Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving 2017

In these very trying times in the United States, I'd like to address all my followers and regular readers of "Oh, By The Way:" on this holiday of gratitude, let's give thanks to all the things we still have in our lives, the things that make us good, strong, honorable, and loving human beings. Let's give thanks to the people who bring light and calm and love to our lives and to the world. Because we are basically leaderless and because of a small faction of people who wish to bring ugliness and darkness to our country, let's give thanks for the actions and goodwill in our lives whether done by others or ourselves that strengthen the fabric of humanism and the choices to unite, protect, and find value in this existence. Hold dear the things that we still have left and live up to the ideals we are grateful for. Let us find value in ourselves and others and express this gratitude in our intentions, deeds, and words. Let us counteract the current dark tone with this gratitude for life and living. Let's be grateful for the value of human experience and know that their darkness cannot take that away.

Thanks, Jesus 2017

As we eat our Thanksgiving meal, let us thank not an imaginary figure in the sky but those who are TRULY responsible for bringing our food to our tables, through their numbingly long days of low-wage, backbreaking work.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Serving Suggestions From Famous Artists

Multi-media artist Hannah Rothstein has playfully imagined Thanksgiving plates arranged in the style of famous artists--see if you can guess who they are before you look at the list at the bottom. And if you are looking for clever serving ideas for tomorrow's meal, let one of these inspire you. Or create one after your own favorite artist.

Top to bottom: Jean-Michel Basquiat; Christo; Dali; Haring; Hirst; Kara Walker; Magritte; Man Ray; Miro; Mondrian; Pollock; Rothko; Seurat; Van Gogh

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

R.I.P. David Cassidy

If you grew up in the 70s--or were alive then--you surely recall the phenomenon that was the television show "The Partridge Family" and of course its star and teen heart throb David Cassidy who played Keith Partridge.

I had a huge crush on him when I was young, watching "The Partridge Family" every week--those eyes, that face, THAT HAIR! (Looking back now, I can see there is a sense about him that is comparable to Farrah Fawcett, another 70s obsession of mine--luxurious hair, a wide and dazzling smile...) My mom made me a large collage poster of photos of him cut from all the different teen magazines at the time like Tiger Beat. I loved that poster (thanks Mom!--coincidentally, today is the anniversary of her death in 2002).

His stardom eclipsed the show and he became a sold-out performer around the world. Although his fame was front loaded in the early part of his life, he never stopped singing or performing.

Cassidy died today of complications from dementia at the early age of 67. Rest in peace, beautiful David.

Pringles' Thanksgiving Dinner

Pringles have created a prototype Thanksgiving dinner in a box. All chips are flavored like each dish of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Watch the video for a cute retro-inspired commercial.

Monday, November 20, 2017

BEAUTY: Interior--cityhomeCOLLECTIVE

Salt Lake City interior design firm cityhomeCOLLECTIVE creates some fantastic, inventive, unique designs. All I can say is I wish I had a client adventurous enough to let me curate a California Spanish/ Gothic/ 1970s/ ethnic/ Bohemian/ modern home like this! What a dizzying array of styles and silhouettes and materials, and taken all together, they make a wonderful palette and tell an amazing story.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Know Your Competition

"Your competition is not other people but the time you kill, the ill will you create, the knowledge you neglect to learn, the connections you fail to build, the health you sacrifice along the path, your inability to generate ideas, the people around you who don't support and love your efforts, and whatever god you curse for your bad luck."
--James Altucher

"You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger."
--Siddartha Gautama

Saturday, November 18, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--Jean-Pierre Ugarte

The work of Jean-Pierre Ugarte frightens me... His landscapes seem epic and romantic, like those of Frederic Edwin Church or grandly mysterious and haunting like Caspar Friedrich but look closer. The narrative suggests that the natural landscape has overgrown what clearly had to be monumental cement or stone structures of some long ago civilization like ours. So the frightening part for me is...what happened to that civilization? Where are all the people?