Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
ciao-meow/GG's floral coordinator
Monday, September 27, 2010
Cat macros have existed since at least the 1870s, when British portrait photographer Harry Pointer created a carte de visite series featuring felines posed in various situations, to which he added amusing text intended to further enhance their appeal.
(1905 cat postcard by Harry Whittier Frees; Harry Pointer cat macro, 1870s)
Sunday, September 26, 2010
(My Morning Bagel by Jessie Millan on flickr, via animalphoto)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Back to the sky, the following is via SPACE.com: Jupiter, Uranus and the nearly full Harvest Moon met in a rare cosmic lineup late yesterday (Sept. 22), just two days after Jupiter made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 50 years. Wednesday night's sky show also occurred on the equinox, marking the official start of the fall season in Earth's Northern Hemisphere, and spring in the south. If you missed the sky show, don't despair. Jupiter will continue to be a bright skywatching target for several weeks, according to the skywatching website Spaceweather.com.
There are so many photographs of the moon to see elsewhere, but where else can you see GG? (Well, on her editor's blog, bricolage.) This is GG doing a little sky-watching. Until next week,
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Darfur Schools Program has seen tremendous support from schools across the U.S. Students ranging from kindergarten through college have held successful fundraisers and community awareness events. No matter how big or small, their goal is the same: to bring much-needed relief to the people of Darfur.
This fall, DPDO is initiating From Kids to Kids, an informal pen-pal project. Students in the U.S. can create artwork, take photos, and write notes that will be delivered to a school in Darfur. These messages of hope and peace will brighten classrooms in Darfur and spirits of Darfuri students. DPDO encourages student supporters in the US to send correspondence to:
Washington, DC 20035-6475
Correspondence packages will be delivered to a Darfur School of Peace. When possible, photos and drawings from that classroom will be sent back to DPDO.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Please notify DPDO before sending any boxes heavier than 48 ounces (3 lbs).
(Photographs: Girls sitting in classroom at Ain Siro School- Sept. 2009; Decorated box sent by California students/DPDO/all rights reserved)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
(Annabelle in Vermont--isn't she cute? By Paul Moody via flickr)
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
ciao-floopy-meow/GG's town crier
Politics & Prose is delighted to support the local community with Partnership Fridays by joining with area businesses, government agencies and nonprofits, and the schools or literacy projects they support. On September 24, the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) is holding its Partnership Friday on September 24. As part of their event, the League will be hosting a "puppy playpen" in front of the store from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Take this opportunity to talk with WARL staff and learn about adopting a pet. For more information about WARL, call 202-726-2556 or visit their website.
Monday, September 20, 2010
We are very disappointed in the mysterious disappearing poetry section of the festival. Read here for poet Bernadette Geyer's analysis. We agree heartily & wonder what poets are going to do about it? Huh? Put up your dukes & fight, people. (Not literally.) 2010 festival poster artist, Peter Ferguson
ciao-cheesed-off-meow/GG's literary editor
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
ciao-meow/GG's events coordinator (running late!)
PS: Giulia doesn't know about this or she would hop into her bag & demand to attend. We would have asked, but we have a feeling that when in America, zee French are not too cool about cats at a party. We could be wrong (often are).
New York City–based watercolor artist Carol Gillott travels to Paris three or four times a year to soak up inspiration and shoot thousands of photos to paint from.
Her Alliance Française exhibit, Paris Façades, features her charming paintings of Parisien boulangeries and patisseries.
For the artist, the heart and soul of Paris is revealed at street level by its shop façades where “There's just as much glamour and mystery in the quotidien boulangerie or fruitier as the grand Michelin restaurant"
It is this bright contrast that makes Paris the perfect subject for Carol Gillot and her delightful watercolors of everyday Parisian scenes, from les boulangeries to les lèche-vitrines.
Opening reception is free, but reservations are required. Call 202-234-7911 x31 for reservations.
Reservations will be accepted until 4pm the day of the event. The exhibit runs through 1 November 2010.
(via Alliance Française website & Paris Sunset via places I wish I were tumblr)
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
ciao-cheerio-meow/GG's literary editor
(Persephone book images via Thought Patterns)
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This is a reminder to lay in some bulbs--soon. We don't have a garden either (anymore) but are fairly adept at 'persuading the paperwhite.' Actually paperwhites are easy & in stores now. However, if you buy some bulbs on the weekend, you can force those as well. (We prefer the word persuade.) Follow-up links & reminders to articles forthcoming but you have to buy the bulbs really, really soon. Or you'll be green with envy over all those displays of tulips & other bulbs from the holidays into next spring. We really don't want to hear complaining! (And while you're at it, what do you mean you don't have a pumpkin yet? OK. Well, neither do we...)
ciao-meow/GG's gardener & pumpkin carver
(vintage illustrations via Free Vintage Flowers & Seed Packets/GG collage)
Monday, September 13, 2010
Harvesting grapes is really, really hard, let GG's editor tell you. But it can be fun, too. Kristin Espinasse's post about la vendange at her family's vineyard is most amusing & has lots of vocabulary. (ah ouais, a big red wine vineyard--the harvest began today. Their fourth. Congratulations!)
Our piddly posting continues as we remain under-the-weather. Now, go go go to France, if you please, & learn all about grenache grapes & so much more. (There are some cute beer-drinking guys in the fields.) Kristin has taken beautiful photographs that you can ogle over there. (Lovely red maple photograph by Jen Gotch)
Sunday, September 12, 2010
ciao-charmed-meow/GG's personal stylist
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
GG's editor used this gorgeous photograph, here, this summer. Oh for a working camera, sigh. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Have a lovely, glowing evening tonight - wherever you are.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Please use care when visiting sites if you do a search; some are right-wing cesspools. If that's your thing, we feel sorry for you & hope you see the error of your unkind ways & soon. We will add more sites as we examine them. Meanwhile, these are the only stones acceptable in our home this evening.
(heart stones photograph D Sharon Pruitt; Some rights reserved by Pink Sherbet Photography)
[This lovely photograph by thexmunichxromance reminds us of university days in Strasbourg, France. Via deviantArt]