09 September 2014

Balance


Balance.  A 1989 award winning short film by Wolfgang and Christoph Lauenstein.

We all strive for a little balance in our lives.

07 September 2014

Poetry Sunday- William Butler Yeats

When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

    --William Butler Yeats

06 September 2014

Late Night Jukebox- The Decemberists


I hope everyone is having a peaceful night.  Or a chaotic night, if that's what you want.  Enjoy this lovely song by The Decemberists.

Where I Shamelessly and Wantonly Promote my New Website and Business Venture





As many of you know who know me, I am an artist and printmaker.  I love linocut prints, love the carving and all the other processes involved.  In the past 2 years I have been exhibiting in art fairs all around the Midwest.  I love doing art fairs also.

However, although it is only and barely September, Winter is on it's way.  After next weekend I only have one more art fair for the year.  I needed some other outlet for printmaking that might supplement my "real job."  So, that's how Coffee Fish Press was created.

I didn't have a name for the business for a few weeks.  I just dove in, started carving blocks.  In my head I had made some rules for myself:


  1. Keep it Simple
  2. Go beyond Black and White
  3. Make Everything Affordable
  4. Use Sustainable and Recycled Materials whenever possible
  5. Keep the Designs Light (for the most part*)
  6. Keep it Simple
So far, I think I'm doing pretty well with that.  Here are some of the blocks....



In the coming weeks I will be building a new shop on Etsy, where all my cards and other items will be available.  I will keep you posted with a later shameless self-promotional blog post.  Until then,  I hope you are having the best day possible.

Peace, 

Mark



*Halloween designs do not apply.  Boo!

16 August 2014

No Expectations-Rolling Stones



Next to "Dead Flowers,"  this is one of my favorite Stones songs.  I wanted to share.

This is not my video and I claim no ownership.  Originally posted on YouTube by Anthony Montoya, for which I am grateful.

08 June 2014

Scream of Fear (1961) - A Short Review


Hammer Films are mostly known for their monster movies, such as "Horror of Dracula" and "Curse of Frankenstein."  Before these movies launched them into the international spotlight, they specialized in suspense and science fiction such as The Quatermass Experiment and Four-Sided Triangle.  Even after the success of the Dracula and Frankenstein franchises, they would still delve into suspense or psychological horror.

Scream of Fear (aka Taste of Fear) is a stellar example of Hammer Films suspense outings.  It stars Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd and the inimitable Sir Christopher Lee.  Released in 1961, Directed by Seth Holt with a screenplay by none other that Jimmy Sangster.  The story is of a young, wheelchair-bound Penny Appleby (Susan Strasberg) who returns home to visit her father after an absence of 9 years.  Her father, however, is away on business and she is met by her stepmother Jane.  Within days of being home, Penny keeps seeing her father's body.  She is convinced that something bad has happened.  All those around her, however, are sure that Penny is suffering from nothing more than an overactive imagination.

I won't go any further.  This is one of the best written movies I have seen in a long time.  Predictable is not one of the words that even come close to being used while describing this movie.  I spent the whole movie not quite sure of what was going to happen.  I promise you won't see it coming.

This movie is available on DVD through Amazon.


26 May 2014

Daily Bread


I hadn't realized until today that it's been over 4 months since I've posted here.  As you can see from the pics that I have been busy.  Yep, I baked that bread.  I decided that I could no longer tolerate paying six dollars a loaf for "artisan" bread, which basically consisted of 4 ingredients, was from a local bakery and well, yeah, it was a lot better than anything mass produced.

So I invested in a KitchenAid stand mixer with a bread hook and checked out books on bread from the library.  The two best books I have found so far are The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion and Bread Alone by Daniel Leader.  

So far I have successfully made my first sourdough starter (and resulting bread), bagels, rye bread and soft pretzels in addition to several loaves of "artisan" bread.  My mainstay recipe is from Edward Espe Brown's Tassajara Bread Book.  Although Brown says the basic recipe makes 2 loaves I divide the dough into three loaves.  And we aren't eating more bread.  I keep enough for Valerie and I and give the rest away to co-workers and friends.  

So, yeah, between getting ready for the first art fair of the season and baking bread and working at The Job, I've been a little remiss on the blog.

Thanks for stopping by though...









18 January 2014

Saturday Morning Music-Grace Kelly Quintet


I recently heard Grace Kelly on SiriusXM Real Jazz and all I could think is "I didn't know Grace Kelly played the saxophone."

She has already recorded with such names as Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Keith Lockhart, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Geri Allen, among others.

I would have to say that is pretty good company...

She recorded her first CD at the age of 12 and just recently, at the age of 19, released her 6th CD.  So enjoy this on this chilly January morning.  It might just get the blood flowing!

12 January 2014

The Shelley-Godwin Archive



This is huge!  Especially for literary history fans such as myself.  Visitors to the Shelley-Godwin Archive website will be able to view images of the original manuscript and revisions of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, as well as manuscript of Percy Bysse Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin.

This is the kind of thing that makes me grateful to have the Internet.  I hope someday that more websites like this will come about.

25 October 2013

The Merchant of Menace

 Today marks the 20th anniversary of Vincent Price's passing.  I wanted to share this YouTube video, a tribute to the iconic actor in celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday (May 27th).  It being the Halloween I have had plenty of Vincent Price movies to watch, especially since he is TCM's featured actor for this month.

And, well, I also had to include this video of Vincent Price reading Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven.



Enjoy.  Happy Friday everyone.

24 October 2013

Tell them Boris Sent you.....

You can't talk about classic horror movies without mentioning Boris Karloff.  He has been my favorite horror movie actor since I was a kid.  This video is a little long but, hey, he had a long career.  Most people of a certain age know about his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster, but what is your favorite Karloff film?

Happy Halloween!