Parkes and Lamb Interiors

Jun. 29th, 2017 04:30 am
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There is a distinct Belgian vibe to this house by Nashville-based interior designers Parkes and Lamb Interiors. The grey colour palette enhanced with muted blues and taupes. The layering of rough textures with smooth, raw wood with plaster, whitewash and linen. It's a house with personality, a mix of new and old, high and low, traditional yet contemporary. Beautiful. Comfortable.

Building A Paver Patio – Part 2

Jun. 29th, 2017 05:01 am
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Building A Paver Patio – Part 2

This article is Part 2 in a series describing step by step of how to build a paver patio and fire pit. I had been thinking of building this project for quite some time so when Sakrete contacted us wondering if we had any outdoor projects coming up, I took the leap and started tearing into the lawn.

In case you missed it, Part 1 was all about excavating and building the base of the paver patio. This part is all about laying out and locking in the patio.

Disclosure – Sakrete is compensating me for writing these articles but I’m doing all the work myself and the opinions are my own. I’ve used their bag mix concrete for years but this was my first time using their Paver Set product. I had been thinking about using it for some time because I’ve been so unhappy with all of the other polymeric sands I’ve used in the past. Sakrete just provided the extra incentive to get the project started.

Layout The Circles

Now that the paver sand layer is screeded off, it is time to draw out some layout lines. With a round patio, this means a series of concentric circles. I drove a stake into the center of the fill area. The stake had to be wide enough to accept a screw in the top. I took the screed board and drove a screw through it near the end and into the stake. I then pulled a tape measure down the board and drove screws at 18″, 25″, and 8′. I then pushed the board around the sand area while the screws drew perfect circles in the sand area. The circles marked the inside and outside of the fire pit and then the outside paver edge. With these lines in place, the next few steps go really fast.Paver Patio -6

TIP: Dampen the sand a little, it helps the lines show up better.

Install the Edging

With any paver patio, one of the key components of a nice looking patio is secure edging. Edging is made of hard but flexible plastic. The edging is secured by plastic or steel spikes, often from the same manufacturer as the edging. To do a curve, the back straps of the edging have to be cut with a tin snips. Cut every strap on the edging and lay it out along the line in the sand. Drive a plastic spike every 12″ or so securing it in place.

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So easy, your kids can help too!

The last section of the circle wasn’t a full stick of edging so I took it to the miter saw and just buzzed if off to the right length. Being that it’s made of plastic, the carbide-toothed blade cuts right through it.Paver Patio -8

Backfill the edging with dirt so that it is sufficiently supported when the pavers are being laid.

TIP: Be sure to buy more spikes than you think you need. Every piece needs a spike on each end plus every 12 inches. So a 6 foot piece actually needs 7 stakes.

Lay Up The Fire Pit

As I mentioned in Part 1, we picked a 36″ steel fire ring liner that fit with common landscape block. I set the liner on the inner circle drawn in the sand earlier and started laying in the blocks right on the sand. The ring takes two block styles, a wedge (3.5″x7″x7″) that helps with the curve and a small block (3.5″x1.75″x7″) that helps widen the curve a little. Each course is made up of 17 wedges and 19 smalls. Over three courses that’s 51 wedges and 57 smalls in the complete ring.Paver Patio -9

After the first course is dry laid around the steel ring, pull the ring out and set aside. The blocks may move a little pulling out the ring but that is ok. Grab a couple tubes of landscape or construction adhesive, and lay out a couple 3/8″ beads on the top of the first course. Place the next course of block on top of the first while offsetting them so that the head joints do not line up. After the second course is done, lay down two more beads of adhesive and add the third and final course. Once this course is laid, drop the fire ring back in and tap all the stones inward towards the fire ring. I just lightly kicked them with my boots to tighten up all the courses.  The wet adhesive helps them move easily.Paver Patio -12

TIP: Space out the blocks around the perimeter of where they are going to be laid so that it is really easy to just grab and place them once the adhesive is down.Paver Patio -13

Lay Out Full Pavers

With the fire pit and plastic edging set, now it’s time to start setting the full pavers. With our design we only had two paver sizes, a 6″x9″ and a 6″x6″. We picked a pattern that looked to be somewhat random but was very simple to lay. The style of paver was called Tumbled Belgian. It is a concrete paver that has been tumbled in a large steel drum to give it a rustic, weathered look.

I started by laying the perimeter first and with the 6″ face against the plastic edging. Don’t cut any of them, lay them all out and slightly adjust the spacing so that they come out evenly. There will be slim pie-shaped pieces between them but the Paver Set will take care of those later.

Next start the field pattern. We picked a very simple pattern. I set my first pattern somewhat centered so that the cut pieces on each side will be roughly the same. Since there was a fire pit in the middle, I had to measure. Then I kept duplicating the pattern all the way around the circle. When it was time to meet up on the other side, things were off by almost an inch. I slowly adjusted and brought everything together by lightly kicking the pavers from both sides until they met up. I laid out as many full pavers as I could until only cuts remained. This step took 2-3 hours. Pretty fast.Paver Patio -14

TIP: Print out your pattern so that you have an easy to follow diagram while you’re laying up.

Cut And Fit The Remaining Pieces

There is no way around it, this step took quite awhile. I had to mark and cut every piece and fit them in one at a time. I used the RIDGID 7″ tile saw with a segmented blade. It cut very well and was very safe. The cuts are a great place to use up some of the overly tumbled pavers. Sometimes you can even get two cut pieces out of a block. Since the pavers were tumbled, I lightly chipped the cut edges so that they blended in with the rest of the patio. A buddy came and helped me and this step still took us over 4 hours.Paver Patio -16

TIP: Lay the paver in place and mark the edges of where it needs to be cut, use a plastic rafter square to connect the marks to form the cut line. The plastic square handles the abrasiveness of the pavers better than an aluminum square.Paver Patio -17

Spread And Compact Paver Set

The final steps of a paver patio is to spread and compact the Paver Set sand. The generic name is polymeric sand. It is a mason’s sand with a water activated polymer binder mixed in. I’ve used a number of other brands of polymeric sand from the big box store as well as the landscape supply but Sakrete’s Paver Set is the only one that I’ve had really good initial results. Most other brands I’ve tried do not work well for joints over 1/2″.  In fact one brand’s sand cracked and broke up after a week. That one was half the price of Paver Set so it probably had way less polymer.Paver Patio -19

Paver Set comes in 40 lb buckets from Lowes in either tan/brown or gray in color. It has a moisture content of almost zero making it easy to spread. It is spread by sweeping it into the joints with a push broom. When the joints were completely full (or overfull), I ran a 150 lb compactor over the pavers. I just drove it around in circles like I was mowing the lawn. The vibratory action did two things. It compacted the pavers into the sand base layer below but it also vibrated the Paver Set deep into the joints between the pavers. I swept another couple buckets of Paver Set into the joints and compacted again. I did this until the joints couldn’t hold any more Paver Set. A final sweep and a few passes with the leaf blower and this step was done.Paver Patio -22

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TIP: Keep the leaf blower at a very shallow angle so that it only blows the excess sand off the surface of the pavers and not out of the joints.

Sprinkle Down The Whole Patio

The Paver Set sand is activated by water so the final step was to get out the garden hose a gently sprinkle down the whole surface. The key is to do it slowly so that the water percolates down to the bottom of the joints instead of running off and taking the polymer with it. My paver patio wasn’t too large so I could water it all at one time.Paver Patio-25

TIP: Larger patios may have to be watered in multiple sections. You want to water slow enough that the water penetrates the full depth but not so slow that it starts to set up and harden.Paver Patio-24

Paver Patio Done

With the paver patio sprinkled don’t rush to use it right away. Sakrete recommends staying off of it with foot traffic for 24 hours and vehicle traffic for 72 hours. We could hardly wait that long and were out there making s’mores and enjoying each other’s company by the next weekend.Paver Patio-26

I’m not going to lie, this project can be hard, dirty work but there are products that help boost the longevity of your hard work. Like I mentioned above, Sakrete’s Paver Set polymeric sand is the best one I’ve found so far and you can bet I’ll be using it on the next patio build.

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Time for S’mores!

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Creamy Spinach & Mushroom Gnocchi

Jun. 29th, 2017 03:00 am
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I just adore Gnocci . . .  those delicious little Italian potato dumplings that combine my adoration of potatoes and pasta in the most perfectly delicious way!

 They are also very versatile.  I like them simply boiled with some butter, salt, pepper and cheese . . .  browned in butter like fried potatoes, with  a tomato sauce and cheese, with vegetables, with meat, with gravy . . .  you get the idea.  I love Gnocci any way I find them!

You can get them in a few different flavours also . . .  sweet potato, beetroot, etc. My favourites however are the basic old fashioned plain potato, coz I'm a simple girl like that.

This dish today is a simple vegetarian dish with a simple sauce that goes together very quickly, in a flash really.  You could call this a 15 minute supper!

Sliced mushrooms get browned in a non stick skillet with a bit of cooking spray, or if you are feeling really naughty you could use a bit of butter and oil.  (Just sayin!)

Once they are softened and beginning to turn golden, (It helps if you let them sit instead of agitating them, which makes them release their juices and you don't really want that) you add some garlic and cook until fragrant and then  . . .

The piece de resistance  . . . double/heavy cream . . .  ohhh  . . .  so rich.  So tasty . . .

You also add a nice amount of freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a goodly amount of fresh baby spinch, letting that cream bubble up and thicken and wilt the spinach . . .

 After that you toss in the gnocchi (which you've also been cooking.  Takes literally seconds.), well drained of course and a nice smidge of salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

Presto chango!  Dinner is ready!  I like to scatter some more Parmesan on top.  I grate the garnish Parmesan a bit coarser so people can see it . . . sit back and wait for the ooohs and aahhs . . .  and they will come.  Trust me.

*Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Gnocchi*
Serves 4

You can use any variety of mushroom you want for this quick, simple and delicious dish. I like chestnut mushrooms myself! 

625g fresh potato gnocchi (about 1 1/2 pounds)
375g of fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced (13 ounces, scant pound)
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
300ml double cream (1 1/4 cups)
90g baby spinach leaves (3 1/2 ounces)
25g finely grated parmesan cheese (1/3 cup)
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
salt and black pepper to taste

Cook the gnocchi according to the package directions in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water.  Drain well.  While the gnocchi are cooking soften the mushrooms in a large skillet you have lightly spritzed with low fat cooking spray.  Add the garlic and cook for a minute or so longer.  Add the ream and spinach.  Bring to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook until the spinach has wilted and the sauce thickend.  Stir in half of the cheese and season to taste with salt, black pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.  Stir the cooked and drained gnocchi into the mixture.  Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and serve immediately.

You could also add a TBS of grainy Dijon mustard to the sauce if you wanted to.  It adds a nice zip.  I didn't do that this time.  Break out the crusty bread because you are NOT going to want to miss any of that delicious sauce!  Bon Appetit!

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An obituary by Matt Schudel for the Washington Post.

Margaux Fragoso, the author of a controversial memoir that provided an intimate and often disturbing look at her 15-year involvement with a pedophile starting when she was 7, died June 23 at a hospital in Mandeville, La. She was 38.

The cause was ovarian cancer, said her husband, Tom O’Connor.

Ms. Fragoso’s book “Tiger, Tiger,” published in 2011 and translated into more than 20 languages, was widely praised for its literary style and its sensitive treatment of a forbidden topic: the long-term sexual abuse of a child.

“Picture a girl of seven or so,” she wrote, “who loves red gumballs that come from gumball machines but leaves behind the blues and the greens; a child whose sneakers are the kind with Velcro, not laces.”

“Tiger, Tiger” — the title is drawn from a poem by William Blake — focused on Ms. Fragoso’s complex experiences with a man who was 51 when they met at a public swimming pool in New Jersey. In the book, he is called Peter Curran (not his real name) and is depicted as someone possessing a perverse charisma.

She detailed the pain and coercion she received from her abuser, but she also described an affection that she could not find from her troubled parents.

“Written without self-pity, rancor or even judgment,” author Kathryn Harrison wrote in the New York Times Book Review, “ ‘Tiger, Tiger’ is the portrait of a man who will disgust and alienate readers by a writer too honest to repudiate her love for him.”

The book elicited an angry outcry from readers and advocates for sex-abuse survivors who said it was tantamount to child pornography and should never have been published.

“It is at once beautiful and appalling, a true-life ‘Lolita,’ ” journalist Wesley Yang wrote in New York magazine, “recollected in tranquillity by the victim ­herself.”

A graphic description of a sexual act, Yang wrote, “is perhaps the most indecent thing published in any major book of the last decade. It is executed with a remorseless candor that cannot fail to sear itself into the memory of whoever reads it.”

Much of Ms. Fragoso’s book revolves around her difficult home life as a child, divided between the twin poles of an angry, alcoholic father and a mentally disturbed mother who was sometimes institutionalized. When Curran entered 7-year-old Margaux’s life, she relished the attention of an adult who inhabited something of a child’s dream world: a house filled with animals, Christmas ornaments and an indoor swing.

“Hoping to make sense of what happened,” she wrote, “I began drafting my life story.”

She originally wrote “Tiger, Tiger” as a novel before reworking it as a memoir, drawing on journals she kept as a child and on letters from Curran.

“There was very little reflection in the voice,” Edvige Giunta, a teacher of Ms. Fragoso’s at New Jersey City University, said in an interview. “A reflective voice would have diminished the brutal reality. It was a literary choice . . . I would hate for Margaux Fragoso to be remembered just as a survivor of childhood molestation. She was a writer.”

Margaux Artemia Fragoso was born April 15, 1979, in West New York, N.J., and grew up in Union City, N.J. Her Puerto Rican-born father was a jeweler.

Her mother “was a mix of Norwegian, Swedish, and Japanese,” Ms. Fragoso wrote in “Tiger, Tiger,” who obsessively compiled scrapbooks about disasters. Her mother had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child, Ms. Fragoso wrote, and “had no idea how to recognize trouble, or to shield me from it.”

Ms. Fragoso graduated from New Jersey City University in 2002 and received a master’s degree in English in 2005 and a doctorate in literature and creative writing in 2009, both from the State University of New York at Binghamton. In addition to her memoir, she published poetry and fiction and had recently completed a novel.

Her first marriage, to Steve McGowan, ended in divorce. Survivors include her husband since 2010, Tom O’Connor, an English professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, and a daughter from her first marriage, Alicia McGowan, both of Mandeville, La.

In “Tiger, Tiger,” Ms. Fragoso wrote that Curran remained a part of her life until she was 22. She later learned that he had been arrested for sexual abuse of a foster daughter. When he killed himself in 2001 by jumping off a cliff, he left several suicide notes for Ms. Fragoso, including one urging her to write a memoir.

“The unabridged truth is naturally just very upsetting because people aren’t used to it,” Ms. Fragoso told the online Tottenville Review in 2011. “Some critics have thought I wasn’t openly judgmental enough of the people in the book, especially Peter. But I’m an artist, not a prosecutor. I’m not writing a manifesto; memoir is subjective.”

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A review by Mike Devlin for Victoria (Canada)’s Times Colonist.

What: Ziggy Marley
Where: Royal Theatre
When: Sunday
Rating: Four stars out of five

“Don’t let nobody stop us,” Ziggy Marley sang at one point on Sunday night, during his powerful performance at the Royal Theatre. “Free spirits have to soar.”

Marley, the eldest son of reggae pioneers Bob and Rita Marley, preached positivity during his 90-minute concert, but he also talked spirituality and politics. The 48-year-old covered all the bases, serving up sing-a-longs, hits and homeruns for the audience, who had plenty of reasons to dance on this night.

The feel of the concert was tentative at first, which had nothing to do with Marley: Signs posted inside the theatre warned patrons that dancing in the aisles would not be permitted, as per the fire department’s request. Theatre ushers did their best to contain the 1,000-person crowd, but that proved futile. Forty-five minutes into the show — during a version of the Bob Marley and the Wailers classic, Stir It Up, no less — the push and pull of those who wanted to sit and those who wanted to stand resolved itself, and the audience danced in unison for the remainder of the concert.

It would have been odd otherwise. Marley’s bouncy reggae music is made for movement.

The resident of Beverly Hills, Calif., and his eight-piece band — which included backup singers Tracy Hazzard and Kamaria Ousley, who were standouts — delivered a blazing-hot set at the same venue in 2013. This one didn’t scale the same heights, but it was hardly a disappointment. In fact, it was another full-spectrum performance from a reggae star who, it could be argued, warrants more respect than he receives.

It’s easy to write Marley off as a mere disciple of his father, given his reliance on songs by the Wailers. But his performance as part of the TD Victoria International Jazz Festival had its own merits. Wild and Free (with its refrain, “I see marijuana trees blowing in the breeze”), was especially good, thanks to an assist from his invaluable bassist, Paul Stennett. And Tomorrow People — his earliest hit — was also well received, generating a loud roar from the audience.

Marley mixed some salt with his sugar. “This is a cry for justice!” Marley said by way of an introduction to Justice, his 1990 song with Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. As per custom during his concerts, Marley shifted the song at its mid-point into Get Up, Stand Up and War, a pair of similarly political songs by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

It was during these songs that Ziggy, whose dreadlocks reached to his knees, mirrored his father both in sound and visage.

“We’re celebrating an anniversary this year,” Marley said, pointing out that his father’s Exodus album turned 40 earlier this month. “We want to celebrate with you.”

And celebrate they did, delivering three of the album’s most enduring songs (Jamming, One Love and Exodus) in full flight during his encore.

Marley’s voice failed him on occasion, especially on Exodus, but his crackling energy provided more than enough compensation. He was constantly in motion, running, dancing and hopping for every second he was on stage, which is apparently a family trait. His sons Gideon and Abraham came on stage near the end and kept pace with their father (another son, one-year-old Isaiah, was standing on stage in the wings for the duration as well).

Marley’s concert, only his second in Victoria during his 32-year career, proved there is nothing like reggae music when it’s done well, especially during the summer months. Reggae lets people move about freely through dance. And everyone from infants to older folks bought into that philosophy Sunday night. It was something to see.

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A report by Shirley Gomes for Latin Times.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which has honored star celebrities on Hollywood Boulevard for more than 96 years, has included two Latino artists on the 2018 Walk of Fame award winners list. Within the new group of entertainment professionals in the categories of Motion Pictures, Television, Live Theatre/Live Performance, Radio and Recording we can find singer-songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” and actress Zoe Saldaña, known for her roles on “Avatar” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Saldaña is part of the category of cinema along with other actors that will be recognized as well. Jack Black, Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Lawrence, Gina Lollobrigida, among others. Miranda appears in the section of theater and performances with Charles Aznavour and the late Bernie Mac.

Other television artists who will have the opportunity to unveil their star on the Walk of Fame are Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul Charles, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, among others.

Also in the line of music, the achievements of Mary J. Blige, Richard Branson, Petula Clark, Harry Connick, Jr., Ice T, Snoop Dogg, Carrie Underwood and “Weird Al” Yankovic will be also recognized.

According to the Walk of Fame Selection Committee these honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors.

“The Walk of Fame Selection Committee is pleased to announce our newest honorees to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Committee looked carefully at each nominee and we feel that we have selected an eclectic group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world,” said Vin Di Bona, Walk of Famer and Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee for 2017. “As a Walk of Famer myself, I know these honorees will remember the dedication of their stars with great memories and will be proud that they are part of Hollywood’s history now and forever. We look forward to their big day as the Walk of Fame Class of 2018 becomes cemented one by one on the most famous sidewalk in the world!”

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon, and approximately 30 star ceremonies are annually broadcasted around the world. It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $40,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a charitable foundation.

The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame.



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A report by Kate Feldman for the New York Daily News.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” debuted a new single off “The Hamilton Mixtape” Wednesday with a powerful message behind it.

The song, “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done),” comes from a lyric from the “Hamilton” song “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)” and features rappers K’naan, Residente, Riz MC (Riz Ahmed) and Snow Tha Product — respectively, a Somali Canadian, a Puerto Rican, a British Pakistani and a Mexican-American.

The music video focuses on immigrants around the country, working in sweat shops and on farms, as well as imagery of ICE raids.

“This election cycle has brought xenophobia and vilification of immigrants back to the forefront of US politics,” Miranda wrote on Genius.

“This is a musical counterweight.”

This week, he also launched the “Ham4All” contest, which encourages fans to donate $10 to an immigrant rights coalition, organized by the Hispanic Federation.

The federation says online that its goal is to “provide life-changing services — legal representation, advocacy, and ‘know your rights’ awareness campaigns, and much more — to immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who come to us in search of the American Dream.”

Donors who also post videos of themselves singing “Hamilton” songs online will be entered into a contest to win tickets to the show’s Los Angeles opening on Aug. 11.


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Thursday June 29 at 7pm.

Join the Art Center or a special evening with Wyatt Gallery to discuss and sign copies of his new book “Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean” (Schiffer, winter 2017). With over 200 stunning color images by the award-winning photographer, the book highlights the fascinating and little known history of the earliest Jewish communities of the New World, as seen through the remaining historic sites in Barbados, Curaçao, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Eustatius, and Suriname. These synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere, reveal the strength of the Jewish people and the surprisingly diverse cultural history of the Caribbean. The photographs were taken from 2009 to 2015 and are organized by location and in chronological order by the earliest known Jewish communities.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase after the discussion.

The 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave.

New York, NY 10128

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A report by Davina Henry for Jamaica’s Gleaner.

After their spectacular performance at the Groovin’ In The Park concert, held at the Roy Wilkins Park in New York on the weekend, reggae artiste Tarrus Riley and musician Dean Fraser both received State Senate proclamations from New York.

Tarrus’ father, the late Jimmy Riley, received his award posthumously. Jimmy was honoured for his profound love and commitment to Caribbean music, art and culture.

“It’s very nice. It’s very good to know that people are showing love and respect. We’ve worked beyond hard, I’m living my dream. This is what I want to do my whole life. my father would have loved this,” Tarrus told The Gleaner.

The award was presented by New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton.

“To be recognised by the State of New York is a real accomplishment. I just want to say that I am very grateful and honoured,” Dean Fraser said.

Other reggae artistes who received State Senate proclamations at the event included Leroy Sibbles, Freddie McGregor, Daddy U-roy and Ken Boothe.


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A report by Cecelia Campbell-Livingston for Jamaica’s Gleaner.

The BarriVision-produced Christian movie 70 x Seven , copped top awards at the recently concluded CaribbeanLens Film Festival in Hollywood, California. The Gleaner caught up with writer and director Judith Falloon-Reid, who shared her joy on the victory. “We are very excited to have been awarded Best Inspirational Film, given that the festival was in the land of film and the judges were all experienced industry people,” she said, adding that it has also given her the zeal to embrace other projects.

Falloon-Reid says the feedback were great everywhere the film was screened, .

“We get a lot of laughter and even some tears and audiences generally expressed how the film makes them think twice about people in their lives whom they have discarded,” she shared.

The full-length feature film, produced in partnership with Church on the Rock, Ocho Rios, is the third faith-based film written, directed and produced by the husband-and-wife BarriVision Films team of Michael Brown and Judith Falloon-Reid.

The film, is a modern-day story that mirrors the Bible story of the Prodigal Son. It surrounds a reggae superstar who returns home to Ocho Rios to chill out after some misfortune overseas. He arrives in the midst of preparations for a gospel song competition in which his sister is a competitor. The reggae superstar returns to his family and former church, where news of his misfortunes have already made the headlines and battle lines are drawn on all sides.


Now allowing herself the luxury of evaluating the film’s performance, Falloon-Reid says she has no doubts the movie has done what she intended it to.

“It reached people with a message of love and forgiveness. We have had question-and -answer sessions after many screenings and got first-hand feedback,” she informed.

This is the third time BarriVision has copped an international awards.

Their first film, Just Another Friday, was awarded Best Jamaican Feature Film at the International Jamaica Reggae Film Festival in 2013 and copped awards for Most Inspirational Film and Best Music Score at the Central Florida Christian Festival in 2014. The second film, The Gift Everlasting, won the award for Best Female Director, in the Faith category at the Florida Movie Festival in 2015 and is being screened at the Chicago Caribbean Film Festival 2017.

Looking ahead, Falloon-Reid says she has already began working on Just Another Friday 2, with Jamaica Youth for Christ, which is set to be released at the end of this year, hopefully to complete the JYC’s celebration of 70 years.

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A report by Seb Kelly for WIC News.

An official funeral will be held for George Washington Archibald this Friday.

Better known as Washy, the man of many talents – educator, social and political commentator, author, historian, and an editor and regular contributor to several newspapers in the federation – died on 20 June.

He was 83.

The funeral will be held at the Zion Moravian Church in Basseterre at 2pm.

It is anticipated that a large crowd will gather to pay their final respects.

Prime Minister Timothy Harris and his cabinet extended condolences to the family and friends of Archibald, noting that he “will best be remembered for his passion for helping adult learners and persons with learning disabilities.”

Last week Denzil Douglas, leader of the opposition and a former prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, said Archibad’s legacy in the field of education is testimony to all Kittitians and Nevisians who he tutored not only as a civil servant and principal but also as a private instructor.

“Thousands of persons with various skills, diplomas, degrees and professions are indebted to him,” said Douglas during his weekly radio programme on KYSS 102.5 FM.

Outstanding national

Born on 18 May 1934, Archibald served as a teacher and principal at various institutions before establishing The St Kitts Business College.

He later founded and ran Project Strong.

According to the St Kitts and Nevis Information Service, Washy played an integral role in the political tapestry of the country and often took to the airwaves in an effort to educate the nation on his social, economic and political views for the development of the federation.

In 2015, Archibald was one of seven outstanding nationals of St Kitts and Nevis who was conferred with the Independence Awards for his contribution to the development of the federation.

He was bestowed with the Companion Star of Merit award for his contribution to Education.

In 1998, the Basseterre Junior High School was upgraded to a high school and renamed Washington Archibald High School in his honour.

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Today, a reader asked me about Juan Pablo and the Butterflies, by JJ Flowers. Out this year (2017) from Simon and Schuster, today's question rings a bell. I think someone asked about it before. Anyway--here's the description:

After facing a vicious drug cartel in Mexico’s Monarch Butterfly sanctuary, Juan Pablo and his best friend Rocio risk everything and try to escape the cartel’s henchmen—determined to pursue them at all costs—by following the butterflies’ migration all the way to California.

I did a quick look-inside and see three passages with the word "Indian" in them. Here is the first one:

The text is this: "Following his abuela's suggestion, he and Rocio had built an Indian tepee in the forest just beyond the meadow." This tepee is a secret. There, Juan Pablo and Rocio play imaginary games... like Indians. Rocio plays "the chief" and Juan Pablo plays "the brave. Like many of you, I'm wondering if kids in Mexico play Indian in the way that kids in the US do.

In the second passage, Juan Pablo and Rocio are on "an old Indian path." He thinks that Indians lived there after the Aztecs and before the Spaniards. I wonder who he's thinking the "Indians" were, exactly? There's a lot of Native nations in California... still there... not gone...

There's one more passage... about an "old Indian" prediction about spider webs.

If I get a copy of the book, I'll be back with a review. If you've got it and want to say a bit about it, please submit a comment.

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      . . . . So non-inclined to deal with social media, blogs, any of it these days.  I am online a great deal, digging through newspapers published in the Red River Valley in 1880 - 1911, among other online activities. I keep up with a variety of news (current affairs / politics) sites.  I write a lot, including in my journal, in my Word program.  But I've had no energy to write online, for some reason.

There's a great deal going on in the offline life, all kinds of things, and some of it, believe it or not, is actually positive for us personally, in many ways, including paying work, despite the political billionaires' and religious whackos' derangement of objective, ideology, utterance, attitude and action having taken over seemingly the whole world, except -- maybe -- for France? 








Therefore, perhaps it is particularly rude of us to keep laughing at the French as we make our way through Capetian France 987 - 1328?  This is the read-aloud-before-bed book that succeeded Havana and the Atlantic in the Sixteenth Century (el V's favorite century!) which was all about the plundering, corsairing, privateering and pirating of Spain's ports, ships and fleets by all of Europe's powers in mostly the 16th century, through about 1628.


Both of these books have been terrific reads, before bed, hough in a different ways. It was particularly pleasant to have them when I went down with a very nasty virus two weeks ago, and couldn't read for myself.  One of the symptoms was eyes that watered constantly, making vision iffy at best -- not to mention the lack of concentration. What I did mostly during that period was lie in the dark, listening to book streamed from Overlook.


     . . . . As far as the Capetians are concerned -- what is up with us and the French and laughter? As soon as el V and I began reading my history of the Capets with each other, as opposed to me reading the book by myself, we got the giggles.  Evidently even when they weren't French, but Goths (Merovingians) and Franks (Carolingians), which is when this laughter began earlier in the year, they were sufficiently French to be amusing and good company?


The Capetian monarchy is not only post-Carolingia, but post Vikings and the Dark Ages. We begin to see what political historians have called feudalism as an administrative organizational structure becoming the predominate system, along with the proliferation of castle-building -- which reached its peak in France in the 11th century. 

I'm getting a sense that with the Norse now integrated into Francia at every level of society (though probably not in the peasantry?), so much of what they severely disrupted in the kingdoms after Charlemagne was no longer around to hold things together, in many ways all systems from trade and taxes to governance and land holdings had greatly stabilized.  In other words we have now entered what historians used to regard as the Middle Ages and have emerged out of what historians used to call the Dark Ages. 

By the way, the Norman kingdoms were very well organized and administered, the best of them all. As far as we've gotten, the Normans are about poised to take over kingdoms in Sicily and southern Italy -- not to mention England. 

This is so interesting! But, I wonder, if anywhere else in this vast, densely populated city, in June, 2017, anyone else is considering these matters? I have the feeling that only here, in this apartment, in this building, is this happening. One indication is that these books from the graduate school library haven't been taken out in years and years. And their publication all date from the 1970's, at the latest.



      . . . . What have I listened to?  The most entertaining was James Buchanan: The Worst President Ever (2016) by sports journalist >!< Robert Strauss. It's a fairly light-hearted treatment of the guy who did nothing to keep the Union together (though he did a lot to allow it to fall apart, They Say).  There are lengthy digressions into the author's own childhood and the father with whom as a boy he shared an obsession for US presidential trivia.  There are further lengthy digressions into playing basketball at his gym and elsewhere in Philadelphia, where he was born and continues to live, and more yet about his wife and daughter.  His historical method, as far as it goes, is to compare and contrast Buchanan's biography and presidency with that of the other 44 (as of his writing) presidents, to make the case that Buchanan was The Worst Ever.  However, Buchanan's got a real run for his title going these days.  One wonders if the author would have been so off-handed about the mess JB helped make if he were putting the book together today.  OTOH, in the stuperous state of my whole sick system, that was about as much cogitation as I could manage.



I listened to two novels via Overlook. The first was Daphne DuMaurier's Frenchman's Creek (1941).  She was so good at what she did.  And one must get to the very end to see just how good at it she was.  Through much of the book one of the lesser character's wife is pregnant.  He's deeply concerned about his wife and the coming delivery, hoping for the best, fearing for the worst, which was the outcome far too often in the 17th century of King Charles II, which is the time the book takes place.  That this becomes a major plot  point won't even be clear until the very end!  I was so impressed.




The second novel was Ann Cleeves's second title in her Shetland Islands series, White Nights.  I've read all the others but it took this long for the replacements to show up at the NYPL after the others were worn out.  In my opinion this one is far superior to the others.  






I am also listening to three other fascinating, books, The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad (2013) by Lesley Hazleton (NPR review hereThe Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee: The War They Fought, the Peace They Forged (2015) by William Davis

A UK Guardian review of the book here.

 -- and the brilliant The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land (2010) by Thomas Asbridge.  This latter is big -- 784 pages -- because he tells the politics of the crusades from both Christian and Islam's contexts of the times.  I've been listening to it for weeks, as one can only check out an audio stream book for a maximum of 3 weeks, and I usually only listen to them while working out. It's a popular title and then I have to wait until whoever else had it on hold expires it to get it back again.  (The Overlook system that has highjacked all the public library systems is truly awful and stupid in every way.)  I've now reached the fifth crusade.

It's really been books this month, far more than television / movies, due to my eyes being so bad from being sick.

Modern kitchen and bathroom remodel

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:17 pm
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Posted by KiM

It has been quite some time since we featured a project by Dieter Vander Velpen Architects so we were excited when Dieter emailed with some photos of another project. This time it is the remodel of a kitchen and bathroom in a 70's villa near the Belgian town of Leuven. The brief was to create an open, bright kitchen with plenty of workspace and a clutterless look. For the bathroom, the main request was to create a luxurious and calming atmosphere on a limited surface. The kitchen is a modern dream - I ADORE cooking niches like this one, featuring a countertop in polished granite and backsplash in hammered granite. The island is pretty fabulous too where 5 different materials come together: black Zimbabwe granite, dark stained Walnut veneer, polished Calacatta marble, patinated bronze and the black lacquered Vola taps. In the bathroom it is all about beautiful travertine. The results are timeless, modern, understated luxury. (Photos: Thomas De Bruyne)

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My offering for this round of Holmestice:
Nostoi, by [ profile] sanguinity for [ profile] disheveledcurls
Шерлок Холмс (New Russian Holmes) x The Lost World
Holmes & Watson
Post-Reichenbach, Crossover, Action/Adventure, Hurt/Comfort, Happy Ending
Teen; No Archive Warnings Apply
approx 21,000 words

Holmes wants to see the last European pterodactyl safely home. Watson just wants to see Holmes happy again.

Comprehensive spoilers for the final episode of New Russian Holmes; light spoilers for Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. No specific knowledge of the novel is required.

Copious thanks to [personal profile] language_escapes and [personal profile] grrlpup for beta, and to [personal profile] smallhobbit for Britpick.

…or as I've been referring to it: Two Men in a Boat, To Say Nothing of the Pterodactyl.

(Two men in many boats! Oh, but I regret that I couldn't squeeze in a joke about Hélène sailing a thousand ships. Watson's FML would have been epic.)

Commentary: The Last European Pterodactyl )

~ ~ ~

Back when I was still poking around for a story idea, I put a bunch of Challenger-related books on reserve. I used essentially none of it, but it was fairly entertaining reading. Spoilers for everything!

Professor Challenger stories, plus a few Challenger-adjacent things )

Oh, one last item from Prothero's book: Doyle wrote the South American tepuis as capable of sheltering their ecosystems from the ravages of climate change. In fact, the situation is exactly the opposite: the unique ecosystems on the top of the tepuis are incredibly vulnerable to climate change. In many other places in the world, threatened species can attempt to flee to adjacent regions, chasing their preferred conditions, but the tepuis are so climatologically discontinuous with their surroundings that there's nowhere to flee to. So yeah, there's a lot of cool shit up on top of these South American plateaus, but it's all getting hit mega-hard by climate change. :-(

A Modern Picnic Basket!

Jun. 28th, 2017 05:45 am
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Posted by Joy

A Modern Picnic Basket DIY

Did you know I love a good picnic? Especially when they are unexpected and you just decide one day to gather up some friends and go hang in a field with some snacks. Picnic baskets feels old fashioned in some ways, but still so fun and novelty in other ways. Today, we're sharing this Modern Picnic Basket to make for yourself or someone else who loves a good picnic! Here's how...

You'll need:

- wire basket
- faux leather/vinyl fabric (ours was from The Fabric Store)
- hot glue gun
- scissors

A Modern Picnic Basket DIY

Here's how:

1. To make the straps, measure two strips of faux leather that are 2" x 22" and cut.

2. Cut two more strips that are 2" x 19".

3. Center the shorter strip on top of the longer one, leaving 1-1/2" on either end.

4. Glue the two strips together, with the backs facing each other. Repeat with remaining strips.

5. To attach, loop the handle through the basket, and fold over the 1-1/2" on the end, and glue to itself. Repeat with the other side and remaining handle.

6. Cut another strip 2-1/2" x  47". You may need to hot glue two pieces together since it's such a long strip.

7. Weave through the basket and finish with hot glue.

A Modern Picnic Basket DIY

Fill your basket with picnic-perfect treats and enjoy! This would also make a very fun gift for a housewarming, hostess gift, or really just to say, "You're awesome. Come have a picnic with me!"

Items shown: Calhoun & Co. blanket, Calhoun & Co. striped pillow, Oh Joy! for Target glasses, Meri Meri glitter stir sticks, Willful Goods salad servers, Fido mason jar, Anthropologie plates, Sarah Sherman Samuel napkins, Target plastic canisters (past season)

{Photos by Lily Glass. Styling by Julia Wester, crafting by Jess Hong.}

Bathing beauty

Jun. 28th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by midcenturyjo

It's a such lovely bathroom. The stone tiles, the freestanding bath, that shower. But it's the blue vanity that packs the design punch. Simple yet stylish. By Sydney-based Rhys Jones Interior Architecture

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In case anyone's got some spare cash they found down the back of the sofa:

The National Immigration Law Center have donation-matching up to $100,000 to help them create a Rapid Response Fund:

Donate to NILC

Planned Parenthood Action have donation-matching up to $350,000:

Donate to PP

The Climate Science Legal Defence Fund have matching up to $50,000:

Donate to the CSLDF

The National Network of Abortion Funds have matching up to $50,000, and their solicitation e-mail ends "Let’s fund abortion, build power, and radically love each other," bless them (they're also the only organization I've encountered where a staff member has their preferred pronouns in their sig, which makes me feel warm and fuzzy):

Donate to the NNAF

If you know of others, please comment!

(X-posted to [community profile] thisfinecrew.)
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Posted by Phil Yu

Trailer for upcoming action thriller promises a darker, revenge-ier Jackie Chan.

Jackie Chan is not messing around anymore. While the 63-year-old international action star is known for his comedic physicality and upbeat everyman hero roles, the new trailer for the upcoming thriller The Foreigner promises Chan in full-on Revenge Dad mode, à la Taken. And that means a lot of people are gonna die.

Chan plays a humble London businessman Quan, whose long-buried past (cue vintage photo of young shirtless Jackie) erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when his teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist blast. In his search for the identity of the bombers, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official, played by Pierce Brosnan, whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the killers.

Note the look on Jackie Chan's face. That's a look that says I am going to kill all the terrorists.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 04:32 am
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Posted by midcenturyjo

A beauiful balanced of style versus function with an East Coast meets West Coast vibe. Layers of texture and a neutral palette. Style, personality and comfort. Yes please. Franklin contemporary rustic by Nashville-based design firm bureau.





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