Notes to myself .. or perhaps they are postcards from the edge?

Notes to myself .. or perhaps they are postcards from the edge?
Healthy Eating Ideas
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1. I am thankful for colouring monsters because it helped me to feel better and draw out some of my own! It was nice to meet them in a more formal way!
2. I am thankful for working on a piece reminding me to breathe .. because it reminded me to breathe! 🙂
3. I am thankful for the Internet because it connects me to very awesome people, ideas and things that I need and want to learn!
4. I am very thankful for the subtle encouragement I have been receiving from people that give a bean or three about me and what I bring to the party that is life!
5. I am thankful that I chose to grow lovely things from the manure people and life have sent my way from time to time. I came across an article that I found helpful. I am thankful that I edited the #$ % out of that entry to make it more palatable.
6. I am thankful for thinking about Superpowers this week!
7. I am thankful for Tracy K whose superpower is lighting a fire under people’s butts to make their own art. She also has another superpower of bringing out our inner goofball. I am thankful that she taught me by her example that if you want to connect with someone you don’t know, even if it is someone with a fancy title, you start with moseying on over to where they are and saying howdy! Or something to the effect. 🙂
8. I am thankful for taking my camera out with me on Saturday – the light turned out to be more beautiful than I had expected and the wind blew the +30 degrees heat away to keep me respectably cool. I am thankful that it was quiet in the park that day too! 🙂
9. I am thankful for the way that creamed honey tickles the inside of my mouth! 😀
10. I am thankful for my friend JP whom, when I emailed him asking what time it was? (It was PEANUT BUTTER BANANA time!) He emailed back saying that when he saw the subject line his first thought was that it was Hammer time! 🙂
11. I am extremely thankful for Jenny that I spoke with about my RRSP. She was kind, thoughtful and emailed me the forms I needed to get things going.
12. I am thankful for Productive Flourishing and his guest writers. I notice that Mr. Gilkey seems a little quieter than usual, I hope he and his loved ones are well. Please wish him well if you speak with him.
13. I am really thankful for this because it illustrated where I was spending my time and helped me think of actions I can and am taking to correct the problem.
14. I am thankful for the helpful resources I found at Mark Silver’s Heart of Business. I like his tag line, “For small business owners that want to make a difference in the world and need to make a profit.”
15. I am thankful for finishing up two of the pieces I was working on.
16. I am thankful for the CD version of Linchpin that I was able to borrow from the library. Although my screen reader is really helpful for learning, hearing Godin bring the book to life is even more appreciated! 🙂 It was also good to have a reminder that *Real Artists Ship*! 🙂
17. I am thankful for the firetruck that drove passed my work window and tooted the horn in a fun manner! They made me laugh out loud and lightened my day. (See next gratitude entry.)
18. I am thankful for beginning work on the “Thank you” piece, finally. The “Thank you” piece will be addressing the thank you note that I have been writing in my head and various papers since that fateful day on the 11th of September 2004 when I received the call to receive a new kidney transplant. I still cry when I thing about it, I may have to cover the paper with plastic! Maybe I need to research if salty tears wears away acid-free, archival quality paper and inks. I don’t mind the tears smudging the ink (because they are real and they DO flow when I think about this) but I don’t want the work to damage this or other works. This makes me think of how Eva Hesse’s work changed, like life does. Anyway, I want and need to write a note of gratitude to the family! I have a feeling this will soon be listed under the “hardest, most important action I needed to take”. Now if I could just quit bawling so I could walk to the store to get some fresh fruit that I can eat now because of this gift. When I put it that way it doesn’t decrease the tears AT ALL! :’)
19. I am thankful for it being nearly six years since receiving this gift of a healthy transplant and how amazingly it matches. I am also thankful for the people and their prayers that helped get me here. Right here. Yep. Here. 🙂
20. I am thankful for matching underwear because it gives the wearer superpowers! Have you tried it? 🙂
21. I am thankful that The Zeldster sounded better (lighter) when she called today. I am also thankful that she let it slip that she shows my photos to people from her job. I am learning how much of a fan she is of my photography work. I had no idea.
22. I am thankful for having the talk with The Zeldster about my artwork. The Talk that involved letting her know that it is okay if she doesn’t enjoy the non-photography based art work that I do, I know we are still both gosh darn loveable! 🙂 I had a funny thought about the luggage attached to being a creator of art – ever notice how you might not enjoy the work of a dentist or parasitologist but the professional doesn’t take offence. Professional artists do the same.
23. I am thankful for having the courage to study Arabic, it enriches my life a great deal. I really like that Arabic is phonetic and the fascinating patterns there are. I like how there are root words that help you to understand more when you encounter unfamiliar words. I also like how there are different, deeper meanings to words and phrases, depending on how they are used. I also like that it is challenging and rewarding. I recommend learning a totally different language, it makes other things seem not so difficult AND you get to meet some totally cool people that you may not have! Warning though: it will change how you view the world and yourself. 🙂 I am thankful for Bassim, who patiently communicates with me while I am learning Arabic! Bassim means “smiling one” in Arabic – I asked him how his parents knew such a perfect name for him?! 🙂
24. I am thankful for letting go of the rigid way I thought I had to grow as a professional artist so I could see how I have been moving forward all along. Even when I was in denial about needing to make art and was pretending to be an engineer and computer scientist, those experiences are still beneficial to practising art. Mathematics is not only SEXY, it is useful! 😀
25. I am thankful for the awesomeness that is Bush Brothers Baked Beans. I am thankful that I can now get them in Canada at my favourite local grocer. I am thankful that The Zeldster brought some bush’s baked beans from the US.
26. I am thankful for making what I thought would be too many garbanzo beans and over cooking them because they made the smooooothest hummus and some really good curries! 🙂 They also froze really well.
27. I am thankful for finding an audio edition of Tom Butler-Bowden’s 50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom from 50 Great Books on Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose. Fascinating reading even if the reader sounds like a doomsday documentarian that needs to have a bowel movement or maybe just a big hug and observe Rule #6. I was surprised to see how many of the books I have already read in part or whole. I am thankful that the audio book drew may attention to some books I might find interesting! 🙂 I really love learning!! 🙂
28. I am thankful for the writers (including bloggers) that put their stuff in places where I can choose to read it. Rock on people!! 🙂
29. I am thankful for taking my camera with me and being brave enough to use it more often.
30. I am thankful for hearing lots of happy news from and about people near and far! Which reminds me! Jesse’s Crossing Tracks, A Solo Art Exhibition will only be at the Cumberland Gallery under the Saskatchewan Legislature until 31 August 2010. If you’re going, you better get! 🙂
31. I am thankful for Jud Turner and for putting his work where I could find it and be inspired by it. I am also thankful because he said, “some days, making art is like getting into a fight. Got my ass kicked today by the physics and geometry of attempting to install the large gates at BRING. back at it at sunrise tomorrow…” because it reminded me that artwork IS work! I am thankful because he inspired me to stfu and walk my talk! 🙂 His comment spurred me to deactivate my facebook account and accomplish more in about a month than I had all last year! I am also thankful that I emailed him a thank you note letting him know! Rock on Mr. Turner!! 🙂
32. I am thankful that I shipped some thank you notes this week! 🙂 Hooray! 🙂
33. I am thankful for your reading of my list. Now go be awesome! 🙂

Can people with Down Syndrome have healthy kids after they are married?

Question by : Can people with Down Syndrome have healthy kids after they are married?
-will they be able to conceive easily?If so,how many kids can they have?

Best answer:

Answer by momof3boys
Well marriage has nothing to do with it but yes there have been down syndrome parents that have had healthy babies. Their chances of getting pregnant are about the same as any other couple really and how many kids they would have well that would be up to their own individual bodies just like everyone else. There are a lot of risks as Down Syndrome comes with many health issues including risk of heart problems so there would most likely be extra monitoring for those factors.

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How come they dont have Drive-Thru Salad Stores or Drive-Thru Healthy Options?

Question by : How come they dont have Drive-Thru Salad Stores or Drive-Thru Healthy Options?
It’s a million-dollar idea!

I always want to try and eat healthy…but am busy/on the road alot and the only options are Drive-Thru McDonalds and other bad junk food.

Why don’t they have Drive-Thru Salad Stores or healthy sandwich options where you can stay in the car, and drive through…like Drive-Thru Subway or sumthin’?

Best answer:

Answer by Crimson Ark
Because America doesn’t care THAT much

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What are eight common elements of health and Safety and how they relate to occupational health and safety?

Question by =): What are eight common elements of health and Safety and how they relate to occupational health and safety?
It’s part of my cosmetology homework.

Best answer:

Answer by neverwinter
what on earth is cosmetology?

this question makes no sense out of context. And probably doesn’t make a lot of sense anyway. Suggest you switch to a real subject.

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They Might Be Giants, kids show, Regent Theatre, Arlington MA, 23 May 2010

They Might Be Giants, kids show, Regent Theatre, Arlington MA, 23 May 2010
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Image by Chris Devers
This photo was used by BrooklynBased on Nobody’s Business But the Turks, a piece about a free show TMBG did on the Williamsburg Waterfront in July 2011. Sadly, their site doesn’t seem to keep the photos that were used at the time, but I promise it had been there…

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Via the Regent Theatre’s web site:

A Special Family Show with . . .

They Might Be Giants
Benefit Concerts for Boston By Foot
Sunday, May 23 at 12pm and 3pm
Both shows sold out – thank you!

They Might Be Giants will be performing two special shows especially for families. These are full band, full length performances. Both shows are to benefit Boston By Foot, the non-profit group giving guided walking tours of Boston for over 33 years. All concert goers can also use their ticket stub to get a free tour from Boston by Foot, including Boston by Little Feet tours for kids, during the upcoming season. All profits will go to BBF.

They Might Be Giants Biography

For alternative rock legends They Might Be Giants, rave reviews from the likes of Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Pitchfork, NPR and beyond might not be that unexpected, but we’re not talking about their regular gig here. Sure, TMBG have sold millions of records, are multi-Grammy winners and have even composed a musical accompaniment for an entire issue of McSweeney’s, but these most recent accolades are for the work TMBG has created for children and–as the reviews attest–no other band swings as effortlessly from adult music to children’s fare and back again with the artistic and commercial success of They Might Be Giants.

John Flansburgh and John Linnell’s latest CD/DVD is Here Comes Science (Idlewild/Disney Sound). It’s an ultra-vivid crash course through topics that in lesser hands could easily put kids to sleep. With rock anthems and electronic goodies crafted to amuse, intrigue and deliver the 4-1-1 on evolution, solar system, photosynthesis, the scientific method and more. Following Here Comes the ABCs and Here Come the 123s, Science is geared for older kids and it introduces ideas in a way that not only inform but will stay in your head forever.

While it may seem like an odd move for a duo recognized as the progenitors of the American alternative rock movement, it really all makes perfect sense. From their earliest days with Dial-A-Song through their online music distribution, TMBG have always challenged rock’s status quo and gone out of their way to take their music to brand new audiences, and by the looks of things, they’re having a lot of fun doing it their way. The Giants use every bit of fan interactive technology by connecting with kids via regular podcasts and including a DVD of delightful animated interpretations of their songs with each Here Comes… album.

The band is constantly working on new music, new projects and touring–sometimes with 2 shows a day. Founders John Flansburgh and John Linnell, along with their long standing live combo of Dan Miller, Danny Weinkauf and Marty Beller, show no signs of swapping one successful gig (adult music) for another (children’s music). Rejoice people of Earth–there’s just that much more for us all to enjoy.

Question: You once said in an interview that TMBGs knew what you didn’t want to do with your music geared for kids: You didn’t want to tell them how to behave or write songs that are educational. But these songs are quite educational, and in fact, you have a science consultant on this record. Did you make a conscious decision to really teach something on Here Comes Science?

John Linnell: I think it’s still a record you can listen to for enjoyment, and that’s real important to us. I am perfectly comfortable with the idea of something that is pure entertainment, but I don’t think there is any need for something just purely educational from us. My sense of this record is that it is mostly fun, musical and interesting and it happens to have lyrics that talk about science.

Question: Did any Children’s books or albums make an impression on you when you were a child? Because now you’re making that impression on children.

John Flansburgh: We get that question a lot, and it’s a valid question, but speaking for myself, I feel like we have something to contribute to kid’s music because what we’re doing is actually lacking in the general culture. Generally, our stuff is not really coming out of any amazing experience with the kid’s stuff from the past. Our childhood was during the really golden era of classic pop and singles. Those songs weren’t really designed for kids, but the power of it spoke to us and a lot of other kids quite directly.

Curiously–although I see the obvious connections–we didn’t really grow up with all of the progressive kids stuff of the 70’s. We were that micro generation of glitter-rock young teens listening to Alice Cooper and David Bowie and we totally missed the boat on Sesame Street and School House Rock and Free To Be You and Me. But even being a bit too old for it, you could tell there was something cool about that stuff. Basically the cartoons of our generation were either super-violent, like Spiderman, or the really simple-minded Hanna-Barbera cartoons.

Question: Which one of you was the science student? Either or you? Neither of you?

J. Linnell: Specifically into science? I would say we were both middling students in school, but philosophically we are both, as adults, very pro-science. We like living in the post-enlightenment era in history. Are we still living in the enlightenment or is it over now, I can’t tell? Are we in the “en-darkenment” now?

J. Flansburgh: I think we’re actually in to the “gee whiz” part of science–all the scientific phenomenon that sparks your imagination. We certainly aren’t academics, but there is something remarkable about the world of science and there are ideas in science that just send your mind reeling.

J. Linnell: One the things that is exciting about it is that it makes you realize that things that are true, that can be proven, aren’t always intuitive. There is a difference between what seems to be the case and what turns out to be proven to be the case, and that’s really exciting. The world isn’t always what it seems to be and it makes everything more wonderful in a way. You have an experience of the world, walking around, and then science provides knowledge about the world that is not always anything like the experience.

The history of scientific discovery is partly revealing things that you don’t always experience directly, it’s bizarre in a way that so much of what we know is stuff we can’t always experience directly, like molecules and galaxies.

Question: Does that make it easier or harder to write about Science?

J. Linnell: Well, both. There is a point that you do reflect that you’re trying to explain something preposterous. And luckily, I think kids know the whole world is strange and preposterous, but as they get older, they get used to the idea that there are facts they just have to take someone’s word for.

Question: Considering you guys once used an answering machine to showcase your material, how amazed are you that you have all of this media at your disposal – podcasts, internet, video, etc…how has it changed the way you work?

J. Flansburgh: We enjoyed having an easy-breezy, loose reputation in terms of getting our music out to people. It was very great to be the one of the few acts in the United States who wasn’t preoccupied with getting on the radio or a cash return on our music. Of course now there is almost no end to the free stuff, and it is cool to see how much you can get in to the world, but with the most popular videos on YouTube being cats jumping into a box or people getting pushed down escalators, part of me worries that all this electronic media is just in the service of turning our culture into an endless episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos.

J. Linnell: A lot of what the technology suggests to people is the democratizing of culture and the notion of interactivity kind of caught fire online early on. What’s weird for John and I is that we were never interested in either one of those things. We actually like the idea of controlling what we are doing and we like the old fashioned idea of there being quality control on culture, that you would get the “good stuff” and there would be a way, through a critical apparatus or institutions, that would deliver the good stuff and filter out the bad stuff. It feels like the big problem nowadays is that everything should be available to everyone at all times and the result is a lot of garbage to wade through…not to sound like an 80 year old man! (laughs)

Question: With your accompanying DVD, how did the directors and animators come together? Are they the same people from Here Come the 123s? How much creative control do you give the animators with your songs?

J. Flansburgh: We are the producers on all the animated material and we select the artists we collaborate with pretty carefully. We’ve been involved in a lot of television and video projects over the years and that was very good training for these projects. There is an expression in rock video production: “Good. Fast. Cheap. Choose two” It’s a very unreasonable thing to expect everything to come together on a tight budget. Our strategy is to give the animators a relatively long lead time so they can do something that will be a good portfolio piece for them and something cool for us. And although we’re on a tight budget, we can offer a large amount of artistic freedom, and that gives us the opportunity to work with the most creative people out there.

Question: For this tour, you’re doing both “kid” and “adult” shows, sometimes 2 in one day. How is it different when you perform in front of kids versus when you perform in front of adults?

J. Flansburgh: Whatever pretensions you might have about your performance get totally re-calibrated when you’re playing for kids–playing a kid show is probably a bit closer to being a school teacher than being a rock star. There are also a lot of parents in the audience and we address them as well which kind of breaks forth the wall of "kiddie-ness."

Just to address the questions we always get: “how is it different writing a song for kids or writing for adults?” or “performing for kids and performing for adults?” Well, there is a real overlap, but there are meaningful differences too. A good song works in a way that is kind of irreducible whether or not it’s for kids or adults. If a song has a strong melody or an interesting concept, it will animate any audience, but in performance, kids have a really short attention span, so keeping things moving is important. Routinely the confetti machine gets the biggest response of the day. That will keep your ego in check.

Although in the past, “Clap your Hands” and "Alphabet of Nations" worked for adults, by and large the kid stuff stayed in the kid show just because it’s, well, for kids! (laughs). But with "Here Comes Science" a lot of the songs work good in the adult show. and that’s unusual. “Meet the Elements,” “My Brother the Ape,” “A Shooting Star is not a Star,” and “Why Does the Sun Shine” slid into the adult show without any second thoughts, and “I Am a Paleontologist” is totally rocking live.

Question: What’s next for They Might Be Giants?

J. Flansburgh: We’re working on a rock album right now, but we have so much touring interrupting our effort it’s hard to know when it will get done, so the real answer is we’re going to be spending a lot of time on a tour bus trying to figure out how to get the WiFi working!

Our children’s book collaboration with Pascal Campion, Kids Go, just came out at the end of last year on Simon & Schuster. It’s actually a very beautiful project and a fulfillment of a dream of mine. When we were approached, I wanted to do an actual picture book, which very few people get to do, and it was exciting to realize that dream. A good picture book is something that really stays with you.

Should children eat what they like or what’s good for them?

Question by Ron L: Should children eat what they like or what’s good for them?
Should parents only feed their children healthy food or should they allow their children to eat unhealthy food?

Best answer:

Answer by 🙂
Mixture of both 🙂

What do you think? Answer below!

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T-Rex Emblem .50 Here’s a nice simple emblem, a T-Rex eating a fish. Even gigantic carnivores need a healthy lunch to continue evolution! Kids like this one because it looks like the dinosaurs they love. Religious zealots like it because they can see a critter just like this at the Creationist Museum. Unfortunately some of the them feel such as strong tie with the “fish” design, they feel threatened by this one. Oh well, they should get over it. This car emblem comes with an adhesive tape attachment. For more we’ll add a magnet that will hold it to a refrigerator or file cabinet. I use the magnetic backing on rental cars too. Dimensions approx. 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

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Dimensions approx. 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″

List Price: $ 9.49

Price: $ 9.49