I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how people view someone age 25 and under pursuing creative interests versus someone 25 or older. If you’re in your thirties or forties and taking singing lessons or guitar lessons, for example, people attribute those pursuits to being hobbies to pass the time; however if you’re 25 or under the natural assumption is that you are studying to become a singer and musician. Ageism and the arts and how artists have to keep pursuing their passions in life despite the obstacles is the subject of this blog entry.
Tommy Lee Jones even made Grumpy Cat look happy.
Like many people, I was shocked to learn of the passing of Huell Howser on January 7, 2013. As a Californian who watched “California’s Gold” and appreciated Howser’s curiosity and ability to take pleasure in the simple things in life, I wanted to pay tribute to him in some small way. R.I.P. Huell Howser.
Black Friday just seems so out of control to me this year, so I felt compelled to blog about my disgust at corporate America’s attempt to prevent employees from enjoying a private life outside of work—even during a holiday that is intended for people to be together—Thanksgiving.
MissionaryGypsyCowboyGorilla ia a mixed media project by Sacramento author, Julie Young, who worked with Gabe Nelson, bass player for The Band CAKE, and artist, Daniel Fila, to produce a soundtrack and art for Julie’s book, MissionaryGypsyCowboyGorilla. On my web site I posted the link to the NPR interview (last 10 minutes) with Julie, Gabe, and Daniel that took place on 10/17/2012, and the Vimeo link to a video where they discuss how this amazing project came together.
In this post I talk about how many writers are deciding to bypass the traditional route of finding an agent and publisher to opt for publishing their own work. As someone who has spent way too many years using the traditional method to no avail, I’m fascinated by the new revolution of indie writers and how they are taking control of their own writing careers much like musicians who have decided to break away from major record labels to gain more control over their music careers.
You are lovely. Even if you can’t see it, or you find yourself with people who refuse to acknowledge your talents and attributes, remember that you are brilliant and strong and interesting and loved.
I don’t even know you but I think you’re great.
Well, this week wasn’t the best in Clint Eastwood’s long film career after his appearance at the Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida this past week; however, considering what a legend he is and his many contributions to the film industry as both an actor and director, I think he deserves a pass on this one horrible moment in an otherwise stellar career.