Sunday, May 30, 2010
Some of you will love it, and live on it. Others of you will not.
1. Using a blender:
Wash 1 bunch of kale and trim all stalks leaving only the leaves. Place 1 to 2 cups cold water, the juice of 1 large or 2 small lemons, 1 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar and the kale in a blender and whiz 'til smooth, then press through a sieve.
2. using a juicer:
Wash the kale and trim as above. Juice the leaves and add the lemon juice, water and agave.
As Dr. Steve Brule would say: "For your health! Have some!"
Saturday, May 29, 2010
is getting longer and longer. We took a hike up into the Fish Lake Mountains last week and, while the trail was a creek and there was still hip-deep snow (and pelting hail) at the top, it felt great to be out again. Alice was a wet, shivering little rat by the time I took her picture ...and fearless as ever.
Check out Lines and Shapes Connect Us.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The last stern-wheeler to run on the Yukon River.
In 1960 the SS Keno sailed from Whitehorse to her final resting place on the riverbank in Dawson. Maybe I was hasty to say the Palace Grand is the most lovely building in Dawson because of course there is the Commissioner's Residence (Martha Black's one-time home) and the simple, beautiful Keno. J. and I tried to arrange a private tour through the Keno while I was in Dawson last week but...well, next time.
During their heyday there were some 350 stern-wheelers on Northern rivers, hauling supplies, equipment, ore and passengers. They were introduced to the Yukon River in 1866. The structure and design is patterned after the stately Missouri Riverboats, with flat hulls for speed and "hog posts" on the upper decks to prevent twisting and to haul the ships over shallow points in the river. Because they were often lost on snags, rocks, sandbars, ice floes and rapids, they had to be economically constructed of Douglas Fir, cedar and pine.
The only other surviving stern-wheeler in the Yukon is the SS Klondike which sits on the banks of the Yukon River near the Robert Campbell bridge in Whitehorse. It was built in 1929 by the British Yukon Navigation Company and was the largest of all 350 stern-wheelers with 50% more cargo space. She was retired in 1955.
And the origins of ships (and countries and oceans) taking the female referent (even ships named after men)? In modern English the use of the pronoun 'she' in reference to inanimate objects is an optional figure of speech, but this is in decline. In March 2002, the British newspaper Lloyd's List announced it would start referring to all naval vessels as 'it'.
And J. tells me that a 1960's list of why boats are 'shes' includes 'needing a strong hand' and 'a master's guidance'. Well, I suppose so, if one intends to be carried over the sea!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
by Ernst Haeckel, 1904.
5 of 1000 engravings produced based on Haeckel's sketches and watercolours:
1. Ascidian (Ascidiae)
2. Bat (Chiroptera)
3. Box Jellyfish (Cubomedusae)
4. Conifer (Coniferae)
5. Jellyfish (Discomedusae) which Haeckel named Discomedusae annasethe after his wife Anna Sethe who died the year before he observed this creature. He said the tentacles reminded him of her long hair.
- Olaf Breidbach
Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
" I like making images that from a distance seem kind of seductive, colorful, luscious and engaging, and then you realize what you’re looking at is something totally opposite. It seems boring to me to pursue the typical idea of beauty, because that is the easiest and the most obvious way to see the world. It’s more challenging to look at the other side."
- Cindy Sherman
Some reading today about CS and a quote I thought post-worthy.
(The same linoleum was laid in the kitchen of the house I was born in.)
Friday, May 21, 2010
I was back in Dawson this week for a conference. It was absolutely gorgeous, sunny and lush. In my opinion the most beautiful building in town is the Palace Grand, which opened in gala style July 1899. Its architecture is a combination of luxurious European Opera House and boomtown dance hall. It was built by 'Arizona' Charlie Meadows, a wild west showman who came to Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush. The Theatre played host to a variety of entertainment, from wild west shows to opera. When the show got slow, Arizona would get on stage and perform shooting tricks for the audience. I organised a little cinq a sept event at the PG one evening with drinks at the bar and appetisers in the theatre. It was lovely -most of all to be in that space alone while setting up and taking down.
Above is a photograph of the Dawson Light Opera Chorus in 1903 which performed regularly at the PG. Back row, second from left is Mrs. Judge Macauley and front row, centre, is Lillian Whyte. (Dawson City Museum and Historical Society)
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Her Sky Landscape is also at the park.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Sandy Calder's elegantly commanding creature, installed at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. When I saw it I wondered again if his favorite colour wasn't red. Was it red? It seemed to figure so prominently in his work and wardrobe.
I was fortunate to catch A Balancing Act in Seattle in January, an exhibition beautifully installed at the SAM featuring many of his mobiles. There too was my favorite work: Le Grand Cirque Calder (1955), the documentary film made by Jean Painleve who saw Calder perform his circus live in Paris in the 1920's. When he performed the circus for film, his wife Louisa James assisted, switching lps out on a portable record player and dropping chestnuts behind the performing elephant, after which her husband poop-scooped them up.
I liked how the curator set up the projection at the SAM, with a large rectangular carpet laid out on the floor in front the screen. It was perfect to lie down on and watch.
A dvd of the film can be purchased here.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A boy's suit in wheat-coloured lightweight linen, trimmed with bands of dark olive braid. The double breasted jacket has half-moon shaped pockets and mother-of-pearl buttons. The pleated skirt slips over the head with no closure and the waist size can be adjusted with the ribbon tie belt. Seams are machine-sewn while everything else including pocket application and button holes are hand-sewn.
I think as late as 1870 it was considered proper for a British boy to be dressed in a skirt. As America approached the 20th century it became less common. I suppose Americans weren't as likely to be comfortable with what they saw as a feminine image for boys.
C'est la vie as Max Fisher would say.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
I check The Sartorialist on a daily basis, and he takes some lovely photos, but for me this is far and away the most lovely photo he has posted.
Thank you Scott Schuman (and Charlie Rich).
at the Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park (which opened January, 2007)
The Eye Benches were a gift from Louise Bourgeois that accompanied Father and Son. Made of black granite form Zambabwe, they're wonderful to sit in (more in than on) ...warm from absorbing the sun, and perfectly smooth.
Father and Son sits on the edge of the park, overlooking the sea. Two volumes of water encircling each figure are on a timer mark each of the 24 hours in a day. The bell suspended from the underside of the tip of walkway in the background (you can just see it in the photo) rings on the hour and the water then lowers to reveal the son. At the next hour the water rises to hide the son, while the other mound of water descends to reveal the father. When revealed, each figure seems to float on air above the water.
Louise Bourgeois says, "nudity and obscurity represent vulnerability and the way male familial relationships deteriorate".
I'll post a few more images from the Park over the next few days.