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It’s easier this year with fewer dollars in your pocket. Give your friends and family the gift of your time, love and friendship.

from the new york times:

IT’S game over for the American consumer. Inflation-adjusted personal consumption expenditures are on track for rare back-to-back quarterly declines in the second half of 2008 at a 3.5 percent average annual rate. There are only four other instances since 1950 when real consumer demand has fallen for two quarters in a row. This is the first occasion when declines in both quarters will have exceeded 3 percent. The current consumption plunge is without precedent in the modern era.

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rediscovering poetry with Mary Oliver

Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting–
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

© Mary Oliver.

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Build your own turkey : vegan version

My buddy webchick has a terrific little kit to make your own turkey. It’s really fun to see the documentation of Nate making his turkey. Try the Litebrite version too, lots of fun.

Arts and crafts are always fun but when the weather starts turning cold it’s really fun to be inside with a hot cocoa and crayons.

I’m thinking that webchick is a very fun mom.

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EVDO and me

This is the story of trying to get high speed internet access where i live in philadelphia.

Let’s start with Verizon.
Call them up. Give them the address. Can’t find the address in their database. Hmmm. We’d like to see if we can get FIOS. Waiting on hold. Time passes. The rep can’t find our address. Three people have lived there before us. Still can’t find our address.

Ok so no Verizon. If they don’t even know our address that spells bad news for the whole process.

Try Comcast. (I can’t stand Comcast. I don’t like their identity, I don’t like their new building, I don’t like that they got a huge tax break to build it. I don’t like their culture.) But, I need high speed internet service. No television, just internet.

Ok, they know our address. They’ll have someone out to install tomorrow at 11 am. They’ll bill us. Excellent.

We’re moving and our internet service will be up and running before we move in. This is terrific. While unpacking we can work from home. Cross that off the list.

Ok, I’m packing and my partner is at the new location to talk to the painters and wait for the Comcast guy/woman. Believe it or not the guy shows up on time. Ok, lets hook ya up he says.

Bad news.

Cable isn’t run to our new abode. It’s out on the pole but they can’t run it from the pole. New construction has to run it underground and it’s in our courtyard somewhere. History is that Comcast have been out five other times to try to hook up cable. Somehow our cable has been paved over. We could pay to dig and find it. I don’t think so. We rent.

Now what to do? How can this be. This is America we have telecom competition that’s better for customers. We get choice.

I won’t rant on how I think telecom is a public utility. But what am I to think when no one really wants to make an effort to give me service?

I call CTO Phil. Mr. IvesDigital.
He says EVDO.

Hmmm, this is a very interesting alternative. This means I can take my network connect to places that don’t have free wireless internet. This is a REALLY GOOD idea.

Now I can stop freaking out.

Margaret goes to the Verizon store. She gets an EVDO card, she buys a plan and she heads to the office. We install the software and plug in the card. We put in the password.

We’re on the net!

Sharing my airport network.

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Roma Amor : Joel Katz with Randall Couch

Joel Katz at the Y

Roma Amor
Digital assemblages and collages of Italy :  Joel Katz
Collage collaborations by poet Randall Couch and Joel Katz

The Open Lens Gallery
The Gershman Y
401 South Broad Street
Philadelphia PA 19147

11 December 2008–1 February 2009
Gallery Hours:
Sunday–Friday 9 am–5 pm,
closed Saturday

Opening reception:
Thursday 11 December, 
5:30–7:30 pm

Poetry reading by Randall Couch
at 6 pm

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truthful life : life truthful

drawing from life

See the Alice Neel show at at Moore College of Art in philadelphia. You still have time.

August 28, 2008 – December 6, 2008
The Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia

Alice Neel – Drawing from Life features a selection of portraits and still lifes, spanning more than fifty years, that examine drawing as the primary process in both her works on paper and paintings. A self-proclaimed “collector of souls,” Neel’s bold, drawing-based approach reflects the artists’ lifelong commitment to the individual and the moment. Curated by Lorie Mertes, Rochelle F. Levy Director and Chief Curator, The Galleries at Moore.

We went to see the exhibit last week. The drawings are very honest… unafraid of our ideas of what they should be. Changes scratched out or drawn over. I remembered when I first saw Alice Neel’s paintings. They were compelling. They gripped at my chest in a very unexplainable way. I don’t believe that I need to know why creative work moves me. I don’t need to intellectualize the work. I just know the paintings go someplace so personal I can’t resist the emotion.

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my birthday month : day three

testing the new drawing space

Came downtown today to catch up on some work. I fell behind in April because of the flu. We romped into town for breakfast. A awesome day the studio! Broke through several thorny design and development issues.  Before we knew it it almost midnight. Time for a second breakfast. Baked eggs for the first breakfast, blueberry pancakes for the second.

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a find for the iPhone 3

a find at the itunes store

I crawl around the iphone store now and again to add more fodder to my need for an iPhone. Here is a really cool app that solves one of the problems that drives me crazy from time to time. I use my laptop for almost everything — that means no number keys. I hate the extended keyboards because they just take up too much space on my desk.

{ Do you remember when you could buy a numberpad to attach to your keyboard when you needed it? I had one of those clunky beige things that worked by plugging it into my keyboard… I used it for keying in coordinates for objects in my vector files or layout applications. Most of all I used it when creating schedules and I had to put in date fields. }

Well, here’s a sweet little iPhone app that lets you turn your iPhone into a number keypad.

One caveat it’s Mac only.

Ah, the beauty of the iPhone platform.

Oh, it’s only $1.99

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entryway : translation


This is my first post about our new neighborhood.

It’s been just two weeks since we moved into walking distance of our studio. Now we will have many new adventures. We can’t wait.

I would like to say that we have a neighborhood name like Bella Vista, or Old City, or Northern Liberties. But it seems we aren’t quite anything yet. Some people refer to the area as Graduate Hospital… but that’s night accurate and doesn’t feel right either. Maybe we’ll have to work on a name even if it is just for us.

We were walking around the new neighborhood checking out the architecture, looking for the little gems we could watch as the seasons change and we came upon this door. I thought maybe it was a store entrance, no a restaurant or bar or coffeehouse. The whole entrance was very honest in its appearance. Inviting comfortable. What kind of food? — Some kind of fusion cuisine of course. But what could this word be? Rall, Rass, Roll? Just couldn’t figure it out.

I’ll google it.

Then just a block up we found this:


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