Sunday, August 31, 2008

I stare and listen in bemused, resigned amazement!

I am sorry, please bear with my anger and ranting!

Gustav on it's way to New Orleans and will make landfall most likely as a Category 4 hurricane.
















Scrambling to make a good impression?

After the abysmal performance of the ruling political party during Hurricane Katrina, the Republicans are scrambling like MAD to make a good show of it this time round. Backing off of the celebration of the convention to assist, instead of hanging out at the ranch and watching people drown! Getting people out of harms way instead of herding them into a football stadium to sit in squalor for days while those poor watched the hotel guests from across the street being taken to safety. Getting the aged and the hospital patients to safety instead of having the Democratic Ex-Vise President come to the aid in a privately chartered jet to rescue Charity Hospital or having to watch them die alone and abandoned.

The government has had 3 years to re-build and shore up the levies and as the storm looks to hit west of the city and the stronger right side of the storm will hit New Orleans, most believe that they will fail again.

I wanted to be fair, I wanted to watch each convention and hear it all. I knew that listening would make me mad and at the same time reaffirm my views. As I started to listen to the speeches and as I learned that McCain would invade the town that I was born in (Dayton, OH) to make his Vise President announcement, his actions only confirmed my belief he has succumbed to the hard-line pressure form the GOP and has hogtied the “maverick.” He has chosen a person that wants to drill in the Alaskan wilderness and want to take away a women’s right to choose, believes that you have a right to own a machine gun to HUNT with.

The GOP struggled to Bus in 10,000 people to fill the arena for the VP announcement and just a day or so earlier Obama stood before an overflowing stadium of 80,000 with a renewed sense of hope.

I can’t bring myself to listen and I am so saddened by this. I have watched as Dayton, OH has struggled to survive and I have watched as the once vibrant downtown has become deserted. A city with a brilliant Ballet company and an exciting theatre, NCR World Headquarters, Mead World Headquarters, GMC Trucks, Reynolds & Reynolds all of these arts and businesses once thrived and are now dying in Dayton.

Ex-Vice-President Al Gore chartered a rescue plane in early Sept. 2005 and flew to New Orleans to medEvac 100s of patients from Charity Hospital and bring them to Tennessee. Gore declined interviews while he was shuttling the evacuees that Saturday and for a 2nd return flight he made on Sunday, but the doctors who flew with him talked about the experience.

Gore had to work around a sequential blockade by FEMA, which naturally denied his team permissions, repeatedly.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

A Melissa Etheridge Musical Evening!

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I have climbed the highest mountain
I have sailed across the sea
I have wrestled with my demons
And woke up with only me
I have been around the block
Three times maybe four
And I think I deserve just a little more

In front of total strangers won't you kiss me
Flowers for no reason but you miss me
Oh I want to be in love
You're standing on the doorstep in the rain
Cause you couldn't wait to see me once again
Oh I want to be in love

I have made so
me big mistakes
And Ive paid a heavy price
I found a little peace between will and sacrifice
I have watched as all my dreams
Went walking out the door
And I think I deserve just a little more

I'm looking for a heart of gold
I'm looking for a hand to hold
A happy end
Strong and kind
Somewhere to rest my troubled mind

In front of total strangers won't you kiss me
Flowers for no reason but you miss me
Oh I want to be in love

On Tuesday light the candles bring me wine
Wednesday morning I wont get to work on time
Oh I want to be in love
Surprise me as I'm stepping off the plane
Take my hand as they play our song again
Oh I want to be in love

Saturday August 30th.

The first eight months of this year have passed! 2008 continues to be an interesting year. None if it is what I had ever considered. Fall is right around the corner. All of the students are back in at the UofA and the city has an entirely different feeling. It is a strange and interesting phenomena that happens each spring and each fall.

I had a great night last night. When I was in Philly I ran into a fellow Tucsonan that I had lost contact with. Bronwen Heilman is a fantastic bead artist that is also a badass bass player in a local band, Ghost Cow. I went to go hear them play at the Hut and I had a fantastic time. After their set was complete Bronwen and I started talking and then we started brainstorming a bit and are planning on coming up with a class that we can teach together. Think of it….a glass worker and a metal-smith and a class that will incorporate different aspects of each technique. We both think it will be an outstanding series of classes and we are really getting excited about the idea.

If any of you have ideas about what you would want in a class like that email me and let me know! (anne@annemitchell dot net)

I had not realized how sore my body was until I placed myself under the magical hands of Carlysle for 2 hours today. I lay down for my 90 minutes massage and when she let me get up it was 2 hours later. We both came to the conclusion that I was still feeling the after affects of my car accident. My body was so sore and tender from all the standing on hard concrete floors; sleeping in crappy beds and sitting in cramped airline seats like a sardine! It is good to be home.

I went to go see Bottle Shock this afternoon and I recommend it highly. It is the story of the rise of the California Wineries in a blind tasting against the French Wine Elitists. A worthy viewing!

As we left the cinema we were greeted by the most amazing sunset and a heavy monsoon. (My first since I got home.) As always, the rains were so beautiful, so cleansing and so intense. The walls of water surrounded by the intense red of what I call “God Light” Those shafts of light that burst through clouds and remind you of your own existence and the grandeur that is around you always.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Friday August 29th

Here are the pic's from my morning walk in Chicago before my camera battery died!

Wells Street Bridge with a construction Barge underneath.














An alert bell from the same bridge! Look at the details in the iron-work!














The Wells Street Bridge was built in 1922 and this is the rusted crossing arm that looks like it has been painted 100 times sine 1922.














The entrance to the Chicago Tribune Building built 1922 -1925.














My favorite - Marina City completed in 1964

















I am home and it is wonderful to be back and to just be!
Man my bed felt so very good last night.

I walked in yesterday and crashed hard on my couch. I just wanted to lie down for a few moments and I woke up several hours later! (Pretty much just in time for Obama’s speech!) The reality of the situation, I am as tired as I think I am. Well I guess that a half a day of being stupid was not a bad thing.

I have loads to do and I now have some time to get it done. The list is long and I am looking forward to not being so hassled with deadlines so that I can actually get some REAL WORK done. BRING IT ON!

When I sleep the sleep of the really tired and I wake in the same position that I fell asleep in I have really amazing dreams. These have that filled me with many things to consider!

It takes courage to grieve

There are those times in our lives that define us; our lives, our paths and most importantly define us as human beings. I have discovered that in order to move forward and grow as a person in any real substantive way that facing the full measure of our grief, our losses, our setbacks, our challenges and our mountains is the meaning of that definition. It takes so much courage to look everything full on and own it all, let it wash over you, envelope you and let you move forward in life on a path that lets you grow into a better person. Isn’t that is the purpose for being here? The path can be a very lonely one and a hard one but once that journey has been embarked upon the way becomes clear, and with each moment breath is easier and it fills the lungs and the soul with new optimism.

In love there are no transgressions beyond forgiveness

In true love that is just the fact. I find it amazing that true love can be so deep and so enveloping that the possibility of forgiveness can be limitless. Well, that is the way that it is supposed to be. People err and people make mistakes and in the end if it is the true love that is professed; then all can be resolved. Again, it takes so much courage to love like that, to look beyond and see within, to give everything lay your heart on the line for that which you love.

The response is how you know the truth of a love professed. In the end you get to see how real it all actually was!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

WELL DONE! - BRING IT ON!!!

Full Text of Obama's historic speech!
It is really good reading!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday August 27th

I had another beautiful morning walking around Chicago as the sun rose and the city woke. Got to Starbucks the moment they opened up and just sauntered (Scott and I both agree that it is a wonderful word, right up there with meander.) around sipping my java and breathing in the city. I went to my favorite cigar store and stocked up on some excellent boxes. I got 3 or 4 of my favorite Acid Cigar Brand Boxes.













I was on a picture-taking spree all morning till my camera battery died the death of my stupidity for not knowing that it was time to charge the damn thing. Well I have great pic’s to post when I get home tomorrow!

I drove off around noon and wound my way back to Dayton. Only a 5 hour drive for me today. I was very pleased by that for sure. Mom and I went out for diner and we were both captivated by Bill and Joe’s speeches tonight at the convention.

Bill brought down the house and Joe went on the attack! The plan is coming together for the Dem’s. Let’s get it right folks! We cannot afford to screw this one up. It was so awesome that Obama made an appearance and really got the house rocking!

Looking forward to going home to my girls (if they forgive me in less than an hour this time.) jumping in my pool and sleeping in my bed tomorrow night. I’ll take the rest of Thursday off and a good portion of Friday as well.

As my dad used to say, “I am TRD tired” I really am going to enjoy a solid 24 hours off where I have to do nothing that I do not want to!

More when I get home.

Follow

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Follow your heart and see where it might take you
Don't let the world outside there break you
They know not who you are inside
They have never felt your hell
Don't ever let them crack...

Hold out I know you feel it getting cold out
Without the blanket for your soul now
Before you know it you'll be frozen
You have to see this through
There's no one here but you

I feel the rain coming down
It reminds me of who I used to be
But now that's nothing more
Then a memory

Don't go, to sleep and cry b
ecause tomorrow
If you let it it will swallow
You up and none of this will matter
Will matter anymore

I feel the rain coming down
It reminds me of who I used to be
But now that's nothing more
Than a memory

I feel the rain coming down
It reminds me of who I used to be
But now that's nothing more
Than a memory

Follow your heart and see where it might take you
Don't let the world outside there break you
They know not who you are inside
They have never felt your hell
Don't ever let them crack...

Your shell...

When confronted with actualities and truths where only clues of the truths were present, and these actualities are born out, it is a release that I was unsure that I could ever experience. Timing is everything and timing is that trap that will always come back and haunt you. When “real” timings are brought forth and truths are reinforced, it is powerful indeed. Yes, it can be said that it is a clean sweep of the false and the enlightenment of the future that is laid out.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday August 26th

If I had to define a perfect day of relaxation and pure enjoyment it was today. I got to spend the whole day with Scott & Elizabeth Bartky and I could not have asked for anything more wonderful.

I got up early and walked along the river this morning with a hot cup of coffee and remembered how much I have always loved this city. I needed a day or two here to reclaim it as a personal treasured spot. I have loved coming here since I was a child and I remember perfectly the first time I went to the museums and I walked the streets.

The rest of the day was a wonderful as the morning. I had perfectly prepared Bartky French Toast, a walk along the lake in the warm sun with a cool easterly breeze and a great deal of excellent people watching. We spent the afternoon just sitting, relaxing and talking about anything and everything.

The only way that I can describe this beautiful couple is that when you look at them and you see the way that they treat each other with care, integrity, honesty and trust the only thing that you can say is…”yes, that is the way it is supposed to be and they are meant to be!”

We dropped off Scott for his appointment and Elizabeth and I went out for burgers at Blackies, which according to Scott has the best burgers in Chicago. It was nice to spend some one on one time with Elizabeth. It is something that we have never really had other than before or after a class.

Thank you both for a most excellent day!

I got back in time to watch Hillary’s speech this evening! I was blown away by her passion, her heartfelt believe in her causes and the fact that she so desperately wants the Democratic party to come together, work as a cohesive unit and reclaim the hopes and liberties that have been destroyed over the last 8 years. I pray that we get this one right and that we can unify to take back our country and regain our freedoms that have been stolen from us little by little and with destructive thought and purpose during this administration. Thank you Hillary for igniting the convention and showing us the possibilities that we need to fight for! If you missed it…listen and believe in the possible!

Hillary's Speech

Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday August 25th

Black Horse & the Cherry Tree - KT Tunstall
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The past few days have been a whirlwind of teaching classes, running down to the show floor to get anytime at all in my booth to meet people, to getting dinner and going to bed. Yeesh! I was so tired last night that I fell asleep during the closing ceremonies of the Olympics.

The classes were; SO VERY EXCELLENT! I had 60 of the funest and spunkiest students that I have ever had! We all had a great time and some of the nicest bits and parts were created in just a day! All of these gals (and 2 guys…..really awesome! William & Mario!) gleaned so much and made such huge leaps in 7 hours. Everyone did such a great job and took the demo’s and made them their own.

It is always such an amazing thing to witness the transformation that happens as each person lights up the torch and tames the flames! It affects each person in such a personal way. Some are there to overcome a fear of fire and some are there to take back a part of their life. Each has a story and I am blessed when any are shared with me.

As always, it is a wonderful time of catching up with friends and making new ones!!!! Howdy to Erin! What a pleasure to meet you and spend time with you!

My love to Jill, Gail, Susan, Charlene, Jane & Robin and all of the rest! As always, it is so good to see you and spend time with you!

Well; it took 10 hours to get to Chicago from Philly and as always driving in PA means you go the wrong way at least once…..I went 20 minutes out of my way first thing this morning! UGH! Well, that’s PA!!!! I decided to not wake at the break of dawn, sleep in just a bit and spent my morning just visiting with my roomie Gail. That was such a smart idea.

I got to listen to the entirety of the DNC convention and made it to my hotel just in time for Michele Obama’s speech. I got to listen to Ted Kennedy’s speech and was struck by his passion. Michele was amazing; I am for the first time in a long time, hopeful for the right outcome for the first time in 8 years. PLEASE! OH PLEASE! Do it right this time!

I will confess; she made me a bit misty this evening! Don’t tell anyone! It’s out secret!

I am in one of my favorite cities with my most favorite View! I LOVE CHICAGO! The view from my room thank you!















I get to spend the day with two of the sweetest people in the world tomorrow and I get homemade French toast! YEA!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday August 23rd.

I am beat to the marrow!
I have had GREAT CLASSES.
BUT I have had 18-hour days since I got here and I am a tired puppy.

I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be rooming with my sweet Gail C. Moore and to see everyone. I feel a bit isolated in my teaching room but getting together for dinners and drinks has made up for everything!

I got a great piece of sage advise today! I said that I was grateful for all of the amazing people that I have around me….She turned to me and said….”Do not be grateful, the quality of people and the number of quality people that are around you is a direct reflection of your as a special and wonderful person.

Thank You Lass! That made my week!

I will post all about the show either tomorrow evening or late on Monday after I get into Chicago! Can’t wit to get there! EXCELLENT!

Sorry for the lack of information over the last few days. To much going on and not enough hours in the day! Forgive me!!!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Wednesday August 20th

I am sure that most of you have had one of those nights that no matter what you could just not go to sleep? I finished watching the Olympics last/early night/morning and no matter what I could not go to sleep. So as of 8:30 pm on Wednesday, I have been up for just over 36 hours. UGH!

My brain was running a thousand miles an hour going over and over everything in the greatest of infinite detail. Reliving moments as if they were happening just moments ago. Just as I felt I was going to drift off and start dreaming my thoughts would intrude and ruin everything.
••I feel like a piece of soggy toast that has been run over…several times.

Thankfully, what I thought was a 12 hour drive was in actuality an 8 hour drive. So, I got in early and relaxed till Gail got in and then we had one errand task to accomplish. We got right to it and have been spending the rest of the evening jest relaxing and trying not to yawn at each other.

We are both so beat, each in our own ways.
It has quickly become an early night and wish us both sweet dreams.


Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come on Eileen
The stomping Irish version of the SAFETY DANCE!
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Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio, he moved a million hearts in mono.
Our mothers cried and sang along and who'd blame them.
Now you're grown, so grown, now I must say more than ever.
Go Toora Loora Toora Loo-Rye-Aye
and we can sing just like our fathers.

Come on Eileen,
I swear (well he means) At this moment you mean everything,
With you in that dress my thoughts I confess verge on dirty
Ah come on Eileen.

These people round here wear beaten down eyes
Sunk in smoke dried faces they're so resigned to what their fate is,
But not us, no not us we are far too young and clever.
Remember Toora Loora Toora Loo-Rye-Aye
Eileen I'll hum this tune forever.

Come on Eileen, I swear, well he means
Ah come on let's take off everything,
That pretty red dress Eileen (Tell him yes)
Ah come on let's, ah come on Eileen, please.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

August Tuesday 19th/Wednesday 20th

I'm off for Philly in just a few hours. I am gonna do my usual. Start out way before dawn and get to where I want to go early enough to rest and have a nice dinner with friends. I get to see all of the great folks! Jill, Gail, Susan.....the list goes on and on!

Had fun with mom for her Birthday and we had a blast watching the Olympics together! USA Softball pulled off a nail bitter this evening. I watched it on my computer live. Yeesh, I had to walk away once or twice it was so tense.

Here is a little Sheryl Crow for the drive today!

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"The First Cut Is The Deepest"

I would have given you all of my heart
But there's someone who's torn it apart
And he's taken just all that I have
But if you want I'll try to love again
Baby, I'll try to love again, but I know...

The first cut is the deepest
Baby I know
The first cut is the deepest
But when it comes to b
ein' lucky, he's cursed
When it comes to lovin' me, he's worst...

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried
And I'm sure gonna give you a try
If you want I'll try to love again, (try)
Baby, I'll try to love again, but I know...


The first cut is the deepest
Baby I know
The first cut is the
deepest
But when it comes to bein' lucky, he's cursed
But when it comes to lovin' me, he's worst...

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried
But I'm sure gonna give you a try
Cuz if you want I'll try to love again
(Try to love again, try to love again)
Baby, I'll try to love again but I know, OOHHH....

The first cut is the deepest
Baby I know
The first cut is the deepest
When it comes
to bein' lucky, he's cursed
When it comes to lovin' me, he's worst

The first cut is the deepest
Baby I know (baby I know)
The first cut is the deepest
Try to love again.





Tuesday August 19th

Ah, Cats!!! Gotta love 'em
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Monday, August 18, 2008

Monday August 18th

Well all I have to say is that I am the worlds greatest packer! I even amazed myself this morning. The final shipment from UPS came today and I spent the morning sorting, inventorying and re-packing the shipments to all fit into my car. Look at this amazing job.













Mom and I had a really nice birthday day for her yesterday. We had lunch and dinner with friends and had a very enjoyable time. We have been watching the Olympics with die hard abandon. Everything from Beach Volleyball to the Trampoline, Jeez we are addicted to it all and enjoying every moment of it. How in the name of everything we hold dear do we get a hyped up about some of these really strange versions of sports. My all time favorite is the Gymnastics with the ribbons and the ball throwing!

I had 2 stupid errands to run today and spent about an hour of wasted time accomplishing them. I decided that it was a waste of money and packing space to ship out several items that I was sure I could find very easily here. Well it proved to be a bit more of a challenge but in the end all it went well in the world. I have also decided that since I am going to be teaching and exhibiting at the Philly show I should just leave a few things here so I will not have to ship them all over the country each year. So a good portion of the day was spent kind of figuring out what exactly all that stuff is going to be. Thanks to BeadFest for scheduling the show in conjunction with my mom’s birthday. Appreciate it!

Tomorrow is a day of relaxing, mailing off my article to B&B with some amazing samples and going out to dinner again with friends. I am ready for the show and I am even more ready for a nice 48 hours in Chicago!

Endless Knot—symbolic of Buddha's mind, representing endless wisdom and compassion; reminiscent of the cyclic reality of existence.

Right now, and in every now-moment, you are either closing or opening. You are either stressfully waiting for something--more money, security, affection--or you are living from your deep heart, opening as the entire moment, and giving what you most deeply desire to give, without waiting. If you are waiting for anything in order to live and love without holding back, then you suffer. Every moment is the most important moment of your life. No future time is better than now to let down your guard and love. Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds. Opening from heart to all, you live as a gift to all. In every moment, you are either opening or closing. Right now, you are choosing to open and give fully or you are waiting. How does your choice feel?
Josh Baran

How very bittersweet! It is anguishing-ly hard to see all of the changes in life that were never to happen. The realization that no matter what promises were made and dreams were shared the outcome was certain. Hind site is 20/20 and when you look back on the events of life and can see all of the warning flares that have gone off while only looking forward; it is a very important lesson to remember to really look at your world and make sure that you see the real truth of the circumstances and that you are not wearing blinders to reality. Eyes wide open to the actions and reality of life.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Saturday August 16th

I had a long day of flights, a layover in HotLanta and then a short hop to Dayton. I had forgotten that I was in Atlanta just last summer for one of the slowest shows ever. The only one that was slower was Miami. I guess I had blocked out the entire show for so many reasons. This airport amuses me, while you are walking, they let you know that you are 3000 feet away from the next terminal. That is over 1/2 a mile. I made the HUGE mistake last year of dragging my sorry butt and my HEAVY SILVER LADEN bags the entire distance, choosing NOT to use the tram. I have no idea of what I was thinking! God! I hate being stupid!

Well I am in Dayton and I am sweating like a sieve! It is not that hot but I am not used to the humidity. Nor am I used to looking out a window and see so much green! Well I am here and I just have a bit of work to do. Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday and we have a full day of seeing family friends. It will be really nice to see them all.

I just watched Michael Phelps win his final Gold Medal of this Olympics. I remember watching Mark Spitz make his historic 1972 Munich march to 7 Gold Medals. This was one of the most amazing things I have ever witnessed and I am honored to have been able to experience it along with the world.

Dara Torres lost her Olympic bid for Gold my one one-thousandth of a second, the same time that Michael won last nights race. I could not be more impressed her; she stopped a previous race from starting so a fellow competitor could fix a rip in her swim suit. Now that is the true meaning of sportsmanship and honest competition. You Go Girl!!! Well Done!

I am looking forward to the next few days of getting a few work things done and getting ready for my SHORT drive to Philly!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Most Ashamed & Embarrassed Fan





I am ashamed beyond belief. It has been brought to my attention that the Cincinnati Reds are having a FAITH DAY this weekend that is being sponsored by the CREATION MUSEUM. I do not know what to say and I have E-mailed the following message to the management. I know it will fall on deaf years but at least I got the opportunity to express my outrage.

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FAITH DAY SPONSORED BY THE CREATION MUSEUM???
Are you kidding?

I have been a DIE HARD Reds fans since I was a child growing up in Dayton. The Big Red Machine surrounded my upbringing. I am 44 years old and now live in Arizona and I make sure that I watch as many Reds games that I can, even when they are doing as POORLY as they are this year!

HOW DARE YOU mix religion in with our National Pastime? Religion does not belong in a ballpark and the entire organization looks like IDIOTS to the rest of the SANE portions of the country. We are a melting pot and to single out a religion and promote it in a secular venue at a secular sporting event is wrong in every instance.

This gives me great pause as to how this team is being run into the ground! I am ashamed to have very publicly stated my support for this most storied franchise and you are belittling the grand history of this team.

A MOST ASHAMED FAN
Anne

At least Adam Dunn is now a D-Back and Griffey is a White Sox.

Friday August 15th

This song was about JOEY / Dave Coulier from the SitCom Full House! HA!
Now isn't that IRONIC! (get it?)
I have a video to post for you that will be placed here a bit later. I am having technical difficulties with downloading right at this time!

I am packed and ready for Dayton/BeadFest Philly! My flight leaves at crack-of-ass dawn tomorrow morning. I have three VERY full classes and I am looking forward to every moment. I have spent months trying to regain my joy of teaching and I feel that I am gaining the upper hand once again. I have re-worked this class to make it so much more informative and productive than it has ever been in any incarnation.

I once again have a drive from Dayton to Philly but can you believe it is only 12 hours and not in to the low to mid 20 hour range? I do not know what to do with myself. I am going to drive to Chicago on Monday August 25th for a few days to visit a dear friend and to walk the streets of Chicago before I make my way back to Tucson.


arrogant |ˈarəgənt|
adjective
having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or abilities.

Self-righteous arrogance is to be avoided it all costs. I am continually amazed at the blinders that can be worn just so some can continue on in their self-righteous ignorant bliss regardless if the consequences to everyone else in their path of destruction.

Think about all of the crap that is going on and make a concise list of all of it all. I have been amazed at how long this list is turning out to be. It runs the gamut!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wednesday August 13th.

Sinnerman – Nina Simone!
Oh, Yea!!! There is nothin’ like this voice!
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There are awesome people in this world and I consider myself honored to know a few of them. I had lost touch with the most fabulous Jean Yeats over the last month or so and we totally reconnected last night with a rapid fire exchange of emails that let us pick up right where we had left off so many days ago. I always stop in to see how she is doing every day but I have been just keeping my life focused and rather introverted for the last month or so. What a wonderful person and soul she is and it is a joy to know her. I have never met anyone that can see so many things so clearly and so succinctly and she is so free with sharing that clarity with her friends.

I had a productive and Olympics filled day. I am very close to being ready to go to Dayton and then off to Philly for classes. It seems rather surreal that I am flying to a gig this year. I know that I am driving from Dayton to Philly but I am actually getting into a plane for the first time since Christmas. WOW! I was so used to flying everywhere and I flew the equivalent of 4 times around the world last year and almost 3 ½ times in the last 3 months of last year. I think that is why I am so adamant about driving.

There was a beautiful monsoon this evening that came out of the west. So many of our storms come in from the south but this one, coming in from the west, was actually cold. (I mean it Gail & Cris, the water was COLD.) It was wonderful to stand out in the wind and feel a cold rain wash over you. The lightning is still flashing wildly and the thunder sounds off in the distance. I can not wait to turn off all of the lights and see the house fill with momentary flashes.

Stacey asked me watch her daughter's YouTube Video.
You all have to watch this.
It is brilliant.
Way to go!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

OK, Really Funny & OMG!

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What I had forgotten from my stunned daze last night is monumental. The second best home run batter and the player that has the most walks for the last 4 years in baseball was traded from my beloved-ly awful Cincinnati Reds to my ass kicking Arizona D-Backs. Adam Dunn is now playing for Arizona. So 2 of my favorite players of all time are now on 2 of my favorite teams and each of those teams is in the thick of the pennant race competitions in their divisions in the Fall Classic.

•Ken Griffey to the White Sox
•Adam Dunn to the D-Backs

Good Luck Adam. Welcome to Arizona.

I’ll finally get a chance to see both of these guys play live. I’ll for sure go to another D-Back's game this year and I am gonna try to get to a Sox game in Chicago as well. I have plans to go to Chicago after Philly but the Sox are not in town while I am there. I’ll just have to go back before the end of the season. Darn, I’ll just have to grin and bear it with a beer and a dog!

Tuesday August 12th.

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Monday was a day of packing and shipping like a crazy person! A dozen Priority Mail boxes were sent off and then I packed another half a dozen boxes to be shipped UPS. I barely had time to catch up on shipping for orders while I am trying to get ready to leave for Philly on Saturday.

The girls took off around 8:30am and to say it was kind of strange to have the house all back to myself was an understatement. It was such a blast to have Cris and Gail here for the weekend. We had a relaxing Sunday; we went out for brunch and then went through al of the shops in the Lost Barrio section of town. If you ever come to Tucson, make sure you save at least 3 to 4 hours for those shops. After that we had another all out water battle in the pool and just enjoyed each others company for the rest of the day. The Olympics have been so exciting and we got to see the comeback of all comeback in the Men’s 4x100 Medley. We were all on the edge of our seats screaming as they won and set a new world record.

What a joy it was to have these 2 most excellent woman come and play with me for a few days. To know that there are 2 people this cool in the world is a comfort. (I just embarrassed them both but I do not care!) Thanks Gals…..I miss you both HUGE!

Today, all of the UPS boxes were sent off and all I have left to do is pack up my own bench and what few things I am taking on the plane. I am going to spend the rest of the day finishing up a few last minute projects tat MUST get done before I leave town.

I am flying into Dayton for 3 days to see my mom for her birthday and then driving to Philly on Wednesday morning. Thursday will be spent setting up the booth I am sharing with Susan Nestor and then my classroom and helping Gail Crosman Moore if she needs some assistance with her in-class sales. As always I am looking forward to seeing everyone. If you are in the area, stop by my booth, I will try to be there as much as I can with teaching 3 all day classes.

The best news is that all of the classes are sold out. Thanks to everyone that is coming to class; we are going to have a blast!!!!! I swear!

Well it is time to get back to work again! More later…Watch Phelps try for 2 more Gold Medals in tonight’s swimming.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

For Gail & Cris!

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Sunday August 10th.

How remiss I have been over the last 2 days. That’s what happens when 2 of the most awesome people come to town for a visit. We have been busy having fun working, relaxing, laughing, being very silly and just generally enjoying ourselves. I am sorry to say that my dear Stacey could not make the journey to join us in our party.

Thursday:
The gals got in a bit late on Thursday due to some thunder, lightening and rain that the monsoons decided to greet them with. It was quite a display of lightning and thunder to experience while landing. After getting to the house safe and sound we spent the evening talking and having some excellent Mexican dinner and just got caught up.

Friday:
We got to greet the day with a brisk morning swim and then it was onto a fantastic day I where I got my introduction to the Bronze clay. What an fascinating medium, harder to work with and easier all at the same time. More forgiving time wise, but a but fussier in other aspects. Cris and Gail have made truly excellent stuff. It has been so relaxing, being creative and laughing till our sides hurt. We had a surprise guest join our party this weekend, Bria decided that she would love to learn how to make cool stuff as well and I have to say that she took to it like a duck to water.

It takes nine hours to fire the Bronze Clay. I have never had to be this patient for a piece that I have worked on in my life. I cannot begin to understand how a class for this could ever be taught in a show setting. The instructor would have to have at least 4 to 6 kilns in order to fire a standard classes pieces for the required nine hours. Yeesh, I think it would take more patience to put al of that together than I have. I am sure someone will figure out a way to make it all happen.

After a full day of clay, we grilled steaks, ate outside, drank wine, and watched the sun set over the western mountains. Each of us was rather excited to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. These ceremonies were with out a doubt the most amazing live spectacle I have ever witnessed. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to have witnessed it live. 15,000 people preformed for the world. A nation that has 1/5 of the world’s population gave the world a show that I will never forget! Thank You!

Saturday:
Well we woke up and realized that we were so ready for bed at 2am on Friday night / Saturday morning we forgot tot load the kiln with the first batch of Bronze. So we still have to wait nine hours before we get to see our creations. So, after a bracing water battle in the morning the rest of today was more Bronze for Gail and Cris and I moved on to PMC. I have to finish up an article this weekend and thought that this would be a great to get that done while getting some input from the gals. I value their opinion and just having a new pair of eyes on something is always a good thing.

We had the Olympics on all day in anticipation of some very exciting highlights. Michael Phelps won his opening bid for 8 gold metals. So swimming, beach volleyball, fencing, bike racing, gymnastics and everything else that was being contested we were either listening to or avidly watching like excited little kids.

The firing was done at 7pm can you believe that??? We ate dinner while we gazed at our really cool stuff and tumbled and burnished and were all really stoked about the pieces. Fine stuff this Bronze, has lots of possibilities. As Cris quite simply put it, this stuff takes so long; I am really considering getting a second kiln. Now that is dedication.

Sunday:
We have stayed up late every evening, working and laughing. I am pleased to say that my insomniac Cris is actually asleep and at 8:30. I look forward to another day of fun and I cannot say how much I have LOVED having them here. I wish that I lived closer to these two, they do not leave till tomorrow and I miss them already.

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Cris and Gail









Then we decided to all take pictures of each other



















Ahh, Michael Phelps!!!!!!!









A gathering of great minds, all right here!!!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Thursday August 7th.

Most Excellent!
Here is the first of 3 videos that I wanted to share with all of you!

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Wednesday August 6th

I had a great video to share with you but there were some technical difficulties. I'll try in the morning!

Cris and Gail arrive tomorrow and Stacey gets in on Friday! I could not be more pleased that the gals are coming into town to stay and this could not come at a better time for me. I am thinking way too much and I need to make greater strides towards goals that I have set for myself.

I am so very ready for some creative interaction, great meals & much laughter and spending time with some really fantastic people!

We averted a big storm this evening; it entire thing just skirted right around the city. The lightning was still pretty excellent and the rumbling of the distant thunder is always a welcome sound to my ears.

I am on a quote binge these days. I listen to so many movies while I work over the course of a day and there are scenes that I hear and just remember. They stick with you for some reason or another and they can move you in so many ways. Even stupid movies with corny one-liners that make you laugh every time you hear them.

When ever I take role in a class ad a student has not arrived yet all I can ever think about is the teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. “Bueller?…..Bueller?” It gets me every time without fail.

I have the TV on right now and once again “The Holiday” is on and the second speech that Iris (Kate Winslet) gives has just played. It makes me tear up whenever I hear it. She delivers the words and intent so well and Miles (Jack Black) is just the best listener ever!!!! He is so cute in this role!
Iris: I understand feeling as small and as insignificant as humanly possible. And how it can actually ache in places you didn't know you had inside you. And it doesn't matter how many new haircuts you get, or gyms you join, or how many glasses of chardonnay you drink with your girlfriends... you still go to bed every night going over every detail and wonder what you did wrong or how you could have misunderstood. And how in the hell for that brief moment you could think that you were that happy. And sometimes you can even convince yourself that he'll see the light and show up at your door. And after all that, however long all that may be, you'll go somewhere new. And you'll meet people who make you feel worthwhile again. And little pieces of your soul will finally come back. And all that fuzzy stuff, those years of your life that you wasted, that will eventually begin to fade.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tuesday August 5th

A productive day of more work in the house and yard. I finished the yard work today, but with all of the rain that we just got all of the yard work will go to hell in a handbag in just a few days. It is a battle that will not end I fear!

What an amazing storm we had this evening! 4000 lighting strikes an hour! (YES! I swear! Honest!) More rain than I have ever seen fall here in such a short amount of time with winds near 60 MPH in the mountains. It was BEAUTIFUL!!! Whew!

Oh, yea! The new door did the job. The garage/studio was a dry as can be!!!!

My day was a day of listening to movies while I worked at my bench and continued to check items off of my list. I put Moonlighting on and it is always a favorite; there are as many good one-liners in this movie as there are in Steel Magnolias.

The classic line of all time:
Ronny Cammareri: I love you!
Loretta: (slaps him twice) “Snap out of it!

But here is my favorite:
Ronny Cammareri: Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I didn't know this either, but love don't make things nice - it ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren't here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us! We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and *die*. The storybooks are *bullshit*. Now I want you to come upstairs with me and *get* in my bed!

How could anyone say no to that line!

P.S,
I found a really cool little movie that I am trying to find the code for. I want to put it on my Blog page. It is so cute and funny. If anyone can help me out here I would really appreciate it a great deal. Thans!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Monday August 4th

Today was a day of long conversations with friends,
painting trim in the kitchen,
re-hanging blinds,
cleaning the kitchen really well,
putting things away,
reorganizing,
and so much more.

I am trying like mad to get things around the house in better order. There are so many things that have been on my list for long enough and I am determined to get that list as short as possible as quickly as possible.
I am not sure where this spark of motivation came from but I do not ignore it when it happens.
Along with motivation for the house I am having it for work as well. There are so many ideas running around in my head I need get to my bench A.S.A.P. As soon as my house list gets to a point that I feel accomplished I will get back to my work.

So much rumbling around my head these days, so much to consider and so much to figure out, look at and decipher. All of the questions and so few answers. I guess that working like I have been for these last weeks and months has been my attempt to try to turn a part of my brain towards focusing on all of these issues and to try to find the answers that I crave to discover.

I do not think I am a new soul at all. I think I am a middle aged soul on my journey. But I do think that some of lyrics have a resonance for my journey

Yael Naim - New Soul


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I'm a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take
But since I came here, felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake

La, la, la, la (21x)
La, la, la, la (21x)

See I'm a young soul in this very strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout what is true and fake
But why all this hate? try to communicate
Finding trust and love is not always easy to make

La, la, la, la (21x)
La, la, la, la (21x)

This is a happy end
Cause you don't understand
Everything you have done
Why's everything so wrong

This is a happy end
Come and give me your hand
I'll take you far away

I'm a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take
But since I came here, felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake

New soul... (la, la, la, la,...)
In this very strange world...
Every possible mistake
Possible mistake
Every possible mistake
Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes...

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Vashti Bunyan - Train Song

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Traveling north, traveling north to find you
Train wheels beating, the wind in my eyes
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
Call out your name love, don’t be surprised

It’s so many miles and so long since I’ve met you
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
But suddenly now, I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles but it won’t be long

What will I do if there’s someone with you
Maybe someone you’ve always known
How do I know I can come and give to you
Love with no warning and find you alone

It’s so many miles and so long since I’ve met you
Don’t even know what I’ll find when I get to you
But suddenly now, I know where I belong
It’s many hundred miles and it won’t be long

Sunday August 3rd

Yesterday was spent doing massive amounts of yard work. It should all be finished up by this afternoon and then I will dive into the pool to make sure I do not die from heat exhaustion.

Here are 2 of the most recent pieces that I have been working on.
I am pleased with the way they are turning out.

I am so getting ready for Cris, Stacey & Miss Gail to come into town. I have been looking forward to this since we first started talking about this so many ages ago!!!

Cris was sweet enough to get me a starter kit for the Bronze clay and I got myself a few extra of the 100-gram packets. I cannot wait to crack open the stuff and dive into it. Gail’s pieces have turned out most excellent indeed. With Cris and Gail as our guides I am sure Stacey & I will catch right on.

Now this is gonna be most interesting indeed. I just had Gail and Cris in my 3-day workshop at B&B just 2 months ago and now the teacher will become the student. Yes, Grasshopper, it is as it should always be. I look forward to their tutelage, I am sure that they will be very informative.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday August 1st

What A Big Day for Science!!!

Frozen Water Confirmed on Mars
MIT develops way to bank solar energy at home

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There was an amazing Total Eclipse of the Sun.










There is so much going on around us and so much that still needs to be overcome. We, as humanity have to take a better look around and see what we are doing to everything around us. I have been listening to NOVA and History International as I have been working this week and have gleaned a great deal that leads me to more questions.

We need to be more aware of what we have, what we can use and what we can recycle!

The door that I just had put in...

•I got the Angle Iron and the Door from a reclamation yard.
•90% of the wood was left over from other projects and had been neatly stacked in a pile next to the house for well over a year.
•The corrugated steel roofing was tucked into a niche in between the garage and an old shed, left over from the previous owners. (I still have 5 sheets left, what can I make next!)
•Some of the other bits and part needed were traded between Monty and myself. I gave him some left over 4x4's and I got 3 used bitchin' hinges.
•I have stain and sealer from other projects, and do not need to buy another thing to finish this off correctly.

It is imperative that we think outside the box and when I read about what MIT has done and to think that a non-corrosive approach to storing energy is with-in reach in the next decade sounds to so excellent. It gives me hope that we as a society may actually be starting to listen in ernest.

The Beijing marvels "The Water Cube" & "The Birds Nest" that will be unveiled have taken my breath away and the technology that went into each venue is unbelievable.

The games come as a double edged sword for me; my life long love for what the Olympics represent, my love for Tibetian culture and my disgust for the intollerable nature for so much of the Chinese government.

Fellowship of the Rings Quote:
Galadriel; "The quest stands upon the edge of a knife, stray but a little and it will fail to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the company is true."