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Sunday, August 26, 2007

::::: BreakingNews :::::

We had thunder and raindrops in southern California...
I got a new job...
I spent time in ER with my daughter...
Other than that it's been an uneventful three days ;-)

Stay tuned...
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
- john lennon

*oh, and all vintage rubber stamps are on SALE at

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


(Photo by: ~jolenemarie - kids jumping into Newport Harbor at Pirate's Cove, Corona del Mar, CA)

Some of us stand on the edge, weighing the possibilities...
Some ease into things, holding the hand of a friend...
Others jump head first...
How do you live your's?
Coming this weekend (Aug. 25-26) at
VINTAGE WALLPAPER, brand new condition (rolls had never been opened!) from the early 1970s!
Check it out!

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Saturday, August 18, 2007


* New Retro Rubber Stamps added today at AlteredInsomnia *

Yesterday when I was in the kitchen preparing this macaroni salad (my Mom's recipe) I had the strangest and most REAL real that I actually felt for a moment I was transported back to my Grandparent's home on East 64th Street in Los Angeles during the 1950s.

For some reason unknown I was standing here in my kitchen and I suddenly smelled a steaming pot of eucalyptus leaves on the stove... I saw my Grandpa standing over them, stirring the pot like he would...making a strong tea to help clear his lungs.

I felt the wood chair I sat on as a child and felt the old wooden table where I rested my elbows as I watched. Grandma was at the kitchen sink in her apron, and I saw clearly the tin can that sat upon the counter for scraps since they had no garbage disposals in those days in their homes.

I glanced to my left and looked past the service porch where another of Grandma's aprons hung, and the wringer washing machine sat in the right hand corner...looking into the screened in patio where all our family get-togethers took place at the long wooden table Grandpa had built.

I was overcome and tears shot from my eyes...for a mere brief all felt so very real.

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Friday, August 17, 2007


...don't fly away, fly away.
...hummingbird don't fly away, fly away...

Photos by ~jolenemarie - Newport Harbor, Corona del Mar, California

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Dinner: Rated PG

Jill took a bite of the Spinach-Basil-Tomato-Feta Cheese- and Garlic Frittata
I made for dinner
and declared: BORING!
Oh well, it LOOKS PRETTY. Doesn't that count?
So, Dagny, this is not food porn, it is rated PG :)


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Sunday, August 12, 2007

New Items at AlteredInsomnia!


- Large sheets of vintage wallpaper from the 1960s and 70s!-


- A truly collectible set, plus a vintage revolving stamp stand!-



Tuesday, August 07, 2007

You Tube? I Tube!

I have been wanting to try this for a long time...
Nothing spectacular - but it worked!
Moving pictures .... YAY! :)

(Of course ya'll know to click the little arrow to make it play!)

This was filmed at LookOut Point overlooking Newport Harbor in the late afternoon when the fishing boats were coming back in... Kind of boring...but I learned how to do it :)

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Are We Still Allowed To Speak In A Free Country?

* * * * * THANK YOU PINK! * * * * *

Dear Mr. President

Come take a walk with me

Let's pretend we're just two people and

You're not better than me

I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly

What do you feel when you see all the homeless on the street

Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep

What do you feel when you look in the mirror

Are you proud

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry

How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye

How do you walk with your head held high

Can you even look me in the eye

And tell me why

Dear Mr. President

Were you a lonely boy

Are you a lonely boy

Are you a lonely boy

How can you say

No child is left behind

We're not dumb and we're not blind

They're all sitting in your cells

While you pave the road to hell

What kind of father would take his own daughter's rights away

And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay

I can only imagine what the first lady has to say

You've come a long way from whiskey and cocaine

How do you sleep while the rest of us cry

How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye

How do you walk with your head held high

Can you even look me in the eye

Let me tell you bout hard work

Minimum wage with a baby on the way

Let me tell you bout hard work

Rebuilding your house after the bombs took them away

Let me tell you bout hard work

Building a bed out of a cardboard box

Let me tell you bout hard work

Hard work

Hard work

You don't know nothing bout hard work

Hard work

Hard work


How do you sleep at night

How do you walk with your head held high

Dear Mr. President

You'd never take a walk with me

Would you

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Saturday, August 04, 2007


In a shameless plug I would like you all to know that I added more VINTAGE rubber stamps and VINTAGE wallpaper from the 1930s to my shop at:

AlteredInsomnia today!

Things are flying off the shelves like ketchup at a french fry convention :)

Go Look!

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

Just Another Day In Paradise

Ready to Para-Sail away? This flyin' high guy's feet are about ready to touch the soon as he does the boat will pick up speed and he once again reaches great heights...

No, I swear, we don't live on a tropical island...this view is from LookOut Point looking south towards Little Corona can see right through the hole in Arch of the most sought after backgrounds for photographers. From where I stood to take this photo it takes me only a few minutes to walk to Little Corona...I have gazed at Arch Rock for over 40 years!

I have loved fishing boats all my life. One of my favorite times is the late afternoon when the fishing boats start coming home in the harbor...they remind me of my (late) favorite Uncle Lee who was a commercial fisherman all his life...

I am never without my camera...I just never know what I might this man and his DOG in the cool is that?...

Big Corona del Mar State Beach...
Corona del Mar is Spanish for Crown of the Sea...

I shared a bench on the cliffs at LookOut Point with this sweet couple for nearly an hour. "Dr. Ralph" and his wife, Madeline. They both turned 85 last March. They are no longer strangers to me now, but instant friends. Dr. Ralph was a surgeon/physician for 50 years "in towns along the banks of the Mississippi"....where he told me he "did surgery in the morning, saw patients in the afternoon and delivered babies at night"! Up until only four (!) years ago Dr. Ralph was swimming a mile each day! Married 63 years...I am so glad I invited them to share the bench with me...they shared their stories and touched my heart...

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Dedicated To Dagny

*****Please remember to stop at my shop ... AlteredInsomnia products coming this weekend!*****

Dagny can often know what is going on in our lives by watching television. If she didn't get an email from my daughter Jill all she had to do was watch an episode of The O.C. to know what was going on. When the Cohen's moved to Berkeley Dagny just assumed we would be there, looking for that Craftsmen style house any minute.

Well, comes another one (August 15th)....but alas, this one sure isn't going to reflect our lives! :-) But you will see our 'hood since this one is actually filmed in the O.C. !

MTV: Newport Harbor - The Real O.C.

In the late afternoon, as usual, I was at LookOut Point down the street from home...sitting there, minding my own business...taking a few photos....nothing unusual.

Suddenly there were a lot of people standing behind me, walking back and forth, acting I held on to my camera (hey it's a $1,000 camera!) a little tighter and looked one of 'em in the eye. Then I noticed she had walkie-talkies and all sorts of tech toys on her body....and I thought WTF is going on? So, I slowly turn around and see that LookOut Point has been invaded by an MTV camera crew, director, and lots of people on cell phones, carrying huge cameras and tripods and acting very busy :-)

Lo and behold, it's Chase and Taylor...not exactly Ryan and Marissa, Dagny!

So Dagny, here you have it....a BEHIND THE SCENES EXCLUSIVE at Pirates Cove overlooking Newport harbor.

Chase & Taylor

The MTV crew.

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