July 29, 2010 § Leave a comment
Really, this is the recipe for the best hummus ever. I am not kidding around here, folks. The secret to great hummus lies in first combining your tahini with fresh lemon juice to create a light and airy cream before slowly adding in your chickpeas. Go check out the recipe and make this soon! Go. Now!
(Via the kitchn)
July 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
Here’s my Little Drifter. It was surprisingly easy to assemble. I really thought I’d had to scavenge for materials and make several attempts at a workable boat, but it all worked out really nicely. I found that piece of bark, the oak leaf and twig all within a couple of square feet at Riverfront Park. I threaded the leaf onto the twig and then stuck the twig into a crack in the bark and let it loose in the Spokane River. It even floats! The ducks weren’t too impressed with it though, they just wanted me out of there.
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July 10, 2010 § Leave a comment
I finally watched Capitalism: A Love Story. I avoided watching it because Michael Moore gets on my nerves a little and I think I’ve just been a little depressed about the world lately and didn’t want to be reminded of all that’s wrong and unjust. Yeah, I was feeling apathetic. Watching this documentary had a funny effect on me though. I don’t feel any more depressed, but rather inspired! I’m re-thinking all of my assumptions and re-examining the way I live my life. This was just what I needed to kick me in the ass and get me motivated to live a better life and try to make the world a little better for my friends and neighbors. That seems like a lot to attribute to a documentary, and I’m not saying it’s the best film ever made, but it spoke to me in this time. If you haven’t seen it yet, please watch it. It’s available to watch instantly on Netflix if that’s your thing.
I also recently watched POPaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English. Ron English is a culture-jamming billboard-liberating artist who has been poking fun at corporate America for decades through satirized advertisements on pirated billboards across the country. If you’ve seen Super Size Me you might remember his paintings of obese Ronald McDonalds and his Starry Night-style portrait of McDonalds. The documentary ended rather abruptly, but it was cool to see old footage of English doing his thing in the 80’s and learning about how his art has progressed.
On a side note, Netflix is now suggesting movies for me from the “Fight-The-System” category.
July 8, 2010 § 3 Comments
My sister and I had an evening picnic at Fairmount Cemetery a couple of weeks ago. We stopped at the grocery store beforehand to get some food and the checker asked us what we had planned for the evening. When I explained our picnic plans to him, he made a comment about our outing being morbid and then joked about zombies.
Fairmount is the oldest cemetery in Spokane and it is huge. I mean really gigantic. We didn’t cover half of the sections on our visit. There are a lot of old and beautiful gravestones and the grounds are kept up nicely. I loved all the little wild flowers growing up amongst the graves.
We saw a young buck foraging for his dinner as we were walking along the path. There is so much life in that cemetery! We got plenty of mosquito bites too.
How much of light, how much of joy, is buried with our darling boy. I love the sweet and sad poem on this gravestone for a six-year-old boy.
I don’t think there’s anything morbid about visiting a cemetery. There is a lot of history and art in these old graveyards and an emphasis on life. Cemeteries are the places that the living go to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have passed away. They are places of remembering. Even so, when I die, please don’t bury me in a graveyard.