Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Football is alive and well in Stoney Creek, Alabama
10:20 AM PST, January 21, 2008
One thing that our readers love about our work is that it's real. My mom and I are both native Alabamians and are very proud of our southern heritage. In our second novel, Stoney Creek, Alabama, we wrote about football. Football has always been a large part of my life. Many of my friends played high school ball and because I was a majorette, I went to every single football game. And I was not alone; the whole town shut down on Friday night. The years we had a winning season (and we usually did) the games would go on until mid to late November. Sometimes the temperature would drop to the thirties. We must've looked ridiculous in our teenie outfits, trying to smile while catching a frozen baton that hurt like a brick being hurled from a two-storey building when it hit our hands. To say that everything revolved around football was an understatement. It was our way of life--our religion. We lost the state playoffs two years in a row to the same team. And to add insult to injury, the game went into double overtime both years. I remember watching our players as they collapsed on the field and bawled like babies at the end of the game.As passionate as my peers were about football, they paled in comparison to my dad. Not only was he a football hero in his hometown, but he got a scholarship to the University of Alabama where he played under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant on the famous turn-around team. I believe the year was 1957. It was a good Saturday in our home when Alabama won, and when they lost...the rest of us just stayed out of Dad's way. It was great having an in-house expert when writing Stoney Creek, Alabama. My dad has an incredible wealth of knowledge and interesting stories to share. It was very rewarding to see this portion of our manuscript come together in such a real and vivid way.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
This picture shows a typical yield every three-four days from my tomato garden last summer. That's an artichoke gone to seed from my garden on the right side of the basket. This year, for several reasons, I've decided not to plant a veggie garden. Instead, I'm going to join a CSA. I've considered doing this in the past and this year I'm going to try it. I'm joining Borski Farms CSA which will deliver weekly to an address just blocks from my home. I have purchased one share, which is described as "a small mount (approximately 1 lb. per item) of 3-5 different items per week. One share is good for two adults." My hope is to be introduced to a few new produce items which I may enjoy cooking and perhaps planting in a future garden of my own, as well as shaking up my routine veggie choices at the markets. The season lasts for 15 weeks and the weekly cost averages out to about $13.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I was delighted that a member of the board of directors at the Tracy Aviary purchased my painting, Crows in Tree at Dusk 2010, during the Ready to Hatch fund raising event last Thursday evening.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Above: Watercolor painting by Linda Moffit--Watercolor Exhibit - April 16 til May 20 Reception Friday April 16 from 6:30 to 9:00 at Ginkgo Gallery
April 16th is the opening reception for Linda Moffit's watercolor exhibit at The Frolic Farm/Ginkgo Gallery and Gift - 2030 South, 900 East Salt Lake City, UT 84105, ph: 801-953-0253, alt: 801-484-4274. I met Linda more than sixteen years ago through co-worker, Sara Miller (architect/interior designer) and Linda has been prodding me to join Utah Watercolor Society for all these years---which I finally did, two years ago. Linda teaches watercolor painting and genuinely and generously expresses joy in the successes of other artists! She paints beautiful watercolors and I enjoy hearing her talk about her creative approach.
Tracy Aviary will open the beautifully restored Chase Mill to Gallery Stroll for their juried Ready to Hatch exhibit, which includes five of my own crow paintings.
Jenevieve Hubbard will be showing her latest work, Narrow Passage at Charley Hafen Jewelers - Gallery.
My "short list" for April Gallery Stroll - April 16th, 6-9 pm. :
Charley Hafen Jewelers – 1409 S 900 E; 801-521-7711, Presenting A Narrow Passage, by Jenevieve Hubbard featuring her new collection of embroidered fingerprints and labyrinthine landscapes painted and carved into wood panel.
Tracy Aviary – 589 E 1300 S in Liberty Park; 801-596-8500, In the Chase Mill, featuring the work of Lucia Heffernan, Jamie Christensen and Toni Youngblood.
For the full listing of this month's Gallery Stroll go here.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
Crows in Tree at Dusk - Toni Youngblood 2010
Found a Peanut, Strutting - Toni Youngblood 2010
Allopreening Mother and Fledgling Crow - Toni Youngblood 2006
Murder of Crows on the Line - Toni Youngblood 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Photo by Hikmet Loe
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Just before placing the order, I got a somewhat more...natural idea. I had a couple of dozen tree branches a friend had given me when he cut down his ancient willow tree. I had planned to use them for a little veggie garden fence. I pulled a couple from the cache and draped them across the bed...