Don’t Be So Snooty, Small Towns Have Museums and Performing Arts, Too

I grew up not far from Turlock and have to confess I was both surprised and pleased to see what cool exhibitions the Carnegie attracts. An exhibition of Picasso’s Madoura pottery where you’re not jostling with a bunch of other visitors for a view? Yes, please. The current Mucha exhibition is well curated too.

Carnegie Arts Center

The Problem Is That Too Many People Feel Unwelcome in Galleries and Theaters

Growing up, my siblings and I were surrounded by art. In our house, jazz and opera were always playing, literature lined the shelves, and the work of local artists hung on the walls. My father taught theater history at California State University, Stanislaus, in Turlock, directed plays, and even acted now and then. My mother, an accomplished musician, played piano, organ, and guitar. Both made sure my siblings and I were exposed to museums, live theater, and music. We saw just about every play my father directed at Stan State. My parents rarely took the two-hour drive into San Francisco without at least some of my five siblings tagging along. The theaters at the American Conservatory Theater, the Legion of Honor, the de Young museum, and the San Francisco Museum…

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Boy Thought His Father Was A Loser, Realizes He Was Completely Wrong

Commence waterworks.

Thought Catalog

We all have our misconceptions. This boy in the video believed that his father is a loser. He believed that his father was uninspiring and was poor. This clouded his judgment and spurned him to not be like his father. Although he thought he was happy escaping poverty, he didn’t see his father for what he actually was. Now it’s too late for him and his father. Commence the tears. [tc-mark]

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Art by Mail: A Seasonal Flashback

Mail art, so cool! I’m a sucker for buying cute stationery and sharing it with friends through the mail, but I’ve never actually given the envelopes the scrapbook treatment. Cool idea.

the suburban pen pal

Hello again! I hope you’ve all had a chance to check out the Making Mail documentary trailer. I can’t wait to see the film! I’ve been delinquint again in posting, but I’m proud to say that I did manage to get some holiday mail out this year. Surprisingly, I actually stuck to the same theme for all of my holiday mail, which never happens. I ended up using my new how-to books on masonry and electrical (thank you Savers!). Anyway, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a very happy new year!

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Blossoms at dusk

20120404-191845.jpgOn my evening bike ride, I stopped at this corner parklet tucked into the hillside neighborhood where I live and finally took a picture of these tufts of blooms, pale pink and so profuse. Often I simply whiz right by them in my car, but as dusk fell tonight, I thought, Why not? and looped around for a shot. Couldn’t resist.

I just wish I could pin twinkly Venus in the upper left quadrant there. Not PhotoShopping, though.

Hahaha, that is freaking awesome.


This past weekend I visited my parents in Oberlin, Ohio.  Peaceful and quiet is an understatement when it comes to describing Oberlin.  You’re more likely to hear a student practicing the bagpipes (we did) than the honking of car horns or police sirens.  On a day to day basis, not much happens in town, so imagine my surprise and delight when I not only spied two vintage German automobiles, but also happened to have my camera with me!

They were just about to drive away…

Photo of two vintage German automobiles from 1957 and 1962, taken by Joana Miranda

But he couldn’t figure out how to put it in reverse.

Photo of white German vintage 3-wheeled automobile, taken by Joana Miranda

The driver of the blue auto hopped out to give some advice…

Photo of 3-wheeled German vintage auto with top open, taken by Joana Miranda

While I ran around the back to get a picture of the dashboard.

Photo of interior of vintage German automobile, taken by Joana Miranda

Mr. Black Beret was very friendly…

Photo of cute guy in black beret in white vintage German automobile, taken by Joana Miranda

And offered to get out so that I could have a seat.

Photo of Joana in white German vintage automobile, taken by Joana Miranda

Having mastered reverse, Mr. Black Beret put the car in gear…

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