A Magnificent Funeral

For those who love Huysmans' A ReboursI have decided today to design a funeral Huysmans would love!

Magnificent eco-coffin... you can use your own images too!

Photo-carved headstone...

Carry an appropriate parasol!
Mirror to watch yourself crying.

18th Century stoup to bless yourself.

Mourning jewelry made with human hair.

Jesus coat hanger to hang your robes.

For the mourning table of treats - a wonderful candle holder.

Serve this cake!
Dress the servers in this costume.

Line the walls with these book boxes...

And read from the transcripts of Joan of Arc's trial.


Tears - the smaller storms

And yes, tears too are storms.

"If you have tears, prepare to shed them now." William Shakespeare

"In any really good subject, one has only to probe deep enough to come to tears." Edith Wharton

"If it were possible to cure evils by lamentation and to raise the dead with tears, then gold would be a less valuable thing than weeping." Sophocles

"It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury." Thomas Moore

"It is such a secret place, the land of tears." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears." Albert Camus

"Tears are the noble language of the eye." Robert Herrick

"Tears are the silent language of grief." Voltaire

Celebrating Storms

For those who live in the NYC area, you were privileged to see the lightning around 7pm on Sunday. Never have I seen such patterns and clouds. It made me think about how storms make most people depressed, but they have always always made me euphoric. They are a sign that chaos is reigning, and all rules are broken in the natural world. My favorite quote in MacBeth is "Let it come down." I wrote my master's thesis on Shakespeare's fools and the Renaissance concept of individuality, and one of the most tangible forms of expression of this very birthing of a perspective is manifested in storms. How can you not love that? So, today I will share with you some photos and some fabulous quotes celebrating storms.

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." Aeschylus

"Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” Vincent Van Gogh

“This world to me is like a lasting storm, whirring me from my friends.” Shakespeare

“It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” Frederick Douglass

“They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.” Dorothy Parker


Silly Wonderful

Today is a silly day for me, so why not share it?

The Bazaarium is such a great place for fun images.

Married to the Sea for hilarious comics.

Mutts by Patrick McDonnell is the sweetest animal strip ever, and NO ONE can draw a paw like Patrick can!

Krazy Kat - the all-time best!

If you don't know of the romance between Archy the cockroach and Mehitabel the cat, then you must read now!



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