Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Author Speed Dating!

Sponsored by the Library Foundation of Hillsboro!

Ever wanted to just sit and chat with an author? Find out where all those ideas come from; maybe even find out how to bring your own zany stories to life? Well, come on down to the library on Wednesday, Oct 30th and you’ll get your chance to learn more about how the magic happens with a whole room full of Pacific Northwest authors! Light refreshment will be served. Learn more about NIWA at

Monday, October 21, 2013

Photo Blast of Rome

How can I describe the massive experience that is Rome? I can't. So here are a bunch of photographs.

The impossibly blue sky over the Colosseum.

Umbrella Pines at the Imperial Palace

The Boxer of Quirinal, a bronze of 330 BC.

A sarcophagus. Check that crazy detail!

The center of Rome, in the Forum.

Trajan's column.

The Pantheon. Appropriately a busker was playing Stairway to Heaven in the courtyard!

The enormity of the Colosseum.

Athena will mess you up!

Augustus as the Pontifex Maximus.

The head and hand of Constantine.

Reclining Dionysus.

A dramatic corner of the Baths of Caracalla.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The only photograph of Florence you will ever need.

You cannot go to Florence without seeing Michelangelo's David. 

It's hard to describe how truly epic this sculpture is. No photograph can truly capture it's emotion and passion.

Except, maybe this one:
From the Women's Restroom at the Accademia.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

More Florence

While we were in Florence, we also visited the Piazza del Duomo. Wikipedia says this is one of the most visited places in Europe, and boy, I can believe it. 

Exterior shot, including the lines to get in.

The whole thing is flipping gorgeous!
I did the best I could with my little iPhone.


On the way to the altar.

A beautiful, peace side chapel.
You get the altar, then look up, and Wow!

God and Jesus being awe-inspiring.

The Bapististery, with the famous Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti. MAGNIFICENT!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Welcome to Florence, Italy!

Have some stairs.

Yes, it is true, Italy is full of stairs. Tall stairs, endless stairs, curving stairs, and marble stairs.

Fortunately, the views are worth all the stairs!

Our first stop in Florence was the Pallazo Medici Riccardi.


Caracalla. You can really get a feel for how brutal he was.

This one was labeled Sovrano Ellenistico.

I really loved the expression on this guy. He is the Atleta Riccardi.

Meeting rooms with massive frescoes.

The world's coolest ostrich painting.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Florence, Italy.

The most handsome man in Florence.
The four of us (me, The Charming Man, The Flaming Chef, Dr. Snickerdoodle) arrived in Florence, Italy, after 27 hours of traveling.

No, it didn't need to be that long.

Yes, we were exhausted.

But! We were in Florence, bitches!!

Home of the Renaissance! Home of fashion, home of the de Medici, home of truly excellent gelato.

Here are some random pictures:
The view from our hotel room.
Truly excellent modern art to go with the history.

Florence is also the home of Pinocchio!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Viva Italy!

For the last two weeks, The Charming Man, the Flaming Chef, his husband Dr. Snickerdoodle, and I have been on vacation in...*drum roll*

The Pantheon in Rome.
And it was cooler than even my deepest imagination.

We visited Florence, Rome, and Pompeii.
And over the next few weeks, I'm going to share some of the amazing photos we took there.

Like this one:
Fashion in Rome!

And this one, too.
Mosaics saved from the Baths of Caracalla
Let's go exploring the pleasures of this magical land!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Learning who you are.

I have had the honor and the pleasure of modeling with Michael Baxter, the genius of belly dance photography.
I never knew I had mystery inside.
Michael was gracious enough to experiment with me. The images he coaxed from me and his equipment showed me aspects of myself that I never knew existed.

If you asked me to describe myself, I would always say I was a little funny looking. I'm far from petite or graceful and - let's not mince words - overweight.

But Michael showed me a part of myself that was strong, passionate, and, yes, beautiful.  I learned a valuable lesson that day:

I no longer could justify my self-loathing.  

I wish everyone could have the experience of working with a gifted and empathic photographer. I wish you could discover the parts of yourself that you do not see.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Question of the Ages.

Today's topic:
Men's underwear.
The Seducer, by Gregg Homme

What is the sexiest to you?