Archive | January, 2010

Style Inspiration: Backstage at Alexander Wang S/S 2010

29 Jan
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Currently Reading: The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

29 Jan


From the back cover: The Celestine Prophecy contains secrets that are currently changing our world. Drawing on ancient wisdom, it tells you how to make connections among the events happening in your own life right now…and lets you see what is going to happen to you in years to come!…The story it tells is a gripping one of adventure and discovery, but it is also a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life…and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow.

This is a KT recommendation, which are always excellent!

Stay tuned for the review!

RIP J.D. Salinger

28 Jan
Photo Courtesy of bbnick42
J.D. Salinger 1919-2010

RIP Howard Zinn

28 Jan
Photo Courtesy of Marine_Perez
Howard Zinn 1922-2010

As a high school student in Cambridge, I must have gone to every talk Howard Zinn gave at Harvard. My worn copy of A People’s History has dedications and signatures scrawled in just about every open space.

I remember writing to him once, exuberantly sharing all the ways A People’s History had revolutionized the way I view the world and my place in it. I still remember that awestruck feeling when he actually responded, ever graciously and compassionately.

Howard Zinn was passionate about his country and the people in it. He saw the value in everyone’s narrative- even this young girls’.

Currently Reading: The Hidden Messages in Water

27 Jan


From the back cover: The Hidden Messages in Water introduces the revolutionary work of the internationally renowned Japanese scientist Masaru Emoro, who has discovered that molecules of water are affected by our thoughts, words, and feelings. Since humans and the earth are composed mostly of water, his message is one of personal health, global environmental renewal, and a practical plan for peace that starts with each one of us.

I believe that water is the most important issue facing us today- environmental, social, and political. Water is our most precious resource, more and more as this basic human right becomes commodified and privatized.

Former VP of the World Bank, Ismael Serageldin said in 1995: “If the wars of [the 20th century] were fought over oil, the wars of [the 21st century] will be fought over water.” Why, with this insight, the World Bank has encouraged developing countries to sell their water rights to private companies in order to pay down their debts is an issue for another day.

Stay tuned- my review to come post haste!

iPad

27 Jan
Photo Courtesy of Myuibe

All good things come to those who wait!

The subject of tech lore and the source of frequent geek outs is finally upon us! Steve Jobs just unveiled the iPad, the gifted love child of the laptop and smartphone. If Obama is the Messiah, then this is the Second Coming. Well, not really, but you get the idea!


Steve Jobs is the man of the hour! He must be so chuffed! I wonder if any of the chosen ones are throwing their unmentionables up on stage. It’s probably such a scene!

Ice Skates

26 Jan
Photo of Canadian Figure Skater Barbara Scott Courtesy of Life Photo Archive

Americans are always threatening to up and move to Canada- it’s like the trump card in our social contract.

Canada manages the American Ultimatum with characteristic neutrality, welcoming all the weary malcontents- and wandering spirits- with open arms and and swinging doors. Enter, me, stage left!

There is something innately romantic about leading the life of an expat, even if up until recently I didn’t need a passport to get into my newly adopted country. First there was the Lost Generation, then there was the Beat Generation, and now there is me!

It’s about time I adopt some classic Canadian customs! So I rack my brain…

No, I’ll never say Eh, unless I’m doing a Canadian Eliza Doolittle: The rehn in Spehn stehs mehnly in the plehn.

More thinking… I can get on board with maple syrup…But I can go bigger!

…Ice skates! What’s more Canadian that ice skates?

So my honey and I head to the sports shop, envisioning antique leather skates à la Hans Brinker and the opening scene of Mystery, Alaska. We’ll be the Danny and Sandy of the Robson Square rink, tearing it up and t-stopping all over the place!

Alas, those vintage figure skates were not to be found. I settled on a pair of practicals, with my honey’s reassurance that we’d remain steadfast in our hunt for my Hans Brinkers. Though my new skates may not be as I had envisioned, I can’t help but admire them there at the foot of my bed and feel pleased that they’re actually mine!