Saturday, January 31, 2009

dance therapy

have you seen this?!  prisoners in the philippines doing dance therapy!  the violence is down by 75%!  pretty cool. . . 


i noticed this while driving yesterday, obviously. . . then i was just taking some pictures of things i found interested, aesthetically pleasing.

i had my first therapeutic arts class yesterday.  the reading was awesome.  i'll give you some excerpts:

ideas are the seeds of creative imagination.

images birth one another.

the creative process requires active participation.  being able to commit to creativity (like meditation).

repetition encourages reverie and letting go.

there was a cool activity to make a list of your beliefs about imagination. see if they are positive or negative (like "it's only your imagination" or "you're letting your imagination run away with you".

the class on the other had was not that great.  i'll just say that i felt some people were looking for actual art therapy rather than learning about it.  it made me a little uncomfortable and felt like it was inappropriate.  i don't know. . . i hope it goes better next week.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

60 minutes

i caught this thing on 60 minutes about caloric restriction.  have you heard about it?  basically if you starve yourself you live longer.  hmmm. . . what's the point in living if all you eat is baby food and walnuts.  also the parallels with anorexia are pretty crazy.  i think it's healthier to fast every once in a while.  also, people will age and die.  why spend how ever much amount of money trying to find a fountain of youth?!  your going to die.  your going to get old.  we all do.  do your best but torturing a bunch of monkeys will hurt your karma and you'll die looking young in a freak accident or something.  i think this is the clip, it's kind of long but if you want to learn how to live forever watch it.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

l o v e o n e

art nouveau

i am taking an art history class about art nouveau and i'm so excited.  i love it!  i've always enjoyed art nouveau and i'm so stoked about learning all about it.  well, more about it.  for our final we can do an actual art project and i think i will.  i found this random book of poetry and short stories.  on the free shelf of books at mokihana in kauai and was attracted the the cover that is an illustration by attila sassy 'aiglon'.  the book is geza csath the magician's garden and other stories.  this is one of his illustrations.  

then i had to add another cool one i learned tonight.  an embroidery by hermann obrist from 1895 called peitchenheib (whiplash), since i'm in love with embroidery.  i wonder if he did this by hand?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

tagged twice

once from tyler 75 things you love and once from nan, 25 things about you. . . i will think about the 75 things i love. . . 

1. I used to hate my toes.
2. I love bikram yoga.
3. I tend to be kapha.
4. I’m into the woo woo.
5. I grew up next to a nuclear power plant.
6. I love lush green.
7. My childhood was really very easy and I feel blessed.
8. I’ve never broken a bone (knock on wood).
9. If I had no fear I would be an artist.
10. I want to write a novel.
11. And a childrens book.
12. Sometimes I don’t tie my shoes and that’s ok.
13. I’m addicted to the savage love podcast.
14. I’m totally a nerd in school now.
15. I’m liberal.
16. I had baby fever today while working (oh no! not again!)
17. I want to live on a farm, possibly a commune.
18. I won’t by clothes that advertise a label. (like a shirt that says GAP)
19. I’m kind of addicted to television.
20. I love tea
21. I miss dive bars.
22. I want to learn how to silk screen.
23. I want to be too many things.
24. I must one day own a horse.
25. I love photo booth pictures.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

just in case

(got this from here)

When Israel expelled Palestinians

The Washington Times

By Randall Kuhn

January 14, 2009

"Think about what would happen if for seven years rockets had been fired at San Diego, California from Tijuana, Mexico." Within hours scores of American pundits and politicians had mimicked Barak's comparisons almost verbatim. In fact, in this very paper on January 9 House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor ended an opinion piece by saying "America would never sit still if terrorists were lobbing missiles across our border into Texas or Montana." But let's see if our political and pundit class can parrot this analogy.

Think about what would happen if San Diego expelled most of its Hispanic, African American, Asian American, and Native American population, about 48 percent of the total, and forcibly relocated them to Tijuana? Not just immigrants, but even those who have lived in this country for many generations. Not just the unemployed or the criminals or the America haters, but the school teachers, the small business owners, the soldiers, even the baseball players.

What if we established government and faith-based agencies to help move white people into their former homes? And what if we razed hundreds of their homes in rural areas and, with the aid of charitable donations from people in the United States and abroad, planted forests on their former towns, creating nature preserves for whites to enjoy? Sounds pretty awful, huh? I may be called anti-Semitic for speaking this truth. Well, I'm Jewish and the scenario above is what many prominent Israeli scholars say happened when Israel expelled Palestinians from southern Israel and forced them into Gaza. But this analogy is just getting started.

What if the United Nations kept San Diego's discarded minorities in crowded, festering camps in Tijuana for 19 years? Then, the United States invaded Mexico, occupied Tijuana and began to build large housing developments in Tijuana where only whites could live. And what if the United States built a network of highways connecting American citizens of Tijuana to the United States? And checkpoints, not just between Mexico and the United States but also around every neighborhood of Tijuana? What if we required every Tijuana resident, refugee or native, to show an ID card to the U.S. military on demand? What if thousands of Tijuana residents lost their homes, their jobs, their businesses, their children, their sense of self worth to this occupation? Would you be surprised to hear of a protest movement in Tijuana that sometimes became violent and hateful? Okay, now for the unbelievable part.

Think about what would happen if, after expelling all of the minorities from San Diego to Tijuana and subjecting them to 40 years of brutal military occupation, we just left Tijuana, removing all the white settlers and the soldiers? Only instead of giving them their freedom, we built a 20-foot tall electrified wall around Tijuana? Not just on the sides bordering San Diego, but on all the Mexico crossings as well. What if we set up 50-foot high watchtowers with machine gun batteries, and told them that if they stood within 100 yards of this wall we would shoot them dead on sight? And four out of every five days we kept every single one of those border crossings closed, not even allowing food, clothing, or medicine to arrive. And we patrolled their air space with our state-of-the-art fighter jets but didn't allow them so much as a crop duster. And we patrolled their waters with destroyers and submarines, but didn't even allow them to fish.

Would you be at all surprised to hear that these resistance groups in Tijuana, even after having been "freed" from their occupation but starved half to death, kept on firing rockets at the United States? Probably not. But you may be surprised to learn that the majority of people in Tijuana never picked up a rocket, or a gun, or a weapon of any kind. The majority, instead, supported against all hope negotiations toward a peaceful solution that would provide security, freedom and equal rights to both people in two independent states living side by side as neighbors. This is the sound analogy to Israel's military onslaught in Gaza today. Maybe some day soon, common sense will prevail and no corpus of misleading analogies abut Tijuana or the crazy guy across the hall who wants to murder your daughter will be able to obscure the truth. And at that moment, in a country whose people shouted We Shall Overcome, Ich bin ein Berliner, End Apartheid, Free Tibet and Save Darfur, we will all join together and shout "Free Gaza. Free Palestine." And because we are Americans, the world will take notice and they will be free, and perhaps peace will prevail for all the residents of the Holy Land.

Randall Kuhn is an assistant professor and Director of the Global Health Affairs Program at the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies. He just returned from a trip to Israel and the West Bank.

Friday, January 16, 2009

hair and sewing

this is the sewing machine i'm going to buy off of craigslist.  it's only $40 and it's a singer.  not as cool as mine that disappeared into thin air but it will suffice plus it' sin a cabinet.

my new do.  this pictures aren't great but i got a little copper and blonde. 

Monday, January 12, 2009


so i'm working on giving up sugar.  well mostly.  kiko and i had gotten into a habit of having dessert most nights so i'm trying not to eat processed sugar.  i'm not going to be militant (still gotta have some dark chocolate).  this is an funny ol' book i got years ago but it talks about how really sugar, white processed sugar really is a chemical not a food.  it has NO nutritional value and it causes human bodies a lot of harm (illness, tooth decay).  so my teeth are really my main motivation.  i don't want any more cavaties and so cutting way down on sugar will be less stored fat and less tooth decay.  

Saturday, January 10, 2009

i miss. . . .

i didn't even get pictures of the really beautiful exotic fruits. . . i ran out of memory on my camera at the farmers market!  it was crazy how they worked them, everyone would mill around before the actual bell rang.  you couldn't buy anything until then.  there was a crazy energy, people would get kind of pushy and grabby picking up the beets or the swiss chard.  it was awesome.  there were all kinds of bananas too.  papaya, star fruit, pineapple and coconuts of course.  so many different and unusually beautiful things (and people!)

Friday, January 9, 2009

oh and. . .

we saw liv tyler (and her son) while shopping on the north shore.  (i found this picture on the internet, i did not paparazzi them.  it was pretty cool.

kauai hawaii

these are my try at artistic photos on my holiday. . . . 

this is the sunset from the plane on our flight to hawaii christmas day.  it was pretty freaking cool it was a perfect rainbow.  

this is the sun peaking through the clouds at our "resort" mokihana in kapaa

yeah, a big ol'butt can at the waimea canyon lookout

light house at kilauea point national wildlife refuge.  

tree at the refuge

waves at the refuge

this is a beautiful church up on the north shore in hanalei

this is ke'e beach on the north shore

the amazing sand full of tiny shells at ke'e beach

green walls at ke'e beach

looking out a cave on the north shore

spring running over a road on the north shore

hanalei valley

sunrise from our room

sunrise and a little drift wood fort

our rusty door knob. 

we were on the east side of the island so since palmer goes to sleep so early we didn't catch a sunset this time around

follow the tracks

ah i miss it!