The Hubble Movie on the OmniMax screen. Amazing film - if you haven't seen it - go see it. It will restore your faith in this country we call America.
I said to Dave as we exited the movie "You know, this is Cincinnati - a pretty conservative town. This movie was sold out every show for the last two days. People are interested in this - do you remember hearing anything about this repair work mission performed by the Space Shuttle Crew in the mainstream news?" He answered it wasn't really mainstream (and I consider mainstream NPR) but he followed it on NASA's website and other Space websites. What struck me is that News Media Moguls have decided that we are more interested in "Bored, Attention Deprived Housewives" or "Dancing Politician Offspring" or "Misguided Politician Lifestyle in Alaska" or "Animal Abusing Thugs who can play football" more than we care about "Incredible Real Life Hero Astronauts That Risk Their Lives to bring us Amazing Real Life Science in Space".
You don't need to oppose crap media. Just don't frequent it. Demand excellence. And excellence doesn't include the intimidating fear-mongers catering to the fear-ridden consumers sitting on the other end of the cable in the Family Room.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I fulfilled that number one hated appointment today. My MD, who I like and trust, has a new practice, which is much further away from my office than it used to be. I stuck with her. My first appointment today in her new office went like this: I show up 5 minutes early. Sign in; fill out all NEW paperwork (have these people ever heard of a database?) Get my blood pressure - it's always low so it impresses the nurse and makes me feel superior - until I have to sit in an examination room for 40 minutes with only a sheet to cover me. Really? I'm on my lunch break, folks. Why in the world do I have to sit there for 40 minutes? I am at a loss. So when she finally shows up for the appointment with her trusty laptop and has not BOTHERED to review my file before she meets me to get caught up with my history - I am slightly annoyed. She asks me what my past 2 year history is. I understand it's my body - but I also expect some level of professional review of my file before you walk in for my appointment. Honestly, if I showed up as unprepared for a client meeting as she did - I would be fired. And would expect to be. Consider me in the market for a new doctor.
But, I did get to review a pretty cool decorating magazine with some photography that I wanted to get the same look through processing - so it at least stimulated some creative thought while I sat there contemplating how often they wash those hand crocheted mittens they slide over those foot stirrups....
Friday, November 12, 2010
Ordinary Courage. In her interview with Myriam Joseph, Myriam says:
My greatest creative barriers are the groups of squatters that take up space in my head. They lay around all day, shouting their bad advice and accusations, they don’t work, they don’t pay rent, they just talk, talk, talk.
This is so true. I am sure I'm my own worst enemy.
Myriam Joseph is a Social Entrepreneur with a website that sells t-shirts for toddlers made of organic cotton and bamboo each printed with one of 4 words. Words which represent the gifts she wishes she could give every child - Joy, Courage, Humility & Compassion. And also gifts that she wished she had received. To date she's raised $15,000 to rebuild schools in Haiti and support teachers there. Her t-shirts can be purchased here. I only wish she had Adult sizes! Would love to get one for my "baby" at college!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Anyway, this forgotten recipe will find it's place on my Thanksgiving Table this year. Do you have a favorite recipe that you only make on Holidays? Feel free to share here.
Monday, November 8, 2010
See the entire photoshoot at CNZ Design Studio
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Early morning photo shoot for Senior Portraits this morning. Close to freezing temperatures. So I decided to bring some hot cocoa along for my client. I think she liked it.
Combine, stir & boil for 2 mins in the top of a double boiler over direct but low heat:
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup cocoa
1/8 tsp salt
4 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups scalded milk
Stir and heat the cocoa. Cover and keep over hot water 10 more minutes. Add:
1 tsp vanilla
Beat with a wire whisk before serving.
See the photoshoot here: CNZ Design Studio
Recipe copied from The Joy of Cooking