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Crack Your Heart

1 Mar
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By Pablo Picasso

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By Edward Hopper

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By Claude Monet

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By David Hockney

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By Georgia O’Keeffe

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By Andy Warhol

“Isn’t the whole point of things – beautiful things – that they connect you to some larger beauty? Those…images that crack your heart wide open?”

— Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch)

Get It Here

9 Sep
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Los Angeles, 1974.

If you want it, boys, get it here, thing.
‘Cause hope, boys, is a cheap thing, cheap thing.

Song Sweet Thing by David Bowie.

It’s Safe In The City

5 Sep
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OMG. I love his shoes. Wish I were in the front row.

It’s safe in the city to love in a doorway.

Song Sweet Thing by David Bowie.

Shot in 1974 at Los Angeles’ Universal Amphitheatre.

Roseanne Barr

24 Apr

I really love this story that Roseanne Barr tells to author Judd Apatow in his book Sick In The Head.

I love the balls she had and her revenge. She wasn’t going to put up with anyone treating her like shit!

On her show, Roseanne, there were many staff members she wanted to fire but the executives told her these employees had to stay through episode thirteen.

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So Swishy

1 Mar

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She’s so swishy in her satin and tat
In her frock coat
and bipperty-bopperty hat
Oh God, I could do better than that

Song Queen Bitch by David Bowie

Photography courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

All Time Low

28 Feb

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My heart’s in the basement
My weekend’s at an all time low

Song Queen Bitch by David Bowie

Photography courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library

Earthquakes in Oklahoma

19 Oct

Last night my husband and I watched a movie called San Andreas. After awhile, I couldn’t watch it anymore because I needed to look up everything I could about the San Andreas Fault.

I used to live in California. Now that the Internet exists, you can look up all the cities The Fault runs under or near. It’s fascinating!

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Did you know that on October 10, 2015 there was an earthquake of 4.4 magnitude in OKLAHOMA?

The US Geological Survey website is packed with information about earthquakes.

Today is Shake Out day. Go to this site to learn more about earthquakes.

love & mercy—Brian Wilson

17 Oct

My sister told me about the movie love & mercy. It’s about Brian Wilson‘s life. I enjoyed the music and styling of the movie.

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When I was growing up in Los Angeles I constantly listened to the KHJ radio station and The Beach Boys music was infused in my life.

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The Beach Boys

What I learned from the movie was that Brian Wilson was a musical genius and a very sensitive, kind, and tender man. It was fascinating to learn how he created his music and what he went through in his life with drugs and mental health issues. It especially killed me to watch how cruel his father was to him.

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Brian Wilson

The acting in the movie by John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks was incredible. Especially amazing was the acting of  Paul Dano, who tenderly portrayed Brian Wilson when he was younger. Paul Dano is an accomplished actor and I predict he has an incredible future ahead. I just can’t help but love this guy.

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Paul Dano

See how kind Brian Wilson is:

“I am thrilled that Paul Dano has signed on to play me during one of my most creative explosions and most fulfilling musical times in my career,” Wilson said in a statement. “I still can’t believe how cool it is that my life will be portrayed on the big screen… It just makes me feel so humble.”

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Remember these tops?

Remember these tops?

In my teens or early 20’s I did see The Beach Boys in concert at The Forum in Los Angeles. I had never seen so many beautiful men and women in one place!

love & mercy was made with Brian Wilson’s blessing.

I Slipped Beneath The Surface #annpatchett

2 Aug

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“The absolute truth…I did not forget it.  It worked its way into my brain and then stuck its foot in the door so that other bits of wisdom might follow, while back in present time, I slipped beneath the surface of the water and swam away.”

— Ann Patchett, This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage

p.s.  The illustration was drawn by me when I was 10-years-young.

Hass Avocado #avocado #hass

9 Jan

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Love their color green.  

Love guacamole.

Since it’s so cold out, it makes me feel better to post a photo from the summer.

Oceana Santa Barbara #santabarbara

7 Sep

hotel203 blogMany years ago, when my husband and I were dating, we stayed at the Ambassador By The Sea Motel in Santa Barbara, California.  I just came across these matches that I took from the hotel as a souvenir.   Since then, of course, they have remodeled and it’s now called Oceana Santa Barbara.  It’s across the street from the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara.  It’s on prime Santa Barbara land and in a very touristy area.  On Sundays there is the Santa Barbara Arts and Crafts Festival, which has fabulous items, all handmade in Santa Barbara.  The hotel still looks like a cute place to stay.

I would like to be in Santa Barbara right now!  Don’t tell me you are going there!  But please tell me if you have been there!

Oceana Santa Barbara
202 W. Cabrillo Boulevard Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:  805.965.4577

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The content of this post was not generated to make money.  I am not being paid for this content. 

Nicolette Larson Lullaby CD: Sleep Baby Sleep #lullaby

25 Jun

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I would like to pay tribute to Nicolette Larson and the best lullaby CD ever made:  Sleep Baby Sleep

This CD came out in 1994.  I bought it at Barnes and Noble on 6th Avenue in New York (when B&N was still there).  I knew who Nicolette was but hadn’t heard anything about the CD.  I bought it just hoping it would be good. Every song is soothing and calming.  There is nothing worse than playing a lullaby CD and it has loud, jarring songs on it, between the calm ones.  I want all lullaby songs to lull and not energize the baby!

When my son was little, he loved this CD.

Nicolette’s voice is perfect for lullabies.  She lovingly recorded it for her daughter.  The music is perfect and Graham Nash and Neil Young also sing on this CD.

I highly recommend this as a gift to someone who is having a baby.  It’s the gift that keeps giving!

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Cross Tatoo

1 Jun

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Swimming Pool

18 May

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Title: [“Arcady,” George Owen Knapp house, Sycamore Canyon Road, Montecito, California. Lower garden, indoor swimming pool at pool house] Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer Date Created/Published: [1917 spring]

“Somebody said to me, ‘But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.’ That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, ‘Now, let’s write a swimming pool.’ “

—Paul McCartney

Buddha

10 Apr

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“A person, who no matter how desperate the situation, gives others hope, is a true leader.” ― Daisaku Ikeda

Spanish-Style Houses

6 Apr

malibu house_7711 blogI would love to live in a Spanish-style house high in the hills of Los Angeles or Malibu, California.

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