Musings about the Suspended in Pink Raffle.
Thanks to Marthe Le Van's recent article, I have been thinking about the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.
Here is an extract:
"As a retail storeowner and salesperson, the raffle felt amateurish, gimmicky, and a bit desperate—like when I heard about Facebook for the first time. Ultimately, after reconciling all my perspectives, I believe there is much to applaud in the Suspended in Pink raffle. It feels fresh and innovative, optimistic and courageous, liberating and democratic—all worthy consequences pointing toward progress"
Now, I have no problem at all about an idea of mine being compared to the early Facebook- and I am the first to admit the visuals, practicalities and how the raffle is presented still needs some work!
Most raffles are devised as a means of fundraising, to enable an exhibition, event etc... Seen by the Borax Collective , Handshake Jewellery and an American Art Jewellery group ( i am sure there are many many more).
And as Le Van notices, through her many astute questions, fundraising is not the aim of the 'Suspended in Pink' Raffle...
So what is it? and WHY should you take part?
I go to many many exhibitions every year. But As a wanna-be collector, I have only three small pins.I dont want a specially designed brooch with a groups logo on it, a sample piece or a bunch of postcards as a consolation prize- I want THE piece.
I want to own Silke Fleischer's amazing necklace and Sam Hamilton's 'Bread' Like brooch.
As a practitioner is who interested in engagement and audience interaction, I am always looking for ways to get my audience to wear the jewellery, understand it, and imagine owning it- and that, in my view, is the real strength of the 'Suspended in Pink' raffle.
So the idea of raffling off one of the jewellery pieces from the Suspended in Pink Exhibition seemed an obvious idea.
But its more then that.... Once a viewer decides they wish to take part in the raffle, they then can spend up to an hour, going through the exhibition, trying on the jewellery, comparing, assessing, deciding which item THEY would take home.
Deciding which piece of jewellery spoke out the most to them.
And this was then the piece that they would then bet on.
Maybe they would win it, maybe not- but for £5/€6/$8 it seems like a worth while experience to have- the experience of wearing and imagining that favourite piece of jewellery which YOUR ticket could win you....
And here is the good news- the odds of winning in this raffle are actually really high!
Only a small number of people have guessed the same names, and there are a number of exhibitors who's name has not been guessed yet-
So you have a real chance of winning....
All you have to do is email:
with: your name, the name of the artist who you want to win-
And to send payment of £5/€6/$8 by paypal to:
The winner is announced this Autumn!
And, of course, it's the double-barreled hypocrisy. There's the eco-hypocrisy of the Democratic leader who wags her finger at the rest of us for our too-big carbon footprints, and crusades for massive taxes and regulation to reduce global warming. Then there's the Bay Area hypocrisy of the woman who represents one of the most anti-military areas of the country soaking up military resources to shuttle her (and her many family members) across the country almost every weekend.
Remember: Pelosi's San Francisco is notorious for banning the Marines' Silent Drill Platoon from filming a recruitment commercial on its streets; killing the JROTC program in the public schools; blocking the retired battleship U.S.S. Iowa from docking in its waters; and attacking the Navy's Blue Angels -- which left-wing activists have tried to banish from northern California skies for the past two years.
Apparently, those anti-war protesters have no problem with evil military jets currying Pelosi and her massive entourages to the funerals of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Charlie Norwood; foreign junkets to Rome; and politicized stops to Iowa flood sites to bash the Bush administration. One exasperated Department of Defense official, besieged with itinerary changes and shuttle requests back and forth between San Francisco International Airport and Andrews Air Force Base for Pelosi, her daughter, son-in-law and grandchild, wrote in an e-mail:
"They have a history of canceling many of their past requests. Any chance of politely querying (Pelosi's team) if they really intend to do all of these or are they just picking every weekend? ... (T)here's no need to block every weekend 'just in case.'"
Another official pointed out the "hidden costs" associated with the speaker's last-minute changes and cancellations. "We have ... folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets etc." Upset that a specific type of aircraft was not available to her boss, a Pelosi staffer carped to the DoD coordinators: "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset speaker."
Three months ago, turmoil erupted over Queen Nancy's demand for the military to reposition her plane to fly out of Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, Calif., closer to where she had "business," instead of San Francisco Airport/SFO (1.5 hours away). A special air missions official wrote: "We have never done this in the past. The deal is ... that the Speaker shuttle is from D.C. to SFO and back. We will not reposition. We do not reposition for convenience even for the SECDEF. It is not (too) far of a drive from Travis to SFO. Did the escort suggest to the speaker that this is OK? If so, I hope you guys correct them immediately. If you agree with me that I am correct, then you need to stay strong and present the facts to the speaker's office."
Another official stated bluntly: "We can't reposition the airplane such a short distance. It is not a judicial use of the asset. It is too expensive to operate the jet when there is truly no need to do so."
A beleaguered colleague responded: "(Y)ou know I understand and feel with you ... but this is a battle we are bound to lose if we tell the speaker office. In the end, this is what will happen. ... I wish that I could say this is a one-time request, but we know it will probably happen again in the future."
In the end, the military won that battle. But a few days later, Pelosi was back with a new demand: that her military plane taking her from D.C. to San Francisco make a stop in New Jersey to bring her and three Democrats to an "innovation forum" at Princeton University involving 21 participants and no audience. A Gulfstream jet was secured for the important "official business."
No word on whether Pelosi required vanilla-scented candles, Evian water and fresh white lilies aboard the flight. But rest assured: Air Diva traveled in style, courtesy of your tax dollars and the forbearance of the U.S. military.
|Cache||In her new memoir “Tough Love,” the former United States ambassador to the United Nations explores how, despite her many accomplishments during two administrations, she attracted criticism for her brusque manner and whether that was a result of her race and gender.|
A picture snapped by amateur photographer Brent Cizek, depicting a common merganser duck being followed by over fifty ducklings, has quickly gone viral.
One morning, Cizek went out for a walk around Lake Bemidji in Bemidji, Minnesota to take photos, and took just one camera and one lens.
The day was windy, so Cizek explained that it probably wasn't the best idea to take the boat out on to Lake Bemidji. However, he decided to carry on, although the waves were tossing his boat around.
He steered his boat at the shoreline, and then he saw what seemed to be a bevy. He edged nearer and saw a duck, followed by a trail of ducklings.
He said the closer he got, the more his heart began racing as he had never witnessed something like that before.
As he got closer, the group began swimming back out into the lake. He reached for his binoculars to get a closer look, he started snapping away, firing off as many shots as he could.
He took about 50 images and prayed that at least one was going to turn out sharp as the waves were too strong and he could not keep them in a frame. A staggering 56 ducklings were following the super duck mama.
He raced home to check the photos and found one that he liked and was in focus.
He shared it on social media and it was not long before that intimate shot of the extraordinary family exploded. It fascinated everybody who it.
The picture — and the story behind it — was even featured on the National Audubon Society’s website.
According to Healthy Food House, Cizek is an ardent wildlife lover and a supporter of the organization’s aim to protect birds and their natural environments. He, therefore, hopes the image will inspire people to stand up for animals as Mama Merganser did for her many ducklings.
Cizek said the mom looks proud and stoic in the photo, and he wondered how she's taking care of all of her ducklings.
Although all of them are unlikely hatched from her eggs, mergansers do have broods that large. They usually lay up to only 13 eggs at a time, but they don't lay all of them in their own nest.
Ducks often lay their eggs in other ducks’ nests trying to make sure that at least some of their offspring survive. The number of ducklings can also be explained by the practice of separated ducklings to attach themselves to ducks that look like their mothers.
On his latest visit, Cizek counted the ducklings again, and it seems that Mama Merganser had picked up more babies along the way, so they were 76 with her.
|Cache||Recently, another set of the usual Jewish leftist academics and no-name students signed a petition against Trump's handling providing funds to Duke/UNC after it had an anti-Israel conference.|
This is no big deal. But +972 Magazine's coverage of the story mentioned some prominent names that signed the petition:
The open letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose signatories include renowned scholar Judith Butler, Noam Chomsky, and artist Molly Crabapple, condemns the Education Department’s recent investigation of the consortium and subsequent ultimatum...
Who is Molly Crabapple, whom +972 puts on the same pedestal as the discredited Judith Butler and Noam Chomsky?
Well, although she has tried to erase her many tweets about the topic, Crabapple was a huge fan of a neo-Nazi known as "Weev."
Here is Weev:
As documented in this Medium article about Crabapple's relationship with Weev:
Weev is a self-professed admirer of Hitler, and currently serves as the webmaster/IT guy for The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website. He has bragged about faxing threats to kill Jewish children to synagogues. (There are 28 total mentions of the alias “Weev” on The Southern Poverty Law Center’s website, filled under the sections “Hatewatch” and “Extremist Profile.”) He waged a targeted harassment campaign against a prominent woman programmer, taunting her and her family with rape and violence threats until she was scared to go out in public. He tried to organize people to crash the funeral of Heather Heyer. He has a large swastika tattoo on his chest.
A few years ago, Quinn Norton lost her job at the New York Times partially because of her friendship with Weev. But for some reason, Molly Crabapple's friendship with him hasn't turned the Left - or Leftist Jews - against her.
Crabapple wrote an article about his trial where he was accused of hacking AT&T. The merits of the case are not so clear; he really didn't hack AT&T. But Crabapple's care about Weev went way beyond her support for his civil rights and to her admiration of him as a person, as she wrote in an article for Vice:
On the morning of March 18, I was sitting with friends at the Federal Courthouse in Newark, waiting to hear how long Weev would spend in jail.Molly Crabapple was practically in love with a proud neo-Nazi with a swastika tattooed on his chest.
And today she is considered a leading light of the Left, to the extent that she is name-checked by +972 to be in the same category as Butler and Chomsky.
Since people started pointing out Crabapple's entirely inappropriate love for her Nazi friend, she had been furiously removing all her loving tweets to Weev, and now claims that she never liked him. But she can't erase this love-letter to the bigot and misogynist.
Crabapple has signed other anti-Israel and pro-BDS petitions. Jewish Voice for Peace happily gets her signature when they need it. She reliably shows up when anti-Israel groups ask her to.
The question is, why the Left is so quick to excuse one of their own who embraced a far-right asshole?
https://img-hws.y8.com/cloud/v2-y8-thumbs-video-thumbnails-001/269508/s640x360_video_thumbnail.jpg Ten years after the passing of his wife and creative partner, Jeanne-Claude, Christo sets out to realize The Floating Piers, a project they conceived together many years before. Boasting uncensored access to the artist and his team, Walking on Water is an unprecedented look at Christo’s process, from the inception through to the completion of his latest large-scale art installation, a dahlia-yellow walkway atop Italy’s Lake Iseo that was eventually experienced by over 1.2 million people. The film takes the viewer on an intimate journey into Christo’s world amid mounting madness – from complex dealings between art and state politics to engineering challenges, logistical nightmares, and the sheer force of mother nature. Captured through breathtaking aerial views and fly on the wall camerawork, we watch the artist’s vision unfold, and get to know the man chasing it.
|Cache||HALLIE EPHRON: The minute I met Sarina Dorie, I knew she was a one-off. A persona. She was literally wearing her multi-talented identity like a pro and greeting her many fans. She's a seriously prolific, award-winning author who juggles genres. |
I wanted to know more, so I invited her to spend a day on Jungle Red and tell us about herself.
SARINA DORIE: As a creative person and a professional, I wear many hats. Some of these hats are very separate from each other and look quite different, while others are connected like with my writing, artist, and dance persona. The persona that is the most different from what I think of as my natural creative/expressive self is being a public-school teacher.
(Sarina promotes literary at a Middle School my posing with a book. Naturally, she had to do it with her special dentures to see if the kids noticed.)
When I am in teacher mode, I am Ms. Dorie. Part of my job is to make sure students are being appropriate. When they’re not, my job is to remind them not to swear, not to punch each other in the face, and not to draw images of rocket ships made with penises on their arms with Sharpies.
Meanwhile, when I’m a writer, I take all those things I see teens doing that they aren’t supposed to and I put those in my stories and novels.
Because I’m an art teacher, I get away with being a little more eccentric. I get away with dressing in clothes that other teachers might not consider standard business teacher attire. I express myself creatively as an art teacher though fashion design and that is considered to be okay. Fashion is probably an accurate metaphor of these different hats I wear—literally and figuratively.
(This is a photo from one of Sarina Dorie’s avant-garde belly dance performances.)
Another hat that I wear is a belly dance teacher and performer. When I performing, my stage name is Sarina as opposed to Ms. Dorie. This is the persona who wears glittery costumes that show my midriff and cleavage, and I get to dance to lively music that I would not necessarily be able to play at work. It is a chance for me to creatively express myself in a different way.
This persona is highly connected to my persona as an artist and fashion designer. The fashion design really does go hand in hand with being a dancer because I often design my own costumes. There was a time that I kept my belly dance clothes completely separate from the rest of my life and only wore them for performance, teaching and taking classes, but I have realized as I've designed costumes that I really enjoy wearing attire that creatively expresses my personality. That carries through into my belly dance clothes—which are not traditional belly dance clothes—and my daily attire just walking around being a professional artist or teacher or writer.
(Sarina poses with a book in steampunk attire.)
When I am a writer, I’m Sarina Dorie.
Being a creative person, that artist, dancer, designer style influences how I come across as a writer. When I tell people that I’m a fantasy author or a romance author, people tell me I look like I write fantasy or romance.
When I tell people I write mystery, people never tell me I look like I’m a mystery author. I don’t know what people think mystery authors look like. Maybe I need to wear all black and look Gothic in order to be a fantasy mystery author.
(Sarina in costume before selling fashion items at a science fiction and fantasy convention.)
In any case, I feel like I’m walking a fine line between coming across as a professional and expressing my creativity. When I attend Romance Writer of America workshops, women often talk about being professionals, dressing as professionals, and presenting ourselves. And then there’s me in polka dots and stripes. I’m almost as bad as Barbara Cartland with my feathers, flowers, and frills.
My persona might once have been as separate as peanut butter and jelly, but these days, it is more like peanut jelly, an interesting mashup of foods I once tried while I lived in Japan. In all creative outlets, I try to be professional in the way I present myself while interacting with people. I don’t dress or talk any differently when I am with my family. I’m really not different as a writer in comparison to my natural self, though I talk about topics that might make me an expert in my field when I am with authors or artists. On the other hand, I am a very different kind of professional when I’m working in my day job as a school teacher.
Many of my daily life experiences as a teacher influence my current writing projects, like my cozy witch mystery series Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.
(Sarina Dorie’s not-so-cozy witch mystery series Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.)
The idea behind this series: You think you know the world of magical boarding schools? Not from a teacher’s perspective at a school for at-risk youth.
GIVEAWAY: For a limited time, I will be offering Ghoulish Charms, the first book in the Vega Bloodmire Cozy Witch Mystery Series, a spin-off from the Womby’s series, as a gift for patrons of Indiegogo who donate to my endeavor to turn the Womby’s series into audio books.
Please go to Indiegogo to see Ghoulish Charms and other perks for contributions.
HALLIE: Phew! She makes those of us who write one genre and produce a novel every two years look like pikers. So here's my question: If mystery authors 'dressed the part' what would we be wearing?
Sarina Dorie has sold over 150 short stories to markets like Analog, Daily Science Fiction, F & SF, and Orson Scott Card’s IGMS. Her stories and published novels have won humor contests and Romance Writer of America awards. She has over thirty books offered through Amazon, including her bestselling series, Womby’s School for Wayward Witches.
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As Seattle Mama Doc settles into her new home in Wisconsin, all of us at Seattle Children’s thank her for her many years of tireless work to help you do what’s right for your kids. Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson recognized a need to demystify some of today’s most complex and controversial medical issues. We at […]
|Cache||Haze or no haze, the show must go on. |
Heck, even the famous white cat monument in Padung was wearing a mask while we were in Kuching. But the Kuching Waterfront Music Festival did go on as scheduled last September 27-28, 2019. From the waterfront, it was moved indoors to the MBKS Community Hall, just around five or so minutes by shuttle bus or taxi from the original venue.
The haze from Indonesia cleared alright but as it was a day away from performance night, it was logistically impossible to move it back outdoors. Still, the festival enthralled audiences with a curious mix of performers from the region and as far away as Australia.
Our Pinoy contingent of two (me and my buddy, Ferdz Decena of ironwulf.net) got into Kuching on the eve of the second conference. This 3rd iteration of the jazz festival marks the second time it is featuring a Filipino artist. Sitti Navarro was an interesting addition to the lineup, bringing a taste of bossa nova to the proceedings. Sitti thought we were Kuching residents (fact: there were not a lot of Pinoys here, nor is it a frequent destination for Filipinos, tourists or expatriate workers). She was buoyed by our presence, telling us "Ganito pala pag nasa ibang bansa ka," to express finding elation in bumping into fellow Pinoys abroad.
She got onstage on the second night, nursing a cold (I think I must have gotten my share of sniffs from her during the press conference LOL) but you wouldn't know it. I first met her many years ago in an event I was involved in and she has grown and matured into a really engaging artist. Performing barefoot (she dumped her high heels early in her set), she used every inch of the stage launching into Filipino ditties (including a memorable rendition of Yeng Constantino's "Ikaw" which we found out was popular in Kuching, some bossa nova standards, then capping her set with a Malaysian song re-arranged to a bossa beat. Was she a hit with the crowd? You bet.
Anyway, I would like to share some highlights from the two nights of performances. Well, we missed some of the performances as we were in Kuching for some other matters and on the second night, had to pack for our trip to Mulu but here goes...
Ning Baizura is a Malaysian powerhouse, having been a household word for the past 27 years or so as a singer, actress, and later as a record producer. The way she sang and connected to the audience tells me she've had been performing for a long time and yet she looks youthful. I take note of one particular song she sang because it's akin to the Tagalog phrase, "Ikaw at ako" (You and I). Another highlight of her extended set was her duet with Indonesian veteran, Harvey Malaiholo. My personal favorite though was her tender rendition of Maxwell's "Whatever, Whenever, Wherever."
Sax trio Saxx in the City from Indonesia bookended the first night. And what a way to cap the first evening, uptempo and high-energy all throughout their set. They dished out some original music reminiscent of the Average White Band's 1977 epic "Pick Up the Pieces". My personal pick was their foot-stomping rendering of their Earth, Wind & Fire suite. I was singing and bobbing my head all throughout, a reminder of the power of a horn section to move the crowd, whether young or old.
Special thanks to Place Borneo Sdn Bhd and the Sarawak Tourism Board for the giving us heprivilege of experiencing this jazz spectacle in person.