Sunday, July 31, 2005

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

In the Garden


Actually, very little of my time has been spent gardening this last month. Between family visits and painting 7 rooms in the house (3 down!), I've had little time for much else. My perennial bed is downright wild - I've got some serious weeding to do.

The Gladiolus have bloomed, however and are lovely. They are 4-5 feet tall and many are falling over due to their own weight,The Catmint has quadrupled in size - wow. Daisies and Salvia continue to flower, but the Foxgloves and Delpimium are pretty much done for the season. The roses will continue to bloom until Autumn. I am adding one rosebush tomorrow and think I will be adding another (a miniature variety.)

Ahh, bunnies. They are adorable, but voracious. They have eaten 14 out of 15 sunflowers. Next year I will install a small fence to prevent this. I was really looking forward to the sunflowers.

Rabbits have eaten most of the Creeping Phlox as well, but I think it will return next year, regardless. They also ate my Poppies and all the leaves off my Bleeding Heart. It's time to spread more Blood Meal!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Bewitching Design


Margo Chase has got to be one of my favorite graphic designers. Her style jives with mine completely. She has done design work for publishing, music, television/film and hotels/restaurants (to name a few.)

Here is some of her work. More can be seen at

Monday, July 25, 2005

Tempus Fugit


Photograph Copyright Paul Biddle "Time Flies"

Sorry for the lack of posts. I was out-of-town until Sunday and am bogged down with housework today. Posts shouls be regular by tomorrow!


Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Cryptic Trees


While we were visiting home, we made a stop at Fellows Riverside Gardens, in Mill Creek Park. The Gardens (and the park in general) are one of my favorite places in Youngstown. Mill Creek is the largest metropolitan park in the United States. For more information on the park and the Gardens, visit the links below the pics.

These Weeping Beech trees are in the Gardens. The branches droop all the way to the ground, which forms a canopy around the trunk. It makes a great "secret spot." The trunks of these trees have been covered with carved grafiti. They look like a Rosetta Stone of sorts. They are really amazing to see. (In the third pic, the tree is on the left.)

Mill Creek ParkFellows Riverside Gardens

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Spectrum CDs No. 1


I scratch CDs (although I have improved), so I have created a series of CDs to use while driving in my car.

"Scarlet" is the first in the series.

Track Listing:

01. Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine
02. The Grudge - Tool
03. 7 Words - Deftones
04. Stain of Mind - Slayer
05. Whatever - Godsmack
06. Here to Stay - Korn
07. Violet - Hole
08. Bullet with Butterfly Wings - Smashing Pumpkins
09. Undertow - Tool
10. Head Like a Hole - Nine inch Nails
11. Rape Me - Nirvana
12. Judith - A Perfect Circle
13. You Know Who You Are? - Nine Inch Nails
14. Disconnect - Rollins Band
15. March of the Pigs - Nine Inch Nails
16. Aenima - Tool

Monday, July 18, 2005

My First Corpse

**FLYING CONDITIONS: Partly Cloudy**

Over the past month, I have become involved in an online art project of sorts called An Exquisite Corpse. Thus far, I have participated in three Corpses. All are complete, but only the second one I worked has been posted (this morning as a matter of fact.)

This is the way it works: Each participant creates a "slice" of what will be a complete, unified image. Player one begins by creating an image of a set size. Then, Player Two receives a small sliver of the first image, and creates their image based on it. Player Three creates theirs based on a sliver from Player Two, and Player Four completes the piece based on a sliver of Player Three's image.

I was Player Two for the following Corpse.

Here is the slice I received:

Here is the image I created:

Here is the Final Corpse:
:: Sunset/four and twenty/anything is possible/thrust class ::

In some regards, this is meant to be an experiment with the collective unconscious. I think Players 1-3 on this corpse had something similar - a kind of Fairy Tale-ish theme. I'm not sure what Player Four was "vibing."

Thursday, July 14, 2005

A note about my various series...

Although I number my series numerically, by no means am I listing my favorites in order. (This applies to pretty much all series except Spectrum CDs, which will be listed, naturally, by spectrum placement.)

For example, Joaquin Phoenix, is not my #1 Damn-Fine, Good Looking Man, he's one of many! It's impossible to rank them.

Most posts are based on what kind of mood I'm in, and I was in a "Joaquin Mood."

I just wanted to clarify.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Recommended by Bees


Le Couvent des Minimes Verbena and Lemon is my favorite scent for summer. It's fresh and light and makes me feel cool in the sweltering sun. It is available at Bath and Bodyworks nationwide.

NOTE: If near a garden, you WILL attract the bees. I guaratee it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 5


Pirate's of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Costume Designer: Penny Rose
Best Costume Design (nom): British Academy Awards - 2004

Captain Jack Sparrow
I adore this costume. I so completely desire Jack's leather tri-corn hat.

Elizabeth's Plum Gown
This is so lovely. (It takes on a more cranberry hue in the film.)

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 4
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 3
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 2
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 1

Monday, July 11, 2005

Desired Travel Destination No. 2


Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove Lighthouse
copyright National Geographic

Blue Rocks fishing village
copyright The Image Bank

Kejimujik National Park
copyright Digital Vision

Peggy's Cove, Halifax
copyright Robert Harding World Imagery

tonehurst South
copyright Stone

Cabot Trail
copyright The Image Bank

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Novascotia.comDesired Travel Destination No. 1

Friday, July 08, 2005

A damn-fine, good-lookin' man No. 1


Joaquin Phoenix. Need I say more?

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Home from Home


This past weekend, my family visited Youngstown, Ohio, our hometown. We had a wonderful time. I shot many, many rolls of film, so expect photo posts throught the next few weeks!

Here are a few quick shots that are more Independence Day inclined. They were all taken in the suburb of of Youngstown that my husband grew up in. Don't look forward to any shots of the suburb I grew up in - most historic remnants are completely gone!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Hectic Holiday

I will be very busy over the holiday, so I've made my daily posts early. Have a wonderful 4th!

Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day!


Please visit the National Archives Experience online.

The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the
executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
Button Gwinnett
Lyman Hall
George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
William Hooper
Joseph Hewes
John Penn
South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
Robert Morris
Benjamin Rush
Benjamin Franklin
John Morton
George Clymer
James Smith
George Taylor
James Wilson
George Ross
Caesar Rodney
George Read
Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
William Floyd
Philip Livingston
Francis Lewis
Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
Richard Stockton
John Witherspoon
Francis Hopkinson
John Hart
Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett
William Whipple
Samuel Adams
John Adams
Robert Treat Paine
Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins
William Ellery
Roger Sherman
Samuel Huntington
William Williams
Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
Matthew Thornton

Sunday, July 03, 2005

The Star-Spangled Banner

Complete version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" showing spelling and punctuation from Francis Scott Key's manuscript in the Maryland Historical Society collection.

O say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation!
Blest with vict'ry and peace may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

The Smithsonian's Star Spangled Banner Website

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Colonial American Flags

I think these flags are wonderful. I've always had an affection for the Don't Tread on Me flags.

Betsy Ross

It's probably inaccurate to say that Ms. Ross stitched the first American flag, but I'm posting this anyway. I like the illustration and Besty is part of the "American Legend" we all grew up with.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 4

The Patriot: Charlotte's Blue "Delft" Dress
Costume Designer: Deborah Scott

I would LOVE to make a replica of this dress. It's so elegant. I wish I had better pics of this costume (and the other female costumes in the film), but online pics are downright scarce.

Incredible Movie Costumes No. 3
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 2
Incredible Movie Costumes No. 1