Well yes. Of course it’s the beginning of the biggest week of the year – the most critical week in the life of every single American with our current election. Take a big breath and plunge.
For those of you who are Astrological devotees, this should be a page turner for you…Election Day falls on the very first day of one of the most powerful Mercury Retrogrades we’ve seen in some time. It’s probably going to get messy out there, confusing, electronically defusing or at least be VERY surprising. We’ve decided to go with the flow on this one.
Here in California the Battle of Prop 37 has been raging.
If you’re unfamiliar with the proposition in short it’s to force genetically modified foods to have a label. So far the food industry has spent millions in California advertising against it. Those that are for the bill are not backed by big companies and as such have raised significantly less at this point.
I recently got a couple of videos from Chris at Kinkling Inc. who is donating his time to spread the word. Below is the first of a set of videos. Make up your own mind.
You can can view the rest by clicking the links below:
The WoodCutter’s Song… The Poor Man Renewed
Welcome, red and roundy sun,
Dropping lowly in the west;
Now my hard day’s work is done,
I’m as happy as the best.
Joyful are the thoughts of home,
Now I’m ready for my chair,
So, till morrow-morning’s come,
Bill and mittens, lie ye there!
On Saturday evening I visited the Fifth Floor Gallery on Chung King Road in Chinatown and saw for myself how two artists can make a true global difference in theory, craft, skill and marketability.
Dynamic duo Leo and Lishu of El Dot Designs have taken their OTIS educations on the road, country to country teaching local farmers who are living outside of their own communities and globally marginalized, how to use abundant natural and sustainable resources to create home goods while learning better ways of building. What makes this work is that the designers go into a country and live for an extended period of time (so far they’ve visited Nepal and India), teaching modern design and how to apply it to furniture making craft. Local communities immediately benefit educationally and are able to provide lower cost goods to native buyers. On the bigger scale, it’s an opportunity to provide other countries such as the US with sustainable goods that are practical, useful, truly chic and simply beautiful.
“Bamboo in Nepal is considered a poor man’s wood. It is so available that no one wants to use it. But when we show the people pictures and videos about its use and application they get excited. Bamboo is so incredibly renewable. It’s durable, pliable and it converts 30% more CO2 than a regular tree. A big part of our job is just convincing [them] of the benefits.”
And just for the record the El Dot team also constructs a great part of their US made goods from fallen trees. No intentional chopping and cutting. Just by pure donations and left-overs. (They’ve even taken a request or two.)
The yield is amazing.
Sipping and Such…
I woke up on Sunday morning and knew I needed flowers. As visions of outdoor gardens floated through my fantasy, it occurred to me that along with a breezy tip-toe through the tulips, Afternoon Tea was just the thing.
So I threw my spontaneity headlong into a reservation at Chado Tea Room on Hollywood and Highland, put on my prettiest dress and sandals and walked to the 2nd floor hideaway. I got my flowers in the tea.
Scones, cakes and cucumber sandwiches were complimented by my current reading (and properly so) The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made – A Family Memoir by Flora Miller Biddle.
A definite girls afternoon, it was fun making new tea loving friends hailing from India (they really loved their Chai!) and looking forward to being invited to the upcoming festival (to be announced soon).