Monday, September 30, 2013

Hail the Ale

In my life long search for knowledge and learning I have watched an untold number of documentaries, read so many academic and analytical articles on so many different topics that I can't even guess how many. For the first half of my life it was done strictly for the sake of knowledge, generally choosing topics that held great interest for me.

However, in the last 21 years many of them have covered subjects that I really had little interest in. Such as Neanderthal man and crocodilians just to name two, and more recently politics and now BEER. Why would I throw myself into learning about things that held no real interest for me?

The answer, I became the mother of a gifted child. A child that at age two already showed a strong interest in history and anthropology and expressed himself with the vocabulary of a seven or eight year old. To keep his mind stimulated we watched and read a wide verity of materials. By four he was well on his way to learning the fine art of debate and I his mother was his favorite oppugnant. As you can guess my only chance for survival was to make sure I was well read on the topics he zoned in on.

After receiving a BS in history and minoring in Latin and political science he has obviously surpassed my knowledge in those areas by leaps and bounds but this old lady can't give in. So last week I found myself watching a 43 minute documentary called "How beer Saved the World"

I went into it thinking it was going to be a big joke, more of a made for fun fictional short film. I knew of course that beer or ale has been around since the beginning of recorded civilization, but to claim a major role in the progression of civilization, this to me was a major stretch.

Once again my son has been instrumental in encouraging me to expand my knowledge base. The documentary, while presented in a playful style, turned out to contain some rather interesting information and raise some rather compelling theories. Of course I find some of them a bit exaggerated but do see the possibility that beer or ale has played a larger role in civilization than I previously considered.

As my search for knowledge continues I will add this information to my ever expanding mental database. However, I still refuse to drink that nasty beer.

Friday, September 27, 2013

FF: Silly and Fun

Yet another week has slipped by, but we are lucky as that has brought us to the fun of Friday fragments. 

Half-Past Kissin' Time

When I heard this song I couldn't help but think of Lisleman's fragment last week about the man who woke up with a fox in his bed

Talk about silly: Here is this weeks nail art design.

The fountain at Main Street Square brought back memories of my youth and the many times I sat and enjoyed the beauty of the Dancing Waters at Disneyland Hotel. I had hoped to do a full post but like the dancing waters that idea has been abandoned.

Here is a bit on the story of the once beautiful and free Disneyland attraction.

There it is folks, my contribution to the frag community. I wish you all a fragtastic week!
Please be sure to hop over to Mrs. 4444's and share some frag love.

Friday, September 20, 2013

FF: OH NO!!!!

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fragment as - a broken part or piece of something or an incomplete part. So this should be easy, for that sure describes my thoughts here of late. Yet, here I sit staring at a white screen.

 I could tell you about . . .

 ~ How much I dislike it when people follow a request with the phrase "please and thank you". Personally I think it is the exact opposite of polite, what do you think?

~ My cameras probably think I no longer love them,  for all the use they have been getting here of late. In the last week they have only been in use for one portrait session and one outing for a bit of street photography.

~ On the bright side; Mrs. G did great with the nail art design I asked her to do for me. 

I know I am a bit eccentric... but hey Mr. Bill is placed so strategically it is easy to let people know what he and I think of them... Not to give the impression that I go around flying the bird all the time, but hey once in a while it comes in handy.

Like when the idiot drove on the wrong side of the road nearly hitting me head on, then started yelling at me like I was in the wrong. 

~ Come to think of it, this week I was nearly hit three times by poor drivers and was hit once by some crazy kid on a bicycle.... hmmm ... maybe having Mr. Bill (the king of accidents) on my fingers has jinxed me. 

There you have it folks ... the most coherent fragments tumbling around my rather busy brain. 

If you have bits and pieces rolling around in your head just hop over and share them with Mrs. 4444's Friday Fragments.

Half-Past Kissin' Time

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Friday Fragments: Just Whistle

Sorry my Friday Fragments are a bit late, Friday managed to get away from me.

Some things never lose their magic. On my way to work one morning this week I saw this in a hotel parking lot and of course I had to pull in and get a few shots of it with my phone.

Of course that got me to thinking of . . .

I introduced my 9 year old granddaughter Sissy to Abbott & Costello this week. All she could do was shake her head and look at me like I was crazy. I guess it would help if, instead of a football fan, she were a baseball fan.

Tomorrow   Today I pick up the new vintage chairs we bought for the studio. I can't wait to finish getting the studio set up. 

#4 It is a good thing the studio is just about finished as we have an in studio portrait session scheduled for Tuesday.

Weekly rundown:
[The weekly rundown is a glimpse of the past week.]

Shared a bit of street photography.

 Shared shots taken in Art Alley.

Created and shared my latest motivational art piece "Beyond The Negative".

Have fantastic weekend, and be sure to hop over and share some love at Mrs. 4444's
Half-Past Kissin' Time

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Seeing Beyond The Negative

Being an optimist is not easy. It doesn't mean that one is never bombarded with all the negativity that exists in our world. It is more a choice of looking beyond the negative, searching for and focusing on the positive. Even optimists need a reminder from time to time to look beyond the negative. With that in mind I created the following motivational art design.

Prints and products available in our gift shop
Enjoy the day! Embrace the beauty!