Queer As Folk
- A Time From Now_Post513
- Taking Care Of Justin_1984 to 2005
- Road Trips in Six Parts_2000 to 2005
- The Window of My Mind_2005
- The Silence of His Smile_2006
- Just Another Singer in a Local Punk Band_2008
- Rememberance in Silken Blue_2010
- When Your Past Catches Up to His Future_2012
- The Shadows of His Past_2014
- Their Gift of Always_2009 & 2012_Two Christmas stories separated by four drabbles
- The Journey_AU_December 2002 to December 2004
Adam Lambert & Tommy Joe Ratliff
- Braedon Matthews
- Three Questions
- Ethan Is
- One Long and Delicate Golden Brown Curl
- Happiness in Its Entirity
- Somewhere Near the Back of the Closet
- Everyone Who Mattered to Them Was There
- Caught in the Light of His Eyes
- Every Second Wednesday
And not just because my father worked there throughout my formative years. I just like NASA .
For instance, they find interesting and fun ways to involve the public in their adventures in space exploration.
Case in point, waaaaay back in 1995 or so, I came across, and no, I don't remember how, signature postcards addressed to the Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) located almost locally, mid-way between here and LA, at the California Institute of Technology, that if they were returned in a timely manner would become part of a golden disc of collected signatures that would be included onboard the Cassini spacecraft on its journey to Saturn.
This golden disc, along with its over 205,000.engraved signatures, would eventually meet its demise by plunging into the planet itself. In some far off and distant future, I could barely imagined, the signatures of my mom, who actually died just before Cassini launched in 1997, my dad, who died ten years later, and me and my then husband of 10 years, 30 now, would all burn up in Saturn's atmosphere thereby, in my mind, allowing us to become a part of the very composition of Saturn itself.
After its highly successful 20 year journey, Cassini is now orbiting between Saturn's inner-most ring and the planet’s surface and will tomorrow, Friday September 15, 2017, meet its demise with a slow and controlled descent into Saturn's atmosphere. For me, this is bittersweet because I have been able to imagine all this time, my parents signatures traveling through space. Mine and David's too, and tomorrow that ends.
Still, tomorrow we become, in a way, a part of Saturn and that is pretty, pretty cool too. So, thank you NASA for allowing us to journey along with you in such a personal way. I am in your gratitude .And Cassini, you will be missed.
If you want more info, follow the link to The Grand Finale Tool Kit and do a bit of exploring yourself.
Mastering any physical skill takes practice. Practice is the repetition of an action with the goal of improvement, and it helps us perform with more ease, speed, and confidence. But what does practice actually do to make us better at things? Annie Bosler and Don Greene explain how practice affects the inner workings of our brains.
I've taken much of this little vid's advice to heart so, I hope you enjoy and can learn from it too!!
techgirl_on_ij and lisa_thecat were both sweet enough to ask me to post some of my drawings and I have decided to do so since I never really have.
If you click on a drawing,which I would suggest especially with the horse and the tree, Livejournal will, kindly, make the image larger as three of these are about 20 by 30 inches with the other two, a bit smaller.
They are: An ice flow; An abstract; A tree; A horse; and A grove of trees done on gray paper. You can hardly tell the difference since my lighting was off, but the rest are done a white paper so the drawings are, in fact, are more warm than cool.
We ventured forth into downtown San Jose one evening to see The Book of Mormon and while on our way to the theater, we passed by what I think is a lovely view of the Guadalupe River Parkway which is three miles of winding river and parklands running through our fair city. Biking, running, walking all that healthy stuff is done within it. Before the parkway, when it was just a river, it would flood, especially in the downtown area, frequently. No more. The parkway not only makes the environs around the river more beautiful and useful, but more safe as well.
My take on the eclipse, little dancing half-mmons on the ground. Me included!!
These candles represent the Great Balckout of August 2017 which lasted a nerve-wracking 10 HOURS, from 6pm to 4am. How we made it through I'll never know. And honestly, if it hadn't been for my fully-charged Kindle this night could have ended very differently.
Saturday's temp, indoors, outdoors, a day I, personally, zombie-ed through with only the vaguest of recollections remaining. Weird how that can happen.
Task 16_Project_50 BOOKS
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...maybe. And it is a task I did NOT complete for August
34_A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin
35_Bookclub recommendation_Mrs Houdini by Victoria Kelly
36_ART_5_Creating Texture in Colored Pencil by Gary Greene
Task 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for August
71_John Wick: Chapter 2_2017_Keanu Reeves, Ruby Rose, John Leguizamo
72_Bride of Frankenstein_1935_Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, Colin Clive
73_Edge of Tomorrow_2014_Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton
74_Dunkirk_2017_Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh
75_National Gallery_2014_Behind-the-scenes documentary at the National Gallery in London
76_Logan_2017_Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant
77_John Reacher_2012_Tom Cruise, Werner Herzog, Lee Child, Rosamund Pike
78_Spider-Man: Homecoming_2017_Zendaya, Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei
79_Brillo Box (3 Cents off)_2016_Art Documentary
80_The Royal Tenenbaums_2001_Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Huston, Danny Glover, Ben Stiller, Alec Baldwin
Dribs & Drabs
11_ I readthe third book in the Ice & Fire series, A Storm of Swowrds
53 to 54_Read 5 art-related books
1_The Complete Colored Pencil Book by Bernard Poulin
I book I had long had but never bothered to read but from which, now that I really want to explore colored pencils, I learned a lot.
2_Eyewitness Art: Color by Alison Cole
A book I had bought for Aaron back in the day which touches on all the fundementals of color
3_A Girl Reading by Katie Ward
The only book I bought for this task, it tells the stories, through historical-fiction, of several through-the-ages paintings and more recently social media, of women reading.
4_Painting With Water-Soluble Colored Pencils by Gary Greene
5_Creating Texture in Colored Pencil by Gary Greene
Nos 4 & 5 were books that had belong to my dad and that I now have also read :)
Ever onward ***
My committment is that I will finally create to completion, by January 2018, and publish on the Kindle platform, by February 2018, the children's book that has been floating around in my head for about a decade. It will be done with a fairly typical narration, a child's imaginative take on her world, but done, I think, with a fairly original illustration-style.
I have the outlining done, the formatting done, and the dialogue, 21 pages written drabble-style in order to restrict my tendency to over-write, done.
And now, I'm on to the illustrations. There will be 23 drawings in-total with 11 as 1-page spreads and 12 as 2-page spreads. I'm going to do three different illustration-styles each requiring different media. This is what is making me nervous especially since I don't draw from imagination and I think that what I hope to accomplish will require this skill.
I am planning on updating here periodically. I suppose I should make a committment as to when. How about once a month unless otherwise inidcated?
So ever onward! And thank you for your time.
1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?
A lemon bar
2. Where was your profile picture taken?
I have no profile picture. I use a ton of icons and they are from ALL over
3. Worst pain you've ever experienced?
A cluster migrain
4. Who was the last person to make you laugh?
5. How late did you stay up last night?
11 or so pm
6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?
New York City.
7. Ever been kissed under fireworks?
8. Which of your Facebook friends lives closest to you?
Eileen, Lyn & Elizabeth all live within a few blocks but most friends live out of state which IS the point :)
9. How do you feel about turkey burgers?
Turkey can be dry so, if I'm going to bother, I'll go with hanburger
10. When was the last time you cried?
Several months ago. I had decided that my family sucked on just so many levels that I couldn't even understand why I was still bothering. By next day, all was reasonable again.
11. Who took your profile photo?
Have many. Can't know.
12. Who was the last person you took a picture with
My coffee-clutch ladies at dinner about three weeks ago
13. What's your favorite season?
14. If you could have any career.
15. Do you think relationships are ever worth it?
16. If you could talk to ANYONE right now, who would it be?
17. Are you a good influence?
I'm a reasonable influence. If someone is a little too tilt, I may try and ease them back a bit. But, on the other hand, if someone plays by the rules a little too much, I will probably push them a bit to challenge their status quo.
18. Does pineapple belong on pizza?
19. You have the remote, what channel are you watching?
Concast 943_Soundscapes music_All instrumental music all the time
20. Who do you think will fill this out?
Only time will tell
Wallet_Keys_Auto registration_Phone_Reusable bag
5 things you’ll find in my bedroom:
Holiday books_Clothes_Aaron's Mother's Day cards on display_Some of my favorite framed things (my father's drawings, his mother's needle point)_Some of my more breakable collectables
5 things I’ve always wanted to do:
Publish a children's book (working on it)_Live in New York (not working on it)_Live high up in a tall tall and modern building_Take my family to Europe_See my drawings in a gallery
5 things that make me happy:
Reading_Doing events with my family_My bookclub_Drawing_Finding sane voices in an otherwise insane country
5 things I’m currently into:
My Mission101_A udemy course called The Ultimate Drawing Course_Reading The Ice and Fire series_Working on my kid's book
5 things on my to-do list:
Today's list includes, but is not limited to:
Prune back 2 agapanthus by driveway_Write an entry in Aaron's journal_Make an entry to online journal (see this)_Do speed drawing (this is sketching for 30 mins using only a #2 pencil & an eraser form life or photos)_Dust den tables & clean under den sofa & chair cushions
And done is done **
From: YouTube NASA Johnson_The International Space Station is a one-of-a-kind spot for scientists who want to do experiments where there’s no gravity, to find out how other natural forces function without gravity’s influence. In this “SpeedyTime” segment, Expedition 52 flight engineer Jack Fischer uses a few simple tools to demonstrate what happens to water in space when there’s no pull of gravity.
From: YouTube NASA Johnson_Doing groundbreaking science can mean working with dangerous materials; how do the astronauts on the International Space Station protect themselves and their ship in those cases? They use the Microgravity Science Glovebox: in this “SpeedyTime” segment Expedition 52 flight engineer Peggy Whitson pulls a rack out of the wall of the Destiny Laboratory to show us how astronauts access a sealed environment for science and technology experiments that involve potentially hazardous
From: YouTube NASA Johnson_When you live in a place where your heart doesn’t even have to work against the pull of gravity, you need help with exercise: the astronauts on the International Space Station have a suite of exercise equipment at their disposal, including a treadmill. In this “SpeedyTime” segment Expedition 52 flight engineer Jack Fischer runs through the workout they get on the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill (COLBERT) in the station’s Tranquility module.
Before_Our old old, years old Nandina and Aagapanthus. The 2 Nandina grew too big over the course of 15 years, although the drought had finally wrecked them, and the 4 Aagapanthus were basically over taken by them. The catus came with the house and, having started to totally decay, was discarded
So, we took heavy equipment to them and within a half hour, all 5 were basically gone. At least above ground.
It took quite a while longer to have them gone below ground but eventually we had a new canvas to work with.
Our most local nursery, Summerwinds, was/ is having a sale, they're sadly closing our location, so we got very good deals on the replacement plants, 3 Ruby Stella Hemerocallis, 1 Petite Plaum Crape Myrtle, it grows about 5 feet high and 4 feet wide, and 3 other lower growing plants that I forget what are. All 3 types were chosen for their sun and drought tolerance and, natually, their textural differences.
Afer they've grown in a bit, I'll post another photo.
Below I'm just throwing in a couple of photos of our walkway because I think it looks quite nice :)
The new posters pay homage to the 1930s originals.
America’s national parks have been enthralling visitors for over a century. The very first park to be established was Yellowstone, which was described by Ferdinand Hayden in his 1871 survey as a ”land of wondrous beauty.” There are now 58 national parks around the U.S., covering an astonishingly diverse 84 million acres of land. It’s not hard to understand why some ambitious tourists make the effort to visit every single one of them.
Want to see more lovely lovely posters. Go here.
Also, from Mental Floss_A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John takes a look at some of America's great National Parks!
In order to complete this task, I will need to read about five books per month which, frankly, is daunting but I managed last year so...maybe. And it is a task I DID NOT complete for July
31_A Clash of Kings by George RR Martin
32_ART_Painting With Water-Soluble Colored Pencils by Gary Greene
33_Bookclub recommendation_I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" by Brené Brown
Task 17_Project_100 MOVIES (To include completed series)
In order to complete this task, I will need to watch about 10 movies per month, a task I completed for July
61_The Accountant_2016_Ben Affleck, Anna Kendrick, J. K. Simmons
62_Whatever Happened to Baby Jane_1962_Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Maidie Norman
63_Spirited Away_2001_Animation_Director: Hayao Miyazaki_Haku, Chihiro Ogino, Yubaba
64_The Great Courses_History of the Ancient World: A Global Perspective_Professor Gregory S Aldrete_48 Lectures
65_Birth of a Nation_2016_Nate Parker, Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King
66_The Thin Man_1934_Myrna Loy, William Powell, Skippy as Asta, Maureen O'Sullivan
67_Eames: The Architect and the Painter_2011_Art Documentary
68_Life_2017_Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada
69_Shadow of the Thin Man_1941_Myrna Loy, William Powell, Donna Reed, Barry Nelson
70_Appropriately, watched this for the Fourth of July_Yankee Doodle Dandy_1942_James Cagney, Walter Huston
Dribs & Drabs
None. Zero. Zilch. Nada. As it were