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Have been rather amused over the response to Harper Lee over her new book, "Go Set a Watchman. " There was a half-page story in this paper. People are all upset over the new Atticus Finch's behavior. He's a character in a novel for crying out loud. When you write fiction you can make your characters be anyone you want. I loved the first book and Gregory Peck will always be the face of Atticus. (Moses looks like Charlton Heston. A good story is a good story. If you like an author, you like the books. Maybe some better than others, but the read is always good. James Mitchener, Lloyd C. Douglas, John Gresham and Stephen King are some of my favorites. I do not like the romance novels so Nora Douglas was out. Read a couple and it is the same story with different names. So much for the book review. Was amused to find those summer canvas slip on shoes on eBay for a mere $29. 99 on sale. Used to buy them at K-Mart for $1. 99. Another new goody is adult coloring books for relieving stress. Nothing wrong with the idea. Doing jigsaw puzzles does it for me. However I can't believe the price — $12. 99 and up. The mosaic-looking designs would drive me nuts trying to figure out how to make each little section look alike. Be cheaper to color your kid's book. I could color a clown or Jack and Jill a lot easier. Haven't mentioned That Cat for some time. I have decided he is a shape-shifter. For those of you not familiar with the word, a shape-shifter is a being with the ability to alter its physical appearance. He looked a lot like that cute kitten on the Meow Mix package. A little tiger stripe. (Probably a tabby to the rest of you. ) He was a little darker but I had no idea he was going to turn black. Now he looks like he has a white under layer with black on the top. However it is all one bicolored hair. This really makes a difference. Cat hair on a dark object looks white. Cat hair on a light object makes it look black. Of course everything in the house is covered with cat hair. Very visible cat hair. Sometimes I think there is more in the house than on him. There's more. When he is standing up, he looks like a football. When he sits down, he looks like a basketball. When he lays down, he looks like an oil spill. There were about three cats in a row in the Pet of the Week that looked like him. One was named Diablo. My advice would be: never buy a cat with a name like that. Thought for the day: A conscience. Source: columbustelegram.com
My kids spent spring break with their dad this year. As I helped pack their suitcases, I made sure to include those little extras they might want or need while they were away: swimsuits, a phone charger, a friend's phone number. Soon after I waved goodbye, it was time to pack another bag. Not mine -- I was just headed to work -- but for Miss D, our live-in helper. Miss D and her boyfriend, Chef, were headed to Chicago for their spring break. Before Miss D and Chef drove away, I handed them a bag filled with some of those little extras they might want or need on their journey: A road atlas, a bunch of magazines, a coloring book and some crayons. Yes, that's right, I packed crayons for the grown-ups but not for the children. No, I didn't mix up the packing lists. Haven't you heard. Coloring books for grown-ups are the "it" accessory this spring. "Grown-ups get out their crayons," proclaimed one news headline. "Let's learn how to play again," urged another. "Digital detox," said another. I learned about this trend while reading a New York Times profile of Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford, whose intricately drawn coloring books for grown-ups are selling out as fast as crayons break. "Her publishing break came in 2011, when an editor at Laurence King Publishing discovered her work online," writes Alexandra Alter in the story. "The editor thought her graceful illustrations could work well as a children's coloring book. 'I came back and said I would like to do a coloring book for grown-ups, and it got a bit quiet for a moment,' Basford said. 'Coloring books for adults weren't as much of a thing then. ' To convince them that it was a viable market, she drew five sample pages of detailed, mosaic-like illustrations. The publishers were sold. Curious, I asked my circle of friends and colleagues if they had heard about this trend. "I just saw an article about coloring books for adults in France. " one friend said. "Even Hermès has them. Très chic, apparently. "There's an ad on TV about them," said one of my editors. "The woman says she can't wait to get home from a long day at work so she can color. The editor helped me find the informercial online. The pitch for the Colorama coloring book, aimed at grown-ups, is hilarious. "There's no right or wrong way to do it," the narrator assures us. Wait -- does that mean I don't need to stay in. Source: www.twincities.com
native Cheri Pann is a self-described product of the '60s era of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. "I'm a very sexual person," she said, confirming that at least some of her youthful experiences endure. Dunno about her taste in music these days, but if she ever dropped acid, we can attest to the longevity of its effects. Pann, 75, and her husband Gonzalo Duran, 71, are Venice artists who live and work in a house so outrageously accessorized it makes a trip on LSD seem like a trip to Victorville. Their Mosaic Tile House, as it is known, is a visually cacophonous edifice adorned with thousands of hand-crafted, painstakingly applied mosaic tiles, pop culture artifacts and painted surfaces created by people wholly unfamiliar with the concept... Visitors may sample their more-is-more philosophy on tours they guide through their wonderland where you're not sure if that's a toilet or a sculpture, a kitchen shelf or a flying ceramic buttress, a screen door or a giant magnet where the... Even the garden is artily bipolar. orange trees and Swiss chard keep close company with a giant tiled fortune cookie bearing the illustrated wisdom, "Love is blind. But marriage restores sight". tomatoes tower next to pot lids and coffee cups affixed to tall, twisted, elaborately tiled fingers. Dali-esque wine bottles are mooshed into the walls. and the back yard hot tub canopy is an homage to the Watts Towers, a jungle-gym mosaic squeezed against a fruit-bearing banana tree. Pann and Duran bought the nondescript post-war tract house in 1994 with an eye toward expanding it into studio space. But they couldn't stifle the creative imperative that drove them, as Pann said, "to do something to make a really ugly house look beautiful. They're still behind that wheel. This house has had so much work done it's the Cher of Palms Boulevard, but there are still a few inches of blank space left to beautify, and occasional repairs must be made to the broken elf ears and the loose marbles. The couple embarked on their merry makeover without a plan or schematic, and mistakes were made. "We were just playing," Pann explained. "We're still playing. Despite the cheery palette, some of their games are dark. One was a commission by Duran's sister, a loan officer, who wanted Pann to make something for her work cubicle to reflect the negativity she felt about her ex-husband and boyfriends. Source: www.laobserved.com
Another new goody is adult coloring books for relieving stress. Nothing wrong with the idea. Doing jigsaw puzzles does it for me. However I can't believe the price — $12.99 and up. The mosaic-looking designs would drive me nuts trying to figure out
closed her laptop, poured herself a glass of Pinot Noir and relaxed - with a coloring book . As Funderburk colored intricate patterns, creating a mosaic of soft blues, pinks, purples, the 27-year-old woman rediscovered the pleasure of coloring
'Coloring books for adults weren't as much of a thing then.' To convince them that it was a viable market, she drew five sample pages of detailed, mosaic-like illustrations. The publishers were sold." Curious, I asked my circle of friends and
Ms. Basford's coloring book “Secret Garden,” a 96-page collection of elaborate black-and-white ink drawings of flowers, leaves, trees and birds, has become a global best-seller. Since its release in spring 2013, “Secret Garden” has sold more than 1.4
Their Mosaic Tile House, as it is known, is a visually cacophonous edifice adorned with thousands of hand-crafted, painstakingly applied mosaic tiles, pop culture artifacts and painted surfaces created by people wholly unfamiliar with the concept of
“The trend of adult coloring is sweeping the nation with coloring books selling millions of copies and topping ... with a special hashtag designed to create a national digital art mosaic. Those chosen for the collected works can be viewed at ...