Tuesday, June 27

U.S. to get Smart

Daimler Chrysler is announcing that it will be importing the Smart Car to the U.S. beginning in 2007. While not altogether successful in Europe, the Smart Car adds a bit of whimsy to the roads. It also boasts getting up to 60 mpg. Marketplace observers wonder if Daimler can finally get a successful marketing strategy behind the little engine. They auto at least try.

Thursday, June 22

In Celebration Of


the Wonder of meeting a newborn baby

understanding but disagreeing with another perspective

listening, hearing, caring
peanut M&Ms
unsolicited hugs when they are needed
fearing less
the wisdom of seeds and their magical growth
friendship, family, community
Peonies, Dahlias, Orchids
living within every moment

Tuesday, June 20

Most Definitely

Today's spotlight is on Dante Terrell Smith aka Mos Def. Actor, Film Music Composer, Hip Hop Artist, this guy stays busy. Have you seen Block Party? Mos was one of the primary fun ingredients. Other films include: The Woodsman, The Italian Job, Monster's Ball, 16 Blocks. Then, there's the music. If you haven't listened to Black on Both Sides, you ought to. Or, check out Black Star. Closing with a Mos quote

"What I take from writers I like is their economy -- the ability to use language to very effective ends. The ability to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words -- that's magical. That's what I've been trying to strive for -- to draw a clear picture, to open up a new dimension."

Sunday, June 18

Saturday, June 17

NPR/PBS funding on the chopping block AGAIN!

Save Big Bird!
I am curious why President Bush and House Republicans are once again seeking to cut funding for NPR & PBS. Could it be that they do not want an informed populace? I know I am a shameless Nipper (that is, NPR junkie) but I rely on public broadcasting as an important source of cultural and political information. I have written letters and now I ask all of you (if you are out there) to take action!
If not for yourself, Do it for the kids...Like Henry who celebrated his 3rd birthday in Style. Three year old knows what's up

Thursday, June 15

Sounds good

New iPod. New playlist started...so far listening to:

1.Cat Power-I Found a Reason
2.The Raconteurs-Steady As She Goes
3.Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Golden Lion
4.Arcade Fire-Lies
5.Death Cab for Cutie-Title & Registration
7.Nightmares on Wax-You Wish

Any suggestions?

And, another thing. A round up of favorite sounds: Skateboard wheels on pavement, typewriters, coffee brewing, Chris King Hubs, furious rain and hail falling on the roof, a well-tuned bike, All Things Considered theme music, popcorn popping, tidal songs, most laughter...

Monday, June 12

dirty half would be me

A half dozen friends and I participated in the dirty half marathon yesterday. Some among us are legitimate runners, others all-around competitors, and about half the group are recent first-time mothers. Everyone met or exceeded their goals but only one actually finished really dirty. That would be me.

World Cup Futbol

Muy bien means very good, right?

The latest multitasking achievement around here is improving our Spanish while watching World Cup Soccer on the only station that offers it...Thank you Mexico.

Tuesday, June 6

It's supper time

Monday, June 5

These are a few of my favorite things

Sunshiny days*good conversation*Travel*Film discussion & recommendations*A sense of community*Sushi*deserved compliments*fancy cakes*Sense of freedom*mountain biking*creative minds*japanese gardens*flip flops*laughter*authenticity*

Michael Pollen, you're my hero

Check out this New York Times article Organic and Wal-Mart make uncomfortable bedfellows This guy continues on his crusade to educate the populace about their food. I'm lovin' it.