Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Life Among Books

I love books.
I do enjoy reading, but I enjoy them
for more than this intrinsic value.
Perfect for substituting for a piece of furniture-
I love the look of a stack of books,
sheer functionality proves them to make great 
tables and stands.
                           I love the colors, textures, the graphics on the spine.
Books, whether classic novels, art or reference- no matter,
they all bring memories, ("what a good read")
a sense of history, essays and photos of 
people and days  gone by.
Ours is not a collection, but more of a composite,
assortments, mixed media.
They bring reverence and inspiration.
Whether a library room full, an artful bookcase,
or organized assortments, I could look at endless compilations.

Here at our house, we have quite a few...
favorite reads, finds from yard sales and antique shops, 
gifts- given and received-
and, they all have a home here. 

Quote of The Day

Slight not what's near
through aiming at what's far.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Get The Party Started

Frankly, socially speaking,
I think Black Friday is shameful 
I suppose fiscally speaking,
it makes great sense, especially
if you're planning on giving someone a 
52 inch flat screen.
If your spare room is already filling up with purchases
in need of wrapping, here is 
a kick off to the season
of paper, tape and ribbons.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

I Am The Luckiest Person

I know that I am a lucky person,
yes, I have a roof over my head, with a lovely view,
and delicious food on a well dressed table,
 it is my devoted husband,
with whom I am still in love,
our two children, of whom I am in awe and proud
and my sister who I am at one with
although separated by miles, 
that remind me of my
true wealth and  blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Bob Dylan... A Daily Dose

Using all of the above, plus
passion, dedication and respect
is a virtual history lesson
and ode to the mastery of 
Bob Dylan.

I didn`t want to be part of that thing. I liked the town. I felt they exploited the shit out of that, going up there and getting 15 million people all in the same spot. That don`t excite me. The flower generation - is that what it was? I wasn`t into that at all. I just thought it was a lot of kids out and around wearing flowers in their hair taking a lot of acid. (on Woodstock)

Whether like, love or simply
respect this man and his music,
it is all there to enjoy.

Quote of The Day

Common sense is not so common.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Somewhere Far Far Away

There is something about looking at photographs
reading hearing details of the intimate stage 
that was the Kennedy White House.
I am drawn, fascinated, in a haunting kind of way.
Now, Historian Richard Reeves,  brings us a new book,

"Fifty years ago, John F. Kennedy was elected the youngest president of the United States, moving his work and his family to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And alongside him was Cecil W. Stoughton, the first official White House photographer, who accompanied the First Family everywhere—blending in the background, snapping candid photographs, and, in the process, amassing a collection of rare, intimate glimpses of the family at ease. " via Vanity Fair

So cheers to the Royals at Buckingham Palace and 
the upcoming nuptials, for now though,
I will relish the past and enjoy our Camelot that was.

Quote of The Day

Beauty without grace is the hook 
without the bait.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thursday's Entertainment

So many people are out of their element this time of year-
but no worries, help is on the way.
I just read a cute article on Flavorwire
geared for the twentysomething hosting their first Thanksgiving,
and whether you're in that category or simply out of your element, 
there are some great common sense tips- with a modern slant, of course.
Now, granted, I am not twenty years old,
 hosting my first Thanksgiving, or out of my element, but,
I'm always looking out for new ideas and takes 
on the tried and true.
Two things here....
music is always prominent at our house,
 dinner never an exception, but, hmm what to play;
then, how to rally the troops- post dishes?
My two favorite tips from the article proved very helpful...
 the rest are on Flavorwire.

Music is a great way to set a mood, but it’s also a minefield. You want your guests to be able to hear each other talk, so make sure it isn’t too loud. And unless you’re hosting friends who share your taste in music, divisive stuff like punk and noise is just going to put people on edge. In general, you can never go wrong with the classics: The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Leonard Cohen. Everyone likes these people, and if they don’t, you probably don’t want them in your home.
 After dinner:
Different families have different post-meal traditions — but way too many involve the dudes gravitating to the wrap-around couch to zone out in front of football while the ladies scramble to clean up and entertain the kids. In 2010! Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean it needs to be the ’50s. Sure, let people take turns with dishes, but try to find an activity that everyone can participate in, be it a board game or a favorite holiday movie (Hannah and Her Sisters, anyone?). And it’s never a bad idea to give people a hot holiday cocktail to sit with as they chat.

Quote of The Day

Time can never take
What time did not give;
When your shadows have all passed,
I shall live.
Henry Van Dyke

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Preparing For The Big Prep

Yea! Our weather is finally
feeling like honest fall, just in time
to help me plan the menu, gather 
the table accessories and synchronize the lists.
If there is one thing I've learned over the years,
no matter if it's Monday night dinner or that 
big Thursday of the year, the best thing
you can do for yourself (outside of a cocktail)
is wear an apron. Whether the outfit came from
TJMax or Neiman Marcus - no one wants to see
a bunch of spots and drops.
We always have several in rotation here, including 
hand me downs, gifts and humbly homemade.
In keeping with my new found spirit 
of the upcoming holiday I went searching and found a few
inspired treasures on Etsy...
Fall Harvest with Gingham
Retro Orange and Black
Here is a recipe for the best biscuits you will ever make or have.
Here's to a great weekend full of planning, prepping
and a dash of ... popping


Friday, November 19, 2010


 "Decoded is many things at once. At its core, Decoded is an eloquent and candid memoir detailing the story of a man who was born in a Brooklyn housing project, spent his teen years dealing drugs on the streets of Trenton, New Jersey, and grew up to be one of his generation’s most successful artists and businessmen." via amazon

Jay-Z's new book is out 
and in Jay-Z style, 
is all about town.
Teaming up with Gucci,  the two 
brilliantly combined their efforts
when Gucci's 5th Ave windows featured
a black leather jacket with two pages
of the book printed in the lining.
Then there was the ad campaign -
in conjunction with Bing where pages of the book were 
placed in locations around the world- each location 
with related content featured on Bing ie..
swimming pools, pool tables, designer clothing racks etc.
Not to mention his ease of 
commanding an interview (where you least expect it)...
I love it all and can't wait to 
read the next installment.

Quote of The Day

The teaming autumn,
big with rich increase.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sketches For A new World

Eric Molinsky gives new meaning to modern art..
Using his iPhone and his right index finger,
he sketches the people he sees in his travels, mainly 
the NYC subway.
The sketches are simple, but clearly
he sees a lot, because each one comes through 
with an obvious attitude intact.
Thankfully, he chronicles his work on his 

In it's simplest form, 
here is art, from the people,
of the people, for the people.

Quote of The Day

No man is an island entire of
every man is a piece of the 
continent, a part of the main.
John Donne

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What's For Lunch?

8351 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
This casual SoCal burger joint inhabits a bright yellow Amtrak passenger car from the 1920s, and its white- and red-paneled walls sport old framed black-and-whites documenting its disco-era construction. T-shirted tourists and local die-hards order at the counter and grab napkins from a bathroom towel dispenser at the end of the line. Trademark burgers and hot dogs are served in cardboard boxes, often drenched in chili and accompanied by bottled beer or lemonade in a paper cup. - Citysearch

Photo via Flickr: bORjAmATiC

Well, YESTERDAY November 16th,
was National Fast Food Day- who knew?
I wish they would have mentioned 
this on the 6'clock news-the night before!
Here's a peek at what we could've  indulged in...
had we been in LA (SF trumped yet again).

Zankou Chicken
Various Locations

Spit-roasted chicken attracts most of the attention, and deservedly so. Tender, moist and permeated with flavor, it's rotisserie roasted to crisp perfection. But the rest of the menu easily meets or beats the bird. Soujouk is an Armenian beef sausage that takes the term spicy to new heights--not simply hot, it's a marvelous melange of fiery flavors combined with subtler nuances. Then there are the sides--tabbouleh, hummus, zippy stuffed grape leaves and a divinely addictive mutabbal (baba ghanouj). - Citysearch

Photo via Flickr: Mike Saechang

Original Tommy's Hamburgers
Various Locations

When Mom cooks, the extra ingredient is love. When Tommy's cooks, the secret's in the chili. Give in to your inner glutton and enjoy a meaty burger smothered in the orange, gloppy stuff. The medium-thick beef patty oozing chili con carne, cheddar cheese and mustard redeems itself with diced raw onion, dill pickles and a thick-cut slice of beefsteak tomato. Perfectly plumped all-beef dogs, hefty tamales and chunky golden fries are absolutely delicious when coated with the industrial-strength chili. - Citysearch

Photo via Facebook: Original Tommy's

For the rest of the yummaricious choices
check out 
The Huffington Post

Kind of makes you rethink that 
turkey roll up from home, right?

Quote of The Day

Sometimes good intentions and
feelings are of greater moment
than the awkwardness of their expression..
Jonathan Yardley

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Times Gone By

For some reason, the fall season 
 nostalgia reigns, hence the perfect timing for the release
of Lesley M.M. Blume's book
Ms. Blume is an author, journalist and cultural observer
with a column (of same name) at The Huffington Post
regarding all things nostalgic.
The book is at once, whimsical, charming and 
very educational.
With her feet firmly planted in the present and
 an acknowledgement to her love of 
 modern trappings, such as iPods, Spanx and Starbucks,
she celebrates hundreds of forgotten
objects, pastimes, curiosities recipes, words,
architectural works and personnas-
that could (or should) be brought back today.
Here are a few pictorial suggestions
as taken from her column... 
Double  features.
All white tennis clothes
Lovely leisurely evening walks
Good posture
Supper Clubs
Sunday roasts

So true, right?

Quote of The Day

Every great and commanding
movement in the annals of 
of the world is the triumph
of enthusiasm.
Nothing great was ever 
achieved without it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hanging With The Locals

San Francisco is a place that's almost impossible to define. Sure, you can catalog its geography, economy, climate, and so on. But none of these quantifiable nuggets will tell you the whole story, much less capture the soul of this strange, wonderful, constantly changing city. Which is maybe why, after almost three years here, I still struggle to describe this place to outsiders in a way that doesn't sound like a tourist cliché.

At one time, you may have been able to get a sense of San Francisco's beating heart by reading its newspapers and magazines, but Herb Caen andRolling Stone magazine are long gone. These days, the pulse of the city can be found online. SF is covered by a shifting blanket of blogs: Mission MissionMuni DiariesBurrito JusticeTenderblogSexpigeonNoe Valley SF, and on and on in a list that just keeps getting longer. (Oh look, Uptown Almanac launched in the time it took me to write that list.

I’ve always known that I belong in San Francisco.
There’s something so beautiful about the city.  Something so alluring.  Something that says, “You are home.”
But these outpourings, both informative and surreal, tend to focus on niche topics and particular neighborhoods. What about the bigger picture? Not everyone in San Francisco is an obsessive blogger, after all (even if it does occasionally seem that way). Julie Michelle's deceptively simple website I Live Here:SF offers a broader perspective. For the past year she has been photographing city residents and posting their portraits alongside short texts the subjects write themselves. They are a mix of Bay Area natives and transplants from across the States and beyond. Some tell linear stories that begin with where they were born or grew up, while others talk about specific moments or events, like how they fell in and out of love, or found their calling. Many describe the journey that brought them to this city. Some entries are fragmented to the point of poetry, like one person's random snapshots of the city.
Plenty of the characters will seem familiar, but even those that look at first glance like SF stereotypes -- the creatives, dreamers, and kooks -- will quickly defy your expectations with stories full of earthy realities and unpredictable twists. You might not expect grinningDottie's story to include a stint in Iraq with the National Guard, but it does. And how could you not read a story that opens: "Three big things happened to me when I moved to San Francisco: I found myself; I met the love of my life; and I got breast cancer." (If you can make it to the end of Sonia's story without both crying and laughing, you're a far stronger person than I am.)
People who live on the streets rub shoulders with moms, writers, and dancers. There are three dogs, two cats, and at least one yoyo fanatic. And almost all of them end up writing an SF love letter of one kind or another. Sure, there are gripes: the city is "expensive, the school system sucks, and we trip over ourselves in our tiny house," says Julie. But evenMat, who starts his entry with the words "I hate this place," admits he never wants to leave. via KQED Arts
There are so many stories to see and so many yet to unfold.
i live here: SF blog
i live here:SF Retrospective


Quote of The Day

I sought my soul,
But my soul I could not see.
I sought my God,
But my God eluded me.
I sought myself
and I found all three.