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Eclipse Day

August 21, 2017

In L.A, we only got a 69% eclipse. But it was still awesome. The peak happened in the middle of ballet class, and we went outside and passed around the one set of special eyeglasses that someone brought. My favorite part was the unusualness of our standing in the parking lot, wearing leotards and ballet slippers (except for the pianist in street clothes) and all looking up. How did you spend Eclipse Day?

Photo from Folly Beach, SC 
(this one’s for you, Lisa)

Sheetcaking in a Crisis

August 18, 2017

There’s lots of internet chatter about Tina Fey’s appearance on SNL. I’d love to hear your comments.

Protest Art

August 17, 2017

Poster by José Cruz

Pop of Color

August 16, 2017

Check out this sculpture series by Joe Suzuki. Which color do you like best?



How to Deal With Existential Angst

August 15, 2017

Almost every day since the election has felt like an existential threat. My friends vary on how much news they let in. But it’s impossible to fully detach. And mostly, I think that’s a good thing. The nation needs us right now. With so much beyond our control, I love the idea of channeling the anxiety into something beautiful. With that in mind, I baked salted caramel chocolate bars over the weekend.

Laurie Anderson via Austin Kleon

Win Win

August 14, 2017

Photo by Dwight Eschliman

Holding On to Summer

August 11, 2017

Starting next week in Los Angeles, kids will be returning to school. The daylight is beginning to ebb. Summer is speeding by and I want it to slow down. 

Watermelon Slices by Sakir Gökçebag

Car Lust

August 10, 2017

When I was in high school, I dated a boy for one reason only, because he drove a Triumph similar to the one pictured above (his was blue). I loved the prestige of riding around in it. These days, I’d prefer a Model 3 Tesla. What’s your car lust?


How I Spent My Weekend

August 9, 2017

Through the years, I’ve dutifully watched videos of my friends’ children on Facebook. And now, finally, I have my response. Izzy (in blue) spent the weekend with me and Rose (in the pink bow*). They played and played. And I couldn’t help but share. Thanks for watching.

* from Rose’s recent trip to the groomer.

Glen Campbell, RIP

August 8, 2017

Glen Campbell’s inspiring wife Kim takes my ballet class from time to time. And because we’ve chatted through the years, I knew that he’d been ill with Alzeimer’s disease. I was not particularly drawn to Campbell’s music, but he was such a superstar. I love this grainy video from the show Shindig in 1965, where he’s singing a song written by Brian Wilson of Beachboys fame. What a voice!