Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Scramble

Oh Clint.

Kids can light candles too.

A fascinating, forgotten artist.

You're as free as you feel.

A friend has a neato book out.

A nice write up on a favorite new TV character.

Where's the damn movie?

I'm now tapping on the pipes at This Was TV.

Friday Jukebox, for Mr. Armstrong forever among the stars now.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Scramble

A voice from the past, brushing over the leaves of grass

An artist on an artist

"Once life for yourself, one life your dreams..." 

Putting on your best for school

Sagan, Bradbury, and Clarke talkin' bout the red planet

A redeemer

Beautiful heroics

This is either going be terrible or the best thing ever

Friday Jukebox, 80s nostalgia rush, of summer fading away into starting a new school year... 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

"Sonnet 29" by William Shakespeare

When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state 
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries
And look upon myself and curse my fate, 
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope, 
Featured like him, like him with friends possess'd,
Desiring this man's art and that man's scope, 
With what I most enjoy contented least; 
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state, 
Like to the lark at break of day arising 
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven's gate;
For thy sweet love remember'd such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Scramble

Cocteau speaks.

Because dressing in understated good taste won't get you affectionate tributes.

You are all what you can leave behind.

Sagan's message to Mars, no *you're* crying.

And moar Sagan.

The more things change...

Voice of a city.

Above and beyond room service.

Friday Jukebox, 90s cool for scorching 90s temperatures.

Monday, August 06, 2012

Bert Stern on Monday

Lighting Candles For Lost Boys and Girls

"It is better to light a single candle than curse the darkness," is one of my favorite sayings and one I've needed more than usual in the rather depressing, even for early August, past couple of weeks.

What got lost in all the noise over Chick-fil-A is that it wasn't about freedom of religion or freedom of speech. It was about the 5 million dollars from the chain's profits CEO Dan Cathy gives to virulently anti-gay hate groups. It is his money to give ultimately, but freedom of speech does not mean freedom from accountability.

Well sometimes all you can do is not give in, not to cynicism, not to despair at the photos of the long lines outside the restaurants on Aug 1, or to the phony belief that this is just how it is. It's not.

Equality Maryland took donations on the first for 6.50 the price of a combo meal. I think this is a great idea and I want to pass it on. Let's round it up to 7.00 (naturally more if you wish to) and give to the Ali Forney Center.

The Ali Forney Center is a homeless shelter for LGBT kids. And in showing how nothing happens in a vacuum,  thanks to the efforts of people like Cathy these kids often face the choice of entering a bogus "treatment" program or getting kicked out of the house. The Center provides them a safe place and works in making sure they'll have a better tomorrow.

You can donate through the site, or you can send your seven and up check to:

Ali Forney Center 
224 West 35th Street, 15th Floor 
New York, NY 

I know times are lean, but I also know we capable of things like Gabby Douglas' performance at the Olympics and landing robots on Mars. We can't do every thing, but we can light a candle. Let the great work begin.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Friday Scramble

Odes to a park.

A look back.

This is really, unexpectedly soothing.

Just a message in a bottle.

Sugar is strong.

Where it happened.

I'm really not so sure this is a good idea either.

Friday Jukebox, Practice your floor routine to a favorite movie cue...

Wednesday, August 01, 2012