Curate: the Pantry

Before:

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During:

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After:

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It may not look that different, before and after.  But it is.  Everything in there is edible.  I found stuff with expiration dates of 2007!  (I know those are only guidelines, but 10 years past the date seems excessive.)  There was even room to put in the stuff that was out on the counter.  (I left the olive and coconut oils and balsamic vinegar out, because I use them all the time.)  Now I know exactly what I have, and can start to think about what to make….it’s still soup season, right?

It’s a small step, the pantry.  But it is curation in the right direction.  Moving on to the next….

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Word of the Year Recap

By now, you should know that I don’t make New Year’s resolutions….I do Christine Kane’s word-of-the-year thing, where you use a word as a touchstone throughout the year.

In 2016, my word was “shine”….and shine I did.  I gave a presentation at an international meeting for work, which was well received.  (The session organizer suggested that I write up the work for Microscopy Today.)  I went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Bordeaux, France, Lake George, NY, and glamorous Columbus, Ohio.  I went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Woodmere Museum, the Renwick Gallery, the Barnes Foundation, la Cite du Vin, the Jules Verne Museum, and Les Machine d’Ile.  I started a business, which grew through out the year, and stretched myself artistically. I threw a couple of parties at the Sparkle Lounge, and spent time and had adventures with my peeps, whom I adore.  There is much for which to be grateful.

But now it’s a new year, so I need a new word. The word for 2017 is “curate,” defined as:

cu·rate2
ˌkyo͝oˈrāt,ˈkyo͝oˌrāt/
verb
verb: curate; 3rd person present: curates; past tense: curated; past participle: curated; gerund or present participle: curating
  1. select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).
    “both exhibitions are curated by the museum’s director”
    • select the performers or performances that will feature in (an arts event or program).
      “in past years the festival has been curated by the likes of David Bowie”
    • select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge.
      “nearly every major news organization is using Twitter’s new lists feature to curate tweets about the earthquake”

Although I have done some work in the last few years winnowing down the amount of stuff, but I still feel like there’s too much…too much clothing, too many books (well, maybe not really on that one), too much clutter in my itunes.  It’s time to scale all of that back, to just the things that I love, that I wear, that I use.  There’s also the matter of that fledgling business….now is the time to think about what exactly I want it to be, what kind of art do I want to make, and how to move forward.

So for me, “curate” is all about that selection process, about letting in the things that matter, and letting go of the ones that don’t quite fit.  A tall order, for sure, but a worthwhile exercise.

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Be the Change

It’s that time of year, when people express gratitude for all that they have.  I’ve mentioned before that I live a charmed life.  It’s full of wonderful people, good health, creativity, cheese, and amazing adventures.  And for all of that, I am truly grateful.

This year, though, my thoughts have been going in a different direction.  I have long donated money to a variety of organizations.  It’s an easy way to make a (much-needed) contribution to causes that you believe in. But it’s been a long time since I did any actual volunteer work.

But now…..well, now I’m thinking that it’s time for me to get all Ghandi-like, and be the change I want to see in the world.  We each have the power to shape  not just our own worlds, but the whole world.  I’d like to see a kinder, more tolerant place….wouldn’t you?  I’m still working on ideas of how to get there.  You may have different ideas.  But, either way…..

Be the change.

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Playlist: Bump in the Night #2

A few years ago, I posted the “Bump in the Night” Halloween playlist, which was songs guaranteed to get us out on the dance floor, once upon a time.  And, for your Halloweenie listening pleasure, here’s a new list….

  • Tubular Bells (Part 1)-Mike Oldfield
  • Oblivion-Grimes
  • Dark Entries-Bauhaus
  • Came Back Haunted-Nine Inch Nails
  • (Don’t Fear) the Reaper-Blue Oyster Cult
  • Red Right Hand-Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • Clown-Switchblade Symphony
  • Bela Lugosi’s Dead-Bauhaus
  • Murderous-Nitzer Ebb
  • Scary Monster (And Super Creeps)-David Bowie
  • Shadowplay-the Killers (covering Joy Division)
  • Atom Bomb-Fluke
  • Dead Souls-Joy Division
  • Bloodletting-Concrete Blonde
  • Christian Says-Tones on Tail
  • Psycho Killer-the Talking Heads
  • I Walked with a Zombie-R.E.M.(covering Roky Erikson)
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Skull-a-Day #5

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And finally, a t-shirt.  Thus concludes Skull Week.

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Skull-a-Day #4

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A gift from Janice-perfect dish towels.

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Skull-a-Day #3

By Glass Eye Studio, purchased years ago at a gallery (that no longer exists) in center city Philadelphia.

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Skull-a-Day #2

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What to do with these pretties?

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Skull-a-Day #1

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This bracelet is by the lovely Leslie Blackford. Polymer clay skulls (some with glass glitter “gold” teeth) in a vintage brass bracelet blank. Leslie’s website says “for those seeking out the odd and unusual”, and she hits that intersection of cute & creepy perfectly. (Plus, I love the way she pronounces “shrimp.”)

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Photoblog: Lake George

A lot of the Lake George trip was spent looking at the lake, watching the Olympics, and driving around Vermont.  Very relaxing, and very photogenic….

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