Day of Anguish-Funeral of President Kennedy

The day of the funeral of President Kennedy was one of profound sorrow, a day that may have brought some degree of formal closure to a time when hope for a brighter future for America seemed to have been taken away from us.

The dignity & taste with which it was done set a standard which has seldom been equaled.

What he brought to life, is the most important part of his legacy.

“If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people – their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties – someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal,’ then I’m proud to say I’m a ‘Liberal.'”

John F. Kennedy

The formal mode of mourning, once observed & understood by most, is now largely  a lost concept.

The formal mode of mourning, once observed & understood by most, is now largely a lost concept.

Televised Funeral of President John F. Kennedy-25 November 1963

Rita Hayworth and Her Dance

Very little need for anything to be added–This is a loving tribute to a wonderfully talented & woefully under appreciated film star–the dancer who became Rita Hayworth! Splendid video choices! Enjoy! This is a treasure!

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By Lara Gabrielle Fowler

Today marks what would have been the 95th birthday of Rita Hayworth, the legendary screen goddess best known today for her seductive portrayal of Gilda in the 1946 film of the same name. Beautiful, long-legged, and mysterious, she was Columbia’s biggest star of the 1940’s and became a pin-up girl during the war years with a popularity rivaling that of Betty Grable. Her popularity as a sex symbol became so overwhelming that many lost sight of exactly who she was, and from whence she had come. As with the vast majority of sex symbols, she became objectified, and her career prior to her 1946 portrayal of Gilda was almost completely forgotten and her background washed away. The sex symbol image bothered her. “I’ve never really thought of myself as a sex symbol,” Hayworth once said, “more as a comedienne who could dance.” Today, on her birthday, I…

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New To Blogging? This You Tube from gShift Labs may help!

Had no idea about the frequent & massive algorithm changes made on google. This video explains that & the importance of the key word gap–a concept that sounds as if we will all be a perpetual work in progress. Finding just the right word to write…ah, there’s the rub!

Coming from specialists in the growing world of Social Media, it does provide a sense of relief that the struggle to learn this is not impossible, but does take time & effort.

I do wonder if optometrists were consulted about how the human eye tends to see thing, both on the paid & organic side of the charts. With all the visual distraction, it must be a challenge to design online visuals that will engage the human eye & attention & appropriate & desired interaction.

It’s a good one to view & helpful for those of us attempting to enter this digital world & attempt to carve out a niche as a reward for our efforts.

For more information: krista@gShiftlabs.com

PICASSCO FROM BACK TO THE PICTURE-Guernica (1937)

Guernica is to painting what Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is to music: a cultural icon that speaks to mankind not only against war but also of hope & peace. It is a reference when speaking about genocide from El Salvador to Bosnia.”–Alejandro Escalona

This painting is one that struck me at an early age. I have never seen the original & unless I travel to Spain, probably never will, as the Spanish government now considers it a National Treasure & too fragile to undergo the stress of extensive shipping & handling required by foreign exhibitions. My first art book was one of Picasso & it featured this painting. I remember studying it at an almost obsessive level of intensity. To this day how such horror, terror, violence, and inhumanity could be perpetrated remains outside of my scope of understanding.

Despite the emotional turmoil it represents, from the time I saw this work, I had a feeling someday that I would have a copy. The original is huge, monumental in size.

Photograph showing the size of the original Guernica with a boy as a viewer.

Photograph showing the size of the original Guenica with a young boy as a viewer.

After a recent visit to BACK TO THE PICTURE, I bought a reproduction that could be accommodated within the confines of my apartment dining area. Below, is the result of that effort. The reproduction is a poster that has been clear coat mounted on a resin coated box, by Master resin coater Wan Chun. The process of coating the poster paper is labour intensive, and requires the utmost of patience, skill set, and technique. The ideal environment for this to be done is in an ‘airtight’ room, meaning an enclosed area that has little or no air motion. This reduces the risk factor of any imperfections in the drying process of the resin. Air motion can cause bubbles in the resin during the setting process, as was explained by Derek Hargrove, Manager & Curator of Back To The Picture. It takes a minimum of seven coats of the resin to capture just the right essence of sheen. Careful & gentle cleaning with a soft cotton cloth may be used to remove dust build up.

THE TERRIBLE MEMORY OF WAR IN A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT–LEAST WE FORGET!
GUERNICA by Pablo Picasso

The art of presenting a reproduction of a world famous painting.

The art of presenting a reproduction of a world famous painting.

Guernic by Pablo Picasso, 1937-cropped to show better detail.

Guernica by Pablo Picasso, 1937-cropped to show better detail.

The concept of Guernica as fully dimensional sculpted work is beautifully & reverently depicted in this You Tube Video.

Karen Black- Sadly Missed-Beautifully Remembered (1939-2013)

This was news I was hoping not to hear, praying that she’d live through this to astound us again & again. Such was not to be. But what a journey it was. Thank you, Marc Huestis for bringing her here, to the Castro Theatre–it was a wonderful time, one that those who were there will always treasure. Now, she lives on in her work, her art & for those of us who sought that strange something in the world of film that was just a bit over the edge: She never let us down. Viva Karen Black!

The Tribute to Karen Black @ The Castro Theatre in San Francisco was something that will always hold a special place in my heart.

The Tribute to Karen Black @ The Castro Theatre in San Francisco was something that will always hold a special place in my heart.

The best tribute is in viewing her body of work, her legacy. The likes of her we’ll not soon see again any time soon.

YOU TUBE TRIBUTE TO THE CAREER OF KAREN BLACK

WHAT IF WILD ANIMALS ATE FAST FOOD?

No need to add a single syllable to this one….

A PIE SHOP ON BAKER STREET!

The Art of The Green Chile Kitchen concludes with this little series of photographs of the lovely little shop, located 601 Baker Street. This is so perfect, to have a pie shop on Baker Street. Now if that is not meant to be, what is?

Location is everything & having Green Chile Pies right on Baker Street makes for such perfect branding identity!

Location is everything & having Green Chile Pies right on Baker Street makes for such perfect branding identity!

601 Baker  Street, best pie in San Francisco, maybe even in the world!

601 Baker Street, best pie in San Francisco, maybe even in the world!

The inviting sign outside is beautifully done, but don’t linger too long admiring it’s allure, or you might miss out on that last slice of the pie that you like best. But if that happens, don’t cry like Edith Massey did about the possibility of no more eggs, because there will be more pies, just as there will be more eggs. Don’t fret! Don’t worry. Your needs will be met!

This sign will show you to the best pies ever!

This sign will temp you to enjoy the best pies ever!

Yes, the buttery crusts would make Julia Child quite happy, I think.

Yes, the buttery crusts would make Julia Child quite happy, I think.

And if you do worry about eating all of the eggs & that could be something that happens, a world with no more chickens, you will have these reminders of chickens made of ceramic that decorate the shop. Let’s hope that Edith Massey’s worries won’t come true.

These are guardian chickens!  They make sure that your honey is organic.

These are guardian chickens! They make sure that your honey is organic.

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At the very first Pie shop, the chairs are very cute, with a design that makes the setting home-like & very comfortable.

The chairs have something in common with the pies.  The pies are almost too pretty to eat, and the chairs are too pretty to sit upon.  But you are welcome to do both!  The art of eating well...

The chairs have something in common with the pies. The pies are almost too pretty to eat, and the chairs are too pretty to sit upon. But you are welcome to do both! The art of eating well…

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Pie for the Faithful, Our Lady 's image, part of the New Mexican culture is present.

Pie for the Faithful, Our Lady’s image, part of the New Mexican culture, is present.

And this rooster will watch over all things, just in case the pie supply gets low, he will make that famous rooster sound, to alert the baker to “Hurry to Baker Street, Pies are needed.”

Mister Rooster at your service-601 Baker Street.

Mister Rooster at your service-601 Baker Street.

You scream, we scream, we dream of ice cream.  And it's right there, along with the Pie!

You scream, we scream, we dream of ice cream. And it’s right there, along with the Pie!

HERE IS THE YOU TUBE THAT SHOWS IT ALL–JUST UP THE STREET FROM THE PIE SHOP!