31 March 2010

"Undercover Black Man" died today, of a cerebral aneurysm. He was only 48. A provocative writer, and former journalist, he was working on the new HBO series, Treme, when he died.

A frank interview, about the birth of his blog, and the origin of the title - frank - I don't think he was capable of anything but...

Hadn't been to his blog in a while, but he had a Vox page, where he made his eclectic music library available to his readers.

One of his G rated choices, To Sir with Love, with Chaka Khan and the London Symphony Orchestra, seems appropriate.

26 March 2010

Last year I intended to write about the events as they unfolded - instead, pictures tell the story of place, emotion, and time passing.

Nothing lasts forever, except maybe tumbleweeds.

25 March 2010

Cover for Designer Magazine, July/August 1984.

Art Director . Alistair Best . Publisher . Verlag

more inspiration via:

European Illustration, The Twelfth Annual
edited by Edward Booth-Cliburn
"Beaten Bark Cloth. Kuba, Republic of Zaire. 58.5in. x 27.5in. Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington. Patchwork skirt of bark cloth and European cloth with a raffia border in overstitched embroidery. This garment joins several materials and techniques in a prestige dress."
(see links below)

24 March 2010

"War Dress. Senegal. The Museum of the Philadelphia Civic Center. Collected in 1889. The Arabic script and leather amulets were probably meant to make the wearer invulnerable in battle."

African Textiles and Decorative Arts
by Roy Sieber

The Museum of Modern Art
New York

in search of inspiration...

22 March 2010

today would have been my mother's 80th birthday, and she is the one holding the baby in this family portrait.

my uniformed uncle is the youngest, and the only survivor from this generation (my father's family).

photo taken in west virginia.

20 March 2010

my heart beats a little faster, when i'm trapped inside my car - at the car wash...

(i finally remembered to bring my camera)

17 March 2010

Anna Quinn, daughter of Peter Quinn, born in Tyrone, Ireland, and the grandmother of my grandmother.

Photo taken at Morris Studios, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"This is one race of people for whom psychoanalysis is of no use whatsoever."
- Sigmund Freud (speaking about the Irish)

"I'm not one of those James Joyce intellectuals who can stand back and look at the whole edifice... It was a slow process for me to just crawl out of it, like a snake leaving his skin behind."
- Frank McCourt

"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?"
- Quentin Crisp

"We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English."
- Winston Churchill

"Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
- Sean O'Casey

"I think the Irish woman was freed from slavery by bingo. They can go out now, dressed up, with their handbags and have a drink and play bingo. And they deserve it."
- Author John B. Keane

via Ireland Fun Facts and No Irish Need Apply.

16 March 2010

Freud, it's your turn.

Maybe it was starting labor while watching The Elephant Man , which was surreal. For obvious reasons, it was difficult to stay focused, but I didn't want to be a nuisance.

Happy Birthday, mon petit mignon!

Love, Maw
old, reflecting new...

14 March 2010

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Just how do you mean that, sir?

08 March 2010

This brought me to tears, as I've had her linked in my blog roll for more than a year. When she announced her second diagnosis of cancer, she tagged it with "Life", as if this were a battle everyone faced in their late twenties.

"Our loving daughter, Yulanda Yee (just turned 28) has lost her second battle with lymphoma cancer on Feb 11/2010. She passed away at 6 p.m. in a palliative home on the second day after being transferred from Princess Margaret Hospital where she had many short and long stays.

She was only nine when first diagnosed with this disease. With unbelievable courage, she fought it for about one and a half to two years and was free for 18 years. With a vengeance, the disease came back in June 2009. It finally took her young life after months of furious combat.

I wish there are words to express my thanks and gratitude to my wife, Helen, who provided 24-hour personal-care, support, and encouragement during months of difficult times.

We also have much thanks for her sweetheart, Wayne, who fought alongside her to the end. It is him who gave Yulanda a worthy reason to live and the desire to beat this battle.

We cannot be over-grateful to our family (father, mother, brothers, sisters, cousins...) for their infinite physical and emotional support and encouragement.

As parents of this shy girl, we were astonished by the number of friends she has."

closing up shop, and saying good-bye to the harleys...

07 March 2010

05 March 2010

i'm working on a wedding, and this is just a quick snapshot...

flowers via growersbox.com plus vines from the bride's parents' yard.

"Before you can blame an individual for their choices, you have to make sure they have the same choices as everyone else."

Bix , the fanatic cook.