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Friday, April 25, 2008

Health & Fitness

Birthdays always make me reflect on my life. I can remember reflecting on the aging process even as a small child.
The big issue to reflect on this year for me is not career, family, wealth, relationship(s) or even wrinkles (got that covered very well by having mom's good genes and wearing sunscreen fanatically), but it is fitness.
I have been blessed with health my whole life and hope to continue to be that fortunate, however I am really not all that fit.
Sure I live in a city where I walk and take stairs all the time, I schlepp my groceries, I do some yoga and I ride my excercyle and my weight is pretty good too. Nevertheless I don't think I am fit.
This really sunk in as I on top of Kundalini Yoga also started to get into Vinyassa Yoga & Sun Salutations -- taught to me by the super wonderful Alicia (if you need private lessons she is the way to go, contact me for her info in you are interested).
My dismay at my decrepitude when it came to push ups led me to do some research and to an article in the New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope titled "An Enduring Measure of Fitness: The Simple Push-Up". Man, reading that one was a shocker.
NPR also picked up on the article, and you can listen to it here.
I have a few friends who are scrumptiously buff and my parents are in awesome shape. Most of my friends & family are not overweight, but after the reading that article, I truly think only the ones that I consider buff are truly fit.
Anyway, take the survey/poll in the right sidebar-- and I am off to work on some push-ups.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Art & Ghosts


Take a trip to Louise's world ©Art & Ghosts

Another favorite of mine I found via Etsy (to be exact via the Etsy favorites of Juliana Swaney's) is Art & Ghosts. I love the work of Keith Carter, Simen Johan and Loretta Lux, because mood is important to me in a picture. Louise or Art & Ghosts has a very specific mood that she maintains throughout all of her imagery.
Her photo collages are carefully executed and I am impressed with the amount of her creative output.
Louise also keeps a journal where you can follow her creative endeavors and also find out about some of the grievances visual artists deal with, such as: copycats (an issue that I need to write some more about soon, because that issue just keeps popping up everywhere).
Louise likes the idea of affordable art and makes her prints available at very affordable prices, but still people steal her work. Unfortunately I think this is just too common -- and not just in art& crafts; people just ruthlessly taking advantage of others is an ugly side of humanity.
But back to the good stuff, visit Art & Ghosts and enjoy the beautiful and haunting work& world of the lovely & talented Louise.

Monday, April 21, 2008

(Save) The Mount

Edith Wharton is one of my favorite writers. I started with The Age of Innocence and then just read everything else she wrote . I still like to (re-)read Wharton. As a New Yorker and as a woman, Ms.Wharton holds a special place in my heart. Her former estate "The Mount" is up for foreclosure and several Millions of Dollars have to be found by April 24, 2008 if The Mount is to be saved.
I first read about this back in February in an article in The New York Times by Charles McGrath and this week's New Yorker also features a piece by Rebecca Mead titled "Restoration Drama" speaking about The Mount.
I know there are more pressing things than preserving The Mount. Clearly. Nonetheless it makes me wary to think that in an age where three million dollars simply translates into a three bedroom apartment in Manhattan, three million dollars cannot be found to save Edith Wharton's home and library, it makes me wonder where preservation and art is heading.
You can make a pledge to save The Mount if you like here: www.edithwharton.org.

Note: A Pledge assures that your money will go to what you intend it to go to. If the necessary amount is not raised, you will not be called upon to fullfill your pledge.

Update: The deadline was extended to May 31st, 2008!

Oh My Cavalier!


Mrs. Wolf(e) © Julianna Swaney

Last night I was browsing through Nylon and noticed they featured Little Paper Planes, a neat little online source for screen printed t-shirts, prints and more. One of the images used to illustrate what Little Paper Planes offers was by Julianna Swaney. Julianna is everywhere now. Her work was just recently shown in New York and can be seen in California next. If you are in Los Angeles swing by Lab 101 starting Saturday to see her work.

Julianna Swaney @
Lab 101
8539 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-7444
(310)945 5974
April 26 - May 21, 2008

Rachel Bank

I have always loved the photography of Rachel Bank-- I'm not totally sure why, I think it's something about the moments she chooses to capture and how real yet idyllic her vision is. Her imagery reminds me of Sofia Coppola's first feature film "The Virgin Suicides" which had a similar visually seductive and nostalgic vibe.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Jimmy


Downtown Today photographed by Mr. Corvallo