Archive for August, 2012

Like father, like son. With each deep wrinkle he gets a bit more like Dad!.

August 31st, 2012 Comments off

Marilyn, still drawing attention, and being a bit too much for some people.

August 31st, 2012 Comments off

Marilyn in Chicago for a year and now she is spending a year out west, in Palm Springs, CA.


“Forever Marilyn,” the 26-foot-tall statue that became a controversial fixture on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, has been getting final touchups since its arrival in Palm Springs on Monday morning.

The 34,000-pound sculpture, which cost about $40,000 to transport, took a week to be trucked across the country. Passersby have gotten a sneak peak this week as installers, and a few cranes, reassemble the statue at Palm Canyon and Tahquitz Canyon Way, where it will remain until June 2013.

“When we drove up to Palm Springs, we couldn’t believe it,” said Audrey Vernon, 67, who was on vacation with her husband. “It was quite impressive.”

PHOTOS: Giant Marilyn Monroe sculpture

The sculpture by Seward Johnson, the 80-year-old artist and Johnson & Johnson heir who’s known for casting famous images into giant sculptures, re-creates the scene from the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch” in which a drafty New York subway grate blows the sex symbol’s skirt well above her knees.

Vernon, who lives right by the Grounds for Sculpture garden in New Jersey, said she had seen many other pieces by Johnson, including the smaller version of the Marilyn statue. “It was great,” she said. “It felt like home, getting to see her.”

But the piece didn’t receive the warmest reception in Chicago during its time there and was the target of more than a few vandals and critics. Some called the undergarment-baring pose sexist, while dubbed “Forever Marilyn” the No. 1 piece of bad public art — ahead of a “Bewitched” statue in Salem, Mass.

Several cities lined up to host the massive Marilyn when its Chicago residency wrapped, perhaps because August marks the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood legend’s death.

“We received many requests as far away as Tokyo and Madrid and cities in Brazil, and we really felt that Palm Springs has a special connection to Marilyn because it is the legendary play land for Hollywood,” said Paula Stoeke, the director and curator of the Sculpture Foundation, an organization funded and run by Johnson with offices in Santa Monica.

 source: LA Times   

Cool Site from Karina Russell

August 31st, 2012 Comments off

A blog about making a home, decorating, cooking, crafts, sewing, art, and just about anything else creative or interesting in life . . . The American Housewife

Karina Russell always brings a fresh and elegant look to her website.  Take a look and see. If you are interested in home decorating, delicious recipes, fashion tips, and a wide variety of practical suggestions for home, hearth and family,  then you will love this website.

“Rain, Rain, Go Away, Little Kaylee Wants to Play”

August 30th, 2012 Comments off

Florida gal Kaylee Simpkins gets in a few minutes of play at Frank Brown Park  before the storms head her way.

photo: Naomi Simpkins


Swap a book at the Beach, Mate?

August 30th, 2012 Comments off



This is a book swap at Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

Cool idea Aussies!

Hey, I didn’t mean that . . .

August 30th, 2012 Comments off

Morty was in his usual place in the morning sitting at the table, reading the paper after breakfast.

He came across an article about a beautiful actress that was about to marry a football player who was known primarily for his lack of IQ and common knowledge.

He turned to his wife with a look of question on his face. “I’ll never understand why the biggest jerks get the most attractive wives.” 

His wife replied, “Why thank you, dear!” 

The Magnificent Harpy Eagle

August 29th, 2012 Comments off

MEASUREMENTS: The Harpy Eagle has a body length of 35 – 41 inches, a 6 1/2 -foot wingspan, and weighs 10 – 20 pounds. The female can be as much as twice as heavy as her mate.
Harpy Eagle habitat mapHABITAT: Harpy Eagles are found in tropical lowland forests from southeastern Mexico to northern Argentina and southern Brazil. This bird prefers large expanses of uninterrupted forest, but will hunt in open areas adjacent to forest patches.
DIET: Harpy Eagles feed primarily on animals that live in the trees, like sloths, monkeys, opossums, and some reptiles and birds. Harpy Eagles are highly maneuverable fliers and strike their prey after a rapid pursuit through the trees.
REPRODUCTION: Harpy Eagles build huge nests of sticks and branches in the tallest, or emergent, trees in the rainforest. Harpy females lay 1 – 2 eggs. After the first egg hatches 53 – 58 days later, the other egg is usually ignored and does not hatch. The chick will fledge from 4 1/2 – 6 months of age, but the young bird stays in the parent’s territory for at least 1 year.
NAME DERIVATION: The scientific and common names come from the Greek word, harpe, referring to a bird of prey mentioned by Aristotle, Pliny, and other Greek scholars, and may be from the mythological harpies who were winged creatures with sharp claws, a woman’s face, and a vulture’s body.

  • Harpy Eagles are considered to be one of the world’s largest and most powerful eagles. Although this eagle has hind talons up to the size of grizzly bear claws, they typically can only fly with prey weighing up to approximately one half of their body weight. 
  • Harpy Eagles, like many other birds of prey, bring fresh green twigs and branches to the nest. Some researchers think this helps to fumigate the nest against insects and parasites, and provide a cooler environment for the nestling.
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Jim Davis Shares a Memory of Yesteryear

August 28th, 2012 Comments off

 I’m sure a lot went on in my little home town that most of us knew nothing about!  Thanks to Jim Davis for the following comment.


Many stories can be told about Pocahontas ,  some live on and some forgotten.

On the light side is one that I remember happening in the mid ’50s after the county was voted “dry”.

I will not mention names or places but those from that time would certainly remember. There was this repectable resturant that had a dining room in back,which was not in use all the time . When I returned from the Army, there were  5 or 6 of us guys that had the privilege of sitting back there and ‘socializing’.

One evening the city police entered from the outside rear entrance and charged them with drinking in public.

When it came before the Municipal Judge {who was known to take a drink now and then} he examined the bottle closely and declared

“Why this is a full bottle so they can’t be charged with drinking! Case dismissed. You may go –bottle stays!” 

Dear Mare . . .

August 28th, 2012 Comments off

From the desk of  R. E. Boy

Dear Mare,
I sure liked to ride in the car.  I loved it when you called to me, “Want to go?”  Of course I wanted to go, did I ever NOT want to go?  
Well, there were a few times I wished I hadn’t gone, you know, to the dog doc.  I’ll admit I would whine like a little girl, but Mare, you have no idea what they did to me behind those closed doors!
Now going to pick up food . . . that was a different story . . .that was the best!
You would roll down the window and I would stick my head out.  People would smile and wave, I usually gave them a stare, you know, always on guard for evildoers, protecting you Mare, even with my ears blown back flat against my head.  Sweet!
My favorite was going to  ‘In and Out Burger’, I could smell that place a mile away!  AND you usually weakened and let me have a fry or two.  Yeah, Mare, those were the good old days, weren’t they?
Your loving pal, 
Ralph E. Boy

How about this good idea from Homestead Survival?

August 28th, 2012 Comments off

How clever is this? A headlamp around a gallon of water = ambient light for your tent and/or a great night lamp when the power is out.  

Photo: Seriously clever! A headlamp around a gallon of water = ambient light for your tent and a great night lamp when the power is out.
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