Friday, July 31, 2009

The 'New Vintage' Life, NY Times Home & Garden

Home & Garden
The ‘New Vintage’ Life
Michael Weschler for The New York Times
Published: 20090729
A look inside three Brooklyn apartments decorated with the taxidermy, antique skeletons and other Victoriana that are making their way back into home decor.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Garden Update Part Two

The Elepahnt Ears (Colocasia) finally broke trough the top layer of mulch. Due to the cool June, they didn't find the time to do so until July came around. The Coleus blumei did not thrive during the many cold nights in May and June. Normally, the plants would be thick and bushy with many colorful leaves. Perhaps, they, too, will show better in August.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Update from the Garden

Warmer weather has come at long last after much fog and rain. The clematis is finally blasting off and adding a dramatic splash of color against the house's buttery exterior.

Plant stand from Martha Stewart's K Mart collection. Neat design but quality is not the best.

Close-up of Juncus effusus 'Curly-wurly'

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Public Enemies Globe Review

'Public Enemies' movie review - 'Public Enemies' showtimes - The Boston Globe

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I read this after seeing the movie and find that most of my complaints regarding the film were addressed. The film could have been excellent but did not manage to turn that corner. Depp was great but he alone did not grant the film the direction and purpose required. We are definitely living in an environment where people would enjoy identifying with a character who sticks it to the Man. Cinderella Man and Seabiscuit are also set against the Great Depression backdrop but the directors of both films connect the viewer to the protagonist's struggle. However, the connection between the audience and the Enemies' Robin Hood-like characters is not allowed time to take hold.

Seabiscuit Trailer

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

June was a Wash Out Month

As months go, June will be remembered as a wet soggy mess of a month that has now spilled over into July. Where is the justice? Every day there is either mist, fog, rain or all of the above. The song A Foggy Day(in London Town) has come to mind more than once. Alas, the clip from The Big Sleep above shows how interesting Bogey could make a rainy afternoon. Would you have closed early and let your hair down just for Bogey? Only in songs and in movies does someone suddenly appear that makes the "sun shining everywhere". If you have a story that counters this point, please, share and spread the joy.

A Foggy Day (in London Town), by George Gershwin, song from film, Damsel in Distress starring Fred Astaire and Joan Fontaine, 1937

A foggy day in London Town
Had me low had me down
I viewed the morning with such alarm
The British Museum had lost its charm
How long, I wondered, could this thing last?
But the age of miracles hadn't passed,
For, suddenly, I saw you there
And through foggy London Town
The sun was shining everywhere.