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Monday
Dec012014

A Perfect Holiday Gift -- Courage and Croissants, Inspiring Joyful Living

A perfect Holiday gift.. -- Courage and Croissants Lives on. 

As time has passed, we continue to revisit what we have learned and how we can employ the joys of Living in everyday events. A great gift for anyone who is looking for inspiration, a reminder, or a great read. 

This year, I have taken out the paint brushes and making time to enjoy the right side of my brain. Coming soon, a collection of my paintings over time. 

Below is the book trailer on video

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xxcyj5_traveling-book-review-courage-and-croissants-inspiring-joyful-living-a-story-and-life-guidebook-by-j_creation

 

Tuesday
Nov252014

Creating and Admiring Beautiful Art

 told me the other day that instead of waiting for when he has time to enjoy his hobbies he was going to make sure he incorporated them into his life. Easier said than done I thought. But then I realized it was just a matter of making it happen. Throughout the years I have dabbled in pottery, sculpture, and painting. I let it go because of work, but realize that I am making too big of a deal and too many excuses and can find time to paint 30 minutes that leads to an hour or two on a Saturday afternoon. A simple canvas, my box of paints, and a standing easel are now my best friends. What I realize (once again) is that even though I love my work, it is not everything and I need to give myself permission to do something that isn't "productive" but just creative. 

Given that, I was with my good friend, Darcy Sears, a world famous sculpture who I have taken lessons from time to time. She has built her passion around the arts and has the most senuous sculptures to offer. What I love about her work is that she touches the feminine side of life and ignites in me an urge to create myself and to spend time admiring the beautiful art we have surrounding us.

Below is one of her angel statues that I think you will love and if you want to see her in full blown life, her next Winter Open Studios is December 6-7 at the ICB Studio in Sausalito. If you can't attend, visit her website at www.djsears.com



Enjoy and find time to be creative!

Monday
Nov172014

A reminder of the French Farmer's Marche!

A few beautiful photos of the fruits and vegetables in the French Farmer's Market

 

 


Wednesday
Nov122014

You can't beat SF on a beautiful day!

Monday
Nov102014



 

 

Monday
Nov102014

Amazing Oxacan Mexican Restaurant San Francisco

If you are like me (at least if you live in California) Mexican food is plentiful and a staple diet. It has broadened from tacos and burritos to Salad bowls, Chipotle, and taco trucks. This past week, however, our daughter found this restaurant listed on the top 10 restaurants to visit in San Francisco. It was 4:30 on a Saturday afternoon when we picked her up from a Practice SAT test and headed on over a few blocks away. A great time to dine as there are empty tables and the staff are extra friendly. The restaurant, Nopalito is located at 1224 9th ave, San Francisco.  We started out with an amazing dish of fresh tortillos with a chili sauce, oaxacan cheese and cilantro, followed by a sampling of small plates.  Definitely a restaurant to go visit for a different taste!

Followed by selected dishes such as blue corn tortillo with beans, cheese, onions, and a secret sauce

Sample size tamale

An awesome fish taco

Saturday
Aug232014

The essence of France - Food

One of the ways I become inspired is by the presentation of food in France. It doesn't matter how simple the meal is, served in a gourmet restaurant, a brasserie, or on the beach, it always looks like an edible painting. Like an good artist, I then copy and "try" to create the same with my own hands. 

 

Cafe Gourmand served on the beach -- a decadent day!

Melon with salad, mozarrella, jambon sec, and tomatoes inside. the original Melon was piled high like a bowl.

Saturday
Aug092014

Off to France and Scotland

We are off to France and a quick sojourn up to Scotland, Edinburgh and St. Andrews. 

We can't wait to get on the airplane and the paradox is how much work it takes to prepare to leave. Finishing reports, cleaning the house, getting the haircut and pedicure, meeting the dog sitter, and closing down so we can truly have a "respite."

24 more hours and we will be there. 

More to come on the joys of the vacation!!!

Saturday
Mar152014

Stinson Beach in February

The winter in California has been sunshine and roses while the rest of the country struggled through a freezing winter. Taking a walk on Stinson Beach in winter is almost better than summertime. 

Saturday
Mar152014

Cambridge - when the Sun comes out - Hiking in Marin

This week I was in Cambridge, MA for work and hit the one sunny day they have had in the past 5 months. The combination of the late sunset, the bright sun, the hope for spring and the crisp air brought out the natives as though it was summer. Shorts, T-Shirts, runners, walkers, bikers came out in droves. I can only imagine how they felt to feel the sun on their faces on this glorious day.   (sidebar; the next day it snowed)

 

 

Hiking in Marin after the Rain