Today's guest post is from my darling partner, Matt. 'Cause you know this pregnant lady isn't gonna be drinking beer, much less writing about it for quite some time.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I recently noticed that my corner Walgreens re-painted one of their parking spots as an electric vehicle charging spot.
Walgreens has a long-standing commitment to reducing energy usage and expanding its renewable energy initiatives. The company became the nation’s first drugstore chain to install a geothermal energy system at one of its stores in Oak Park, Ill., last November. The company’s Mira Mesa, Calif., location became the first drugstore to receive LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Walgreens also plans to have more than 130 rooftop solar installations at stores and distribution centers by the end of the year. In addition, the company utilizes an energy management system that monitors electricity, water, heating and cooling and waste management at more than 3,000 stores to help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs while extending equipment life.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
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Thursday, January 19, 2012
Yesterday my fourth post for Arts America went up! It's about a ~4 minute stop-motion animated video made by artist Allison Schulnik which I saw at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on a HUGE screen that covered an entire gallery wall.
“Mound” features intriguing figures, some of which retain their individuality throughout the film, while others morph into each other, or are never fully separate from other clay creatures. The movements among the the conjoined figures mirror the movements of the clay within the figures, creating an overall impression of agitation and transformation.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'll keep this short since I'm suffering with a head cold at the moment. Here's some pics from Friday's Art Hop (during which I felt fine, happily). Enjoy!
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Thursday, January 12, 2012
Sparkling Spiral by ~readheadgirl on deviantART
I'm excited to tell you that I'll be part of the Troost Art Hop tomorrow, Friday the 13th from 7-10 PM! I'll be showing a few paintings (including the one above, which I made at a local music show over 4 hours) and several collages. My stuff will be at the Ubuntu Village Community Center (4327 Troost) with two other local artists and where the local KC Drum Tribe will be playing. You can also see more art at the Emerald City Welcome Center (4334 Troost) and the Jason Turner Gallery right beside it.
The Troost Art Hop is part of the Emerald City revitalization project. Crystal K. Wiebe described it in January 2012 issue of local women-focused magazine her this way:
Kansas City's most notorious street [Troost Avenue] is a boundary line for Emerald City, an area where, a a community organizer, [Franny] Knight would find it very cool for you to invest your dollars, sweat and creative energy. Better known as the Manheim Historic Park Neighborhood, this impoverished section of Kansas City's urban core extends from 39th and 46th streets between Troost and Paseo, and contains about 60 boarded up houses and 50 vacant lots.I'm excited to be part of such an ambitious project & look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
The area lies within the 150 square blocks of blight that US Rep Emanuel Cleaver II has identified as the Green Impact Zone. His related initiatives involved some federal and local revitalization money, but Knight, a 46-year-old Wichita native and former motivational speaker and corporate trainer, sees the potential for greater transformation. She wants to create an intentional community in the heart of Kansas City where all kinds of people coexist and cooperate in an artful, safe and sustainable setting. Think community gardening, bicycle sharing, holistic health care, alternative education programs and a functioning "Earth Ship" -- an environmentally friendly demonstration home that functions completely off the grid.
Knight's Emerald City dream already is underway in the form of monthly second Friday art walks along Troost and a couple of neglected houses that are once again liveable.
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
By David Bjorgen (Own work)
A friend's friend's daughter, Andi Enns is a Park University student currently traveling in Jordan, "on grants from America’s Unofficial Ambassadors and United Planet, doing research and marketing work to prevent malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS with Friends of the Global Fund."
She's got some very interesting posts up on Andi's Travel Journal, recording her experiences and impressions. Her most recent post, "Lessons of the Bedouin" chronicles her journey to Wadi Rum and Wadi Musa, where she met Bedouins, "a tribe of desert dwelling people with two recognizable sects in this area: the Nomads and the Gypsies."
She particularly noted the Bedouins' opinions of women:
It’s hard to find a female Nomad in the area – in fact, I never met one. Abdullah said this is because they believe women are weaker than men, and so they must be protected. He said it would be very unattractive if a woman insisted on taking care of herself, because he doesn’t want to court another man. He said he believes in treating women like princesses or like they’re delicate, and he believes this puts women on a socially superior level to men. He is never protected when he goes out, after all.For more of Andi's first-hand accounts of her travels, click on over!
Another Nomad Bedouin I met in town, Ahmed, also talked at length about women and men. First, he asked me to marry him. (I declined.) Then he asked if it was because I assumed he couldn’t afford my dowry because he is a shopkeeper – he assured me he could pay my family at least 20 racing camels for my hand in marriage. (That’s about $150,000 worth of camel.) He told me that westerners don’t understand the dowry – we think it’s paying for a bride. He said the Bedouins consider a dowry to be a gift of gratitude to a woman’s parents for all of effort they’ve put into raising their daughter.
Mahmoud told me that Gypsy Bedouins believe in having fun, that life is a party. They are not strict Muslims, he said, and they like to drink, smoke, and get rowdy. They believe women are the same as men – in fact, that all people are the same... He said he doesn’t like the Nomad way of life, and thinks they take themselves too seriously. He said he thinks their way of treating women is archaic, and he invites any woman to challenge him on any front.
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Tuesday, January 3, 2012
I was hired for seasonal help at Vulcan's Forge, a locally-owned & operated jewelry shop that emphasizes sterling silver and gemstones, offers repairs and incredible custom work. I just found out that they're keeping me on for a while longer and am very happy about it!
I really enjoy the employees and customers that I interact with, AND I get to model super pretty jewelry while I'm there! (That's what all these pictures are about).
I have to admit, I've already sold myself 4 rings while I've been there - and had my little brother buy me yet another one for Xmas. But soon I'll have run out of fingers to put them on, so that's a problem that will take care of itself.
It's really been intriguing to see what the jewelers, or "the magicians in the back" as we call them, can create (and alter.) Check out the Vulcan's Forge website for images of some of their custom work. Theirs also several photo albums full of more pictures at the store, as well as a couple cases of custom pieces that weren't immediately taken home by someone.
Vulcan's Forge is located on Broadway Road between 39th and Westport. If you stop by to see me and mention this post, you'll get a free pair of $3 sterling silver earrings with purchase. Free is neat, right?
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