Thursday, March 27, 2008

a harbinger to spring...

I've been wearing some new jewels on my ears...Earrings that were made especially for me by the talented jeweler Deryn Mentock. I just cannot get enough of them....I dig these jewels big time...

I bought this other pair also with the bead...for dressier occasions. Love the details and how they look like little wings on my ears.

And then to top it all off...I had to get this beautiful nest special is this?
A harbinger to Spring... and all that is new.

I am restless. I am athirst for faraway things.
My soul goes out in a longing to touch the skirt of the dim distance.
O Great Beyond, O the keen call of thy flute! I forget, I ever forget,
that I have no wings to fly,
that I am bound in this spot evermore.
Rabindranath Tagore, The Gardener 1915

Sunday, March 23, 2008

happy day...



Becca & Jesse a while back....
Have a great day...

Saturday, March 22, 2008

earth laughing in flowers...

It's Easter tomorrow. Spring has arrived here in LA. It was so hot today...I miss bundling up and breathing in the crisp air. But spring has it's this beautiful vision I saw yesterday on a walk through Descanso Gardens. Upon entering the Japanese Gardens the cherry blossoms were in bloom and they looked like butterflies shifting in the breeze. It took my breathe away it was so beautiful. They were the whitest white...and the palest pink. It was magical...
When we wandered through the gardens the daffidils and tulips were in all their glory...

Earth Laughs In Flowers!
Ralph Waldo Emerson

And she truly does...

I found this picture of Veronica and me in our bonnets one Easter morning...It's been a long time since bonnets were worn. But we will celebrate spring tomorrow just the same...without hats.

Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.
Sir Walter Scott

Thursday, March 20, 2008

oh yeah...that's right

Issue 3 of Pasticcio Quartz is available! Sarah and I are mad about this issue and we had a blast creating it... it's colorful, entertaining, inspiring and informative and there is a plethora of divine art by some divine artists. This issue explores 'fonts' and the color 'blue'...but we don't think you will be after you've perused its here to purchase:

Monday, March 17, 2008

howaya this fine day...

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig!!

May those who love us,
Love us.
And those who do not love us,
May God turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles,
So we'll know them by their limping.

Go bhfana í ngrá linn,
Iad siúd atá í ngrá linn.
Iad siúd nach bhfuil,
Go gcasa Dia a gcroíthe.
Agus muna gcasann Sé a gcroíthe
Go gcasa Sé caol na coise acu
Go n-aithneoimid iad as a mbacadaíl.

This is one of my very favorite was shoot with the self timer on my camera that I balanced on my camera bag on the rocky beach in Doolin, Ireland. I wanted a family picture of us to use as a holiday card...I think this picture rocks...It's the cover of our next CD...just kidding!
Happy St. Patricks Day...

The cliffs of Dooneen

You may travel far far from your own native home,
Far away o’er the mountains, far away o’er the foam,
But of all the fine places that I’ve ever been
Sure there’s none can compare with the cliffs off Dooneen.

Take a view o’er the mountains, fine sights you’ll see there,
You’ll see the high rocky mountains o’er the west coast of Clare;
Oh the towns of Kilkee and Kilrush can be seen
From the high rocky slopes round the cliffs of Dooneen
traditional irish song


Go raibh tú daibhir i mí-áidh
Agus saibhir i mbeannachtaí
Go mall ag déanamh namhaid, go luath a déanamh carad,
Ach saibhir nó daibhir, go mall nó go luath,
Nach raibh ach áthas agat
Ón lá seo amach.

May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
Slow to make enemies,
quick to make friends,
But rich or poor, quick or slow,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

ode to green...

Tis almost St. Patrick's I know I am not Irish...but I can't help but celebrate a people that love to celebrate. And I did have some fabulous times in Ireland. My friend Judy (from the West side)...sent me the most hilarious book called "The feckin' book of everything Irish"...and I got a good many laughs from it. If you are not Irish, it is at least a good thing to have an Irish friend.

I broke my beloved teapot lid...I love this teapot...I bought it in England over 10 years ago and it makes a really fine cuppa char (as my mum used to say)...but...with a broken lid there was only one thing left to do with it...make it a planter for miniature daffodils...
So when my friend Judy (from the East side) was in town we went and did some walking...and I bought myself a new the same English company, Emma Bridgewater. I just love it...It says Tea In The Garden on the lid and is adorned with cherries.
Here it is sitting next to Jiminy Cricket on my window sill...all ready for some water on the boil to make it's its very first brew. I do love my tea.
So this March 17th don't forget to wear green...just's a cool color...

May the most you wish for
be the least you get.
May the best times you've ever had
be the worst you will ever see.
celtic blessing

Saturday, March 08, 2008

rules of engagement...

Stop! the name of love...
Julia, the daughter of our dear old family friends Jim and Judy, is getting married to Jordan later this year...and we just went to their Engagement Party.
It was wonderful...but it was also sentimental...
Here's a portrait I took of the bride to be what... some 23 years ago...

Julia age 2

My rules of engagement...
remember the past....

Julia, Jesse, Jake, Becca upstate New York

but embrace the future....
Becca and Jesse

It's the only way to keep your sanity...

Thursday, March 06, 2008

making room...

Are the last days of winter getting you down? Do you need a laugh or two? Well I have just the thing to bring you out of the doldrums....S'more Entertainment has released the 6th season of "Make Room For Daddy" on DVD. Now it's pretty exciting...because these early classic shows have appeared here and there on TV ...but never has there been the entire 6th season on a DVD. The folks at S'more Entertainment have done a fabulous job of restoring 12 hours and 50 minutes of sitcom comedy to pristine condition.

I gotta say I had a few belly laughs watching
Linda's Giant and Linda's Locket. They are funny.... I was on this show for 7 seasons...and all these memories are tied up in these shows and it is a treat to watch them again. Five discs and 32 episodes with Guest Stars like Lucillle Ball, Jack Benny and Dinah Shore to name a few. It also has extras which include never before seen interviews Marjorie Lord, Sid Melton and moi.
The set is a steal at
or you can buy it at the S'mores site.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

when time stood still....

Click to pause my music in the sidebar to the right,
then click the button in the center of the screen.

Who are these people?

Saturday, March 01, 2008

eye wonder...

It's the first day of March...and here are a few wondrous things I happened upon.

won . drous adj. Remarkable or extraordinary, wonderful

This is the Glass wing butterfly. Isn't it amazing? No I didn't find it in my backyard, but I wish I had.
Greta oto is a brush-footed butterfly, and is a member of the clearwing clade; its wings are transparent. Its most common English name is glasswing, and its Spanish name is espejitos, which means "little mirrors." Indeed, the tissue between the veins of its wings looks like glass. It is one of the more abundant clearwing species in its home range, which extends throughout Central America and into Mexico. The opaque borders of its wings are dark brown sometimes tinted with red or orange, and its body is dark in color. Its wingspan is between 5.5 and 6 cm. They also exhibit some pretty interesting behaviors like lekking among males.

What's this? It's a fabulous flower under water...
While visiting a friend for a cup of tea the other day...I was offered a cup of Art Tea. It begins as a flower pod and when you pour boiling water over blossoms into a flower right before your eyes.

It doesn't taste very good...but it sure is wondrous to watch...
And then passing by a window facing south the other day, the sun was was drawing on my walls with the most amazing palette of primary colors...I am still having my affair with shadows and cannot deny they speak to me in the most dramatic way...

So with Spring tentatively creeping into the calender...I return from my moments of wonder to get back to the reality of the computer and a pile on my desk. sigh...

A pretty cool site to check out so you can learn important things about yourself is this one: Things like my Native American Zodiac sign is a Bear and my age is the equivalent of a dog that is 7.93033268101761 years old. You know...things you really want to know about yourself.

I shall return...