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Old Stile Press

Some art forms have been lost to the ashes of times. Some of them hang by a thread to survive like the ancient tribal languages around the world. Some of these art forms, these traditions, are nurtured and lovingly continued to forever leave their mark on the world.

A small publishing company in the UK, Old Stile Press creates incredible work. Within the article on is a short interview with the couple that started the press back in 1979.

Personally I love the vibrant cover art for The Book of Job, but I wouldn't say no to any of their publications.

Recent posts

Blue Army Reflection

I was recommended the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. The premise is to rediscover or unleash your childlike creative side that has been pushed away and ignored. The process has been interesting and cathartic. One of the steps requires you to take yourself out for an "artist's date" once a week. You can take a 20 minute walk, ignoring your phone and really bonding with nature. Or you can go to the dollar store and buy glue, glitter and paper and come home and create.

For me, I wanted an outing. I enjoy going to places that I love, but also ones that maybe do not apply to my life, but could have inspirational effects. As a no longer participating member of the Catholic faith, I chose to visit a place that is sacred to devout Catholics.

The Blue Army Shrine

While the original Shrine of Fatima would have probably been a more overwhelming experience, this shrine, set among rolling farmland in western New Jersey, is a place of quiet reflection and peace…

Books, Art and a Salad

My child has discovered graphic novels.

This pleases me to no end.

Drawn in by the design of the covers as a reason to want to read something, same thing I did at his age, he insisted on this one particular book on the top shelf. Mighty Jack is a unique retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Our protagonist is a teenage boy, Jack, with a younger sister, Maddy, who is on the autism spectrum, and an overworked single mother trying to keep the bills paid and food on the table. The story unfolds at such a riveting pace and when we finished it, we ordered the 2nd book from the library immediately. Mighty Jack and the Goblin King was just as enthralling as the first book and *spoiler*, it looks like a third book will be following. Hooray!

The Dog Man series is also a current favorite. I took him to 2 local bookstores so he could purchases all four books. Our son is very proud of his burgeoning book collection.

Recently discovered Marie Wu Designs Jewelry and I have to say her pieces are vibra…

A Film, Deep Thinking, a Recipe and a Gift

Took our son to see his first movie which was "Coco". This was a win-win for him and myself as we both love the topic of Death. The film, entrenched in the rituals of Dia de los Muertos and family, was magical, moving, filled with wonderful music. Watching the movie I felt that Dia de los Muertos is a good way to help children see death in a better light and show how to celebrate those that have gone before. A few times I choked up, giving into tears at the end. I recommend this film highly. I will say there is a 20 minute Frozen short prior that we could have all done without though.

Mallence Bart Williams rips the face off charity and do-gooder feeling and explains/shows what over exploitation looks like.  You can read the article here to learn more about "Sharity, Not Charity."

Mother Earth News has a hazelnut cornmeal cake with rosemary honey that looks delicious.

Uncommon Goods sells Yoga Joes. Very cute!


The Great Jack 'O Lantern Blaze

We took our son to a fabulous event in Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Westchester County) called The Great Jack 'O Lantern Blaze. It runs from the end of September to the weekend of Thanksgiving.

Artists begin working on this event as far back as July! Every single pumpkin is hand carved, some are real some are fake, to create a magical scene.

We went to the 5pm show this past Thursday. The event sells out quickly so thanks to the NJ teacher convention, our so was off for 2 days which meant we were able to go during the week.

Our son raced through through excited to see the next thing so it took us all of 30 minutes, but if you do take your time, you should need about 45 minutes to one hour for the event. They have a beer stand and 2 food stands as well where you can get pumpkin pie, popcorn, pumpkin ale and hot chocolate. They also have Blaze merchandise.

I will admit it was amazing in the dusk, but as it got darker it really became something to see!

Here are some pictures.

 An homage to …

Yeah, I know, I said no politics...

But John Oliver rocks. 

And to lighten things up, ArtNews did an article 3 years ago on the 10 best cat paintings. Enjoy!
Cheers! MissFifi

Ask A Mortician

Death has always been viewed as mysterious, scary, horrible and costly. I admit that I have always been fascinated by the interpretations of the Grim Reaper, cemeteries and death rituals. It does not mean I do not fear dying, most of us do, but I try to see it as more as a completion of my legacy in the natural order of things.

We have talked to our son about death because he sees roadkill and watches Monster Bug Wars. We tell him "things go back to the earth" so he has an understanding that everything is connected. We have also discussed religious rituals as well. He likes to visit cemeteries and is fascinated by the information on tombstones. He asks about how people have died and how old they were. We hesitated telling him children were there, but he took it in stride as only a 5 year old can.

Death should be respected and its rituals are important.

Caitlin Doughty, mortician extraordinaire and death positive activist, would like us to know more about these worldwide ritua…