Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What is the Future Saying TO YOU?

author in 1967 or '68
part of a photo
series/art poem
for an art project

to a Ferlinghetti poem

Pound Ridge Tree Reservation CT

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Portlandians (Oregon) check out the love

painting to left
of slumber & disaster
by Michelle Daly

4th Annual Love ShowOpening Party Friday, February 13, 2009 7 PM to Midnight, Olympic Mills Center, 107 SE Washington Street, Portland, Oregon Please bring a canned food item to donate to your fellow Portlanders in need! Partial proceeds of Love Show 2009 benefit The Oregon Food Bank and Buckman Arts Elementary School. more info at: Michelle's site

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

transform time

anything that has sap has singing

- Clarissa Pinkola-Estes

Illustration Butterfly Dreams Lura Astor
Photo: Victoria, Australia/AP

Monday, February 9, 2009

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Fulling Moon/Lunar Eclipse

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. -Vermont Proverb


Smelling back and forth:
Ananas Fizz/L'Artisan / Une Souris Verte/Molinard

Illustration: Lura Astor
Moon Mask Series: Lura Astor

Thursday, February 5, 2009


We sail on winds of change that whisper,
integrate the Human Heart, the animal heart with the Technological Heart, the robot heart!


Illustration: Art is Food/Food is Art Hand Series 1997-99 Lura Astor

Geeks of a Feminine Persuasion

Caltech Women Rock!

Picture: Before
(Express on South Lake, Pasadena, CA)

the Goddess, the Lover, the Ballerina, the Diplomat, the Fashion Model

Picture: After the Mischief

(Express, on South Lake, Pasadena, CA)

the Chemist, the Astronomer, the Electrical Engineer, the Neuroscientist, the String Theorist, the Geologist, the Chemical Engineer

Once upon a time
in a land of golden sun
there lived some scientists of the girl persuasion and I was witness to some funny doing.

As the on-campus massage therapist offering chair massage and workshops on Stretch: Gain & Maintain Flexibility, a class I had developed incorporating Tai Chi Chuan, body re-education, sports performance, body rehabilitation, stress reduction and energizing and classes on preventative health and health management (a lot of insomnia and TMJ on the campus at that time) 

... I met and conversed with people from all areas of campus life ... ... One day the gossip and giggles were going strong ...

The night before some gal students responded to the window dressing of the local Express store, which caters to their age range, with some creative window dressing of their own. True! Wonderful!

The geeks of the female persuasion got a talking to; the school paid the fine and I thought Express was ridiculous. They missed a massive marketing opportunity. Within walking distance they had a built-in clientele. The $100 or whatever it was Express made on the antics missed many thousands of dollars revenue, they just had to offer 20% off to all Science Girls, or Caltechers, or come on, think of something

More importantly, they sadly missed a true message of real life happening in front of their windows. Brilliant, sexy, gorgeous Caltech women with Incredible Minds and Imagination ... and to think, they could've been wearing Express. We all boycotted the store when we could have been girlcotting and spending.

Tip o' the Hat to those Courageous Geeks

quite a few years have passed and I just came across the photo again

world vibe


Thunderbolt Tea in a Bone Cup

Greasewood after the rain
lightning blue and metallic
a taste of silver ozein
a Greek word for smell
prickles on the neck

The lightning is out of the bottle.
Lead and stardust transformed become our skeletal structure.
Aquarius leaves footprints in metallic sands and lead-weighted cares
We get a way out. The U-turn? It's good! We had to retrieve ... the mojo ... get another chance.

Do the yin-yang dance, laugh forever.

It's been a long time comin' ....
you must hear what the people say ....
You've got to speak your mind
if you dare
It appears to be
a long
a long, long time
the dawn! 

- Crosby, Stills and Nash

Illustrations: Lura Astor

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hyacinths & a Mechanic

The smell of New England soil thawing as winter crusts break was something I loved as much as crunching the sheets of uniquely patterned ice. I would lay belly on the earth and smell. I smelled Spring coming through the soil and I knew the sequence, and where to look, for the bulb blooms. The muskiness of tulip stamens, the gods’ eyes peering as crocii, grape hyacinth, daffodils and narcissus, subtly different, sitting in yellow tunnels of forsythia, hunting for lily of the valley, and dining on hyacinth smells. I still swear each color smells differently, the light purple, the deep purple, the magenta pink, the paler pink, the white.

I would smell the colored hyacinths like some play a piano, memorizing their colors and nuances their subtle differences and chord changes.Hyacinths seem fragile in that their fragrance peaks in a short period of time. They don’t hang around for you to smell over a long time like the Concord grapes with their autumn musty overwhelming sweetness. Throughout my life I’ve smelled hyacinth oils looking for a find that could capture the hardy, fragile, elusive fragrance in a jar. I still think it is a difficult note to bottle.

I receive The Bottle! (see previous post below)

The first smelling of Hyacinths and a Mechanic places modern me in an old photograph to retrieve some classic goodness. Watercolor greys, the purple grey cloud that surrounds lilac, violet, hyacinths emerge. I see autumn pumpkin orange glow in darkening night and smell cinnamon. There is the haze of ocean walk, the vanilla of powder, but what I love is the sting that reveals. It’s a mature scent, tenacious with its subtlety, Spring Cloud soft, with a feel of the aftertaste of violet pastilles.

This one has presence, baby, the bouquet blossoms, especially once you get to know it. You want, not more, because a bit is powerful, just it. It talks and haunts and hangs around until you acknowledge it and put some more on, another day.

I don’t always like it, there is that older world scent that disturbs and then I’m fascinated and want another sniff.

Loving the sting that I get nasally with Tabarome/Creed and Mahogany/Etro, though not scents I wear often, so, I wouldn't mind turning the volume up on the sting and lowering the volume on the powder.

More technically, I got the powder and voluptuousness of Femme/Rochas, the vanilla powder of Omnix, the sting of Tabarome and Mahogany and the grey moor peat of Cumming.

Original black and white photos from Old Pictures a fantastic site you may end up spending hours perusing.

Now to Share This Over Some Tea!

If you are cold tea will warm you
If you are too heated it will cool you
If you are depressed
it will cheer you
if you are excited
it will calm you

- William E. Gladstone, 1809-1898
British Statesman, Prime Minister

... I feel the same way about perfume.

To meet and test drive Hyacinths and a Mechanic, a new fragrance by Andy Tauer of Tauer Perfumes  I choose Chassom Tea Salon the historic Green Street area of Pasadena, California.
Owner Diane Yamamoto Skowron created a beautiful environment to sip and restore. After 19 years working with HIV patients, pharmacy and healthcare, she expresses creative facets of herself, bringing a gentleness, beauty and energy, offering a true respite from the homogeneity of today's retail culture. This new Salon is a vortex of creativity!

Tea bouquet,  Evelyn Kuo, founder of Essence of Motion, located half a block away from Chassom Tea Salon.
Evelyn is one of the first Pilates teachers in the region. Her beautiful studio offers Pilates, mat classes, craniosacral, massage, meditation circles, workshops, Tai Chi and more.
above right: smelling the delicious choice of Chocolate Sencha tea, is Stephanie Bowen of International Medical Corps., a humanitarian organization providing sustainable long-term training for local healthcare practitioners.

Diane can blend teas for your health and pleasure, which is what Evelyn chose.
far right: Autumn, with the red hair! drinks Ultra-Violet. Autumn Doerr is Supervising Producer of Greensburg on Discovery Channel's Planet Green.

back right: I'm smiling because I found a new tea, Canadian Ice Wine. The liquor brings in the taste of Concord grapes and brings me home to a magical place of sunsweet memory.
We begin!

I love the look people get when they are sniffing and analyzing a fragrance. In the middle, above, Chassom Tea Salon owner, Diane Yamamoto Skowron.

Qualities the scent evokes for this group:
spicy beginning
complex, amber spice
old in a classic sense
bites like sexy biting (like when you eat wasabi)
weathered picket fence
brisk winter day
golden, amber, yellows
brainy, intellectual
an older woman or
a younger woman into things retro
a more experienced woman - no virgins here! (it's too multi-dimensional for that!)
modern yet takes comfort in old things
needs attention
keeps changing, experiencing
reminds of Abano bath oil mom used!
reminds of Joy parfum
reminds of a mother's parfum
a little smoky

Karen Coogan works at Chassom Tea Salon and we discover that Hyacinths and the Mechanic is Her Scent!

A true match that we will talk about more. Perfume Lovers, you know the signs, the next days obsessed by the fragrance, wondering if you will ever smell it again, will it still be available. And, I find out, Karen has been a Jicky girl!

Hey, the smell changes!

After sharing our impressions, we smell the results on each other and laugh at the differences.

Diane smells my wrist, and on my skin also gets
the watercolor purple greys I spoke of.

Thank you Andy Tauer
of Tauer Perfumes for sharing your art with us.

"Who will wear Hyacinths and a Mechanic?"

We discover she is fun, adventurous, has traveled, respects quality made to compete, she wants to be different and is on the cutting edge.

Contact me for workshops on
Accessing Creativity and Imagination.

P.S. I also love the photograph accompanying artist Kelley's review of the Bottle Journey here where it had made its way to Mexico. His heartful blog peacefully serene is here.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Bottle on a Journey!

I have been a recipient of a Message in a Bottle

Perfumer Andy Tauer's bottle left Switzerland filled with one of his new fragrances, the scent is being passed around the world from perfume lover to perfume lover to test drive and give feedback.

Andy Tauer here Tauer Perfumes. Follow the Bottle Journey link to see the map and read reviews from each participant.
I called in some friends to share tea, experience the concoction and share the wealth before sending The Bottle on its way. I wanted to add some "newbie" responses.
Photo: L.T. Piver's bottle courtesy of Philip Goutell of Perfume Projects


reviewing a scent in pre-production soon

Clue: spring flower, something you drive

Illustration: Perfume Bottles in Blues Lura Astor

Sunday, February 1, 2009