Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
image by Vivian Maier via Vivianmaier.com
While ordering books for the library today, I came across a book titled Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams. I haven't seen the book itself, just read the review in Booklist, but I was curious to find out more about Vivian Maier.
Vivian Maier was born in New York city in 1926, traveled the world until about the 1950's when she settled in Rogers Park outside of Chicago. She spent much of her life as a nanny and seemed to carry a camera with her everywhere, taking pictures of her charges and the scenes she saw on the street every day. Her images were discovered after the contents of her storage locker was sold due to the fact that she couldn't pay her bill. Most of the stunning black and white images were displayed only after her death in 2009 at the age of 83.
The images are gritty, beautiful, simplistic, haunting, and masterful. If you haven't heard of her, I highly recommend seeking out Vivian Maier's story.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
One of my reoccurring dreams is of being in a building where toilets are filled to the brim and massively overflowing in the surrounding spaces. Inevitably, I wander from room to room trying to find a place that isn't disgusting and filled with waste. Or in the worst parts, I try to navigate using one of these filthy toilets without soiling myself. I have these dreams more frequently than I'd like. I wake up disturbed and grossed out. Last night's dream consisted of me walking around the library trying to locate a usable bathroom and only finding overflowing toilets filled with all kinds of waste, the usual and the unusual (tree branches, cardboard, etc).
I woke up today going "Why do I keep having these dreams??? For the love of god, I'm so sick of dreaming about nasty toilets!"
I came to work and proceeded to fill in my co-workers about the ridiculous incident I had had the night before with a couple of our regular crazies.
I then mentioned to my coworker that I had also had this dream last night..at which point she suggested I Google it to see what I could find out...
I'd say my dreams were spot on last night...
Dreams of Toilets
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
(source unknown but I'm happy to credit if someone can tell me!)
While I recognize that President Obama absolutely failed to present himself and his plans in a way that was effective, I was still more disgusted by Mitt Romney's overwhelming snobbery, lies, and ignorance of the rules of an adult debate. He somehow tries to pass off his tax plan by not taxing anyone and somehow backing that with miracle money (aka: money from magical trees). Nevermind cutting all publicly subsidized everything (Hello, PBS. Or should we say "See ya never, PBS"?) and pushing off everything else onto the states. Looks like that plan effectively gives the president nothing to deal with except the military. Mitt think bubble "Well, we're not going to worry about finances, public programs, or anything that could be handled by the states that are largely broke...soooooo...guess this gig's a part time deal!"
By the way, to the women I know who also have a small business: Unless you're all secret millionaires, which I'm fairly confident that you aren't, GIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK WITH YOUR ROMNEY SUPPORT! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!?!?!?!?!?!!?
I highly suggest the following reading material:
At Last Night’s Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes