3-10 Ephemera

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Orangutan by Sean E. Avery (2013)  Image courtesy of Sean E. Avery

It’s the day before we spring forward and walk around like zombies for a day or two before our rhythms circle back into place.  It’s also the first Saturday in a while that I can ease into the weekend with a few cups of coffee and some serious web surfing.  Here are some of the things I stumbled upon that held my interest for longer than a passing glance…

Hope you have a good weekend doing your thing….and don’t forget to turn back your clock (or have Alexa do it for you!)

Heads are a science apart…

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“Eye” by Suk-Joon “Peter” Hong

I am always interested when opposite worlds transect.  Last week, I was able to assist a promising Pharmacology postdoctoral fellow with her ArtLab: Exploring the Intersection between Art and Science project, which happens to be something I’ve been passionate about for a very long time… Continue reading “Heads are a science apart…”

It’s only rock and roll but I like it…

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Evolution of the Tongue (courtesy of The Rolling Stones)

Please excuse my absence of late.  I’ve basically been getting my ass handed to me by life, resulting in zero energy to be creative.  When this happens, I escape by surfing the web exploring cool places to visit and things to do.  Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon an ad for a show I’ve planned imaginary visits to for the past two years, only to find I will  soon be able to drive ten miles down the road and see the show anytime I want.

The Rolling Stones “Exhibitionism” tour is coming to Nashville March 29th through June 30th and I am  beyond excited!   The first time I saw the Stones play was during their  ‘Some Girls’ tour in 1978 and the last time was during their ‘Bridges of Babylon’ tour in 1997.  I still wear my concert t’s, own most of their music catalog in one form or another, and continue to listen to the Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers, and Some Girls albums at least once a month.

Since I don’t have to travel far to see the show I thought I’d put my tourist planning skills to use for you instead.  Are you a Stones Fan? Are you interested in spending a weekend in Nashville to see the exhibit or the city? Not sure of where to stay, where to eat, or what to explore while in Music City?

All you need to do is follow my blog.  I’ll select three followers and create a personalized weekend itinerary that will have you and your tour mates experiencing Nashville like rock stars!

*It’s Only Rock and Roll – The Rolling Stones

 

A patchwork quilt of life…

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“Little Sister’s Quilt” by Susan and Emily Holbert (1850-1860)

I can come up with clothing designs. I can draft patterns. I can sew at the couture level. I can embroider.  I can bead.  I can even applique.  What I can’t do, or can’t do yet, is quilt. For someone as experienced in the sewing arts as I am in you would think quilting would be an easy thing to master, and yet something has held me back from trying. For that reason, when I was asked to review Southern Quilts: Celebrating Traditions, History, and Designs by Mary W. Kerr I jumped at the opportunity to explore ‘all things quilting’… Continue reading “A patchwork quilt of life…”

If you can’t be with the one you love…

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It’s no coincidence that we celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Condom Day on February 14th. If you are looking for love use a condom when you love so you can continue to love for a very long time. If you plan on staying home to spend time with those you already love have a wonderful day celebrating why you love each other. And remember…no matter how you love, or whom you love, or if anyone else understands your love…today of all days, love the one you’re with.

*Love The One You’re With – Stephen Stills

She promised all the sweetest gifts…

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Little things mean a lot
Heart Necklace  |  Crystal Heart Puzzle Lego Love Doggie Godiva Heart Tower
It Happened One Night  |  Moonstruck  |  Shrek The Big Sick  |  The Princess Bride | Shalimar  |  Hearts Apron  |  Rose Arrangement  |  AHA Donation  |  Earrings  |  Love T  |  Champagne  |  Heart Umbrella  

It is almost Valentine’s Day and I am being inundated with overpriced roses, candy-colored plush animals, and a multitude of heart-shaped sugars. I’ve never been a ‘show me you love me with a present’ kind of person but I absolutely unashamedly LOVE to give tokens of my affection all year long.  How about you?  Not sure what to give that certain someone in your life?  Here are a few ideas if you are looking for a way to say ‘I love you’ on February 14th (or any other day of the year).

*The Sweetest Gift (Lovers Live) – Sade

Nick Cave Project…

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2011’s Architectural Forest

One of the great benefits my job affords me is the ability to become a more active viewer and participant in our local art scene.  Earlier this week I got to take part in a private showing of Nick Cave: FEAT at Nashville’s Frist Center for Visual ArtsContinue reading “Nick Cave Project…”

It’s a very very very fine house…

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The Winter White House Postcard

For the past few days I’ve been doing a deep dive into Palm Beach and Boca Raton architecture as a by-product of reviewing Addison Mizner: The Architect Whose Genius Defined Palm Beach” by Stephen Perkins and James Caughman.  I was drawn to the subject having spent a number of years living in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, and lower Miami Beach, where I was surrounded by the beautiful Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial-influenced homes you can only find in South Florida… Continue reading “It’s a very very very fine house…”

Fly Eagles fly….

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Super Bowl LII Food – Philly Style

I have been a fan of football, and the Philadelphia Eagles, for a very long time.  Growing up, I never wanted to be a cheerleader but to this day I dream of being out on that field, protecting my quarterback as he throws one deep into the end zone for the winning touchdown.  I did play vicariously through my sons, both of whom started in pee-wee leagues and finished at college as O-line hogs.  And yes, for them I was definitely a cheerleader (often to their embarrassment).

As for the Eagles, the team has had a true Cinderella year.  When the pundits wrote them off after Carson Wentz’s season-ending injury the team kept playing like the first-class athletes they are and never missed a beat.  They truly are the personification of ‘there is no I in team’.  As I write, they are 6 days away from suiting up against the Patriots to play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. and while they prepare in Minneapolis I am busy preparing too.  Normally, I am all about the traditional wings/nachos/chips & dips/beer refreshments but this year I am all about the Philly Spread (and I don’t mean offense).

I plan on serving Frank’s Soda (a classic Philly soda from my youth), Yuengling Beer (for those who can’t handle the Wishniak), authentic Philadelphia soft pretzels (left over from my holiday visit to Philly), Italian hoagies, steaks wit’ wiz, pork and broccoli rabe sandwiches, crab fries (a la’ Chickie and Pete’s), assorted Tastycakes and Luigi’s water ices.  I won’t be able to replicate Formosa’s rolls for my sandwiches but can authentically replicate just about everything else I will serve.

What about you?  Will you attend a Super Bowl party or watch from your couch?  Are you pulling for another Tom Brady miracle win or, like me, rooting for the underdogs and a game for the ages?  Here’s hoping I’ll be singing Fly Eagles Fly next Sunday night. E. A. G. L. E. S. Eagles!

*Fly Eagles Fly