I could have seen it. And the expressions on peoples faces when they walked in the door.

This little book made me realize what gems bookstores are in our communities. Libraries too for that matter. In the days of Kindle and Amazon delivering to your door in two days, these little guys will struggle to make it. So head to your local book store an make a purchase or two. They are so worth it!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solo 1: Grow an Herb Garden

I love lists, always have and always will. I don't mind if they are mine are someone else's. I have been looking at the list Fifty Things You Can Do by Yourself. Number one is to grow either a vegetable or herb garden. I chose the herb garden because in the Pacific Northwest there lives this creature called a slug who loves the fresh growth of most garden vegetables. It's hard to even get one started without nightly vigilance. On the other hand, my herb garden is on my deck right outside my kitchen door. No slugs there. I love it!
Check this out.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

A most amazing experience

On our recent trip to France, one of the things we attended was the Carrieres de lumieres, which literally means Quarry of lights. The setting is an old quarry where bauxite was mined.
You walk into this huge cavernous space and are first staring at blackness. Then your eyes begin to adjust and OH MY!

This show is set in motion by means of high-performance technology that tailors music and images which completely permeate the the floor and quarry walls. For thirty minutes or so, you are invited to roam freely around the quarry site to try and take it all in.

Every single wall, floor and ceiling pulsed with the glorious paintings of Bosch, Brueghel and Arcimboldo. If that wasn't enough, the art was all set to glorious music such as Carmina Burana, Vivaldi and even Led Zeppelin.
We walked through the quarry trying our best to take it all in. But, it just fills you up. Finally , we sat on a bench and just let the art and music wash over us.
It is an experience I'll never forget. 

I managed to find a u-tube video of a part of this show for your viewing pleasure. This is not to miss. Trust me.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Thank You!

Let's not forget what this day signifies.
Thank you to all who serve!

And I'm not talking about serving the brats.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Be In Charge

I am a regular reader of Seth Godin's blog. He writes on a variety of topics and very concisely, which means he gives me some information without wasting my time. I appreciate this.

This is a recent post which struck a chord with me.

When Your Phone Uses You by Seth Godin

Your smartphone has two jobs.
On one hand, it was hired by you to accomplish certain tasks. In the scheme of things, it's a screaming bargain and a miracle.
But most of the time, your phone works for corporations, assorted acquaintances and large social networks. They've hired it to put you to work for them. You're not the customer, you're the product. Your attention and your anxiety is getting sold, cheap.
When your phone grabs your attention, when it makes you feel inadequate, when it pushes you to catch up, to consume and to fret, it's not working for you, is it?
On demand doesn't mean you do things when the device demands.

Having worked for Southwestern Bell, now AT&
;T, for a number of years, I always found it fascinating that the unknown of a ringing phone was always deemed more important than the conversation you were having. I am not sure why? 
And for your viewing pleasure, this is a cactus blooming in the desert. The cactus is probably 7 feet tall and this flower is the size of a water lily flower. It looks like one too! Nature is fascinating!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Reflection and Renewal

MIX is introducing its new body of  work. Our theme is Reflection and Renewal and is informed by the renewal taking place at the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Each artists interpreted this theme with two pieces, the first measuring 24 inches square and the second measuring 10x24 inches.

If you are in Portland, OR consider attending the luncheon and lecture. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Jefferson on April 28, 2017.