Thursday, October 08, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: 3 or 4 cool things

I've already mentioned that you should check out the Miniatures at the Grunwald Gallery, but what I did not tell you is this.  This little miniature of a  table and chairs is an exact replica of the table and chairs Husbandman grew up with in his home in Altadena.  When we saw this miniature, we stood agape in amazement as a deluge of memory and emotion figuratively washed over us.

Here's the next thing.  Cynthia told me about Patti Smith's new book, M Train.  I can't wait to read it.  After I heard about it, I came across this great piece by Penelope Green.  I wish I had a bungalow in the Rockaways like Ms. Smith.  I know I could do good work there.

I'm listening to a book by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I saw it over on MM's blog.  Intrigued by the title I put it on my audible account.  You should listen to this if you want.  So good.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  It came into my life at just the right time, as ideas will, if we're open to them, according to Elizabeth Gilbert, and I think I agree.

Last but not least?  We have tickets to the Ukulele Orchestra tonight and also I signed up for ukulele lessons.  They start next week. I'm so excited I can't even tell you. So let's just drop it.

Thursday Creativity Share.  A fall break extravaganza of creativity and exploration.  Memorable Miniatures.  Survivor Smith.  Creativity as Magic.  Ukuleles.  It's all here, all around us. Any one of these things would be considered on fleek, but all together? Get out of town.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Club

Woke up with my book club hosting anxiety.  Book Club is coming up this very Friday.  I'm thinking of just ordering pizza.  But I'm also considering ordering from Little Tibet.  Or maybe sushi. I basically have no idea what to do for Book Club on Friday night. What do you think?  Sushi? I chose the book this month and it's not too good.  I've read 3 books by Liane Moriarty this year.  The other 2 were better than this one. Everyone's going to talk about how stupid my choice of book is and I'm not in the mood for that right now.  My mood is not a happy mood on this stay-cation.  Not sure why.  I'm simply out of sorts.  Norman Fischer says I need to stay with the energies I'm experiencing and know that they'll change at some point because everything does.

I adore Norman Fischer, but I'm thinking of jumping ship on his advice and in true leeway fashion, I'm actively seeking out some distraction from my woeful energies. I'm going to focus on an attitude of gratitude and look around me for the kind of inspiration that can get me up and going.  Why not just ponder the inspiring story of Bert Shepard, for example?  Bert was born in the historic town of DANA, Indiana.  He pitched for the minor leagues but then he joined the Army Air Forces in WW2 and flew 34 missions before being shot down in Germany. A German doctor made a prosthesis for his leg and while he was in a prisoner of war camp Bert taught himself to walk and then to pitch.  When he returned to the U.S., he was a pitching coach for the Washington Senators.  He was called in to pitch for a game against the Red Sox in 1945.  Bert was the first man with an artificial leg to pitch in a major league baseball game. That was his only time playing in the majors, but he did lots of coaching and even went on to work with the National Amps, teams of people with amputated limbs who played baseball, which is pretty amazing in and of itself.

In short.  Book club anxiety is still looming and lurking, but by focusing on the inspiring tale of Hoosier Bert Shepard, I'm ready to seize the day and get cracking.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Big news.  We've got a dragon and a garlic this week. Fun times.

You know what's kind of weird? I was driving by the mall this weekend and out of nowhere a hawk swooped by my car.  I pulled in to the Burger King parking lot to watch it for awhile as it perched majestically on a lamp post.  Then it flew off past the bank and Pier 1.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

The News

Foto Credit:  C. Butler  (Titled by LH:  Hilarity Ensued)

This is a section of the blog called "I Read the News Today, Oh Boy."  Because this morning I sat and read some news and drank coffee and in short I just relaxed.  Still relaxing right now if you want to know the God's honest truth.

Okay, so what did I read today?  Let's get right into it.  With a bulleted list. Don't delay, list it today.

    Photo Credit:  C. Butler (Titled by LH:  My Sculpture on the B-Line)
  • Modern Love.  Today's piece was by Elinor Lipman.  Come to find out, she's in a wonderful relationship right now.  She's also author to some books that I must check out ASAP.  I now follow Elinor on twitter, so we'll probably meet up at some point for coffee.  

  • An article about the elections.  According to the predictor chart, it will be Hilary vs Jeb/Marco. But  Patrick Healy says the DEMS are dealing with a revolt in the party, with people wanting more progressivism. I'm going to stay in the Bernie camp for now.  I'll keep you posted.

  • A John Tierney column about how recycling isn't worth the time and energy we spend on it.  It was the kind of dismal thing that can get me down and out, but is probably important to think about. I hear what you're saying John Tierney, but for now I'm going to continue with my recycling program. Come to find out, I should focus more on paper recycling.  I've been needlessly focusing most on glass and plastic.  In short, reducing and reusing may give us more bang for the buck. 
So, that's what I read about. 

Friday, October 02, 2015

The Break

At 4:00 today I will begin a week off that is called fall break.  But in my case it should be called work on your report cards because you weren't organized break.  So that's stressing me out a bit.  Somehow, knowing me, I'll probably be able to squeeze in some fun as well.  I'll give it the old college try, at any rate.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Thursday Creativity Share: Joe Fig

Joe Fig is an intriguing artist of my acquaintance. I personally saw his work at the Grunwald Gallery last weekend.  I also personally heard about him from a young hip curator at the museum.  I don't want to brag, but I also checked out his web site and found out about his new book called Inside the Artist's Studio.  Joe Fig and I go way back.  Did I mention that I photographed Joe Fig's work?

Thursday Creativity Share.  Joe Fig.  Enough said.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


#TwinTuesday.  Bear and Coffee Maker.  Fun times, right?  They're so different in all ways, and yet they've learned how to get along and even be friends.  Can't we do the same?  Sometimes #TwinTuesday really gets me aponderin'.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Lotus

We get high marks for doing everything perfectly at the Lotus Festival this year.  We chose the perfect bands to hear with nary a mistake. We shared the event with a wonderful friend, pictured here in this picture, taking a picture.  We danced and chatted and sang with nary a care in the world.  After the music stopped, we stayed up all night long going to house parties hosted by students.  Okay, the house parties thing we didn't do, but we actually did stay up very late indeed and we did make every second count. Kudos to the Lotus Festival.  You've done it again.