Growing old is one of the ways the soul nudges itself into attention to the spiritual aspect of life. The body's changes teach us about fate, time, nature, mortality, and character. Aging forces us to decide what is important in life.Thomas Moore
I received a copy of Billboard’s Special Issue: The 54th Grammy Awards Voter Guide as a junior member of NARAS (The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). View my full reaction to this honor on my personal blog: http://www.catherinelennon.com.
An insult hurts on impact because small minds breed dense thoughts. This makes them incredible stepping stones for overcoming negativity. When someone throws an insult at you, allow it to hit you and fall to the ground. You will learn from the bruises and rise up above the negative thoughts that weigh down the rest of the world.My Thought for the Day
Happy Halloween Everyone! Who in their right mind has a blog and doesn’t make a post for every Holiday?! I will be Halloween caroling tonight in my old Catholic School uniform alongside two of my best friends in the entire world, but as you may already know, I don’t eat sugar. I usually recycle the candy that I get by lacing Christmas gifts and filling little baggies to give out to the people that I don’t usually stop and appreciate. (Janitors and the like.) This got me thinking about all of the guilt that accompanies chowing into candy bars, lollipops and licorice…so I decided to share a salad recipe of mine that I make whenever I need a protein-packed, mega filling salad to stop my stomach from screaming at me. I don’t know about you, but it seems that every so often I become insatiably hungry…this salad always quells that hunger. The moral of the story is: Enjoy your candy today (in moderation) and replace lunch tomorrow with something a little healthier than usual. Your body will thank you for the break while trying to process the trans fats and sugars associated with Starburst and Skittles! And THAT is what keeps me away from sugar. Moderation is key, guys. Moderation is key.
PS: YES. I speak Spanish. YES, I know that “ensalada salad” is horrendously redundant…memorable though, yea?
We’re so used to buying fruits and vegetables in the store that we often forget its possible to grow them in our own homes.
I like to eat apples in their entirety, and until I found out that their seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide, I’d literally leave nothing left. At the time, I was eating multiple apples a day, so I decided to start nixing the seeds. As someone who gets anxious about waste, I decided to try and grow the seeds. After many failed attempts, I gave up…until recently.
This wondrous wiki-how explains the steps to growing your own apple tree from an apple seed purchased at the grocery store. Unfortunately, as many articles will tell you, there’s no guarantee that the tree you grow will bear fruit anything like the apple you ate. In a time where GMO and agricultural technologies are at the top of their game, you unfortunately require a cut of the original tree to bear even similarfruit, and even then the care and attention it requires will prevent you from harvesting store-quality apples in your backyard. With luck and a few prayers, though, its definitely possible.
Wait a minute. You said you had “many unsuccessful attempts”?
This brings me to the purpose of this post. A few weeks ago I enjoyed a gigantic pink-lady apple from Costco. For those of you who have never purchased from Costco before, they keep most of their fruit refrigerated.
What does this mean? If you read the article above, the seeds must go through a “winter” of sorts before they attempt to begin to grow. Costco’s refrigeration process mimicked this enough, I suppose, to allow the seed to start growing right inside the apple!
I’ve seen this happen a few times, and almost exclusively when the apple has been refrigerated. (In my first year of college, I refrigerated my apples to save space in the dorm, and many times I would find an apple with the seeds growing inside. Unfortunately, I was in a dorm, and had no where to grow the apple tree!)
So what do I recommend? Do it passively! I recommend refrigerating your apples. It keeps them fresh for longer in my opinion, and you might someday find one with a seed already growing. It takes care of the hard part for you!
The apple tree sprout pictured above was only one of four just barely trying to escape its seed when it fell out of my apple. After a few weeks, the little touches of green turned into two-inch tall sprouts, and I am well on my way to having an apple tree (or two!) in my backyard. It won’t bear fruit for years, but I’m hoping it will be worth the wait.
Thank you so much for visiting my website! With the chaotic nature and lightening speed of life today, I really appreciate you taking the time to check this out! For all of my readers, Driven Music Conference is a Conference (this time in Atlanta!) that spreads information about the business and creation of music. You can check out their website at http://www.drivenatlanta.com. More will be coming as I go through the conference including content for readers, updates, and much more!
So I had yet to post a tutorial on my blog. This is a tutorial that I did a couple months ago for DragoArt.com on How to Draw Realistic Faces. It goes over a lot of the nuts and bolts of how I draw a female face, but some of the tips, tricks, and techniques can be applied to other faces and drawing in general as well. As an untrained artist (or rather one who learned simply by a combination of real life observation and tutorials much like this one), there are a few things about faces that I have learned:
a) Every object can be taken down to basic geometry, and our faces are no exception. The basic nose is in the shape of a triangle, the basic eye an oval. We can use basic shapes to create a three dimensional picture in our heads, allowing us to take perspective into account when drawing faces. In addition, playing around with these shapes, combining them and changing them ever so slightly, we can create uniqueness parallel to the variation found in the diversity of life on earth.
b) Proportions are important, but they aren’t everything. There are certain patterns that allow the brain to recognize a “face”. When these rules are broken, our brains alert us. There are many tricks of the trade when it comes to facial proportions, and the best part is, they’re easy to remember! I’ll cover them as we draw, though bending the rules can create not only stylistic variation, but also an air of realism.
c) Rules were made to be broken: People aren’t perfect! Everyone knows about scars, freckles, and birth marks, but when it comes to proportion, there isn’t a single perfect person on the planet. In fact, humans are quite asymmetrical. No person looks normal when you copy, flip, and paste one half of their face to form the other. For these reason, particularly when drawing faces, perfection is the enemy of realism.
Enjoy this tutorial. Adjust it as you see fit and feel free to combine it with other tutorials and find your own style. I’ve had a few comments and criticisms about the nose and various parts of the tutorial, but the beauty of art is that it’s yours!
See you guys later!
I promised a post, did I not? Tonight I went to see a local self-proclaimed “New Grass” band, The Hunger Valley Boys, at Red Light Cafe near Ansley Park which hosts Bluegrass Thursdays. If you like Bluegrass, you should really consider seeing these guys! I was invited by band member Jordan Wood, a talented bass player and singer who tackled songs like Chuck Berry’s Maybellene and The Avett Brother’s Swept Away. Some of the other songs on the set list included Unchain My Heart, Hank Williams’ My Love for You Has Turned to Hate and Harlem River Blues.
Despite an awkward stage setup and the unfortunate snap of mandolinist Bentley Monk’s ‘A’ string, the quartet performed well beyond my expectations, particularly in the vocal arena. As a vocalist myself, I believe that subpar melodies and broken harmonies can break a truly great band, but The Hunger Valley Boys don’t have that problem. Every note was spot on and rang throughout the house!
The talent doesn’t end there. Three of four members: Justin Ross (guitar), Bentley Monk (mandolin/harmonica), and Jordan Wood (upright bass) all triple as lead vocalists and songwriters in addition to playing their respective instruments. The band charmed the small crowd with original titles like Bentley Monk’s Redneck Trainwreck, Justin Ross’s Bluegrass Love Song and the namesake of their band, The Hunger Valley. Jordan Wood’s Charlie Long, the comical lament of a man left at the altar, also sent the crowd into fits of laughter. Maybe we’ll see a demo sometime in the near future.
Overall, The Hunger Valley Boys put on a great show. For a $7 cover fee, I definitely got my money’s worth. If you’re out for a good time, check out their Facebook page for upcoming performance dates and locations. If you’re looking for other industry events, concerts, open mics, etc. Feel free to follow me on twitter. I’ll be tweeting all of my open mic and concert adventures!
Say hello to the battle wound. As if the first day of classes at a brand new college weren’t enough to kill me, I decided to walk into a pole while trying to eat and get to class in a hurry. I tried to laugh it off like I hadn’t totally just nailed a parking sign, but the cut itself decided to be a drama queen. I look like I took a red sharpie and colored a two inch line across my forehead. After many an astonished and worried reaction, I decided gauze was a better idea than having to re-live one of the more embarrassing pieces of my college career. Don’t lie. You envy my fierce bandage.
It would probably be a good idea for me to update everyone on the condition of the new site, as this is the first (of hopefully many) posts that will be entering the arena. I hope to organize the blog with different categories, that way people who don’t want to hear about my clumsiness or wacked-out philosophical rants don’t have to, and those who are only interested in health and fitness can filter out the chocolate cake recipes.
Alongside health and fitness, I’m hoping to add categories on crafting, design, entrepreneurship, college-life, philosophy, bargain-hunting, psychology, etc. Right now I’m just figuring out how to consolidate all of it into one lovely heap of icons, so that my lovely audience may just pick and choose what they like. I’ve also begun development on CricketMusic.net which will serve as my Entertainment portfolio. Business cards have been ordered, e-mails have been sent, and the marriage between my new 15″ Macbook Pro and myself is facebook official. Never before have I spent this much time on the computer.
I’m beyond excited for all of the new developments. Follow me on twitter to hear more about the newest updates to the site, my career, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Thanks for listening!