31 July 2011

doing some graphic work, and still just pondering the knitting needles and yarn...

25 July 2011

a short break

it's been a busy summer, with four weeks of art camp, and two exhibits. i'm going to take a short break to read, knit (new venture), print and slash silks, and explore new locations and subjects to photograph...

i would like to leave you with some of the sites i head to for visual inspiration:







21 July 2011

atlantis, the final shuttle mission...

(photo courtesy of NASA, via link above)

20 July 2011

I've been reading...

"What was my role, and did it contain the elements of grandeur or ruin? My designation in the family was normality. I was the balanced child drafted into the ranks for leadership for coolness under fire, stability...I was courteous, bright, popular, and religious. I was the neutral country, the family Switzerland. A symbol of righteousness, I paid homage to the irreproachable figure of the child my parents always wanted. Respectful of the courtesies, I had entered my adulthood timid and eager to please. And while my sister screamed and fought against the black dogs of her underworld and my brother slept like an infant, I stayed up the night and knew that I had passed an important week in my life. I had been married for almost six years, had established my career as teacher and coach, and was living out my life as a mediocre man."

The Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy

18 July 2011

14 July 2011

I've been reading...

"He said softly, "We're a violent people, Cal. Does it seem strange to you that I include myself? Maybe it's true that we are all descended from the restless, the nervous, the criminals, the arguers and brawlers, but also the brave and independent and generous. If our ancestors had not been that, they would have stayed in their home plots in the other world and starved over the squeezed-out soil."..."It's a breed--selected out by accident. And so we're overbrave and overfearful--we're kind and cruel as children. We're overfriendly and at the same time frightened of strangers. We boast and are impressed. We're oversentimental and realistic. We are mundane and materialistic--and do you know of any other nation that acts for ideals? We eat too much. We have no taste, no sense of proportion. We throw our energy about like waste. In the old lands they say of us that we go from barbarism to decadence without an intervening culture. Can it be that our critics have not the key or the language of our culture?"

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

published in 1952 - this conversation took place in California, during the first World War.

08 July 2011

I've been reading...

"I have wondered why it is that some people are less affected and torn by the verities of life and death than others. Una's death cut the earth from under Samuel's feet and opened his defended keep and let in old age. On the other hand Liza, who surely loved her family as deeply as did her husband, was not destroyed or warped. Her life continued evenly. She felt sorrow but she survived it....

Samuel may have thought and played and philosophized about death, but he did not really believe in it...I think he had always thought he could argue himself out of death...

To Liza it was simply death--the thing promised and expected. She could go on and in her sorrow put a pot of beans in the oven, bake six pies, and plan to exactness how much food would be necessary properly to feed the funeral guests..."

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

I've been reading...

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

"Adam seemed clothed in a viscosity that slowed his movements and held his thoughts down. He saw the world through gray water. Now and then his mind fought its way upward, and when the light broke in it brought him only a sickness of the mind, and he retired into the grayness again. He was aware of the twins because he heard them cry and laugh, but he felt only a thin distaste for them. To Adam, they were symbols of his loss."

05 July 2011


a short film that captures the surf culture in ormond beach. mitch mentor, film producer...

01 July 2011


"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.