Friends of Dorothy Finally Win a Round

I must commend The Log Cabin Club for finally obtaining recognition within the Republican Party. See Log Cabin Recognized 

Mind you I just sent generations of my working-class ancestors ancestors spinning in their graves. I’ll leave it to you to figure out whether Gay or Republican put them over the edge. Given brains run in my family – – as well as homosexuality – –I’ll pick the latter.

Cohn & McCarthy HUAC

The easy post would attack the “Grand Old Party’s” closeted history. I could conjure up the HUAC specters of Cohn and McCarthy rooting out hidden homosexuals while at least one lived an openly gay life. Or I could snipe at more recent Republicans performing tap dances in bathrooms while spending their careers smashing fellow queers. See Outrage Video

But quick and easy would deny the more storied history surrounding Lincoln’s Party. Abolitionists helped found the Party. Later it fought on behalf of freed blacks during and after the Civil War. See Radical Republicans Even as a child I remember the Rockefeller Republicans who fought for the ERA.

More importantly both paragraphs above deny the United States’ complicated political history. Southern Racist Democrats moved en masse to the Republican Party in the 1960s and visa versa. This pattern has repeated itself throughout US history with Parties whose name only means something to PhDs. IMHO it comes down to believers in government and haters of government. The twain shall only meet on April 15.

Gadsen Flag
You Did it Dorothy

No I write because the Log Cabin member fought and won acceptance on their home turf. This emotional acceptance helps not only any child seeking his or her proverbial home –“Auntie Alice, Auntie Alice” –but all parents, siblings, and others desperately wanting to extend the greeting. Besides given the homophobic horrors currently thriving within the California GOP it’s a meaningful victory despite being decades overdue.

More to the point, haters only really win when they can demonize [make distant] the other. Anytime and anywhere this breaks down humanity moves forward.

Of course my tree splitting friends, the niceness goes away tomorrow. Then you non-1%ers can explain why you keep hanging out with Koch and his friends. 

Build Strong, Healthy Bones — Article from IVillage

Skeleton
Skeleton (Photo credit: dimitrij)

http://m.ivillage.com/build-strong-healthy-bones-it-s-never-too-early-start/4-b-477224?nlcid=td|08-08-2012 Some sensible and easy to start ways to increase bone strength. Weak ankles make me pay more attention. But it could affect anyone as we all start living longer.

Yes IVillage runs a lot of ads. However generally it offers sound advice based on diet and exercise. I highly recommend it (now if only I would “listen” to(follow)  it)

NYT: ‘Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions

 

 

 

NYC - American Folk Art Museum
NYC – American Folk Art Museum (Photo credit: wallyg)

 

A must see exhibit in NYC of 19th century folk art. Check out the New York Times Review at http://mobile.nytimes.com/article?a=955549&f=29

 

 

 

Exhibit emphasizes sailor and seaport specific items. After all the ports drove New York City’s economy during the relevant time period.

 

 

 

Scrimshaw on sperm whale teeth, Nantucket, cir...
Scrimshaw on sperm whale teeth, Nantucket, circa 1840-1860. Exhibited in the American Folk Art Museum, New York City, New York, USA. There were no restrictions on photography in the museum, and this item is old enough so that copyright (if any) has expired. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

However I would love to also see the fancy quilt and painted furniture.

 

 

 

Folk Art Museum Stars

 

 

 

Even better its all stored in 19th century row houses.

 

clapboarded frame row houses (c. 1828), 141 He...
clapboarded frame row houses (c. 1828), 141 Henry Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York (Photo credit: lumierefl)

 

Childhood Art Taken to Dizzying Heights

Childhood Art Taken to Dizzying Heights

Amazingly good article on Jeff Koon’s exhibit of childhood inspired sculptures at Fondation Beyeler. Pictures are wonderful but author’s insights take it a step further. I found the sheer scale of the exhibits humbling. It’s hard to comprehend on how frightening the amazing can seem to a child.

But I could have done without the Michael Jackson sculpture.  

This Swiss museum hosts art dealer Ernest Beyeler’s amazing collection of modern art. Visit the website to see the diverse exhibits and cool architecture. But watch out for the moving parts (or maybe it’s just me who can’t handle cascading words). Check out http://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/museum/impressions/impressions

Comes from one of my favorite new design blogs: www.weheart.co.uk  Sometimes overwhelming on a large screen this blog not only provides eye candy but serves up thoughtful articles. My favorites include Stuff Crush (exactly what it sounds like for us unrepentant shoppers)  and Design Geekery (your virtual travel service for visiting new exhibits and shops).

Its impossible to list all of the web’s greatest gifts. But the ability to travel while sitting in your seat has to be among the top.  

Childhood Art Taken to Dizzying Heights

Amazingly good article on Jeff Koon’s exhibit of childhood inspired sculptures at Fondation Beyeler. Pictures are wonderful but author’s insights take it a step further. I found the sheer scale of the exhibits humbling. It’s hard to comprehend on how frightening the amazing can seem to a child.

But I could have done without the Michael Jackson sculpture.  

This Swiss museum hosts art dealer Ernest Beyeler’s amazing collection of modern art. Visit the website to see the diverse exhibits and cool architecture. But watch out for the moving parts (or maybe it’s just me who can’t handle cascading words). Check out http://www.fondationbeyeler.ch/en/museum/impressions/impressions

Comes from one of my favorite new design blogs: www.weheart.co.uk  Sometimes overwhelming on a large screen this blog not only provides eye candy but serves up thoughtful articles. My favorites include Stuff Crush (exactly what it sounds like for us unrepentant shoppers)  and Design Geekery (your virtual travel service for visiting new exhibits and shops).

Its impossible to list all of the web’s greatest gifts. But the ability to travel while sitting in your seat has to be among the top.