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Month: July, 2011

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Granita is similiar to sorbet, but is less smooth and has a texture more like snow.  Have some friends over and share this sweet treat or keep it to yourself and eat it up while watching that TV show you love. Or, eat it while writing a blog post about granita – really the list […]

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I recently received a package from a couple of dear friends with this tiny giraffe inside. It reminded of this quote from Italo Calvino’s Mr. Palomar, a book of philosophical musings about the world through the visual, cultural, anthropological, and spiritual lenses of the book’s main character, Mr. Palomar. At this point, Mr. Palomar’s little […]

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And the winner of the Byredo giveway is . . . Drum roll please . . .   —————————> Faith Coloccia of Fire in Fog!   <—————————   Congratulations!  Your package of scents will be sent soon – please report back and let us know your favorites! And thank you everyone for entering and sharing […]

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Read the rest of The Guest House, a poem by Jelaluddin Rumi translated by Coleman Barks from The Essential Rumi by clicking HERE.

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Upon discovering Shabd Simone-Alexander’s work, I was very interested in finding out more about her and her really gorgeous garments.  Taken from her website: Shabd began creating clothing after finding her mother’s sewing machine when she was 13. A self-taught designer, she frequented fabric stores and thrift shops, crafting innovative garments by combining new patterns […]

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An idea courtesy of Wassily Kandinsky, painter, printmaker, theorist and the father of pure abstract art. Kandinsky was interested in breaking down the barrier between color and music and art, focusing instead on the pure emotion behind the act of creation. One more thought: “The dot, extended into a graphic curve, cannot come to rest. […]

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  Over the weekend my husband (Serge) and I were hiking in the Mt. Baldy area on a rockhounding trip.  We were split apart and Serge came up to me and said he thought he might have been bitten by something.  I thought it was strange that he didn’t know if he was bitten and […]

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I recently heard an episode on Radiolab about memory and forgetting that I loved. The episode replaces outdated metaphors for memory (file cabinet, hard drive) with an updated understanding of memory formation as a creative process through which some elements are sharpened, others leveled, and some lost. Quote: “The act of remembering – on a […]

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The other night my husband and I stopped by the Silver Lake Reservoir for a nice walk, about 2.2 miles, very easy going and really nice with lots of people jogging, doggies and birds.  The Silver Lake Reservoirs are comprised of two concrete basins, the upper body Ivanhoe (name after the 1819 Sir Walter Scott […]

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Benjamin Phillips is an illustrator living in London. Looking through his website, I felt transported by his illustrations. They made me laugh, look a little harder, think about the stories they could be telling, and shudder a tiny bit (in a good way). Here is Benjamin talking to us about where he’s from, where he’s […]