Friday, March 19, 2010

St Joseph's Day / Festa di San Giuseppe

St. Joe is better known as Jesus' dad, and is the patron saint of fathers, step- and foster parents, carpenters and hardworking people, and is the champion of the hungry, the sick and of peaceful and dignified death. My friend Emily - who is Sicilian and from Buffalo NY (my birthplace!) decided to have a St Joseph's celebration at her house this year, as it has been part of her family tradition.  In the states, St. Joseph's day is mainly celebrated in Buffalo NY and New Orleans LA where there are thriving immigrant communities. It's primarily an Italian Catholic tradition. Though I'm an atheist, I absolutely love any sort of tradition, ritual, symbolism, and of course food, friends, and dressing up. Needless to say, I was very exited to be invited to this special event.

Everyone wore red, drank lots of red wine and ate tons of delicious food.  I brought photos of my recently passed Grandpa John and my Great Aunt and Uncle Raine & Bob to put on the altar along with others' deceased loved ones to honor them. cans of food were donated and taken to the shelter after wards... overall, a lovely and beautiful event. thanks Emily!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

o r e g o n

evergreens / giant windmills & fields of wheat / the painted hills / cascades train......

Monday, January 18, 2010

Oregon Coast treasures

beach sculpture in Newport
 rocky beach at Haceta Head
 "scary seafood soup" in Newport

doll parts in Astoria

thrifting in Waldport

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Lodge Party '09

Dr Jacoby and dead Laura on the dance floor

Arms bending back

Two dead Lauras

Thursday, September 24, 2009

the goods

I canned for the first time this year. This is what I ended up with:

Monday, June 15, 2009

rooftop movies.

James Benning @ dusk.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Birthday Wine.

who can pick the crap from the semi-fru-fru? 
from L to R top: winner, loser, runner up.

L to R bottom: wrong, wrong, wrong.

Birthday Cheese

cheese was made.
cheese was bought.
I made little signs. 
mom and wade made the best cheese cake I've ever had.
there were accidents.
no one pooped for a week.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


my lovely 10 year old hoya plant. killed by vicious mealy bugs.
I had it for at least 3 years before it produced these beautiful blooms.
I kept a cutting... and now I have to wait. 
turns out they are fickle that way.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

New Orleans: Signs

my old neighborhood

mid city


Thursday, April 9, 2009

New Orleans: St Roch Cemetery

St Roch is the patron saint of: dogs, bachelors, diseased cattle, falsely accused people, invalids, surgeons, tile-makers; gravediggers, second-hand dealers, pilgrims, and invokes protection against cholera, epidemics, knee problems, plague, and skin diseases... I like this guy!
This is what you see at the end of the entrance inside of a little shrine that is locked with a metal gate: