Saturday, April 30, 2016

Share a Haircut

My hair had grown out long and shaggy—not in that sexy-young-rock-star kind of way but in that time-to-take-Rover-to-the-groomer kind of way.
~Jim Butcher



I received a press release about this & wanted to pass it along:

Hair Cuttery and the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) are joining forces for Hair Cuttery’s latest iteration of its Share-A-Haircut program. On Monday and Tuesday, May 2-3, for every haircut purchased at one of Hair Cuttery’s nearly 900 salons, a free haircut certificate will be donated to a victim of domestic violence through NNEDV’s member programs.



Friday, April 29, 2016

Summer Poem Swap

I lied about my weight on my poetic license.
~Terri Guillemets


I didn't have anything planned for this week (other than talking about the Summer Poem Swap). I like what Tanya Davis does with "How To Be Alone," so I'll send you there, or if you want to see a wee lad perform, check out this version of "Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven."


Interested in joining the Summer Poem Swap? What is it? Send a poem to a person every two weeks for a total of five poems over ten weeks. You can send it in an envelope or on a postcard. The "due dates" are June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, and August 22.

If you want to do a little add-on, you can take photos of something (a special object, a picture of a poet) in different locations and share it with person you are sending something to. Another alternative is to decorate the envelope.

The sign-up deadline is May 27. If there's someone in particular who you've always been dying to be paired with, let me know. :-)

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Buffy Silverman is the Poetry Friday round-up host today. Thanks, Buffy!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Icing on the Cake

But how will I eat cake if my head is over there, and my hands are over here?
~Marie Antoinette, attributed (ha ha)


I'm thinking about cake, maybe because we have some upcoming special events in the family, but whatever I make certainly won't look like any of these. (Although maybe that's a good thing...wouldn't it be a shame to actually EAT any of these?)

In honor of the Phillips Collection 90th birthday
by Chris Kujala of Ris
photo by Victoria Pickering

Sweets Sentiment, Pola Museum Annex
Osamu Watanabe

You can have your cake, but you cant eat it too
photo by G

That Takes the Cake
photo by sashimikid

Works of Art
photo by Scott

Marzipan Museum, Budapest
photo by Jenny

Hi, Cupcake! (Toronto)
photo by Loozrboy

Hand-Painted Floral Cake Tutorial (video)
Cake Art Decoration (video)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I don't usually talk about money, but...

You probably thought I was going to talk about American money! Nope. I think everybody else has that covered. I was excited to read about the Bank of England's new £20 note featuring artist JMW Turner. You can read about it at ArtNetNews.



The banknote featuring JMW Turner.
Photo: © The Governor and Company of the Bank of England.


“Brilliantly, it is an official acknowledgment of the immense historical value of the visual arts to the UK. But it is also a stark reminder that we must place increasing value on our future as a nation of creative minds. We must invest to support the next great artists and innovators."
~Victoria Pomery, director of Turner Contemporary

Yes to investing in creative minds! Here's a bit of birthday trivia about JMW Turner from About Art History:

There is no record of Turner's actual date of birth, which was sometime between late April and early May of 1775. The artist himself chose April 23 as the best candidate, possibly because it is also St. George's Day (patron saint of England, among many other places and organizations) and the birthday of William Shakespeare.

Previous posts mentioning JMWT

Monday, April 25, 2016

Alexey Romanov

The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.
~Molière


Alexey Romanov, born without fingers, plays the piano:



Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lay on, Macduff!

If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow, and which will not,
Speak.
~Shakespeare (from Macbeth, spoken by Banquo)


Happy Shakespeare Day! Shakespeare's grains certainly grew, didn't they? I like his comedies a lot (and his sonnets), but Macbeth is also one of my favorites. I can't believe I haven't seen the movie version from last year yet.

This pop-up book is phenomenal:

Theatre Book - Macbeth from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.




Macbeth (2015)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Do you like poetry?

I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face.
~Langston Hughes


Brace yourself for some intense cuteness and a lot of "very's."


Next, something I made with watercolors and pen. I had a really hard time scanning it, but here goes:



Jama's Alphabet Soup has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Jama!