Saturday, January 31, 2009

Grace in Small Things; 1 of 365.

I have decided that, In my pursuit of a happier way of life, I am going to participate in the new community started by the incomparable Schmutzie , Grace in Small Things .
This is my first such post.

1.) Listening to LastFM at 2:00 in the morning, alone in my bedroom.
2.) The way that my mentally challenged cat, Casper enjoys licking my forehead.
3.) Same goes for plastic bags.
4.) Really good food that has very little calories such as, Shirataki noodles and yummy salads.
5.) The feeling of accomplishment when I am finally fucking done with my gym time for the day.

I suggest you join and start a-posting little lists of happiness yourself! Let me know if you do!

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Dear President Obama,

I'm certain that you are all aware of the book that has been created using children's letters to Obama entitled Thanks, and Have Fun Running the Country. I've just spent the last ten minutes or so reading a few of the excerpts from it. It has filled my heart with joy from all of the adorable wonderings of the child's mind that it sheds light on.

My favorite:
Dear Barack Obama,

Congrats on becoming the president of the United States and slaughtering John McCain. I think that, unlike W., you should dodge other countries and not shoes. You should not be so quick to go to war and negotiate with terrorists. I like what you said about bringing the troops home from Iraq.

If you like my letter, know that it's from

D'andre "the King" Legrand, age 12

THAT kid is funny! He must be a real clown.

Anyway, if you like what you see, be sure to buy the book!

Sunny Side Up!,


I heart this little ditty, Popcorn by Hot Butter:

Um, did Hot Butter make any other songs or was it just a joke to accompany the song? Does anyone know? I couldn't find anything so, I'm leaning towards the latter.
Anyway, enjoy!

Sunny Side Up!,

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


If you've glanced through my blog even just a time or two, you know how I love Americana ranging from the 1940s through the late 1960's. I also love all things created today that take cues from those times of clean, crisp, delicious imagery. This, however, is not only brilliantly executed in style but, hilarious as well; a recent play on 1940s WWII war propaganda posters, concerning today's war on Terror:

Funny, yes but, sadly true.
Things are changing though!

image via

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

My Favorite Famous Couples; Dedication 2.

James Earl Carter Jr.and Rosalynn Smith Carter are more commonly known as Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter; former 39th president and first lady of the United States.

"What?" You ask? "Why do you admire them?" "His Presidency was one of the least memorable in American history!" "Rosalynn wasn't exactly glamorous, a la Nancy Reagan, either." Well, I say to you, there are so many more important things, and much more admirable endeavors than taking it upon oneself to redecorate the White House or jumping from movie stardom to politics.

Okay, I readily admit that, with the inflation, and lines at the gas pumps so common in the 1970s, coupled with the fact that President Carter did not lead us out of a depression or guide us through a major war, and he was not a "great orator" per se; history has not been exactly kind to this honest and decent man who hails from a small town in south Georgia.

Rosalynn Smith & Jimmy Carter grew up in very close proximity to one another in Plains, Georgia; having been neighbors for a short period of time until Rosalynn was two and Jimmy five. Ruth Carter, Jimmy's younger sister, and Rosalynn were best friends as girls therefore allowing more opportunity for these two future patriots to bump into one another. However, with Jimmy being three years ahead of the girls, he did not pay much attention to his sister or his sister's best friend. Then, one summer evening in 1945, Jimmy and a friend were cruising the streets in search of dates to take to the movies. They stopped outside of the Methodist church where Rosalynn was loitering with a group of young people after a youth meeting. They asked her to go along and by the end of the evening, Jimmy and Rosalynn were sitting side by side in the rumble seat of the car.

The pair were married on July 7th, 1946 in a small ceremony attended by family and a few close fiends, a month after Jimmy graduated from Annapolis. Throughout the late 1940s and early 1950s while travelling cross country with the Navy, the pair had three children, John William, James Earl Carter IV, and Donnell Jeffery.

In 1962, he entered Georgia state politics and in 1970, he was elected Governor of Georgia, in 1967; their daughter, Amy Lynn was born, and in December 1974 he announced his bid for the presidency and proceeded to launch a two year campaign that involved his entire family. Carter beat out incumbent president, Gerald R. Ford with 297 electoral votes to Ford's 241. In early 1980, by the end of his presidency, Carter could count among his successes the overseeing of the Camp David accords of 1978 which brought amity between Egypt and Israel and he was instrumental in the ratification of the Panama Canal treaties. Another memorable achievement brought on by Carter's hard negotiations and persistence was Iran's release of 52 American hostages on the same day that President Carter left office in 1980.

Returning home in low spirits and virtually broke, the pair immediately started in on their memoirs. (I've read First Lady from Plains and, its one of my all-time favorite autobiographies.) One evening, President Carter awoke with a monumental idea. He decided to head the creation of an organization that would assist in the spread of democracy worldwide. Thus, The Carter Center was founded byb Jimmy and Rosalynn in 1982. Throughout its 27 years of service, the Carter Center has been an advocate for worldwide democracy by overseeing democratic elections in such countries as Ghana and Ecuador. This organization also fights worldwide disease by distributing innoculations for third world epidemics including guinea worm , whose transmission was halted in 2007 in Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ethiopia; and river blindness.

Beginning with her tenure as first lady,Rosalynn Carter has been perhaps America's, nee, the world's most recognizable advocate in the fight for equal rights and treatment for those of us coping with mental illness and disorders. She has lobbied to congress countless times, occassionally alongside friend former first lady, Betty Ford , for better government aide for mental health programs in the U.S. Most recently, Mrs. Carter testified before congress in 2007 during a hearing concerning mental health parity , and due to her actions and those of others such as House speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pete V. Domenici , Republican from New Mexico whose daughter suffers from schizophrenia, who was the main sponsor of the mental health parity bill; said bill was passed in early March, 2008. The bill states that mental illness is equal to physical illnesses therefore, requiring nearly all group health plans to "provide more generous coverage for treatment of mental illnesses, comparable to what they provide for physical illnesses."

Mrs. Carter's testimony before Congress' subcommitee on health in 2007.
Notice how this sweet woman literally tears up in the middle of her testimony.

In 1987, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving was founded on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University in honor of the former first lady who is an alumni of the college. The institute' mission is as follows:

The Rosalynn Carter Institute establishes local, state and national partnerships committed to building quality long-term, home and community- based services. We believe this begins with providing caregivers with effective supports and making investments that promote caregiver health, skills and resilience. We also believe strongly in the need to provide greater recognition and support for professional and family caregivers. Our focus includes supporting individuals and caregivers coping with chronic illness and disability across the lifespan as well as limitations due to aging.

And so, I admire these two great Americans, patriots, and citizens of the world because of there genuine care and concern for the well being of their fellow man. I admire this husband and wife because they have joined forces, using all of their celebrity and connections not to live extravagantly or provide a lavish lifestyle available only to those in their tight knit circle but, these two gracious, loving individuals have used their name and a lot of the benefits that come with that name to better the lives of millions of human beings worldwide who, without their assistance, whether it be through the way that The Carter Center oversees peaceful transitions to Democracy, or their 25 year association with Habitat for Humanity , personally setting aside a week every year and joining volunteers in many nations, (2009 being in the Mekong River region )to take up hammers, screwdrivers, and many loads of lumber to build decent homes for families who otherwise would be homeless or living in shacks of some kind.

Say what you will about the Carter presidency but, there is no denying that these two lovely human beings have made the world a much better place and, for that, I, along with millions of others, will be forever thankful.

Sunny Side Up!,

Friday, January 23, 2009

Carole Lombard.

Tits sag; FUNNY is FOREVER.

image via.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Sugar, Spice, & Everything Nice!

ava jump uploaded by ryan_schude .
I love the look of pure, unadulterated joy on this little one's face!

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Pistol Youth.

Today, I bring you a Golden Girls inspired clip fopr the song In My Eyes by the group Pistol Youth.

I find this to be sooo incredibly creepy, what with the band members faces replacing that of the ladies own mugs but, I like the song itself!:

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

In Celebration of a NEW AMERICA!

Our First Family!

I was too overwhelmed yesterday to post so, here I am today; celebrating the dawn of a new chapter in American history!

44 Facts About our 44th President.

1.)He won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Spoken Word Recording. It was for the audio version of his book Dreams From My Father .

2.)As a teen, he worked at Baskin-Robbins and therefore, does not like ice cream.

3.)He enjoys a good game of Scrabble.

4.)He is a smoker.

5.)He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but went to live in Indonesia with his mother when the parents divorced. There he was introduced to dog meat, snake meat, and roasted grasshopper.

6.)His name means "one who is blessed" in Swahili.

7.)He is left-handed – the sixth post-war president to be left-handed.

8.)While on the campaign trail he refused to watch CNN and had sports channels on instead.

9.)He can bench press 200lbs.

10.) His favourite book is Moby-Dick by Herman Melville.

11.)His desk in his Senate office once belonged to Robert Kennedy.

12.)His favourite films are Casablanca and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

13.)He doesn't drink coffee and rarely drinks alcohol.

14.)He would have liked to have been an architect if he were not a politician.

15.)He repaid his student loan only four years ago after signing his book deal.

16.)He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid, having ditched his gas-guzzling Chrysler 300.

17.)He was given the code name "Renegade" by his Secret Service handlers.

18.)He plans to install a basketball court in the White House grounds.

19.)His favourite artist is Pablo Picasso.

20.)He keeps on his desk a carving of a wooden hand holding an egg, a Kenyan symbol of the fragility of life.

21.) He cooks up a mean pot of chilli.

22.)Michelle says that he is very romantic.

23.)His favourite meal is wife Michelle's shrimp linguini.

24.) He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics.

25.)He was born on August 4th, 1961.

26.)In 1988, Barack Obama began his studies at Harvard Law School. He became the editor of the Harvard Law Review and was eventually elected president of that legal journal. He graduated with honors in 1991.

27.) He later sponsored a law that monitored racial profiling for civil rights purposes, and eventually made Illinois the first state to mandate videotaping of homicide interrogations.

28.)In 2005, he traveled to Russia with Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ill.) to renew anti-proliferation efforts (i.e., finding and securing nuclear weapons that have spread around the world.)

29.)Obama is known for refusing contributions from lobbyists and political action committees (PACs). According to DNC Chairman Howard Dean: "The American people's priorities will set the agenda in an Obama Administration, not the special interests."

30.)A July 2008 poll by Newsweek found that 12 percent of voters wrongfully believed that Obama is a Muslim, and some thought he was raised in a Muslim home. Barack Obama is a Christian. He was the son of an atheist father who thought religion was "mumbo jumbo," according to Barack. His mother was interested in all the world's religions but was an agnostic [again according to Barack].

31.)Obama is distantly related to Vice President Dick Cheney. He is also eligible for membership in the Sons of the American Revolution; one of his maternal great-great-great grandfathers was a decorated Union soldier.

32.)Some of Barack Obama’s maternal ancestors were slave owners.

33.)Obama's mother died in 1995 of ovarian and uterine cancer. Obama and his sister, Maya, spread her ashes in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii. On December 23, 2008, Obama spread his grandmother’s ashes in the same spot.

34.)Following 9/11, Obama was an early opponent of President George W. Bush’s plan to go to war with Iraq.

35.)Obama was the first to raise the threat of avian flu on the Senate floor.

36.)Neil Young mentions Barack Obama in the lyric to his 2006 song Lookin’ for a Leader.

37.)Obama once said the three men he admired the most were Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

38.)He is portrayed by Fred Armisen on Saturday Night Live!, and even made an appearance on the show.

39.)His second daughter, Sasha, whom is 7, will be the youngest resident of the White House since John Kennedy's son, John Jr. and Caroline.

40.)Do The Right Thing was the movie Barack and his future wife Michelle Obama saw on their first date.

41.)Barack Obama served on the Environment and Public Works Committee, the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, and the Foreign Relations Committee.

42.)As a boy, Barack's nickname was Barry.

43.)Barack is 6'1".

44.)owns a set of red boxing gloves autographed by Muhammad Ali.

All I can say is I am filled with hope, optimism, and expectation beyond measure.

Americans... still believe in an America where anything's possible - they just don't think their leaders do.

So, I beg of you President Obama, prove us wrong!

Sunny Side Up!,

Monday, January 19, 2009

In Honor:

In rememberance of Martin Luther King, Jr ; I have gathered together a few things to share which I found to be of interest.

Washington, D.C., circa 1916. "Slaves reunion. Lewis Martin, age 100; Martha Elizabeth Banks, age 104; Amy Ware, age 103; Rev. Simon P. Drew, born free."

I cannot help but wonder, taking into consideration what advanced ages the first three individuals in the above photograph reached, if perhaps Mr. Drew lived long enough for his heart to swell with joy and hope as human beings of every age, color, and nationality were brought together by the activism, charisma, and wise words of this man:

Join with me in enjoying the entire I Have a Dream Speech, The March on Washington; August 26th, 1963:

As you watch this, keep in mind tomorrow's inauguration and the possibility that perhaps, finally, America as a nation is realizing the great satisfaction in the words; Liberty and Justice FOR ALL.

first image courtesy of Shorpy

Sunny Side Up!,

Sunday, January 18, 2009

I Love You More Than______.

The lovely gals over here made me my own "I Love You More Than..." heart!

Betcha can't guess which one is mine!

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A short film by Kurt Kuenne:


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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Oh, the Joys of Public Television!

Forget Dora, pretend Yo Gabba, Gabba never existed; I miss Shari & Lamb Chop! I was four, five and EVERY SINGLE DAY I had to watch them. I bawled when they cancelled her in favor of that purple blob they called a dinosaur. A compilation including a swell variation on ?Do, Re, Mi:

And the part I liked best:

Along with Shari & her puppet posse, my father and I watched Mr. Roger's Neighborhood every night when he would get home from work. You know how he would occasionally visit different places of work within 'the neighborhood' and they would cut to the street to show that he was going somewhere? I would be sitting on the floor and I would pound my feet on the ground pretending to 'walk' along with him to the music shop or the bakery or what have you.

My all time favorite thing about this show however, was not "The Land of Make Believe." I was nuts for Picture, Picture:

Coincidentally, my brother's first favorite television show was Shining Time Station:

Can you believe Mr. Conductor was George Carlin ? I never understood how funny that was until years later, of course.
I am four years older than my brother so, I was getting too 'cool' for such shows by the time this came around but, I too, had a part that I secretly liked and no, it wasn't the "Thomas, the Tank Engine hullabaloo.
It was the jukebox!

Ah, now, that was great children's entertainment!

What were some of your childhood television favorites?

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Bars & Tones.

Freaking sweet video using that otherwise incredibly annoying off air color bar screen:

Bars & Tones from André F. Chocron on Vimeo.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thom Kerr.

I am smitten with the work of creative photographer, Thom Kerr :

You can view his entire portfolio by clicking his name above.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Unearth is a lovely new blog filled with inspiration, photography and pretty things. The curator of this little hub is the designer of beautiful, airy jewlery that has won my heart.

This piece happens to be my favorite.

How I wish I had a special someone to surprise me with one of these beauties for Valentine's Day.

images courtesy of Unearth & cmm

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Tomato & I wanna hit the town!

A very brief but, funny guest appearance from LIZA! on SNL:

I also find this funny because, I actually attend group therapy & I've come across a bit of this in a way.


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Friday, January 9, 2009

Ian's Funny Sleep.

Awwww, can I bring him home mom?

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Dallas Clayton.

Dallas Clayton is author of an adorable book entitled An Awesome Book ! I suggest grabbing a copy for a special child in your life or, for yourself so that you can leaf through its pages when you find yourself in need of a quick pick-me-up on a less than stellar day.

Not only that but, he maintains a great blog in which he posts little observances in poetic form. That is what I fell in love with today. Specifically, this little gem, titled Surprising:

A friend turned older today.
Many years older than me.
But maybe many years younger than you.
An age where people say things like
“who’s counting, anyways?”
and have stopped giving you
interesting presents
and instead give you gift certificates
for cheese
or take you out for a meal
at a restaurant you’ve already been to
and you don’t really mind.

To help offset this
I got him a remote controlled helicopter
that you can fly inside your house.

It was shaped like a dragonfly
and named something
that sounded like it was shaped like a dragonfly
with a font on the box
that looked like something
that sounded like it was shaped like a dragonfly.

You should have seen his face.


Incredibly sweet, right?
I recommend you follow my example and return daily for other little rays of sunshine

Sunny Side Up!,

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Testimony of Irene Wallner.

My favorite segment of one of my top 10 movies of all time, Judgment at Nuremberg and also, perhaps, Judy Garland's best performance, in my opinion.
She evokes pure, raw emotion. I truly love this short, powerful performance to be one of her very best.

What do you think?

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wax Figures.

The Golden Girls, in wax!
I like!
I think Sophia is a pretty good likeness the others, not so much.
Still, A for effort!

See others via.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Monday, January 5, 2009

A Rock Star in the Making?

When I saw this video of a thirteen year old girl named Sara, I was absolutely convinced!:

Do you have an extremely talented or gifted child in close proximity to you?
What is it that they do? Tell me about him or her!


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50s elegance.

via Fabulon

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Sunday, January 4, 2009


That is a stupid title. I've never understood why people find it cute or hip to misspell so atrociously and deliberately. (by the way, I misspelled BOTH of those words. ROCK ON SPELLCHECK.)

Anyway, where did I go? Nowhere. I've been in my humble abode all along, caught up in all of the hullabaloo that IS Thanksgiving/Christmastime. I've no excuse, all apologies.

Onward and Upward!

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