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12 08, 2011

THE CARVED GOURD SPEAKS…IN CHINESE

The years-long mystery of what my carved gourd says (click here for background on what the heck I'm talking about) has been solved.Hatsue and my cousin Andy live in Japan. With everything they had to deal with after the terrible tsunami, they found time to share with me–through Peter–an astoundingly beautiful and thorough translation of my gourd. The first line:Sow pumpkin (gourd) seeds, and then you’ll get pumpkins (gourds)The second line:Sow bean seeds, you will get beans.The third line:Sky net is cellular, but never leaked. A similar meaning may be something like: murder cannot be hidden. The direct meaning is there [...]

3 05, 2011

WHAT HAPPENED TO ROLAIDS?

Rolaids were a constant at Hungry Holler Art Refuge. One of us was a daily consumer. A couple of years ago, I couldn't get Rolaids at the Walmarts (as we call the behemoth around here). I'd ask an associate and was told Walmarts changed their something or other and Rolaids weren't in the mix. I don't understand retail stuff, so I would nod and get Tums there and Rolaids someplace else. Then all the someplace elses didn't have Rolaids. WHAT HAPPENED TO ROLAIDS?In December 2010, they were recalled. And not for the first time. NO place has Rolaids [...]

16 04, 2011

GAGGLE OF GILCREASE GILLIES

This is Robyn Sanzalone in her father's size 12s. She grew up to be a lawyer–don't hold it against her–and random free range wedding caterer. She's not too big for her boots. She's a nice chick. She's also a Gillie, a member of the volunteer organization of Tulsa's Gilcrease Museum.Robyn brought a gaggle of Gillies (L2R: Carmen, Nancy, Susan, itinerant sage, Uschi) to the Holler recently. We had a swell time. The Gillies are accomplished women, curious wanderers, culinarily daring–imbibing cherry sugar-free Kool-Aid and not just because it's pretty. I saw them everywhere. I love that. Uschi's husband travels widely in Asia. We [...]

27 03, 2011

A SHAMELESS PROMOTION OF MY BOTTLE CAP PINS, BUT I REALLY AM TRYING TO MAKE A POINT

Because And there's movement afoot to take away the relative pittance in federal funding for NPR. This when General Electric claimed $14.2 billion in profits last year and paid NO TAXES. I just want to SCREAM: Wait. I just got I really didn't get off-piste*. I just learned the phrase from my English friend, Mark, and wanted to use it. Seriously. We should NPR (and PBS) are public treasures. By any intellectually and fiscally honest measure, they are bargains. And so are my bottle cap pins: $6 each. Order through my etsy shop. *Translation: well .... off-piste is really a skiing term. [...]

22 03, 2011

DE NICE DENISE

Lost City Denise came for coneys and brought Mexican cerveza Modelo (boring caps, tasty brew) and the finest potato chips on the planet: Lay's. DeLAYciousIf the day wasn't special enough with Denise in the house, the 1956 Chris Craft was delivered and docked at its permanent berth: the Hungry Holler Art Refuge pasture. Check out the Boneyard Boats link. We're not alone in this madness. Stay tuned.

20 03, 2011

Dog n Cat

Denise is comin' for lunch. On le menu: Coney Islander Coneys, diet cherry Kool-Aid.She better hurry. 

5 03, 2011

QUESADILLA RORSHACH

Seester Juls is my baby sister....by two years. She's also my best friend, and my polar opposite in many ways. She colors inside the lines. I rarely do. We had simple quesadilla snacks. Each prepared her own oblivious to the other. Which sister prepared which?* *Juls prepared the one on the left....

24 01, 2011

ART START

This is one of my favorite photos of all time. That's son Judd, now 28, and the granddaughter of renowned folk artist Emma Lee Moss. Forgive me! I cannot recall her name. That's me pretending to be a potter. We lived at the Old Chicken Farm Art Center in San Angelo, TX in the mid 80s. The OCFAC is an art oasis wrought from thin air by Roger Allen. It has undergone evolution, and remains a vibrant expression of living art, literally and figuratively.We published an alternative newspaper at the time. We had a softball trophy in the office [...]

12 01, 2011

FOUR FREAKIN’ CATS! HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

We have four cats. We don't want four cats. We could deal with two: MamaCat because she came with the Holler when we bought the property years ago. We figger she must be at least 20 years old. I hooked her up with a heating pad this winter. She never stirs from it. Since she has the old heating pad, I got myself a new one. We old queens have cold bones. She's grandfathered in.Cat and Mouse. This is Goofy. We purposefully adopted him from the Humane Society of Grove and Grand Lake. He's special and is the [...]

14 12, 2010

FOREVER YOUNG

Michael (Mike) Arthur MohrDecember 7, 1958 - September 17, 1989Thank you again and again, over and over to Michael's friends who put the quilt panel together September 1989. AIDS Memorial Quilt. It's beautiful aesthetically and beyond. 

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