Thursday, February 23, 2012

2012 Weekly Wrap #5

Grand Staircase at the Huntington Gallery

Wow!!! That was a messed up week.

It was a triple whammy that took me out since last weekend. First, my computer had difficulties again, requiring a few days in the shop. Second, my health turned mighty bad for a couple days. Third, my personal/professional/social calendar was packed. In total, I had no time, opportunity, or energy for blogging.

But I've bounced back. I really want to hit Post 500 in time for my One Year blog anniversary. ;-)

Well, it's been over two weeks since my last "weekly" Wrap, but there hasn't been too much. Only nine posts over here at Paideia and three at Madrona Musings. Eh, it's not an impressive output, but such slow periods are the expected outliers of a regular blogging production.

Disney Cinderella ceramic figurine from the 1980s.

Here are the posts:

Twice, we looked at cinematic features, both of which were Disney animated movies. First, we checked out Pinocchio and considered how scary various scenes were to my youthful imagination. Then, we looked back at that classic "rags to riches" story, Cinderella.

Music was obliquely the topic in two posts. First, we celebrated Valentine's Day with some good ole Country music. Second, we explored the concept of "stairways" in various Rock songs. Good stuff!!!

Our Friday Flowers popped up twice since the last Wrap. Yeah, this week apparently has two Fridays. Camellias and Elizabeth Bishop were the stars of one post. Birds of Paradise and Audre Lorde were the focus of the other.

Then we ran through a string of birth dates. We celebrated the athleticism and grace of Russian figure skater, Irina Slutskaya. The poetry of Elizabeth Bishop merited not only a Friday Flower post, but an actual post dedicated solely to her. Finally, Charles Darwin received a birth date shout out. ;-)

Over at Madrona Musings, we looked at a couple artists showing at the current Torrance Art Museum show, "To Live and Paint in LA". First, we looked at Miller Updegraff's A Fairy Story. Then, we checked out Rebecca Campbell's Highlander (Rebecca). Finally, we gave notice of a few shows on view in the Greater LA area featuring the work of Jocelyn Foye. There is plenty of engaging art to see in Torrance.

In any case, hopefully, I can make up for lost time over the next week.

"No Whammy! No Whammy!! No Whammy!!! Nooooo!!!!!!"


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