Gettin’ artsy-fartsy, Curio style.
This week we delve into women in art, how they have been depicted throughout history and women artists – wait – artists who are also women. We bounce around a bit finally landing in a discussion about art in general, how art has shaped society and by whom, what our favorite pieces are and the feelings that arise when we are in the presence of a them. Looking at one of Van Gogh’s paintings up close and seeing his brush strokes invokes a feeling of connection that’s hard to put our fingers on. It’s invigorating and quite curios, like standing next to him, time and space becomes trite, fading to the back ground, bokeh in our souls.
What is a masterpiece anyway? A work made with mad skills? A work infused with emotion and hoobidy-doobididy juju? Does that Juju translate to the viewer in a way we cannot comprehend?
We explore the possibility of a female artist infused past and how our present day would be different. If women had been able to depict other women in paintings during the Renaissance would our world be different now? Certainly. How women have been seen by the artist and the viewer reverberates into the future which leads us to the question, (yes ANOTHER question) Does the artist dictate the ideal or does the ideal lead the artist?
Botticelli’s Venus, Manet’s Musee d’Orsay, Titan’s Venus of Urbino, they’ve touched humanity, but how?
Editing by Cass
Mic’s by Doug
Music by Quinn
Blog by Kim
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Cass made Moscow Mules, and very well!
Drinks were in order because it’s been a hell of a week in Trump’s box of turds. We discuss the events unfolding in America with disdain and disbelief. It just doesn’t seem like the bar can be lowered any further but alas, it does. America is plummeting to the depths of hell; propelled by greed and this week especially, lust. It’s like this administration has a daily checklist of the seven deadly sins, each participant gleefully adopting one and checking it off the GOP to do list with a vomit colored crayon. Each time accompanied by cheers from their supporters.
We pick topics from Utie Patootie and choose a couple of our own. Here’s a rundown of topics tonight, in no particular order:
- Trump administration begins enforcing “abortion” gag rule. No federal funding for planned parenthood. Pulling funds for sexual health services, STD screening, birth control, Pap tests, etc. Abortion services were never federally funded, btw.
- U.S. House of Representatives voted today to condemn Trump for racist comments toward AOC, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.
- Rodger Stone was back in court for violating his gag order – again. A wrist slap was issued.
- The Trump administration unveiled a new plan to bar all immigrants from applying for asylum at the southern border if they had traveled there through another county.
- Trump introduced his Merit Based Immigration Bill to congress.
- Kellyanne Conway defied a subpoena on Monday to appear at a congressional hearing regarding allegations of her Hatch Act violations.
- Pence visits detention centers in Texas and played down over-crowding and neglect.
- Migrant Kids report sexual, mental and physical abuse and neglect at the Yuma AZ border patrol facility.
- Jeffrey Epstein is facing more charges of human trafficking and sexual abuses of under age girls.
- Trump’s kindergarten-style notes at the podium.
Check out theweeklylist.org to stay up to date on the seemingly endless ways this administration is attempting to dismantle our democracy.
- Editing – Cass
- Mics – Doug
- Music – Quinn
- Blog – Kim
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“One day we’ll find out that all of our songs are just notes of one big song!” – Woody Guthrie
We set out to learn more about ol’ Woody but as it sometimes happens, we’ve learned that there is still so much more to learn. What we do know – what we understand is that he harnessed the spirit of America in song. I use the word understand because understanding him and his work requires more than just the details of his life, history, and accomplishments. Understanding denotes feeling or sensing his purpose. His spirit is in harmony with what we believe is the American spirit. The need to be free; in body, mind, soul and expression.
His lyrics are crystal clear, accessible to the masses but the inspiration from which they came are multifaceted and deep within our collective experience as human beings. There are few words, if any, to accurately describe his contribution to our world. We see many parallels between his times and ours; his mind and ours. The compulsion to speak up for those who have been marginalized, to seek justice for our fellow man. The desire for all of us to lead productive, happy lives. The innate human need to be free. Woody crafted these ideals into song and shared them with all who would listen and as Cass points out, sometimes we aren’t ready to hear what wisdom offers – but when the time comes, its like a freight train. It heads up the track with rumbles and roars changing our view with streaks of steam and hard crafted steel, every cell in our body vibrating anew ever so slightly, but enough to know there is something else, something better. Something deep in our hearts greater than fear or sorrow or remorse.
We stand next to the train in this episode. Give Woody a listen, maybe you’re ready for what he has to say, hopefully we all are.
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- Cass edits our cast
- Doug soundifies our cast
- Quinn musics our cast
- Kim bloggs it
- Woody inspires it
“You’re Killing brain cells!” They told us. “You’ll never get them back!” They said. Well, we did kill some brain cells in our youth but we now know that we can grow more and probably were growing more back then and we can still grow more today. YAY!!!
Scientists once believed that Neurogenesis only occurred in utero but new studies have revealed that humans, in fact all mammals, are capable of growing brand spankin’ new brain neurons throughout our lives. Some activities promote this process, others inhibit it. This week the Curios explore ways we can change our brains for the better or worse depending on our habits.
Diet is a big player across the board, which isn’t much of a surprise. Red wine, chocolate, blueberries, whole grains and crunchy foods stimulate brain growth as well as aerobic exercise, especially running. Oh, how we wish we were runners! But when we are sedentary, eat poorly and consume too much alcohol, neurons begin to wither and don’t regenerate. So, get out there and run, meditate, drink a little red wine, have some chocolate and grow some new neurons!
We also talk about new research regarding psychedelics and Neurogenesis – it comes to light that all those brain cell killing activities in our 20’s may not have been so bad after all.
Tune in to our latest and find out how to sow those neuro seeds.
- Editing – Cantankerous Cass
- Mic – The Amazing Mr. Doug
- Music – The Mightiest of Quinns
- Blog – Tornado Commons Kim
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Happy Birthday Cass!
We celebrate with Nanny, a flourless chocolate cake, some chianti, chocolate wine, and a little chit chat about America’s favorite phallic alternative – guns.
The second amendment was designed to give American citizens the ability to defend their communities from the real dangers of colonial life; invading armies, native people (cringe) and the prospect of a tyrannical government. Oh, how things have changed. Our relationship with guns has morphed into something else we can’t quite put our finger on. Is it identity? The need for power? Protection from…???
As of 2017, roughly 393,347,000 civilian firearms were tallied in the U.S. and those are just the ones that were documented. We have more guns than citizens! Alabama, Alaska and Arizona have the highest number of firearm fatalities and also the most lax gun laws in the country. Federal gun laws are pretty solid but some state’s laws are almost nonexistent (looking at you, Alabama). In these states just about anyone can walk into their local Walmart and pick up a lethal weapon with no background checks, license, registration or training. How can this be?! Mattresses, baby food, pets, and of course women’s bodies are more regulated than guns.
We discuss the social implications of gun ownership, rabbit hole into abortion, religion and the need for humans to feel safe, cared for and valued in the workplace. It all seems to be related in a spiderwebby way.
- Curio editor extraordinaire and birthday girl – Cass
- Mic man – Doug
- Music maker – Quinn
- Bloginator – Kim
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Tonight we digested current events with Bad Libs, a discussion about the immigrant children at the Clint Texas border station and the mind boggling desire to support President Trump. What is happening to our country?! I know, it sounds redundant; a question we’ve been asking for the past two and a half years but still – what is happening to our country?! It feels like.we are descending into the deepest, rankest parts of history and repeating it. The corruption and disregard for human rights are things we thought our country was fighting against but now it seems we are proponents for, or rather the Trump administration is a proponent for. The U.S.A. Is in a downward spiral, no longer a beacon of hope and justice but black hole of destruction and yes, I’ll say it – EVIL. Children treated like animals, an administration hellbent on the degradation of basic human rights, civil rights and unity. When will we need an intervention from foreign governments? Is there any hope?
Of course there is! Humans are made to have hope, too bad our government isn’t – at least not anymore.
We also chat about Trump’s tuxedo and the implied undergarments needed to squeeze him into it and the lifts he wears in his shoes. A little catty, but whatever.
Singing, laughing and a couple of guests by the name of Tom Collins appear.
- Master of edits – Cass
- Master of Mics – Doug
- Master of Music – Quinn
- Master of Blogs – Kim
This week we went off site and gathered with a few Curio celebrities for Postcard Parlor night. Cass brought her mobil mic and captured some of the highlights from our hours long session. We wrote postcards, told stories, drank wine, laughed, hollered a bit and exercised our rights as American citizens. We used our words, and the USPS to share our outrage and also our gratitude to the politicians who still work for America and not just their party and lobbyists.
The Postcard Parlor idea came about from a need to connect and DO something together about the issues we care about. Something amazing happens when people gather in the same space. It’s far too easy to air our grievances on Twitter and FB then walk away and go about the business of daily life, leaving all that angst to fester while we wash the dishes, mow the lawn and pay bills. The satisfaction of a snarky quip on social media quickly dissipates and no ground is gained for the cause. The energy sits and becomes dysfunctional; gnawing away like a loose end screaming to be resolved. But when we come together in groups both large and small, that energy becomes part of a chorus and the scream is transformed into a melodic howl moving through time in space. No longer a dangling fiber of discontent but a unified thread – stronger, more beautiful and crafted with the kind of energy only physical proximity can provide. As Cat worked her spindle transforming an unruly grip of wool into a finely crafted thread, our collective energy wove around the table, strengthening us with connection.
Of course the wine helped too ; )
I am so grateful for these ladies with their big brains and enormous hearts, grateful to share space and ideas with them. It was so much fun!
The word parlor is a bit antiquated, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as,
1: A room used primarily for conversation or the reception of guests : a room in a private dwelling for the entertainment of guests.
We all need more time in the parlor, no matter where it is.
- Guest fibers: Caitlin, Cat and Mary
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If you get the notion, have a parlor night of your own! You won’t regret it.