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This is a Political Post

I do not discuss politics for a myriad of reasons. No need to isolate readers and while I have varying views, I do not see my blog as that forum. But today something happened that made me think about politics and I decided I need to put it out there. I am going to make no sense as I am just going to write as I think and so bear with me.
I found out the local gym I have been going to is closing on June 30. This sucks big time. I have enjoyed my time there, made some friends, it is a nice community. Why are they closing? Well, it seems the owner's franchise agreement expired and while she did not want to extend it for a year, the company would not allow her to extend for just 6 months. Then the landlord of the strip mall where my gym is would not negotiate on the lease. As we discussed all this while working out this am, it came to light that a few other businesses in the area: other gyms and tennis clubs, are hurting big time. now, the town where I work out is called Chester, yes I…

Neil Gaiman Keynote Address

As always, anything and everything Neil is awesome to me. One post he had done on his blog a wile ago was about making mistakes and it is not just the best advice for artists, but for everyone in general. No matter what you do, mistakes will happen and that is alright and good. He incorporates this point of view as he delivers the keynote to the students at The University of the Arts. Enjoy!

Keynote Address


Character Descriptions

I am one of those readers who does not want every single little detail given to me about the character in a story. I hate when I read something like the following: "He had cat like eyes that shimmered gold and were flecked with blue which were accented by his wavy, pale blond hair. His tan, taut abdomen glistened as he walked towards her. All six foot five of him." Lame sentence, but you get where I am going.
The real writing faux pas that puts a serious bee in my bonnet is when a writer uses a famous person to describe their character.
It gives mama a twitch like you cannot believe.
I recently read an excerpt of a book where the author used 6, yes 6, tv/movie actors/characters to describe her main antagonist. Seriously? I sat there trying to imagine this amalgamation and realized I couldn't because the characters I did know, I already had a specific attachment to them as they were, and the ones I did not know where useless to me. I get she had a vision of this guy in he…

Kale in Bloom

When one lets their kale over winter, you have delicious tender new leaves to eat come spring. Then, they go to seed and they look remarkable as they head down this new path of their life. Kale rates as one of our favorite vegetables.


Busy? Me? Yes.

The weekend was a whirlwind. Food shopping, yard work, chores around the house, going to buy plants for vegetable garden, my brother and husband ripping out the faux fireplace in our living room which apparently was put up in 1947. They found a time capsule of sorts from the folks that put the fireplace together and were drinking as they did it. Very entertaining. I could not get the veggies planted because I was with the little guy, it was a nice first Mother's Day :), so they have to wait until today. The bok choy went in this morning and throughout the day I hope to get the rest in as he naps or I will just bring him with.
We are trying a few new veggies this year: red cabbage, eggplants, bok choy, garlic and collards. I have the usual basil, tomatoes and kale of course. I got some sage and lemon balm to put on this one mound in our yard that has some nice stuff already. I did not have success with cabbage last year so we shall see if it grows this year. I am hoping it does as …

Shaun Tan

Thanks to the wonderful blog, Dinner, A Love Story, I now know Shaun Tan.

Post: Reading List: Shaun Tan

How the heck have I not seen this man's work???

I must get a hold of these books. I really must. As one who loves people who can stretch their imagination beyond normal boundaries, I am very impressed by what I have seen. I want to frame these pieces of art, like right now.

I am jealous of this kind of talent. To be able to put to paper what is in your mind is not easy for most of us and I like his mind.

Maybe in my next life I can come back as an awesome illustrator.


Savages by Don Winslow

I loved this book.

I loved it so much that I am actually pissed that I did not write the damn thing. What drew me right in was that the first chapter has just one line which pretty much sets the tone of the novel.

One line. Two words. Just so awesome.

Fast paced with an Elmore Leonardish-vibe, I could not put it down. Sure there were moments where I had to suspend my disbelief, but it was not so far fetched for me that it made it difficult. The oddest thing was my perception of the character of O (Ophelia). She is described as a blond OC chick, but I saw her more as a brunette or Asian. Throughout the whole novel I could not shake how I saw her. In the movie trailer, Blake Lively plays her which matches the authors description, but I still don't see it.
Regardless, the book was great. I loved the whole idea of an ex-Navy SEAL and his best friend, a laid back hippie type creating some of the best weed, both of them cool that they share their best friend O,  and getting muscled by a…