Tuesday, September 29, 2009

halloween celebration

there's frost on the pumpkins ... well, maybe not quite, but there will be soon enough ...

meanwhile, there's a halloween celebration to be had ... hosted by the lovely valencia at a fanciful twist ...

the fun begins october 17th, so stop on by ... i'll be having some spooktacular giveaways here (did i just say spooktacular?) ... maybe even a tarot reading?


a pumpkin story

cut pumpkin in half or into wedges
bake at 400 f for about an hour along with 2 or 3 onions
remove seeds and scrape pumpkin flesh and baked onions into food processor or blender
add water or vegetable stock
add salt, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper to taste

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Name on the Postcard was Heinz ...

I emailed back and forth with a very helpful researcher from Westerbork, who couldn't find any record of a Henry Wertheim ... so I sent a copy of the postcard, and it turns out that the first name on the card is actually Heinz.

They were able to tell me that Heinz Wertheim was a shoemaker apprentice who was born on June 26th, 1921 in Bremke, Germany. He married a Dutch girl named, Ruth Sara*, and they lived in the Netherlands and were sent together to Westerbork. They were so young ... he would have been 22 and and she just 21.

In Westerbork, on May 6, 1943, they had a baby and named him Paul Freidrich.

The baby died six weeks later.

I just noticed that the postcard was written on May 5th 1943, the day before the baby was born, and postmarked May 8th, two days after. Perhaps they got money from someone outside Westerbork because they were expecting a baby (the postcard said, "Many thanks for the money you sent.") ... and I imagine Heinz wrote the card on the 5th, then was busy with the new baby and didn't get a chance to mail the card until the 8th.

Shortly after the baby died, on September 14, 1943, Heinz and Ruth were sent together to Auschwitz.

Heinz died at Monowitz, which was a labor camp at Auschwitz, on December 12, 1944, after surviving there for more than a year. He was 23. His wife, Ruth, survived Auschwitz and was sent to Ravensbruck and then Malchow, a subcamp of Ravensbruck. She survived the death marches from Ravensbruck before being liberated in Neustadt. She eventually emigrated to Israel.

There's one more thing.

I think Ruth may still be alive and that I've possibly located her. She would be 88 now. I have probably the only thing that still physically exists that her young husband touched ... all those years ago, right at the same time their baby was born.

So, do I leave well enough alone, or try to contact her and ask if she wants the postcard?

*During the Holocaust, Jewish women were made to use the middle name "Sara" to state their Jewishness. I don't know if this is her real middle name or not.

Monday, September 21, 2009

CoSM trailer ...

trailer for alex grey: chapel of the scared mirrors ... netflix has it right now as a "watch instantly" ...


Saturday, September 19, 2009

corn salad

6 ears corn, cut off cob
2 onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 avocado, chopped
green or red pepper, chopped
1-2 tbsps olive oil


Thursday, September 17, 2009

a postcard from henry

i bought it from an antiques dealer … a slightly faded postcard ... from a man named henry … sent to herbert hirsh …

it was sent from westerbork … (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westerbork_concentration_camp) … a transit camp for jews and others during world war II … 107,000 people left there on trains destined for auschwitz-birkenau, sobib√≥r, bergen-belsen and theresienstadt … 5,200 of them survived …

“many thanks for the money you sent”

i’ve contacted westerbork for information on henry … to see what happened to him … and, perhaps, discover who he was …

Monday, September 14, 2009

canvas frames

the large canvas is one i built (overbuilt) from 1 x 3 pine ... it makes a nice, big edge that i really like ... much better than the smaller, purchased one ...

these videos by jane kenoyer are excellent canvas building tutorials ...

putting by

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

happy birthday, bread

yes, this bread is a year old ... we decided to keep it and see what happened ... a year later, it's about the same, except for some dehydration ... it's been sitting on top of the fridge since this time last year ...

even mold won't touch it ... which can't be a good thing

Friday, September 11, 2009

summer blue dress

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

tree swallow eggs and sunflowers

And in this nest there was an egg,
The prettiest egg that you ever did see ...

They leaned to me, the sunflowers
And whispered, long ago__

Sunday, September 6, 2009

summer song

summer breeze
summer long
I'll sing to you
my summer song

change the world ...

i first saw her at the state fair when i was 16 ...
and :::sigh::: she's still one of the most awesome women

Change The World

It ain't mine
It ain't yours
But I'm here
I ain't goin' anywhere

It ain't his
It ain't hers
It's for all
Is that somethin' we can learn

It's time we stop all the hatin'
Let's start today
Go find a way

To change the World
Gotta change the world
Go change the world
Gotta change the world

Well do ya care
Bout what's fair?
It don't matter
As long as you get your share

Now I see
What needs to be
Hell it isn't charity

It's time we stop all the fightin'
Let's start today
Go find a way

To change the World
Gotta change the world
Go change the world
Gotta change the world

I dare ya are ya scared?
I dare ya are ya scared?

It's time we stop all the hatin'
Let's start today
Go find a way

To change the World
Gotta change the world
Go change the world
Gotta change the world

To change the World
Gotta change the world
Go change the world
Gotta change the world

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Time-lapse of Butterfly Lifecycle

only you ...


scanner art

scanner art ...

Friday, September 4, 2009

seeing stars