Archive for August, 2009

Question: What’s your favorite project this fall?

Posted by Anne on August 30th, 2009

It’s Labor Day weekend in the States and back to work in earnest for many families with children after the summer break in most parts of the world, now or in the next few weeks. Perhaps you’ve got a lot of things on your plate. But if you look at them, which one stands out […]

Fall fashion 2009

Posted by Anne on August 29th, 2009

Fall fashion 2009? Reduced. Not humble, but beyond showing off. On a supremely beautiful body, in this age of the computer bean bag. After all, if anybody’s still got a body we definitely want to see it. The looks on the runway are all virtual reality – draw a stripe across that leg, attach a […]

My computer is killing me

Posted by Anne on August 28th, 2009

Sometimes I feel almost chained and shackled to the computer. I’ve been back for 4 or 5 days and am typing away to meet deadlines, and already my feet are swollen and my body is shouting at me to go out and move. As much as I love writing and feel I’m growing in the […]

My Brightest Diamond

Posted by Anne on August 26th, 2009

Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, is my soundtrack today. Her introspective mood, soaring voice and melodies and gritty guitar are right up my alley (= exactly what I like.) She comes from opera and still records chamber music. In this interview she talks about how very different it is to write and to perform, […]

“Like” in spoken English

Posted by Anne on August 26th, 2009

“Like” has become one of the most popular words in spoken English. It was a marker I heard frequently this summer in the States, originating in teen-talk, but now firmly established in informal language. Just listen to My Brightest Diamond singer Shara Worden making small talk with fellow musicians Lisa Hannigan and Molloy Share (from […]

Junior Brown: The Highway Patrol

Posted by Anne on August 26th, 2009

Forget that Bruce Springsteen guy, Junior Brown is The Boss. Love how he gets down on his hybrid electric and lap steel guitar and makes you forget that this is, technically, country music. Here he’s the Law and Order man, just a-doin’ his job, he’s the Highway Patrol. I’m not exactly a Law and Order […]

Thuja, or the White Cedar

Posted by Anne on August 25th, 2009

Don took Larry and me on a nature walk on one of our last days on Drummond Island. He’s a professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin and a specialist in evolution, with a special interest in how the forests are changing and what needs to be done to conserve them. He showed us […]