Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Paintings by Maarten Ploeg in Weert (NL)

Visiting the Netherlands? Venture off the beaten path, and take the train, or the car to Weert in the utmost southern province of Limburg.

Every Sunday of the month you can see another art presentation or exhibit at the Kunsthal in Weert.

The weekend of June 3rd, some paintings by Maarten Ploeg will be on view.

Still in Art School in Amsterdam, Maarten Ploeg and Peter Klashorst founded the new wave band Soviet Sex. In the art world they and fellow students became known as De Nieuwe Wilden (The New Wild Ones). After the release of their first album Happy End, Klashorst went his own way and Ploeg and his brother Rogier, continued performing with a new pop band Blue Murder.

An accomplished painter, musician, teacher and television program maker, Maarten Ploeg died of cancer in February of 2004.

At you can check out a few short flicks featuring off-beat performances, clearly created by artistic minds such as Maarten Ploeg's wife, the audio visual artist Ryu Tajiri

Maarten Ploeg lives on in his work.

Blue Murder keeps on going strong if only online.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Hugh Chou Coffee Calculator

The price of coffee blows my mind. And I'm not talking about the price of beans per pound. After all, for the price of two lattes, I can fill three thermos cans with excellent strong coffee at home. My secret is that I always grind my favorite beans extra fine, just one or a couple of notches before the espresso grind position on the store's grinder. We do have our own grinder at home, but to be honest, freshly ground right before brewing or within a week of use really doesn't make much difference to me. Another secret is that I quit using regular coffee filter. Beau uses the gold filter, which does away with the need of paper all together, and I use unbleached paper towels. Ever since I ran out of filters (for my smaller coffee maker) I've been folding my own, and the taste is so much better.
So, I don't need to be won over for Hugh Chou's ideas about making coffee yourself, but he's got some calculators on his site I'm going to check out after I fix myself another cup a Joe.

Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker, Java by…

This is going to be a very short entry on the power of stardom.
Ms. Parker offers Simple American Classics (her own words) for less than $20
That's what women need, and that's what they can get (as said on Oprah).

Now the waiting is for another star who will offer a cup of Joe for a decent price.
Because that's what people need, and that's what they can get.

Because even those of us who budget and buy their beans in a Grocery Store, now and then like to have a coffee out, without having to blow off having their sushi and eat it too.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Farestart Guest Chef on the Waterfront - Seattle

Fine Food, Local Breweries, Wine Tasting, Live Jazz, Festival Games, and the High Spirit of Helping People Help themselves.

My favorite local empowering charitable organization Farestart is throwing a party on the waterfront.
What can be better?

On July 11 get your behinds in gear and head for Pier 66 and Bell Harbor Elliott Hall, cause that's where the action will be.

50 top restaurants and breweries for 50 bucks a person
click on image to enlarge and be able to read
after June 15 prices go up $10Guest Chef On the Waterfront

Come and party during theGuest Chef On the Waterfront feast!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Danskin Triathlon

The other Allen & Gates are powerful, examplatory and imaginative women. They and their equally formidable friends are training for the Danskin Triathlon, and other cancer-related fundraisers to raise awareness and money for breast cancer, Sarcomas, and other cancers. The Other Allen & Gates guide visitors to their blog through some of the most exquisite natural and cultivated scenery of the Pacific Northwest.

The everlasting cycle of renewal as witnessed in nature is a healing force by itself.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Celebrate the true meaning of Mother's Day

Join Felicity Huffman, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Christine Lahti and others in celebratingMother's Day for Peace.

Want to see more? Check out the Motherhood Manifesto documentary created by MoveOn

Monday, May 07, 2007


Oy, vey. The things writers do to connect with the world while they're supposed to be working in voluntary, solitary, confinement. A yard or garage sale may bring in more cash, and face to face human contact to boot. I'll come clean right here and now, I've got some stuff stashed away elsewhere as Dutchess in Seattle.

It was 3:33 a.m. when I woke up. No household chores (too noisy), no prep for yard sale (same reason) and after reading Saturday's newspaper (how come I missed the funnies? What Did I Do on Saturday?) and Monday's as well, the urge to blog surfaces again.

In the summer of 2001 my right hand and arm went on strike. My Physical Therapist said: "Between writing, painting, cooking, cleaning, gardening, pruning and stretching canvasses you've basically worn out your number one tool."
For a while I typed and painted with my left hand only. Interesting results on canvas. I learned to economize. In search for better syntax, less deletion of words, more cut, paste and copying to other places. The fewer keys to hit, the better.
No more taking notes by hand. Emailing friends took the place of writing in my journals. Time measured by key words in my calendars. Printing out email messages I decide to do way too late. So much printing to catch up with…