(beautiful photograph by Virginia Gálvez)
Friday, July 30, 2010
(beautiful photograph by Virginia Gálvez)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Here is the complete list of events listed so far, for the rest of the summer. There will be a dog adoption event at the Whole Foods near us this weekend, 31 July-1 August. (GG thinks it's her Whole Foods but it really is for everyone.) Also, note there will be another dog adoption event the same weekend at the Legg Mason Tennis Tennis Classic, nearby.
Finally, a very worthy program & it's GG approved (well, that is important, after all)--
This Summer the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Washington Animal Rescue League and Washington Humane Society are teaming up with local car dealers Don Beyer Volvo, Lindsay Lexus, Jack Taylor’s Alexandria Toyota and Mercedes Benz of Alexandria to bring love into your life. Throughout the summer find great adoption specials on certified, pre-owned cats at any one of these “showrooms.”
All adopted cats come complete with a “five point inspection” including all basic vaccinations, testing for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus, sterilization and microchip. What’s more, their value actually increases when you take them home!
Special features include:
* A lifetime of love & companionship
* Loaded with adorable features
* Standard 4-paw drive
* High-performing engines (up to 9600 purrs per minute)
* Automatic lap warmers
* 100% loveable, guaranteed
* Spay/neuter surgery
* Feline leukemia/feline AIDS test
* Distemper vaccination
* Personalized I.D. tag
* Information packet
We have a variety of models to choose from at all of our showrooms.
Click on our different locations to find just what you’re looking for!
[image via WARL website]
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
GG is a wee bit jealous to learn that her editor has seen much of Miss Potter's work (especially in the UK). We have explained to her that this was before she was born. We've not had a chance to return in four years--how could we? We can barely leave her for 48 hours to go to Chincoteague (the pony swim is today, remember). Honestly, you just can't win when GG begins to catalogue her complaints. (If you were thinking, GG's exploits over the years sound a tad Peter Rabbit-like...you would be correct.)
ciao-exasperated meow/GG's editor
PS: Quelle horreur! A man on a radio program is reciting his favorite rabbit recipe. Must go flatten GG's ear-tips to muffle the sound.
[images via the V& A, & wikimedia here, & here]
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Thank you so much.
[front cover & children at daycare center in Abu Shouk canmp by Susan Burgess-Lent/DPDO/all rights reserved]
Highlights from DPDO Annual Report - 2009:
The global economic crisis in 2009 created many challenges for humanitarian aid organizations--including DPDO. In the face of diminishing donations, we strengthened strategic planning to continue meeting the needs of program beneficiaries. DPDO board and staff have rededicated themselves to continue the vision and the mission of the organization.
This would not have been possible without our dedicated schools and supporters in the U.S., in particular, Ante Up for Africa, a celebrity organization that donated a total of $500,000. This funding enabled construction to begin on Gangy High School for orphans in El Fasher, near one of the largest IDP camps in North Darfur. The site has a new water well that provides 2000 gallons per hour for the school and neighboring IDPs. With construction underway as of September 2009, the school expects to enroll 460 students in June 2010.
Our Women’s Center beneficiaries have increased to 218 weavers, sixty literacy trainees, and 150 children in a pre-school program. Fifty-seven women were trained in first aid at the Centers in cooperation with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society.
In 2009, the Solar Cooker Program trained 184 beneficiaries in Malit, in Sakali camp, South Darfur, in Abuja and Abu Shouk camps near El Fasher, and at Ahfad University, Khartoum and in El Haj-Yousif (Khartoum North).
DPDO’s Schools Program has undergone significant change. The level of funding has not allow continued, equitable payment of teacher and staff salaries. Instead, we are improving the education environment by providing teacher and student supplies and additional resources for water.
With the support of the UNICEF, we were able to supply 37 schools in North Darfur with a total enrollment of 19,352 students. A goal for 2010 is to begin rehabilitation and reconstruction of classrooms, teacher offices and latrines.
Omer Ismail and Suliman Giddo were highly engaged in the process of bringing peace to Darfur as neutral third parties consulting with and unifying all conflicted parties. They completed five missions to Sudan, eight to Chad, four to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), three to Egypt, two to Libya, and four missions to Doha. In collaboration with ICAR, American University and Siena University in Italy, DPDO brought top leaders from seven Darfur rebel groups to Siena for five days consultation on unification.
Even with sustained growth and success, DPDO faces real challenges to continue serving our beneficiaries and to bring peace in Darfur. As always, we turn to our supporters and donors. Their generosity enables us continue our humanitarian work for the war-affected people of Darfur.Full 2007 Annual Report (pdf format)
Monday, July 26, 2010
That her editor was in Chincoteague (briefly) last month, only adds to Giulia's distress. It was decided that GG would not accompany us to the elegant Channel Bass Inn. The wonderful innkeepers offered a room suitable for the redheaded feline but the stress of worrying about her mischievous nature was too much for her editor's delicate nervous system. Channel Bass innkeepers, Barbara & David had eleven cats on the premises, so GG feels that she's been held back socially.
In plain American English: GG is stinkin' mad. For she also wants a Chincoteague pony (who doesn't?) to ride, especially at sunset on the Assateague* shoreline. She wants to visit Mueller's Ice Cream Parlour (again, who doesn't?), & she just wants to parade up & down Main Street as if she lives there. (On cue: who doesn't?)
GG must be content--this summer--with listening to Marguerite Henry's 1947 award-winning Misty of Chincoteague & looking at 2-1/2 decades worth of photographs. We avoid the pony swim (it's very crowded but it's fun to do once or twice), but the week before the big splash, the fireman have a carnival. You eat big pieces of pie, hop onto a ride, become ill, & shriek for it to stop. It's a tradition, you see. The operators think they're giving you extra time/fun, & all you can think is, "Oh dear, that last slice of blueberry is about to become public knowledge." It's more entertaining than it sounds; especially for masochists, one's friends & family.
Other big attractions are the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, especially just before sunset. We hear sunrise is lovely, too, but um.... Also, ta da, our favorite, Assateague Island National Seashore. (Take a loop around the Refuge to & from the beach, daily. Terns, egrets, Great Blue Heron--if you are very fortunate indeed.)
The Feather Fund helps at least one child sucessfully bid on a pony at the auction. The late, lovely Carollynn Supplee & her spontaneous generosity inspired the Feather Fund. Grab a hankie & read Carollynn's story. We are pleased to see that there are two winners this year.
If you're going this year, have a super time. If you have never thought of going (not only at pony penning time), do. We've met many French Canadians over the years in Chincoteague. We're not sure if it's still a popular spot for them, but we hope so.
ciao-chinc-meow/GG's party pooper editor
[images via Chincoteague National Refuge, tripadvisor, & Channel Bass Inn; our photographs still await a good scanning.]
Friday, July 23, 2010
For last year's post about the dress on GG's editor's blog, click here. For a wonderful dessert, Crème de Menthe Trifle, click The Clever Pup's blog. (The dessert title inspired our name for the dress.) For Nick Bartoletti's wonderful Clise Mansion photo shoot, please see here. If you want to do a little green shopping, check out these Darfur Baskets (ooh, sneaky), here.
Have a calm, cool, green weekend. We're trying--but it is the umpteenth day (month?) of 90+ degrees. Oof.
ciao-meow/GG's personal shopper
[photographs by Olga & Nick Bartoletti]
Thursday, July 22, 2010
We're in a birthday acknowledgment mood--it makes things easier, yes. So today, it is Edward Hopper (1882-1967), American painter. This is Cape Cod Morning (1950), in the collection at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum. American Art's nicely done An Edward Hopper Scrapbook & Artcyclopedia's page on Hopper painting holdings world-wide.
*Before we take a break, all information regarding Darfur Baskets & their acquisition-by-you will be posted on the front page.
[Cape Cod Morning image via Smithsonian]
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
The largest available archive of Hemingway material is at the JFK Presidential Library & Museum, here. You can read Hemingway's short story Cat in the Rain, here (a pdf download).
ciao-meow/GG's literary editor
[photographs of Hairy Truman via LA Times blog, Hemingway with kitten via JFK Library & Museum & Hemingway Home & Museum]
Monday, July 19, 2010
Jane Austen Today & AustenBlog are two favorite (of several) Jane Austen sites. In case you're thinking that they are prissy & pursed mouth affairs, you are quite mistaken. Good humor (& a good dose of cheekiness) is the hallmark of these informative, charming, & well-written blogs.
Also, have a look at Hats and Laces. It has wonderful images of all fashion periods, including Regency. It beats washing the kitchen floor, no? Especially since GG refuses to do any sort of housework. She was keen at first, but then became bored. Perhaps Emma has been an influence in this regard. Oh dear. Have a wonderful Monday.
[PBS Emma images via Jane Austen World]
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Recently, several ladies stopped GG's editor & inquired: "How do you do that? Do you do that on your own?" GG's editor does so occasionally on her own, yes. But it requires much swearing & one shouldn't do that in front of others, including a devilish feline. When she was younger & more (delusionally) powerful, one of her interns adored playing "beauty parlor." Before working hours, braided masterpieces appeared on our head. How we miss Antoinette (not just for her braiding artistry).
Herewith, a little summer fun. A link for 15 Grown-up Ways to Wear Braids; a link for African-American hair & braiding; & the history of braids & other styles. (Much to Giulia's dismay, there is no--repeat--no history of cat fur braids.)
ciao-meow/GG's parrucchiere (stillista)
(Renoir image via artcyclopedia (dot) com; braid via A Cup of Jo; black & white photograph via LIFE archives)
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Maison Française (part of the French Embassy) in Washington, DC probably has room for you if you'd like to attend the party tonight. They publish France Magazine (which we love); we remember the good old days when it was free. Oh well. It's still worth the money.
Please remember, you can always make a donation to UNICEF or to Darfur Peace & Development Organization instead of buying the most expensive champagne. There are several lovely French champagnes that do not cost a fortune. Yes, there are, so do not argue! Oops. Sorry, got carried away there.
We're off to plan all manner of delightful doings (well, for the weekend, truth to tell), so we'll be back on Saturday for week's end. Salut!
ciao-bonjour-meow/Centre d'Activités de Giulia Geranium
[Claude Monet, Rue Montorgueil, Paris, Festival of June 30, 1878.1878. Oil on canvas. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.]
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Many of our friends & readers have asked about Sudan (both Darfur & in the South). Things are not good, not good at all, friends. (There's lots of news, check with the BBC or any of the links in the right sidebar closer to the bottom of the page.)
But you know what? No matter how things are in Darfur, these women have mouths to feed like everyone else. It's just that simple.
[photographs by Susan Burgess-Lent/DPDO/all rights reserved]
Monday, July 12, 2010
in the heart of summer.
The clouds travel like white handkerchiefs of
the wind, travelling, waving them in its hands.
Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair (translation by W.S. Merwin)
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Satisfy your stripe-y longing & read here (or click directly over to brittany-boutique.com). Usually, even with shipping, it's less expensive to buy these items directly from France. GG Central knows this from experience. People around the world do not want to wear stripes made by an exploited labor force. At the same time, stop spending at stores like J. Crew when they overcharge for items they stock (like the shirts above) from other sources. It's the same Saint James shirt. Yep.
ciao-meow/GG's personal shopper
[collage photographs via brittany-boutique (dot) com/Audrey T. from a cute site Pink Peony--to the author: props to you for discussing cruelty-free diamonds/Picasso by Doisneau from goodness knows where; tragic but lovely Jean Seberg via Elle (France)]
Saturday, July 10, 2010
ciao-waka-waka-meow/GG Sports Central
Friday, July 9, 2010
When: July 12th, 6:30PM
Where: Amnesty International, 5 Penn Plaza, New York City
Journalist and UN Goodwill Ambassador, Jimmie Briggs, and representatives from Run for Congo Women will give a presentation about the crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the July 12th meeting of Amnesty International NYC, Women’s Human Rights Group. The speakers will talk about the violence being inflicted against women and children in the DRC, as well as providing information on the New York Run for Congo Women walk/run event on September 25, 2010. The event begins at 6:30 pm and will be held at the Amnesty International office, located in Manhattan at 5 Penn Plaza on the corner of 8th Avenure and 34th Street.
Due to security at the building anyone who is interested in attending this event must RSVP prior to the event to Alyce at firstname.lastname@example.org
[beautiful poppies by Olga]
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Voglio un limoncello, per favore.
A fan whirs, the shades are drawn. Giulia is passed out (in a good way) on the wooden floor. She's comfortable because her furry little red head is damp from multiple applications of a clean, cool, wet cloth. And also because she is a great big Fan Hog! (Sorry for the outburst. Om. Om. Om.)
What GG cannot do, though, is make & partake of limoncello. We love lemons, we have pounds & pounds of them (for some reason) in the house. Tomorrow we will buy the other fixin's & have at this recipe on Bleeding Espresso. It's a very nice post, too, written by guest blogger Susan Filson of Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy. We're not allowed to eat (currently) the cool stuff Susan makes but there's no harm in looking.
[GG's grandmother's favorite model Suzy Parker by Allan Grant via Life Archives (more Suzy on myvintagevogue); limoncello via Gioia Luisa (USA), & Italy photochroms via Library of Congress]