Did you know that strawberries are social plants?" They require a male and female plant to produce the fruit which is in fact, an ovary covered in seeds...hmm. Sweet, succulent, juicy, red berries. They are the perfect fruit for Pride month. The strawberry is steeped in sexual orientation.
I am not joking. This is real. Read the article for yourself here.
For more details in the scientific realm of the strawberry's sexuality you can read the original article here.
All this talk of strawberries and sexuality makes me want to watch the movie "Chocolat" with Juliet Binoche. Truth be known, in the spirit of Pride month, she is the only woman I would jump the fence for...wait, there is also Lena Olin in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being." Both women were in both films. I highly reccomend that you indulge yourself by watching these two beauties own the screen with their spectacular performances. And I double dare you not to fall in love with them. I've said enough on the subject, but there is this really great scene when Lena Olin's character is eating fondue...watch it!
Good films, good books of cinematic and literary excellence.
Back to strawberries... if you would like to learn how to make delicious food with strawberries and their plant friends, then come visit me at the New Bedford Farmers Markets where I perform cooking demos and teach
"The Art and Language of Food". I cook what is in season and readily available at each market and mobile food stand throughout the city. Check out "My Maps" to see where I will be each week from June through October. Follow "environmental alchemy" on Instagram where I post the images of what I make each week. Come on over for a visit and taste what is fresh at the market and learn some healthful tips as I highlight my "SNAP to the MAX" philosophy:
"Use what you have and learn how to make the most of it."
See you soon.
I love song lyrics that reference a move on a chess board. "Your Move" by YES, is one of those great, now classic tunes that I never get tired of hearing. It has everything I love in a vinyl recording: instruments, clear sound without any technology, loaded lyrics that tell a story within the story and let's not forget the magnificent art work of an album cover, back in the day this was the access to art that my young
I would spend hours looking at some of them, laying on the floor, hands under my chin, seeing the little things without glasses... and then the song explodes into the rock and roll stratosphere, lifting you up and out of this world. That's the magic of a well made album.
Yes! to listening to the entire compilation of songs. This is the art of compostion in sounds. Listening to one song is like tearing a page from a book, it becomes isolated from the rest of the story. This is what is lost in today's digital discography of downloads. Besides, you cannot get your albums signed by recording Artists who wander into your studio before the show starts at the Narrows Center for the Arts to buy gifts for their wives...or themselves.
If you love board games and music as much as I do, then I invite you to "Game Unplugged with Music on a Monday Night" at Interwoven. Thanks to a grant from the New Bedford Cultural Council there is a budget for musicians, new and seasoned, who would like to jam out for a couple of hours while we play our games "unplugged."
On quiet Monday nights in downtown,
Turn off, Take a seat, and Let's play.
First Mondays of each month, unless otherwise noted, for however long the funds last.
July 4th (closed) & 18th - musical guest - tbd
August 1st & 15th - musical guest tbd
Learn to Play 6-7 Live Music 7-9 Limit Time 10ish
Coffee, tea and goodies will be available. Donations only.
This is an alcohol free event. Space is limited.
James Taylor's lyrical journey nearest and dearest to my heart,
the "Highway Song," speaks of the road and a longing for the soul to ramble. A place of solitude in motion, to think, to reflect, to form new ideas or resurrect old ones. The road is a place that brings tremendous joy and creativity into the heart of me. After a grueling two years of limitations that were killing my soul slowly (who else is with me on this one?), not to mention several health scares that had almost killed me for real, it becomes a safe space where I put myself back together with a renewed spirit for life, time after time.
It is the place where I spritually survive and thrive.
Thanks to the many Local Cultural Councils throughout the Commonwealth with the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Dyer Maker Studio® will be “back on the road again” this spring and summer. “Dyeing to Wear It: Creating Community with Color” will partner with libraries all around the Commonwealth. Follow my social media pages as I prepare to journey around this beautiful state of Massachusetts, along with a dip into the neighboring state of New Hampshire, with more announcements and more places to come,
just there, on the “blue horizon” ...
And where there is light, there is color and hand crafted gifts you can make yourself! Sign up for my "Dyeing to Wear It"TM
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After a long year of waiting Interwoven is finally opening!
Beginning on June 12th Interwoven will host "Maker Sessions" and "Mindful Mending" free in celebration of our opening.
Try your hand at weaving, spinning and dyeing or learn some hand stitching.
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