Lessons Learned, Episode 2 – Cornbread Livin’

My extended family is insane. And I say “insane” with laughter and love…and I’m sure everyone could say that to some extent. But my recent road trip back to Oklahoma to visit my Grama has brought the insanity back to the forefront of my mind. On this trip, I learned about frog giggin’ – stabbing frogs with a trident-like implement for the purpose of eating them. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I can’t help it. As much as I enjoy frog legs, I didn’t grow up hunting for my food so this is a foreign concept to me.

Another story that may display the craziness of my family is the death of my great Aunt June. I really don’t mean to offend anyone with this one, so please forgive me in advance; I do not mean to seem insensitive. But I have to take this moment to make fun of life… and death.

Benjamin Franklin said, “Certainty? In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.”

Marlene Dietrich said, “When you’re dead, you’re dead. That’s it.”

A member of my family may have proved both wrong. Read More…

Echoes and Reflexes, Part 2

“What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past.”  — Victor Hugo

Not to bore you with more art history (see Echoes and Reflexes, part 1), but I am revisiting the constant adventure of new discovery. This episode brought to you by a recent article on www.artnews.com about pictures that have been submitted for authentication to the Magritte Foundation. Please read here.

Magritte - The Hesitation Waltz, 1952

I have a friend that put it so perfectly:  “The old is new again.”

– Own your dork.

To Geek Or Not To Geek

I was lucky enough to go to one day of Denver’s first Comic Con last month and am already planning on attending the whole weekend next year. So when San Diego Comic Con was in full swing last weekend, I was glued to Twitter, watching all the fun from a distance.

So this post is in light of one specific article post-San Diego Comic Con… To sum up:  a self-imposed judge-of-all-geeks decided to berate women for, in his words, “pretending to be geeks for attention.” (Feel free to read the whole thing here: http://geekout.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/24/booth-babes-need-not-apply/)

Yeah. Where to start with this one?! Actually, I don’t need to start, because author (of science fiction I might add), John Scalzi, does a fantastic job of refuting. Please read: http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/07/26/who-gets-to-be-a-geek-anyone-who-wants-to-be/

As Scalzi so eloquently puts it:  “Be your own geek. Love what you love. Share it with anyone who will listen… Anyone can be a geek. Any way they want to…”

So this is me with my geek out.

And as always, people, own your dork.

Lessons Learned, Episode 1 – The Battlefield Of Broken Glass

Okay, I realize that this is potentially blog-cheating, but I have a few stories saved up from some past experiences that I have dubbed “Lessons Learned” and I feel I need to share. Here’s the first…

Early in my sojourn in muggy Nashville, I opened my sunroof and was greeted by the sound of glass scratching against metal and glass. I called my insurance, blah-blah-blah-details. Eventually, after a bit of a runaround, I was told to go to… “Cannonball’s Covers.”

I called the number I was given and the line was answered with a, “Dthis Cann’nbaw.”

After I got over what I thought I heard, I explained my dilemma. In our conversation, it was revealed by the man on the line that he was indeed the owner of the shop and to come in and ask for him… his name is Cannonball White.

Cannonball. Cannon. Ball. Read More…

“…One Day the Black Will Swallow the Red.”

I quite enjoy being able to learn even more about something that I already love.

My most recent educational experience was the play Red by the American writer, John Logan. The Tony Award winning drama that premiered a few years ago in London is currently playing at Curious Theatre Company in Denver (http://www.curioustheatre.org/). The two-man show is set in the 1950s and revolves around the artist Mark Rothko, his fictional assistant, and his commission for murals in the Four Seasons in New York City. Some parts of the script written for the Rothko character are taken straight from historical data of his lectures, writings, and interviews, so the normal exaggeration of historical-fictional drama is lessened, slightly.

And I’m not going to go into any more detail than that. Feel free to look it up and read about it or, better yet, go see it. Personally, I didn’t go into the performance knowing anything about it. I know about Rothko and his works and life, but didn’t know specifically what Red was going to explore.

As usual, the impact of learning more about an artist and their work is emotional and, for me, provokes introspection.

“That is why we profess a spiritual kinship with primitive and archaic art.” — Mark Rothko Read More…

Fantastic Food and an Even More Fantastic Cause

If you haven’t heard of “Dining out for Life,” look it up.

I’ll make it easy for you, go here:  www.diningoutforlife.com.

It only happens once a year, but the funds raised are changing lives all year round. Over 3,000 restaurants in 60 cities throughout the United States and Canada participate in this annual event. The restaurants donate a portion (usually around 25% or more) of their proceeds from the selected day to various licensed AIDS service agencies in their respective cities. Read More…

Echoes and Reflexes

When I started to write this year, I had the goal of making sure I didn’t let it go by the wayside. So we’re going to count that one blog post per month is “not letting it go by the wayside.”

Recently I’ve read quite a few articles about famous artists and the more recent discovery of new works. These new discoveries have reminded me of how much I love history (art history, specifically!), and how much we may never know about the past. Read More…

First Impressions

The Denver Art Museum has a fantastic collection of artwork. Every time I go, I find some new inspiration, motivation, revelation, or something that makes me question my previous perceptions.

In all of my studies of art, I admit, I have never really focused on Chinese painting or culture specifically. So when the Denver Art Museum’s most recent exhibits were focused on “Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting” and “Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China’s Last Dynasty” I was disinclined to view them.  However, one of the many things I love about the DAM is their monthly event, Untitled. The Untitled events are hosted during extended museum hours once a month and the focus tends to revolve around whatever is currently on display. The Untitled event for the month of January allowed visitors to view the Chinese-focused exhibits, which meant I had no excuse not to go. Read More…

The Women in WWII Propaganda

I was perusing some old books on World War II propaganda the other day and was inspired to share some thoughts…

Propaganda is most often very simple; bold colors and text and concepts that are simple yet effective. During World War II, women were often called upon via propaganda in support of the soldiers on the battlefields, for both the Allies and the Axis alike. Read More…

New Thoughts…

Aliso Beach, California

A beautiful end to a beautiful day.

HERE’S TO…

New thoughts.
To embracing the past without living in it.
To planning the future without anxiety.
To constant joy, mixed with constant sorrow.
To deep wounds and shallow feelings, both of which serve as constant reminders of the more important things in life.

– Own your dork.

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