Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Here’s Maureen Dowd having a crack at Palin.  

And rightfully so.  Is this pro-life anti-environment hockey mom actually going to fool the Hillary die-hards?  Wasn’t Hil’s biggest selling point to all the swing voters her EXPERIENCE???

What makes Palin worse than Rummy, Cheney, and Bush put together is her bullshit politicking about how she’s breaking through the glass ceiling like king crab fishing boats break through the ice in her home state.  The comparison to Ferraro is offensive, not to mention all that sucking up to Hillary in her Dayton, Ohio speech.  “Determination and grace?”  Give me a break.  What are we talking about here, a debutante winning the badminton tournament?

Worst of all is her advocacy for opening new areas to oil drilling, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

But isn’t it great when woman step back and do what they’re supposed to do: empower men by subverting the equality of their own gender?  Paint themselves in the tradition of our beloved Madonna and the whore? Palin wants us to know that she takes care of her kids and wears go-go boots (but if you look at her wearing her go-go boots you’re a letch for noticing).

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Post-Katrina

There is an unparalleled, as far as I have seen, imprint called Voice of Witness to which I call your attention: 

About Voice of Witness

The books in the Voice of Witness series seek to illuminate human rights crises by humanizing the victims. By allowing them to tell their stories, we seek to engender greater understanding. These books will be designed for readers of all levels—from high school and college students to policymakers—interested in a reality-based understanding of ongoing injustices in the United States and around the world.

So far, Voice of Witness has produced three books—Surviving Justice: America’s Wrongfully Convicted and Exonerated, Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath, and Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives. The fourth book in the series, Out of Exile: The Abducted and Displaced People of Sudan will be released this fall.

Right now I’m obviously thinking most about Voices from the Storm: The People of New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina and Its Aftermath.

Please take a look.

Thank you.

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Mandatory Evacuation in New Orleans

From the NY Times, Washington Post, BBC, and Times-Picayune a/k/a Nola.com

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Au-ten-ti-co Rockridge Lunch

M. made this and insisted I post about it.  It was truly a Rockridge lunch so I happily obliged.  Read on for what made it so Rockridge.

Lunch was chicken salad on a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes and concord grapes.

The chicken salad was made from our previous evening’s roast chicken (Ina Garten’s recipe from Barefoot in Paris-so simple, so easy, so delicious), diced onion, diced shallot, chopped pecans, diced celery, just the tiniest amount of mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and my personal contribution: cumin.  Lettuce is from the garden and all other produce is from Market Hall Produce.

M. made fresh iced tea; a custom blend of English Breakfast and rosehip.  The rosehip makes for that gorgeous color you see here.  She garnished the glass with mint and Meyer lemon.

Plates are Wild Strawberry by Wedgewood.  The glass tumbler and the graphic pillow are both from Target.  The coasters are from Atomic Garden on College Avenue

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Remainders

They aren’t just for long division people. 

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

I cut too much camelia, had some extra rosehip, and also cut a bunch of lavender from the front thinking that I would include it in my garden rose arrangement.  It turned out that the lavender “broke” the garden rose arrangement, as we say in the business, and I didn’t end up using it.

So I grabbed my new silver-plate tall footed vases and threw the remainders in:

 

Now I’ve previously instructed you not to uses frogs or oases when you’re starting out.  BUT, here’s a secret: my remainder elements weren’t tall enough on their own for this vase.  So I used a common flower trick: crumple up some plastic (I used the old grocery bags that collect under my sink from the times I forget my cloth, waiting for a need that seems to never arise) and push it into the bottom of the vase.  Simply fill with water and arrange as you normally would.  Another view:

The pen and ink drawing is by Vashti Windish, who also runs the incredible Live With Animals Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. The frame is custom from Frame-O-Rama in Berkeley.

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Friday Arrangement

After a long week at the office all I want to unwind is an hour or two to do some FABULOUS arranging!  I had such an urge yesterday I cannot even tell you!

This is what I came up with:

As we all know, our country has hit tough economic times.  I challenged myself to make a totally fabulous arrangement that would cost me next to nothing to make (at least for me to produce given my personal horticultural resources).  I would sell this arrangement in Rockridge at Bloomies for $45 (including cost of the container, not including tax).

What’s in it: 1 stem Lemon Leaves, 2 stems Camelia leaves, 2 stems rosehips, 5 garden roses (these retail in Rockridge at $17.50 for 5 stems).  Of this list, only the rosehips were purchased at retail.  The rest is from my garden.  

Another view is at right.

I took this one because I wanted you to be able to see the container, also from my personal collection, a mason jar.  It’s great to use different unexpected containers from around the house.  It can be very charming.

You also get a little peek into the interior architecture of Rockridge.

In spite of a fear of redundancy, I just can’t HELP myself from including the second picture at right too, which is only ever so slightly different from above.  But aren’t the roses just too gorgeois? I just want to EAT them!

The roses are from my favorite bush I have.  It’s been in the front yard forever probably, at least long before we bought the house. In terms of blooms she just produces and produces.  She’s like a good Catholic woman; she just keeps popping them out!

Below is the gorgeous afternoon light coming in through the window in my front door.  I just couldn’t resist!!!

(And in the picture below hat amazing pink bud in the front is a Lemon blossom…smells soooooo good!)

 

 

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Stay tuned!

Omg.  Labor Day Weekend and I literally have a backlog of at least 20 amazing posts that need to be written.  Really good Rockridge living coming up soon!  Updates being generated.  Check back around 3:30PST.xoxo

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