Thursday, September 29, 2011

q is for quixote

Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.
W. H. Auden (1907-1973) poet

today's wall may appear a bit queer compared to the usual - but q is a quirky letter and one doesn't find many quality q-inspired images or words incorporated in street art!

today's wall is a detail of a high quality mural by reed thomason at my local library. along with quixote and rocinante, quixote's equestrian companion, todays snap includes images from other books or poems.

a quiz - who can name the other works represented?

below is a clip which includes the song i, don quixote from the man of la mancha a 1972 film adaptation of miguel de cervantes literary masterpiece don quixote -the full title is: the ingenious gentleman don quixote of la mancha or (in spanish - el ingenioso hidalgo don quijote de la mancha). the book was published in two volumes - volume one came out in 1605 and volume two a decade later - 1615.

so, i have a question - has any friend of the mouse read the book? the book is still on my bucket list (ah, so many books, so little time) - i hear it is quite an undertaking and can be quite challenging. is this true? as for now, all my knowledge of quixote and his quest comes from the large quantity of film and stage adaptations that have been made.

i really ought to read the book, especially since i have been accused of acquiring a quixotic worldview.

another quiz: who can name the actor/tress who plays dulcinea del toboso, in the 1972 film. i understand the character dulcinea never appears in the book, but is only referred to, in stage and film adaptations however, she is a key figure and is portrayed as someone who is first skeptical than an ardent believer of quixote's quest!

photo: lakewood public library, september 2011

addendum, from the writer's almanac for thursday september 29th:

Because today is the feast of Saint Michael, it is the day deemed to have been the birthday of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (books by this author), author of Don Quixote and Spain's greatest literary figure. Cervantes's exact date of birth is unknown, although it was the custom in Spain to name a baby for the feast day on which he was born, and given that Cervantes was baptized just 10 days later, on October 9th, it is probable that today was his birthday.

Cervantes was born in a small university town near Madrid, the fourth of seven children. Miguel's father was an itinerant surgeon — a profession with no exact analogue in modern medicine — who struggled to maintain his practice and family as they traveled the length and breadth of Spain. The boy received some formal education, and he made his first literary efforts in the form of four poems written in 1568 on the death of the Queen of Spain, but little more than this is known of his early life.

A soldier by his early 20s, Cervantes sustained three gunshot wounds during a major naval battle and his left hand was rendered useless — an injury he would bear with pride. After six months in a hospital in Messina, Cervantes returned to active duty until, in 1575, the galley on which he was sailing was captured by corsairs and he was carried off to Algiers as their prisoner. Despite numerous escape attempts fueled by his belief that "one should risk one's life for honor and liberty," Cervantes was held prisoner for five years until his ransom was paid and he was finally liberated in September 1580.

Back in Spain, with little or no prospects and deeply in debt for the ransom that was paid for him, Cervantes was obliged to earn a living as a tax collector. It was an indigent and wandering lifestyle, a vocation for which he had little aptitude and a situation that led to various misadventures, including excommunication for excessive zeal in collecting wheat, and at least three imprisonments for charges as varied as accounting irregularities and suspicion of murder.

Although all of Cervantes's important works belong to his later years, he began his literary career almost upon returning to Spain, beginning as a dramatist with 20 to 30 relatively successful plays in a six-year span, and his first novel, La Galatea, in 1585. It seems that Cervantes's greatest unrealized dream was to be a poet, although one of his contemporaries once stated that among the new poets there was none so bad as Cervantes, and even Cervantes himself recognized that he did not seem to possess the gift.

But Cervantes's gift for prose was another matter. When in 1605 he published his magnum opus, Don Quixote — the tale of an elderly but absurd knight-errant and his squire, it was an immediate success and went through six editions that year alone. Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky explained something of the workings of the book in an 1868 letter to his niece, saying: "All writers, not just ours, but European writers, too, have always failed whenever they attempted a portrait of the positively beautiful ... There is only one positively beautiful person in the world, Christ, and the phenomenon of this limitlessly, infinitely beautiful person in an infinite miracle in itself ... But I am going too far. I'd only mention that of all the beautiful individuals in Christian literature, one stands out as the most perfect, Don Quixote ... Whenever compassion toward ridiculed and ingenious beauty is presented, the reader's sympathy is aroused. The mystery of humor lies in this excitation of compassion." William Shakespeare most certainly read the most perfect Don Quixote (and wrote the now-lost play Cardenio based on a scene from the book), but it is doubtful that Cervantes ever heard of Shakespeare.

Don Quixote has come to be considered the first modern novel, and is considered to be among the best works of fiction ever written. It is a lush and satirical invective against its contemporary chivalrous novels, but it is the book's immense panorama of individuals and adventure, and the humor, understanding of and compassion for the human condition that have made Don Quixote so profoundly influential over to so many over so great a span. If, in Cervantes's words from Don Quixote, "the proof of the pudding is in the eating," then the proof of his book is in the countless readers that have devoured it with pleasure for more than 400 years.

Of Cervantes's burial place, nothing is known except that he requested in his will to be laid to rest at a neighboring convent. A few years after Cervantes died, the convent moved and, in their tradition, carried their dead along. Whether or not the remains of the author were among these is unknown, and any clue to their final resting place has been lost.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

p is for posies

He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.

Mary Howitt (1799-1888) poet

tattoo tuesday continues

posing is leanne - she's pumped with cleveland pride (as a 411, 216 is cleveland's area code)

on leanne's forearm are some lovely posies, part of a memory tat to honor of her grandmother lucy.

pooka performing bluebell from their 1994 debut album pooka - according to the portal sharon lewis and natasha jones named their band after a celtic phairy phigure; the band disbanded in 2002.

photos: cleveland garlic festival, september 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

o is for oscar

My hope still is to leave the world a bit better than when I got here.

Jim Henson (24 september 1936 - 1990)

although i'm currently out of pocket, i couldn't let the day pass without observing the birthday of jim henson. i'm not alone, google is observing with an outrageously fun muppet google doodle (click link to see vid on origin of today's doodle)

had jim lived he would have been 75 years old today. although it has been over twenty years since jim died, his spirit remains and he is still making the world a better place!

on the google blog is remembrance by jim's son brian, it includes this passage:
Although he loved family, his work was almost never about “traditional” families. The Muppets were a family—a very diverse one. One of his life philosophies was that we should love people not for their similarities, but for their differences.

Jim often had a little lesson about the important things in life: How to be a good person. How to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. And above all, how to forgive. If anything was stolen from one of us—like when the car was broken into—he would always say, “Oh well, they probably needed that stuff more than we did.”

oscar the grouch is just one many wonderful creations jim gave the world. long before oscar and sesame street, jim gave the world kermit the frog. friends of the mouse know of my affinity for all things kermit!

currently i'm in metro dc visiting family and friends - obviously i don't have access to my photos (so i'm recycling snaps from old posts) - bummer, i know i do have a nice snap of oscar somewhere in my cache of photos, oh well, a mouse can only do what a mouse can do....

the world of jim henson - part one (out of nine) of a 1994 documentary

photos: top - an exhibit from the brooklyn public library celebrating the 40th birthday of sesame street, december 2009; middle - photo courtesy of google images: bottom - me & kermie, date uknown.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

n is for not much

The reduction of a head in movement to a bare line seemed to me defensible.

Marcel Duchamp (1887- 1968) artist

not much today other than needing to feel that i'm not falling too far behind on the alphabet

wall wednesday continues.

erik satie gymnopedie no. 1 - such beautiful notes

photo: detroit, february 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

m is for muse

Without music life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) philosopher, poet, composer

tattoo tuesday continues.

this past weekend we went to hear a marvelous modern string band with a most intriguing name - joy kills sorrow. the name is a living memorial of sorts to the group's musical roots - and is derived from the radio call letters wjks, in the 1930s the station was the home to bluegrass greats the monroe brothers.

for me, there's nothing like live music, and live music performed outside on an absolutely gorgeous late summer afternoon in a nearby nature preserve - well, i have to jump ahead one letter and say this is pure nirvana!

while the group was up on stage i couldn't help but notice a few tattoos on the arms of lead singer, emma beaton and also on the group's guitarist -matthew arcara. at times i can be a bold mouse, so after the show i went up to emma and matthew and asked if i could take pictures of them. i told them about my project on mouse medicine - they most graciously agreed to both my snapping and my sharing!

i was most intrigued with the portrait of a very young george jones on emma's arm. during some stage chat, george was introduced as the 'sixth member of the band.' jones, aka the possum is considered by some to be the world's greatest living country singer. the story of the george tat, who i assume is one of her musical muses, is amusing. emma made a bet with a friend as to which of them would be the first to get a george jones tattoo - emma won the bet! however, as of yet, emma hasn't seen her friend so she still has to collect! this story was the only one gathered - maybe next time i see the band in concert i'll gather more.... the creature on matthew's forearm looks magical, and i can't help but wonder what's with that.....

by the way, the group's music is pure joy. i heard about them only this summer; in july a friend gave an update of her trip to the vancouver folk festival. alice said one group stood out as her festival favorite - boston-based joy kills sorrow. she recommended checking out to see if they would be playing nearby - i did - lo and behold turns out they were scheduled to be the headlining band for this year's cedar valley settlers celebration and music festival - such kismet!

joy kill sorrow performing eli in january 2011 at halkaer kro in denmark

photos: rocky river reservation, 18 september 2011

addendum: 8:00 - whoops -- i just looked at my master list and discovered that last year's blogabet had m is for music, the m word has been changed to muse - which fits in magnificently with today's lead tattoo of the possum.....who is the muse to m of jks

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

l is for list

I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.
Neil Gaiman (b. 1960) novelist, screenwriter, children's & comics writer

wall wednesday continues.....

late monday afternoon i was lumbering about, or maybe i was louping or maybe even leaping, looking for the latest in cleveland wall art and i lit upon a couple well littered bridge supports. list-making is a common human activity - however, it's not a labor usually associated with street artists!

doesn't the list in the top photo look like someone is pondering the meaning of life? the lower list looks like that someone might have thought 'enough with these lofty musings, now i'm going to list my favorite lovely, lusty ladies.'

all this talk about lists reminds me of a ludicrous book that i totally fell in love with a little while back. milk eggs vodka: grocery lists lost and found by bill keaggy - the book is based on keaggy's website

“True, lists are trash,” said Keaggy, who found his first list ten years ago. “But they also reveal clues about who we really are. Plus, it's fun to ridicule the weird things people buy and the fact no one can spell bananas."...“Milk Eggs Vodka” includes lists of the unhealthy, the elderly, the doodler, the health nut and the poor speller. The book also features the world's oldest grocery list, a list of the most commonly misspelled staples, recipes based on found lists and a shoplifting list. (source)

liebstraum (love dream) by franz liszt

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

k is for karloff

The monster was the best friend I ever had.
Boris Karloff (1887-1969) actor

the other day i met this kool kat who has been krazy about monsters since he was a kid! he most kongenially let me take a few snaps.

meeting doug reinforced the knowledge that one should never judge a book by its kover. it may be easy for some to jump to the konclusion konsidering the tats that this guy is a komplete hard-ass. au kontraire mon kheri, he's a komplete kitty-kat. a gentle, kristian 61-year soul who lives with and takes kare of his kharming 97-year old mom - this is one kool kompassionate kompadre!

below my first try at using a new kollage tool (perhaps one kan klick on kollage to enlarge)

okay - koming up with a k word that fit today's tattoo tuesday was a khallenge but when i stumbled on this karloff quote i konquered it!

photos: kleveland, september 2011

the kranberries performing zombie - live in london. i'm krazy about the kranberries especially this powerful anti-konflict song from their 1994 album no need to argue

in kase you haven't figured it out i was really kidding with you today - khanging every word beginning with c to k!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

j is for jammin'

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the future.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)writer & human rights activist

what a jammin' and jampacked weekend!

one of the highlights of the weekend was a jaunt i took to akron yesterday with my buddy jane. we've been trying to jog down since june when paula nadelstern's kaleidoscope art quilt exhibit opened at the akron art museum. jeepers! what a show - paula's quilts are breathtaking she is a quilting genius!

the art museum is quite the jewel for the city of akron. i just adore the new addition with its wildly futuristic jutting wings of steel and glass. what a juxtaposition of styles to compare the new john and james l. knight building with the 1899 brick and limestone building designed by james knox taylor. by the way, the original building served as the akron post office for years, in 1981 the art museum moved into the building after a major renovation was done to re-purpose the space by the cleveland architectural firm of dalton, van dijk, johnson & partners.

j is also for jelly - as in garlic jelly!

saturday f and i attended the 2nd annual cleveland garlic festival. jeez, cleveland is jumping when it comes to festivals! next weekend is the chalk festival - i'm juiced!

yep, i did take lots of snaps at the festival - if you'd like an armchair journey to the festival, just sit back and enjoy the flickr show below:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

i is for introspection

The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.

William Godwin (1756-1836) philosopher & novelist

in addition to describing where i was in 2001 when the planes hit the towers in 2007, i wrote the following:
the anniversary of 9-11 is a time to reflect on and honor the lives of those who died. their deaths were a result of acts of violence visited on this country - these acts grew out of seeds of hatred and intolerance that were 'nurtured' and took hold inside the people who were responsible for carrying them out. we must make sure we don't 'plant' those same seeds - the only way to get rid of the malicious plants that result from planting those kind of 'seeds' are to sow seeds of love, compassion, and acceptance. for these are the kind of seeds that give fruit which nourishes us and the earth.

i feel the same today as then.

incidently, today is the last day of ganesh chaturthi - an annual 11-day festival which celebrates the birth of the elephant headed hindu god lord ganesh. mooshika, pictured above is the mouse deity companion to ganesh.often in images or representations of ganesh he can be found riding on the back of mooshika. in hindu cosmology, the mouse is symbolic of our indriyas (ten senses) -- ganesh sitting on the back of mooshika represents control over the indriyas.

photo: nyc (rubin museum) june 2010

Friday, September 9, 2011

h is for help

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) activist and humble hero

hardly an hour passes without an opportunity to lend a hand to help someone or something. how we respond to these opportunities is the question - do we turn a blind eye or open our hearts?

all week we have been hearing about people helping people - whether it is in response to natural disasters like the fires in texas or the after effects from hurricane irene or looking back to the 9-11 terrorist attacks. with respect to the latter, this morning on npr there was a beautiful heart-rending story about father mychal judge, one of the hundreds of heroes, who hurried to the wtc when the first plane hit - in case you missed it, take heart you can hear (or read) it by going here. the story of father mychal is part of storycorps' current oral history project to collect stories about each person who died on that heartbreaking day.

the photo today is of a donation meter - although it is a clever way to expand help to the homeless, the history of how these meters came to appear on cleveland's streets, in my humble opinion a bit heartless. like many cities cleveland has been trying to eliminate or reduce panhandling on city streets. a few years ago cleveland even passed an ordinance which prohibits panhandling within 20 feet of an atm, bus stop, or sidewalk café and expanded its law on “aggressive solicitation” to prohibit panhandling within 10 feet of an entrance to a restaurant or parking lot.

to be honest, i really, really don't like to hear about these laws - they seem so heartless. that said, that's not to say i like to be subjected to "aggressive solicitation" - i don't; but, if someone is homeless or experiencing hard times, they should be free to ask for help - and if i can lend a hand, i am happy to do so - i was raised to believe than when we give we really receive.... just another of those paradoxes of life!

al jolson's version of brother can you spare a dime

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

g is for green

Movement is life. Moving pictures will satisfy something deep inside all the people in the world.

William Friese-Greene (7 september 1855 -1921)
photographer & pioneer in motion pictures

wall wednesday continues.

green is my favorite color - although i love all the glorious hues of green, i'm really drawn to kermit green - i wonder what the official color code and name is for kermit green? anyone know? one of my projects this fall is to paint couple of the walls in my studio kermit green.

according to the person who posted this vid on youtube, this is the first version of kermit the frog singing jim henson and joe raposo's great song bein' green on sesame street in 1969.

in the years since kermit first croaked out the refrain it's not easy being green the song has become an anthem of sorts for the environmental or green movement. despite one of the song's stanzas, we know that it is in fact is easy being green!

When green is all there is to be
It could make you wonder why, but why wonder why
Wonder, I am green and it'll do fine, it's beautiful
And I think it's what I want to be

the list of artists who have covered bein' green is incredible - in addition to kermie, the list includes such musical notables as frank sinatra, van morrison, don henley, urbie green, della reese, and oscar the grouch - well maybe oscar isn't a musical notable, but he is a green muppet!

photo: williamsburgh neighborhood of brooklyn, june 2010

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

f is for fly

first, a few flies...

followed by a few flying birds

finally, tempus fugit....

time flies, and this is all i have time for today - gotta fly!

this was a tattoo tuesday feature

yes performing tempus fugit from their 1980 album drama

Sed fugit interea fugit irreparabile tempus, singula dum capti circumvectamur amore.

But meanwhile it flees: time flees irretrievably, while we wander around, prisoners of our love of detail.
Virgil (70 bce - 19 bce) poet

photos: top - oregon, april 2010; middle - lakewood, august 2011; bottom - c's tempus fugit tat, photo courtesy of g, august 2010

Monday, September 5, 2011

e is for employment

employment is essential for a healthy economy. unfortunately the employment scene is dismal these days.

if one was cynical one might believe that there are conscious efforts taking place to undermine the economy and employment opportunities in order to ensure that obama is a one-term president.

evidence of this hypothesis?

exhibit one - some thoughts by economic pundit paul krugman in a recent editiorial:
.....May 2009 The Wall Street Journal declared that the “bond vigilantes” were “returning with a vengeance,” telling readers that the Obama administration’s “epic spending spree” would send interest rates soaring.

The interest rate when that editorial was published was 3.7 percent. As of Friday, as I’ve already mentioned, it was only 2 percent.

I don’t mean to dismiss concerns about the long-run U.S. budget picture. If you look at fiscal prospects over, say, the next 20 years, they are indeed deeply worrying, largely because of rising health-care costs. But the experience of the past two years has overwhelmingly confirmed what some of us tried to argue from the beginning: The deficits we’re running right now — deficits we should be running, because deficit spending helps support a depressed economy — are no threat at all.

And by obsessing over a nonexistent threat, Washington has been making the real problem — mass unemployment, which is eating away at the foundations of our nation — much worse.

exhibit 2: the enmity of conservative and republican lawmakers towards the unemployed and under-employed, just check out this article which appeared in yesterday's miami herald.

exhibit 3: most recent employment figures

exhibit 4: the excellent graphic overview entitled 'the state of working amercia' by the economic policy institute's robert reich, appearing in the 4 september 2011 new york times

woody guthrie singing his song union burying ground - woody wrote the song to commemorate all the workers killed in the labor struggles of the early 20th century. the song pays tribute to those who died trying to secure better pay, safe working conditions, and reasonable hours.

woody's song was originally released by moses asch, in 1941 on asch records as struggle documentary no. 1. the album was re-released in 1976:
... to commemorate the bicentennial of the American Revolution with a special series of liner notes by Asch explaining the importance of Woody Guthrie's history of the working class through song. Both Guthrie's songs and the liner notes are stuff of supreme cultural importance. In the notes, Asch lays out a theory that the American Revolution has not yet been completed and there is a need for a "continuing struggle for human rights and equality." As a collection of songs, this is surely one of the best Guthrie collections, especially once it's known how important it was to him personally. In many ways, it seems as if this album was the fulfillment of a very personal vision, which starts with the songs but is only realized in their collectivity. Included here are such excellent songs as the unsettling "Hang Knot," the elliptic "Union Burying Ground," and the finely spun "Pretty Boy Floyd." These songs define Guthrie at his best, never didactic in tone but supreme in import. The album also features the Cisco Houston (Guthrie's sometime tramping companion) number "Get Along Little Doggies," as well as his vocal accompaniment on several tracks. Sonny Terry guests on "Lost John," lending his harmonica to Guthrie's tale of a chain gang escapee. Both as a historical artifact and as an amazing Guthrie album, this is required listening. (brian whitener)

the album is still available through the woodie guthrie foundation's store among other places.

photo: cleveland, 2011

Sunday, September 4, 2011

d is for daimoku

daimoku is form of active chant based meditation practiced in nichiren buddhism

vid posted by robbiebobbyboy

photo: lakewood, oh august 2011

Saturday, September 3, 2011

c is for corn

A light wind swept over the corn, and all nature laughed in the sunshine.

Anne Brontë (1820-1849) novelist & poet

happy labor day weekend!

this weekend is conventionally considered the last weekend of the summer - but the autumn equinox isn't until september 23rd, so to be correct we have 2 more summer weekends!

isn't that comforting news!

except checking out the 10th annual cleveland peace show on monday not much is on the calendar --just chillin' at casa mouse, catching up with friends, and of course, cooking out in the backyard and enjoying some fresh picked corn!

blues legend big bill broonzy's version of the traditional folk song blue tail fly, also known as jimmy crack corn.

photo: cornfield at cousin carla's farm, new ringgold, pa, july 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

b is for bingo

As I lay me down to slumber,
All I need is one more number.
When to the next game I go,
I pray the Lord I yell….BINGO !

- anonymouse from a bingo player's prayer

each year at the yanoshik summer picnic we play bingo - it may seem a bit banal, but there's no better bridge to span the generations than playing bingo!

traditionally, one of the uncles would be the caller, but this generation has shrunk, those remaining just can't bellow like they used to. one must be able to bellow to be a bingo caller.

anyone who has ever been a bingo caller knows how easy to get carried away with the role, before you know it you are channeling some bizarre burlesque act. this year cousin chuck picked up the baton and he did a beautiful job.

did you know that bingo used to be called beano because beans were used to mark cards? the roots of the game go back to 1530 to the italian lottery game lo giuoco del lotto d'italia - which amazingly is still played every saturday in italy. over the centuries the game spread to other countries and continents. a version of the game arrived in north america in the early 1900s; in 1929 a bloke named edwin lowe was attending a carnival in georgia where beano was being played. someone accidentally called out bingo instead of beano. lowe was a businessman and saw the promise of beaucoup bucks with this new game. he hired carl leffler a columbia university math professor to expand the number combinations in cards; the game was renamed to bingo and well the rest is history! oh, by the way, apparently after helping lowe with bingo, leffler went bonkers! (to learn more about the history of bingo go here)

there's bingo and then there's bingo!

is a recent snap of ms. t's giving her little brother bingo a bear-hug. its been a while since i posted a snap of the little boy - isn't he getting big! in bingo banter bingo is now b-8 (months) - he'll b-9 later this month.

b is for bee. i have bees on the brain - tonight we're checking out a documentary on beekeeping, which will be showing at the cleveland museum of art. i'm besides myself, last week i saw the preview and it looks absolutely beautiful!

the first year i began the blogabet (2007) b was for bee. between 2007 and now, not much has changed for the bee -bees are still on the brink of extinction. but i'm buoyed into believing that maybe, just maybe, things are turning around for brother bee -- not only are more people are becoming beekeepers but people are also realizing that monoculture and over-reliance bug killing pesticides are threatening not only bees but our very existence. i believe this interest in beekeeping and sustainable agriculture will be just the type of behaviors needed to bring back the bees!

below trailer for queen of the sun: what are the bees telling us? (2010)

photos: top two - pennsylvania, july 2011; bottom two - bingo & ms t @ a local (coffee) bean house, 25 august; beehive on property of a local business on w. 65th street (note lake erie in the background) august 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

a is for apple

Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.
Frank Howard Clark (1888 - 1962) screenwriter

it is that time of year again - students and teachers are arriving back at school and the mouse is back at amusing herself and her acquaintances by playing around with the alphabet .

i can always count on the alphabet to act as a blogging muse.

a is for apple - almost all alphabet books seem to start with apple - although i haven't used apple to start any of the mouse's previous five alphabet adventures!

it is amazing how many apples are around these days at local farmers markets - i can't resist trying out some new (to me) varieties. above is a pie i made sunday, it is actually a concoction of 3 varieties of apples along with a couple peaches which were sitting around threatening to go bad. it was sooooo good - time to get back into the pie making habit now that summer is abandoning us. we adore pie!

according to the washington apple commission website there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples in the world. the orange pippin website has an awesome archive of apple varieties. the archive is amazingly comprehensive and provides access to information on characteristics, reviews, tasting notes, and where to purchase trees and apples on all the apple varieties registered with the site - from the firm aceymac apple to the eclectic and exotic zuccalmagilo reinette apple!

everyone has heard of applehead dolls - but did you know there are also applehead animals, such as chihuahua dogs and siamese cats. below is a snap of lulu, an adorable applehead chihuahua here on avenue c -by the way 4 of lulu's humans are named - alli, annie, audra, and abby - i kid you not!

glen campbell and daughter debbie performing little green apples - next to wichita lineman, i always associate little green apples with campbell. i feel awfully sad thinking of glen these days; in june he announced he was diagnosed with alzheimer’s - although he was aware of the affliction since 2009, campbell delayed making the announcement (completely understandable!). this week glen released a new album, ghost on the canvas. in a recent abc interview, campbell stated that he hopes that the album and associated tour will help increase awareness of alzheimer's.

light and love to glen and all those whose lives are touched by alzheimer's.

photos: august, 2011

aw it is thursday and i just remembered it is the day to play share the joy - apples and applehead chihuahua dogs bring me joy - what brings you joy? although it's an advanced hour it is never too late to play or visit associates harvesting joy this week - click here!