Home gardens — t r e f o l o g y

I remember when-ever one of us kids had a loose tooth, our father would go to the basement and return with some string from his work-bench. *** Making a loop in the string, he would then attach one end of the string to the loose tooth, & the other end of the string to a doorknob. […]

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Loved But Never Reviewed — HappymessHappiness

Hello there! Happy Tuesday and welcome to this week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s given topic is Books I Loved but Never Reviewed. These 10 books are all in my favorites […]

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Music Recommendation: Little Beaver — “Concrete Jungle”


Music: “Concrete Jungle” from the album HENRY STONE’S MIAMI SOUL — THE RECORD MAN’S FINEST 45s

Artist: Little Beaver

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Info: This is a collection of 20 tracks by various artists whom Henry Stone recorded.

“Henry Stone was the ultimate Record Man. 

“When Henry held a new release in his hand from one of his recording artists or a new record he distributed, you were going to hear about it. If you were in Henry’s path, no matter if you were in the music business, a cab driver, or the waiter in a restaurant, Henry was going to tell you about the latest and greatest record he had. 

“The thing was when he did it, it never sounded like bragging; he just wanted the world to know about his next hit, and we are all very lucky he was behind some of the greatest music ever recorded. 

“Henry and I were talking about promotion one day during what would be the last few months of his amazing life. We were getting into a conversation about how the industry had changed. Music distribution had changed, manufacturing of recorded music had changed. Reaching the music-buying customer, changed. Then we got to promotion and that one music industry word we all love — ‘Hype’. Henry Stone looked at me, paused, and said, ‘Well, that’s the one thing in our business that will never change — Hype.’” 

— Joe Stone (Henry Stone’s Son)  

Price: 1 for track; £9 for 20-track album

Genre: Miami Soul




AOTH (Athens of the North) Music Company in Edinburgh, Scotland


David Bruce: The Funniest People in Art — Photography, Portraits


• For several months, Albert E. Kahn photographed Soviet ballerina Galina Ulanova, but he is aware that his photographs record only a small part of her career — a career that has not been much recorded in photographs. He asked a Soviet photographer why more photographs were not taken of her, and the Soviet replied, “You know how it is when you are very close to something beautiful, so close that you can reach out and touch it with your hand? You sometimes tend to take that beauty for granted, as if it will always be there.”

• MAD occasionally uses photographs in its satires. Originally, the photographers — creators for MAD — used professional models, but the models were unable to pose satirically. This led the MAD creators to grimace and make funny faces to illustrate what they wanted the models to do. Eventually, someone figured out that they could get better photographs and save money by using MAD people, including MAD publisher William M. Gaines, in the photographs instead of professional models.

• At the 1998 American Choreography Awards show, Rose Eichenbaum went up to choreographer Daniel Ezralow and told him, “I am a talented photographer and would very much like to photograph you. Do you think that would be possible?” He told her, “I’m sure you are, and I’ll be happy to work with you.” He also gave her his private telephone number. The photo shoot went well, and they became friends. He later told her that he had to take her seriously because of how bold she had been.

• Christina Lessa is a renowned photographer of gymnasts. As such, she must be very persuasive and very creative. For example, her 1997 book, Gymnastics Balancing Acts, includes photographs of a barefoot Shannon Miller standing on top of a horse during a cold winter day, Dominique Dawes balancing near the edge of the top of a Times Square skyscraper, and Trent Dimas jumping near a steep incline by the Statue of Liberty.

• Ron Protas is renowned for his photographs of famous dancers and choreographers, including a silhouette photograph of Martha Graham in her old age sitting on a stool. He was always unfailingly polite. Whenever he was asked to leave a performance because he was taking photographs, he would chuckle, then leave by a door — and re-enter by another door so he could take more photographs.

• Portrait painting has at least one advantage over portrait photography. Queen Victoria once asked court painter Alfred Chalfont, whether photography would replace painting. The Frenchman replied, “Ah, non, Madame! Photographie can’t flattère.

• Berenice Abbot wanted to go to the Bowery to take a few photographs, but a supervisor tried to stop her from going by telling her that nice girls did not go to the Bowery. She replied that she was a photographer — not a nice girl.


• Wandering artists in the American frontier days used to make money by painting portraits with no faces. The portraits might be of one person, a married couple, or even an entire family, and the people in the portraits wore fancy, expensive clothing. The artist then traveled around, showing settlers the portraits. If a settler liked one, the artist would then paint in the face of the settler, or of the settler and his wife, or even the settler’s entire family, depending on which portrait the settler bought. Thus, many settlers owned portraits showing them wearing clothing they had never worn.

• Paul Cézanne was an Impressionist perfectionist. He made Ambroise Vollard sit 115 times while creating his portrait. When the portrait was finished, Mr. Cézanne declared that its only satisfactory part was the front of Mr. Vollard’s shirt.


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