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it's been a very long time since I've posted but I read this and it really spoke to me. It's my wish for me and for everyone... Happy New Year to you all 🎉
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
On Monday, I had a Stress Test (the treadmill one) and I didn't do so well, even though I thought I aced it!
When I got home the hospital called asking me to come back and see the Cardiologist. Words like blockage and stint were mentioned (hopefully the worst case scenario) - along with medication and Mediterranean Diet (what I'm hoping for).
He arranged a Nuclear Stress Test for tomorrow morning as that will tell all!
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't more than a bit freaked. Please keep me in your positive thoughts.
Today was very special. We celebrated Rikki Rudd's 102 birthday at the Beaver Mill, the home of Eric and Barbara Rudd who designed the Eclipse Mill, a converted Textile Mill, where Opie and I and 40 other artists live/work.
This cake, a Danish from Wisconsin was traditional - but the ice cream cake (which was cut before it could be photographed) was spectacular and came from Likkety Split - the OMG ice cream shoppe in Williamstown, MA.
A very good time was had by all!!!
What a perfect month! The trifecta of celebrations and it all began with Lobsters! I made them for us on Valentines Day and we had them again at a restaurant on my Birthday. Yum Yum Yum Yum Yum!
Yesterday was our 25th & 26th Anniversary. So... how is that possible you're asking! Well - we originally got married in Mexico - and then again - on the very same day - one year later - in the States. There is no such thing as too much of a good thing for us!
Then last night we had the most fantastic/delicious dinner at Carmelo's with our close friends Sue & Haich...
The Calamari Fritti appetizer melted in our mouths!
I had the Chicken Limoncello - with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Artichokes and Capers finished in a Basil Limoncello Cream Sauce. It was divine!
And Opie had one of his favorite dishes from Italy. Pork Shank Ossobuco. It was like being transported back to Florence!
And then came the Dessert... Tiramisu... a gift from Carmelo's to celebrate our special day. To say it was delicious would be an understatement. it was like Communion from the Gods... and... the best we ever had!
If you ever find yourself in beautiful Punta Gorda... Carmelo's Italian Ristorante is a must!
On this Halloween we thought you might enjoy this Dada and her story that we created for CPS a couple of years ago. Some things are just timeless!
Holidays are a time to gather together with friends and family, to enjoy life, and to create lasting memories. With so many to celebrate, how can you not have a favorite?
For Opie and me it has always been Halloween… from the time we were children putting on costumes to go trick or treating, to present-day adult costume parties, telling scary stories, and watching old classic horror movies. Not the blood and guts movies made today, but English Hammer Films, just about anything from Roger Corman, and movies that can raise the hair on the back of your neck, give you goosebumps, and make you afraid of the dark.
The movie Ghost Story comes immediately to mind, and even earlier than that was a black and white movie called Dead of Night, about a man’s recurring dream. I first came across it in the early 70’s and it chilled me to the bone. I was so frightened, I called a friend and we watched it together on the phone! I watched it again in the late 80’s with Opie and it was just as scary.
And speaking of bones and things that go bump in the night, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Dada, the Mistress of the Garden, created especially for the 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and not for the faint of heart.
She came into being as Opie and I wondered what the Mistress of Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights would be like… if one existed of course!
The original triptych is in the Prado in Madrid (c.1500) and we are fortunate to have a copy as a result of a friends visit there many years ago. It’s one of our favorites and seems to be simpatico with all that is Halloween.
As we were contemplating this newest Dada, images of Witches, Vampires, Skeletons and Bats immediately sprang to mind, but something was still lacking. While She was both… She was more… She was innocence transformed and transcended. The Mother of all nightmares who devours the souls of the wicked and the bones of the damned.
But why her and why here? Did she fall from grace or was this her destiny from the beginning. Some things are meant to remain a mystery.
What we can tell you is she started out an innocent doll that somehow came apart and was put back together with old bits and pieces that oddly enough seemed to fit like a glove. Broken toys, discarded doll parts... Frankenstein’s bride personified with the delicate wings of a bat. Eternal, nocturnal, and insatiable. Empty inside, she exists only too feed, but it’s never, never enough.
Many cultures believe that Halloween or All Hallow’s Eve is the most magical night of the year. A night of ghost stories, tricks or treats, costumes, jack-o’-lanterns and séances. A metaphysical night, when the veil that separates “our world” from the “other-world” is the thinnest, and the dead walk among us. A “spirit night” … when thoughts turn to the supernatural.
It is the one night that The Mistress of the Garden is free to roam our realm. If you are pure of heart, have no fear she will not harm you, but if you are not, then beware the slight movement in the shadows, or the faint almost inaudible whispers in the wind, or a sudden chill in the air that feels as if someone just walked across your grave. It is she and she is coming. In the dark. In the night. And she will feast on your bones and bring your soul back to her garden… for all Eternity.
...and on a completely unrelated note...
This is my first post from my iPad!
It just never occurred to me that I could blog from here!!!
I AM an idiot...lol!
This will be a real game changer.