Friday, October 31, 2008

Damnit, we lost another one...

Thanks Studs Terkel for a life well lived. We're all better for having "known" you...and you know we won't be the same without you.

More on Studs Terkel here, here, here and here.

Some quotes from Studs Terkel-

"I want people to talk to one another no matter what their difference of opinion might be."

"I hope for peace and sanity - it's the same thing."

"But once you become active in something, something happens to you. You get excited and suddenly you realize you count.

"I think it's realistic to have hope. One can be a perverse idealist and say the easiest thing: 'I despair. The world's no good.' That's a perverse idealist. It's practical to hope, because the hope is for us to survive as a human species. That's very realistic."

"I'm not up on the Internet, but I hear that is a democratic possibility. People can connect with each other. I think people are ready for something, but there is no leadership to offer it to them. People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are part of a world.'"

"I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence - providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.

"People are ready to say, 'Yes, we are ready for single-payer health insurance.' We are the only industrialized country in the world that does not have national health insurance. We are the richest in wealth and the poorest in health of all the industrial nations."

"Someone who does an act. In a democratic society, you're supposed to be an activist; that is, you participate. It could be a letter written to an editor."

"We are the most powerful nation in the world, but we're not the only nation in the world. We are not the only people in the world. We are an important people, the wealthiest, the most powerful and, to a great extent, generous. But we are part of the world."

"That's what we're missing. We're missing argument. We're missing debate. We're missing colloquy. We're missing all sorts of things. Instead, we're accepting."

Scrapbooks: An American History

This arrived in the mail yesterday and I haven't been able to put it down since:Next time you're at the bookstore, look for it.

Thanks to all who answered my question in the post below. I'd love to hear from more of you if you'd like to leave a comment. If anyone has any specific things they want to see happen out of their candidate winning the election, I'd love to hear more.

On a side note, What the hell is it with drivers?!?!?!?! I won't let my son walk home alone and cross a major street for this same damn reason...people FLYING down Fairfax Ave at speeds above and beyond exceeding the limit. People in cars scare the HELL Out of me. PAY ATTENTION. There is a NO driving using a hand held cell phone law now in effect in CA, yet I STILL see people EVERY DAY driving with a phone in their ear. I see people driving like maniacs in areas where there are CHILDREN. I am disgusted and very very upset by what happened in Glendale yesterday.
PAY ATTENTION when you are behind the wheel. If you are in a residential neighborhood, SLOW THE FUCK DOWN. If you are near a school, SLOW THE FUCK DOWN. PAY ATTENTION before you put your foot on the gas.

THIS has got to stop NOW.


It's Halloween which means BIG Halloween Carnaval in West Hollywood. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, be safe tonight...and have a Happy Halloween.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Question Before the Election...

(old journal page)

I have a question for you. Yes, *you*. I'd like you to leave a comment in the comments section. You can leave your name or you can be anonymous. You can leave who you are voting for or you don't have to say. Come this election day, what do you expect? What do you think will happen if your candidate gets into office? What do you expect that person to do? What do you want them to do?

What are your thoughts?

All opinions are welcome. No one will be condemned or applauded. I just am looking for honest answers.

Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

More books...

I posted a list of books coming out within the next year the other the meantime, I've found additional books to look out for:

Living Into Art by Lindsay Whiting (I have this on order)-
Sarah Fishburn gave a heads up on this one called Scrapbooks: An American History by Jessica Halfand (due out Nov 3rd)-
Ali Edwards' Sharing Your Story-out now! I love Ali's blog and work:

Nita Leland has a new book out and I didn't know!??!?! Confident Color (out now!)

Nov 18th Fables' Covers: The Art of James Jean Vol 1: out!

Due out April 1, 2009, In This Garden by Angela Cartwright & Sarah Fishburn:

In the news and on my mind-

Why is an 8 year old allowed into a gun show and allowed to fire an uzi??? WTF?


I voted. Did you? No on 8. No on 4.


Three articles that say some of the things that have been on mind during the lead up to the election here, here and here.

18 minutes of your time...well worth it.

One of the best short films ever made. David and I went to the Academy to see it years ago. We walked in, watched the film and left afterwards both in tears. We talked about it for days afterwards.

Workman followed it up with this one:

Monday, October 27, 2008

New books for 2008 and 2009

AH, it's time to go and see what new books are coming out for the rest of 2008 and in 2009...Look what I found! Quite a few new ones!!

Any others that aren't listed here that you know of and I don't (
NEW books -ones that haven't come out yet) please list in the comments!!

Taschen's Peter Beard book at a price I can afford (well, to some degree, if I scrimp and save!! LOL): Due out November 1stJane Davies' Collage Journeys-Due out November 11thStitched In Time by Alicia Paulson-Due Nov 11th-

Susan Tuttle's Exhibition 36-(blog here)-Due Dec 15th
Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Life (Blog here)-Due Dec 16thRethinking Acrylic by Patti Brady-Dec 29th

Creative Paint Workshop-Ann Baldwin Due March 1, 2009-

Mixed Media Journals Katherine Duncan Aimone-Due March 3rd, 2009-Collaborative Art Journals-L.K. Ludwig Due June 1, 2009-
One "old" book that I am looking for (had one on order but supposedly it was "lost" in the mail) is this one.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Totally spoiled rotten today. (Husband will kill me for posting this picture. *love you* honey!)Did I ever tell you my husband and son make the best cake!?!!!?Some of the things my friends spoiled me with yesterday-
"Grab boxes"
First off is Staci's box-Then Kara's box-Then Carmen's box-Aren't the boxes gorgeous and amazing!?!??!!

My jaw dropped when I Kara gave me my presents-look at what she made for me. My heart grew wings and just flew away. I LOVE this piece:AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH *and* a vintage scrapbook, too:Carmen knows how obsessive I am with these Paumes books:Staci gifted me with:Vintage finds from Pasadena...I just go ga ga over stuff like this. The History book is written in.I told you I was regressing. Not much difference between 34 and 8.The best gift of all is the love and friendship I have felt in the past 24 hours. Lots of wonderful birthday wishes from around the world and in my neighborhood. Good friends and a loving family. I really don't need much more.

On a side note, my son is obsessed that this is my 1,001 post.
If you watched the video below, you know how high you jumped (probably as high as I did)...even funnier was my Mom's reaction. Hee hee. I phoned her and told her to check her email as I sat on the phone and listened. Her reaction and the laughter that followed (on both of our ends-L.A. and Boston) made my day.

Happy Halloween

My disclaimer:

If you have heart problems, don't watch this.

If you have a sense of humor, TURN THE VOLUME ON and watch it. Gather all of your beloved around you, too.

I was kidnapped

and had one of the best birthday celebrations EVER!!!!!!!!!!! Kara, Carmen and Staci {{{{Hugs}}}} to all of you. You guys ROCKED my world yesterday in a pre-birthday celebration!!!!!!!!!

The day started off at Kara's house. Carmen and Staci trekked from Thousand Oaks and braved the 101 traffic (and scary fire) to meet in L.A. All 3 ladies made these gorgeous grab boxes filled to the brim with goodies for each of us (so everyone got a present!! How cool is that!?!) The boxes are AMAZING!!!!!!! Kara's delightful boxes are the 3 in the middle (the butterfly, dress and tiger). Carmen's boxes are the three tall delicious cylinder ones (yummy pinks/purples, Autumn colors and greens). Staci's scrumptious treats are the cigar box shapes ones (hee hee guess which ones I got?!? That woman KNOWS me and what makes me larf! Her boxes say SING, JOY and VOTE!) I will show you later what treasures they held.
After we went through the boxes (I could have easily spent all day doing this), our first stop was ZINNIA in South Pasadena. I LOVE this store. I LOVE how they have expanded. Tamara and the gang have done an amazing job. It is a must stop at anytime you are in So CA. It never fails to make me squeal. Check it out-
Hi Carmen, Kara and Staci!!!!
Look who was there!! Tasha! Hi Tasha, where's Jazmin, the Wonder Pup? Tasha was lucky enough to be taking of Joe's amazing classes!!!!
Ahh, I forgot to take pictures the rest of the day. I was simply having too much fun (can one have too much fun??!!) Our next stop was the antique store across the street where I found some treasures. Then lunch at Heirloom Cafe which had the best egg salad sandwich I have ever eaten and a scrumptious cupcake (always more yummy when you share!!)

Off then to Kino-buy-it all, I mean Kinokuniya in Little Tokyo where much fun was had. Next stop was Pulp on La Brea (ahhhhhh new paper). Then, Millie Papercrafts on La Brea (I LOVE this store!!!! She had tons of fun new goodies!!!).

We went back to Kara's house to rest a bit. The ladies were extremely generous. I will share the goodies in another post. Let's just say my jaw dropped several times and I still can't get over their generosity and how much they spoiled me.

We ended the night at the Farmer's Market at Monsieur Marcel where we ate one of the best meals I've ever had in my life. I am in love with ratatouille provençale. Oh my. Yum. It was so much fun and such a sweet birthday treat.

Thank you thank you thank you to Kara, Carmen and Staci. You three have created a day filled with wonderful memories. I am extremely lucky to have such wonderful, thoughtful, caring and generous friends. Thank you again. I'm still dancing!!!!