Sunday, January 30, 2011

On an Indiana Drive

We are just returning from a quick trip to visit some of my dearest friends who have purchased a home in Centerville, IN. It was a rejuvenating time with people I just love, and I shall share photos of that... but in the meantime, I want to mention something about the drive south. Somewhere between Chicago and Indianapolis is a stretch of wind turbines a few miles in length amidst acres and acres of corn fields. For me, this is both fascinating and stunning to see. These structures are massive and their motion constant. They seem like beautiful beasts and I can't help but want to see one assembled and know more about how much energy they produce. Or even imagining the first conversation with the farmer who was being asked if one could be installed in their field.

Anyway, despite the flat terrain and the general drabness of a middle western winter, the turbines were a beautiful visual distraction. More about the trip to come.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


In an effort to continue to grow both my world of singing and taking pictures, I've made a few website updates. Please take a moment to look and give feedback. As always, I am grateful for those who support me in these endeavors!

On Periodicals: Anthology Magazine

I recently found out about Anthology magazine through a friend and was immediately struck that it would be a perfect gift for my friend Linsey. She is a fellow magazine lover and appreciates many aspects of periodicals that I do. Also, someone mentioned that Anthology was the new (defunct!) Domino Magazine and I thought this would be a hit. I placed an order for subscription and also ordered a second copy, assuming it would get here earlier so I could actually give her a copy as the gift. Well, Christmas came and went and neither arrived, but since then we've both received a copy and I think we are both pleased! Now I know this looks like a girly mag and in some ways it is, but the interiors they display are really quite wonderful. Great inspiration for your own home and with the first editions emphasis on "The Slow Life" (something I've been thinking a lot about,) I've found myself repeatedly thumbing through every page.

On My Grandmother's Clock

My Grandmother Youngs was a huge part of my childhood. As my parents had me at a later age, she was my only granparent for much of my life. I never really had a babysitter growing up, just my 80 something grandma who I would go on walks with and play Rummikube. We spent significant time together and my love for her was big. She passed away when I was in college and I find myself missing her often here almost 10 years later. One of my regular reminders of her is this clock.

This hung in my grandmother's kitchen for as long as I can remember. It is not necessarily a special clock. I imagine she purchased it at Kmart of something of the sort, but it has strong ties for me as visually it is a vivid part of my memory. In fact, I even broke the plastic out of the front somewhere along the way, so the clock itself sits exposed to the world. I will say that i love the color of the frame and the font of the numbers is perfectly retro for me. If I look hard enough, I can almost smell her molasses cookies and that is why we keep these sort of things. This not-so-special clock smells like molasses cookies to me and hopefully always will.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

On Photographer Worship: Nich Hance

Came across Nich Hance the other day via 01 Magazine Blog and found myself kind of smitten. Turns out, we are also flickr friends. For me, these images are Songs of Travel and given my bug for such things I can't help but enjoy. I'm also a sucker for an individual amidst beautiful landscape... and horses! His landscapes are beautiful and located on his website, well more varied work can be found on his flickr. Take a look.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In light of the Oscar Nominations today, I'd like to just give a quick shout out to the King's Speech. I saw this film while in Arizona... and let me put it this way:I wanted to see this movie because everyone was raving about it and I can't much think for myself sometimes and am swayed by hype. The truth of the matter is, the plot seemed potentially boring to me and as my coworker said "It looks like a big screen version of a PBS movie."

You know, and that it was, BUT, it was everything that is amazing about a PBS movie and everything that is amazing about truly capable actors with a fascinating story to tell. The art direction was also a dream. The unsung hero of the movie for me was the wall in the background of Geoffrey Rush's office. Amazing. I wanted to know more about this wall.

I felt fully engrossed in the story and wanted nothing more than to see Colin Firth succeed (as I always do.) The truth of the matter is, when you get such a cast of great actors there is high potential for disaster, but when it is right, it is right. This movie was very right and I'd recommend it to most anyone. I challenge you not to enjoy it just a bit.

Monday, January 24, 2011

On Take Me There - Tulum, Mexico

I haven't mentioned this yet, but I'm headed back to Mexico at the end of this month. So, rather than curb my urge, I think our recent trip to a warm climate has but exacerbated my need to get there as quickly as possible. The destination is Tulum, a place I went and loved before.

In research for this year's trip, I came across this post about a hotel apparently in Tulum, but the post does not say where. It's too late now, we've booked a beautiful cabana right on the ocean... but I'm still wondering where this is??

Updated: Coqui Coqui! Owned by a model. Ugh.

The Selby did some amazing photos here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

On Inspiration Friday

On Photographer Worship: Vivian Maier

The Internet is all a flutter over Vivian Maier, the recently discovered street photog genius/nanny from the North Shore of Chicago. If you haven't watched the following video, I recommend it! The story is truly fascinating.

So, given the ruckus, I wanted to stop on over the Cultural Center to give the show a look with my own eyes. My brother was in town this Tuesday and given his similar interest in all things photographic, I thought it would be a perfect activity for the two of us. To say we were both pleased by the experience would be an understatement.

The show was quite stunning... but for me, not so much of what was being shown, but for what is going to be shown in the future when all the photos are developed. It is clear this show is just a taste and a taste that has been done on the cheap (all the mattes are cut crooked)... but it tasted so good. You can't help but wonder how a woman with such skill, understanding and unique perspective managed to go unnoticed for her entire life. Additionally, she spent her entire life taking pictures and the vast array seems so... well, vast. But, what a treat to have access to her now. My hope is that someone throws some real cash behind this to get all her work developed and mounted in a proper setting. I think the potential is there, but in the meantime I recommend following the blog as her work is revealed and stopping into the Cultural Center if you are in Chicago and have a chance. Oh, and this goes without saying, but the little scans posted on the internet do not in anyway do justice to the prints.

On Eating Well: The Mission - Scottsdale, AZ

One of my highlight meals in Scottsdale was a restaurant called The Mission which serves "modern latin cuisine." We just happened across it as we were getting a brief driving tour of Old Scottsdale, somewhat of a tourist trap. Thanks to an attractive exterior and the ease of finding reviews on iPhones we decided to give it a go. We dined al fresco on the front porch near an open fire. We had table side guacamole made for us and I had butternut squash tacos and a mango jicama salad. Yum.

For me, this was the kind of restaurant in the Southwest I would hope for. Lucky us to find it!