Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Incredibly intelligent, reserved women threaten.....

During my years as an undergrad and then as a grad student, I had many professors that I thought were wonderful, kind, intelligent, etc. and a few who were awful and flat-out mean, but I had two female professors who were amazing. One was Catherine Soussloff at UC-Santa Cruz and the other was joanne twining (yes, lower case) at SJSU. They have stood out to me over the years for two reasons: one, because they were both incredibly intelligent beyond the norm and two, because they have been harangued by many as being awful, egotistical, etc. I have looked them both up on www.ratemyprofessors.com and the things that people have said about them made me wonder if we were talking about the same people. I have come to the conclusion that if they were men, they would be considered geniuses, slightly eccentric geniuses, and adored. I remember my ex-husband had a professor who was very similar, but a gay man. He was adored. We went to an impromptu lecture of his at someone's house and it was very similar to one that we went to of Prof. Soussloff's. The impression that i got was that they were both so brilliant that they were constantly going off on different tangents. I suppose if that type of non-linear thinking bothers your sensibilities, then that kind of intelligence might not work for you. Anyway, my point being is that I feel that Soussloff and twining have been so vehemently criticized because they are women who are brilliant (and more reserved than friendly) and expect their students to work hard. I am saddened that we live in a time where people are still threatened by a woman of great intelligence in a position of authority...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Risa D'Angeles

When I was in college at UC-Santa Cruz, I thought that she was following me because her astrological writings every week in The Good Times paper were so relevant to what was occurring in my life each week. I love her writing because it has a more spiritual component and she asks the reader to think, to grow...not just see if they should buy a lottery ticket this week. Her new column is published every week on Thursday: http://web.nightlightnews.com/OverviewfortheMonth/WeeklyHoroscopes/index.html

Here is my horoscope for this week:
CANCER (June 21-July 20): As Cancer is all about family; Saturn will bring that issue forth with even more force and vitality. You’ll seek to live close to loved ones, unable to separate from them, teaching them new ways of understanding the world. For Cancer professional, home calls more and more often. Some will seek their roots, relatives and genealogy to establish a deeper sense of self through understanding family history. Include the nation presently lived in. What is its ray and purpose?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

In honorable remembrance of Thoreau

I have always had the highest respect for him. Being a tree hugging dirt worshipper, there is a beautifully "illustrated" (i.e. they're paintings) picture book on Thoreau that Lauren and I have read many, many....many times: Henry David's House.

But I digress....what made me think of him is this new book that I am starting on: How to be idle. There is a whole website dedicated to idleness and Thoreau is one held up for his idleness (as a virtue). As I browsed the site, I came across the idle parent section and book, but I especially loved this:


We reject the idea that parenting requires hard work
We pledge to leave our children alone
We reject the rampant consumerism that invades children from the moment they are born
We read them poetry and fantastic stories without morals
We drink alcohol without guilt
We reject the inner Puritan
We don’t waste money on family days out and holidays
An idle parent is a thrifty parent
An idle parent is a creative parent
We lie in bed for as long as possible
We try not to interfere
We play in the fields and forests
We push them into the garden and shut the door so we can clean the house
We both work as little as possible, particularly when the kids are small
Time is more important than money
Happy mess is better than miserable tidiness
Down with school
We fill the house with music and merriment
We reject health and safety guidelines
We embrace responsibility
There are many paths
More play, less work"

Though I don't agree one hundred percent with every tenet, I love the spirit of it! Enjoy....I hope that it made you chuckle too!

Monday, October 19, 2009


As an artist, if I am feeling in the need of inspiration...I can go to a museum or a gallery and it doesn't take long for me to feel like I need to hurry home and create something myself! Today however, inspiration actually came by just talking to another artist. In the Saturday bulletin, there was a flier for All Saints' Day that included a lovely watercolor of two children playing dress up in the attic of a house. Our priest mentioned that the painting had been done by the church secretary. Today, when I saw her (I am creating an archive for the church-it is the oldest in Carlsbad, built in 1894...so they have a few items :) !), I told her that she had been given away at the service. We began to talk about art after I told her that I have my degree in art and also paint (okay, I haven't for awhile, but I have painted, but I still consider myself a painter!)

We have made plans to do some plein-air painting together in La Jolla, as well as go to the Watts Atelier on a Friday night to do some figure sketching!

Most importantly for me, in this time...is the inspiration I received from talking about art with a fellow artist. Tonight, Lauren and I created assemblage & collage art cards...and have created even more inspiration for the both of us....we are going to do more! It was so fun...Lauren plans on keeping hers...I'll be using mine! A side benefit was the together-time that Lauren and I had the chance to have tonight, creating and talking and sharing...."priceless!" and I am thankful for that! :)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Jerome, Arizona

The town of Jerome, Arizona was considered a ghost town when I visited it in 1979 with my family and my uncle, aunt, and cousins. My cousin, Joe, who was at the time about 15 years old, wanted to find a tarantula to keep as a pet. It was their mating season and so there were lots of them around and the males were especially colorful and beautiful! We drove slowly around the area, us kids hanging out the back of the truck looking for a perfect specimen. When we spotted one, Joe hopped out the back of the truck. He located a large rock to drop in front of the tarantula to prevent it from crawling any further while he got a container to put it in. The tarantula was absolutely beautiful...like the sun or sunset...red, orange, and yellow. Unfortunately, it got crushed when Joe dropped the rock...We were all pretty upset at witnessing that, but none more than Joe who was responsible... He did capture the next one he saw and we drove back to Prescott, victorious!

From the Oceanside Blade, Sept. 17, 1898: The town of Jerome, Ariz., was almost totally destroyed by fire Sunday morning. About twelve lives were lost while the property loss will reach nearly a million. A gasoline explosion was the cause.