We enlarged our shower stall and substituted a wall for a shower curtain. This summer I finally got around to painting it. The difference color makes is incredible. White, obviously, illuminates the whole area. But to animated it a bit, fake tiles were painted instead of just a block of white color.
The easiest way to change the look of any room is with color!
Congratulations to Neil Young and Daryl Hannah for their new gig.
Neil Young Ecologist
Neil Young likes ponchos and classic cars (he even makes watercolors of them!). But, since these cars are gas guzzlers, Young’s gotten involved with trying to transform them into electric hybrids with no emissions and high mileage.
Often referred to as an environmentalist, Young hates Monsanto and, to criticize their food mutating ways, has recorded The Monsanto Years. Focusing on profit and not health puts all of us at risk.
Young will go on tour to promote the album. He will be travelling with the group Promise of The Real whose members include two of Willie Nelson’s sons. Willie, himself, is also an outspoken critic of Monsanto.
Using music as a form of protest is not new to Young. He wrote Southern Man to describe the racism towards Blacks in American’s South. Young also wrote the powerful Ohio about the four Kent State students killed by the National Guard in 1970.
But Young’s songs are not just about protests. They reflect the 1960s mindshift promoting social awareness. Alternative ways to approaching the world were sought often leading to drugs and their “mind expanding” properties. Experimentation became the norm.
Myth has it that Young wrote Cinnamon Girl, Cowgirl In The Sand and Down By The River all in one afternoon while in bed with a high fever. The year was c. 1969.
I did some on-line research hoping to find explanations for the lyrics of these three songs and came to the conclusion that Young, himself, probably couldn’t explain them now.
Hippie love, Be Here Now, herbal teas and a return to nature is what cinnamon girls are about. They also like running around at night chasing the moonlight.
Cowgirl In The Sand
Hippie cowgirls are not the same as country cowgirls just like hard rock is not the same as country rock. Cowgirls in the sand are liberated and, believing in sexual emancipation, practice free love which sometimes freaks out the boys.
Down By The River
Even Love and Peace chanters have problems controlling their emotions. This guy got tired of being dragged over rainbows by his girlfriend so he shot her. Unfortunately, 45 years later, there is a worldwide epidemic of women slaughtering.
Recently, the ecologist Young dumped his wife of 36 years for the ex-actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah. They are eco lovers.
This article was posted on the now non-existent cynthiakorzekwa.com August 2015. I repost it now in celebration of the recent marriage of Neil and Daryl. Neil Young’s music (along with Crosby, Stills, and Nash) was the muzak of my teenage years.
“Art is the child of imagination and gives life.” Mirka Mora (1928-2018)
Mirka Zelik Mora (1928-2018) recently died. Born in France, in 1942 Mirka, along with other Jewish family members, lived in the forest to avoid arrest and deportation. Soon after the war, she married Georges Mora and the two migrated to Australia. They settled in Melbourne where George became an art dealer and Mirka began painting. They also opened the Mirka Café. Known for her joie de vivre, Mirka not only painted on canvas, she painted on walls as well.
Mirka Mora in front of her Flinders St Railway station mural. The restored mural was first opened in 1986. Foto by Penny Stephens.
But Mirka was not the only woman who felt the need to fill her world with color:
Polina Raïko (1928-2004) via The Ivan Honchar Folk Art Museum
Maude Lewis (1903-1970) via Home Is Where The Art Is foto by Steve Farmer
Anežka Kašpárková via Street Artist is a 91 Year Old Czech Granny
Mithila Painting via Mithila Painting: It has faced disasters
Bonaria Carmela Manca (born 1925) via BONARIA MANCA AND DESTINY
Enni Id (1900-1992) via Enni Id’s Cabin
The painted Mandé village via FESTIVAL BOGO JA
Related: Old Women Who Paint On Their Walls + BONARIA MANCA , Biennale Arte Viterbo video in Italian + How Polish Women Reclaimed Folk Art by Giving It an Urban Twist + Bonaria Manca Website + After viewing Philippe Mora’s film Monsieur Mayonnaise (2016) + Diaries, petticoats and copious research: a rare glimpse into Mirka Mora’s artistic process + About Art: The treasures of Maud Lewis + MIrka Mora’s life in pictures + The Polish village of Zalipie where the women paint their houses + Mirka Mora x Gorman
As it often happens on internet, images are posted without the name of the photographer. My apologies in advanced to the photographers. The images I’ve used, though, have at least been linked to the site they came from.
Today on my Twitter account I came across an article that spoke of: “evidence that ancient paleolithic venus statues were made by women who were examining their own bodies and sculpting them from their own point of view, not, as previously assumed, exaggerated features from an outside perspective.”
I found the theory extremely interesting in terms of women and their self image so immediately reposted it on my Facebook page only to learn a few minutes later that my post had been censored because it hadn’t followed “Community Standards”.
This is what I posted:
So I clicked on “Community Standards” just to see what kind of rule I’d broken and could only assume that they were referring to rule # 14:
We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content. Additionally, we default to removing sexual imagery to prevent the sharing of non-consensual or underage content. Restrictions on the display of sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless it is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes.
Our nudity policies have become more nuanced over time. We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause, or for educational or medical reasons. Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content. For example, while we restrict some images of female breasts that include the nipple, we allow other images, including those depicting acts of protest, women actively engaged in breast-feeding, and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.
Since the photo I’d posted was obviously linked to an article that had in its title “ ancient Paleolithic venus statues”, it was obvious that the photo referred to sculpture thus, according to “Community Standards”, permissible. However, why was the following photo permitted on FB (shared and shared again infinite times):
The above photo (originally published in a “men’s magazine”) is not art and, in my opinion, could even be considered pornographic in that it obviously has the intention of stimulating sexual excitement. For Facebook this is ok by “community standards” whereas a photo of a 30,000 year old Venus Statue and related research is not.
Well let me tell you Facebook, when ”community standards” feel it’s ok to use a woman’s body in such a manner as to excite patriarchal fantasies simultaneously using diamonds that have been mined by forced child labor and furs acquired by the skinning of innocent animals, there’s a problem in how “community standards” are set.
A woman’s body is not vulgar. The vulgarity comes from who manipulates it. And censoring a photo that helps to explain a Paleolithic Venus statue in terms of women and their sense of identity is not only vulgar, it’s blatant misogyny.
This past June I became involved in a ladies’ group embroidery project. And for this project I’m making a huipil using female votive figures as a point of departure. As you can see, all of the images are based on these figurines. The censored article was directly related to an art project that I’m working on and I wanted to share the information with the group via FB.
The FB people need to adjust their “community standards” and understand the difference between Naked and Nude. The votives are nudes, the woman with the diamond bracelets is naked. Nude comes from nature, naked comes from male mentality. Furthermore, Facebook algorithms are not substitutes for ethics, good taste, and/or common sense.
Related: Toward Decolonizing Gender, Female Vision in the Upper Paleolithic + Were the Cave Paintings Painted by Women?
Before and After
The first thing I do every morning is go out on the terrace to look at the plants. It gives me a buzz. This morning there was a closed hibiscus that, abracadabra, right before my eyes opened up.
Years ago I read that hibiscus tea was good for your health mainly because of the Vitamin C. So I would pick up fallen hibiscus flowers to make tea. The results were horrific so I stopped doing it. Obviously my technique needed improvement.
After reading how hibiscus tea is good for high blood pressure and cholesterol, I decided to go to internet and research some more. There’s much information out there but also much disinformation so what to do?
One recipe says to take an opened flower (must be red) and, after removing the stamen, place it in a mug, cover with boiling water, let steep for c. 3-5 minutes (no more or it will taste bitter), then sweeten with honey.
I have a problem with cutting off a beautiful flower just to make a cup of tea. Maybe I will experiment with fallen flowers that have been dried out and sterilized by the sun. And I may add cinnamon stick or ginger for some extra pazazz.
Hibiscus leaves are also said to be beneficial and are used in Ayurveda medicine for coughs, grey hair, and bad moods.
Nature has a medicine chest out there just waiting to be opened.
Related: How to Dry and Make Hibiscus Tea for High Blood Pressure or Hypertension youtube video
Often I post links on FB to the articles I publish here. If I’m lucky, I’ll get 20 likes. If I’m lucky. So, if ever I feel “liked” deprived, all I have to do is post a photo of Volver, our cat. His photos get tons of likes.
The other day I posted a photo of a sunrise as seen from our balcony. As with Volver, the sunrise was a big success.
Sunset photos are also quite popular. Here on Paros, one of the favorite evening activities is that of having an aperitif at one of the many seaside bars facing the west. When the sun starts going down, tourists will jump to their feet and start clicking their cell phones which most already have in their hands. It would appear that photographing the sunset is more exciting than actually watching it.
There is nothing really unique about a sunset or a sunrise…they happen every day. What makes it unique is experiencing it. Of course, they are more dramatic by the sea because the sun slowly disappears behind the horizon line. There is something very existential about seeing the sun vanish right before your eyes.
Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan called twilight the crack between two worlds because it represents the realm between one perception of the world and another (see A Magical Journey by Carlos Castaneda). So now I know why they’re called the Twilight Years…. You live your life in between here and there.