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Haiku 2014-03-13

In Cultural Musings on March 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm
Little Black Dress



One little black dress

charms passersby like a gale

straight between the eyes

Haiku 2014-02-20

In Art, Cultural Musings, Food and Wine, This Morning's Tea on February 21, 2014 at 2:59 am
#Rose #Saffron #Chai

Rose Saffron Chai

Saffron brown chai moon

rising in tea cup orbit

Mesmerizes me

A Sunset Supreme

In Art on December 28, 2013 at 1:19 am
dramatic sunset

A Sunset Supreme


Sunset, December 27, 2013

Yes, it’s Miles worthy.

What is Art?

In Art, This Evening's Movie on August 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm

The Horsemen: Capturing the Graceful Spectacle of Andalusia’s La Saca de las Yeguas

The Horsemen by Glen Milner

Being spellbound in the spur of the moment.

For me one of the defining elements of art: When a topic previously of little interest is revealed in such a way that I drop all other thoughts and offer all of my attention to the work before my eyes.

Exactly this happened this morning in a three-minute clip from the documentary The Horsemen by Glen Milner. NOWNESS opened the curtain on this for me. Is the definition of a movie trailer That which leaves trails of interest that lead you to the referenced work?

Fashion History Connected by One Running Thread

In Art on July 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Brilliant, simple (the very best combo) graphic time line of fashion history. Watch it weave together right before your eyes in moments on one of my favorite cultural sites, Nowness.


Suzy Menkes


A Luxury Timeline by Christian Borstrlap


Sonoma Meal in Hot Weather

In Sonoma, This Evening's Wine on July 1, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Salmon & Poached Egg Salad

Salmon & Poached Egg Salad

When it’s 100+ outside, it’s not only refreshing to eat a clean, clear salad, it can balance us when the heat throws us for a loop. On June 30, 2013 the above was the prescription for this Pitta. That and a crazy-fragrant Torrentes by Alamos.

There were a bit more of bits on the plate (no, neither the salmon nor the egg were …tomato red), mostly sourced from the backyard and Paul’s Produce in Sonoma.

I’m happy to share the various and sundry ingredients, but you better ask me soon. I rarely remember the exact ingredients of impromptu culinary creations. (Maybe more salmon will help me there?)

On the Sublime: Sigur Ros

In Art, The Bay Lights on April 11, 2013 at 4:39 am
The Bay Lights - screen-shot-2013-04-10-at-9-33-21

The Bay Lights – screen-shot-2013-04-10-at-9-33-21

(not sure what the new blue business is right center)

Soundtrack: Sigur Ros’ Havarf- Heim

Ok, so I’m jaded. Jaded by the sights and sounds of Sigur Ros, and the fact that I will be in their atmospheric, misty midst in a mere six days. My show is stopped, my breath taken, and my belief in the universe as limitless is confirmed. Listen: Samskeyti segued into Staralfur. Damned if I’ve ever heard–or seen–anything more sublime. Psst to Sigur Ros: Catch The Bay Lights when you’re in the Bay Area April 15-16.

Earring in Abstraction

In Art on April 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Earring in Abstraction

Earring in Abstraction

Heaven is in the Humble

In Art, Cultural Musings, The Bay Lights on April 3, 2013 at 4:08 am

The Bay Lights screen shot 2013-04-02 at 8:07.42 PM

Soundtrack: Mercedes Bahleda’s Domine Fil Unigenite. I hear–and feel–Heaven every time this plays. (Thanks, Erich Schiffmann, for introducing me to her music.) When I recommended it today to a fellow “lover of the gloaming” blogger, I just about did a cartoon slapping of my hand to my forehead: Now, this is the perfect accompaniment to The Bay Lights.

When the lights came on to Domine this evening I saw Heaven in their shimmer. They flicker like candle glow. Bahleda makes The Lights a Heaven. And on such a pedestrian (I know, I know) thing as a bridge for cars…for Heaven’s sake.


Super Sweet Blogging Award, CoC

In Cultural Musings, Playtime, Restaurant Reviews, Writings on April 2, 2013 at 4:18 pm


Maria (of Accelerated Stall) nominated me for the Super Sweet Blogging Award ~

Maria, thanks for the nomination.  I highly recommend reading Maria’s marvelous marveling of things that go What?*&#! in the night. Or by laundromat, plane, or tuk tuk…

Fluff and Fold, or Sounds of Cambodia.

The rules to this award (for me and all nominees) are:

  1. Thank the Super Sweet Blogger that nominated them
  2. Answer five super sweet questions
  3. Include the Super Sweet Blogging award image in your blog post
  4. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13) other bloggers
  5. Notify your nominees on their blog

Without further ado let’s roll out the questions:

1.     Cookies or Cake?

Cake. That texture, the mouth feel. Velvety cake, soft frosting, all dressed up and ready to go in your mouth…worth the price of admission of calories alone. And they have boxes.

2.     Chocolate or Vanilla?

I love Sarah Vaughan. Adore her. I could get lost in the sound of her voice… a whole weekend of Sarah is not a sliver too much. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a lost weekend with Ella Fitzgerald. Loving Ella is not mutually exclusive from savoring Sarah. Oh. Wait. I’m appealing to the wrong sense. I love chocolate ice cream. Adore it. I could have a lost…

3. What is your favorite sweet treat?

Princess cake. Marzipan, raspberry filling, soft pastry creamy stuff, all tucked in with the aforementioned velvety layers of (sponge!) cake. And it’s pretty. In pink and green.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

When I write about sweets. I’m very visual, so I have to be sitting in front of what I’m writing about. Cue: “Princess cake” in the voice of Homer Simpson. This can make for a sticky keyboard, and my impairment (the one that requires that I see what of I write) can be a very expensive handicap. Right now I want to write about…A San Francisco Giants game with a side Gilroy Garlic Fries in the foreground.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

This is going to be the most fattening question I’ve ever answered… (See above.)

Okay, question no. 5 is going to take some time. Hopefully a few of my 13 nominees for Super Sweet Blogging will share plates of their no. 3 answers with me to help with this dessert numerology.

My 13 Super Sweet Blogging nominees highlighted in Princess Cake colors and in random flavor are:

Dan Pawlowski, The Sound of Laughter

Quillan and Angela, Toemail

 MP, Helobiae

Nicole Taylor Linehan, Wave of Beauty and Bliss

Don Gilliland, Garlic Never Sleeps

Keith Houston, Shady Characters

Laura Beghein, Laura’s Gluten Free Pantry

Chelsea Roff,

Carol Horton, Think Body Electric

The Byronic Man

Girl on the Contrary

Daedalus Howell