Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
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Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thankful for my neighbor who trimmed his trees, and unknowingly gave me a bounty of fragrant branches, boughs of eucalyptus and pepperberry in every room.
Thankful for all the wonderful bakers whose pies outshone my experimental vegan debacle, for no one went home longing for traditional holiday confections.
Thankful for the daily light outside my window, beckoning me to play, to bathe in the clarity of its tranquility.
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
This photo captures three things I love about Palm Springs: The sky, the hiking trail which begins at the base of this mountain and ends on my street corner, and the museum. On this particular day I saw an exhibit featuring Andrew Wyeth's quiet snowy landscapes and portraits of people whose journeys are mapped out on their faces, as if exclaiming "I've lived".
Posted by Maria Grasso at 10:39 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2011
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Saturday, November 12, 2011
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Friday, November 11, 2011
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I've been craving a good thrift store where I can lose hours riffling through racks of vintage clothes or surveying endless rows of mid-century furnishings. My all time favorite haunt, the 111 Antique Mall in Palm Springs, closed suddenly several years ago amidst scandalous gossip. I still dream about the large warehouse filled with vintage treasures. A mere eight hundred feet from my house, I often visited the mall, alone or with weekend guests in tow, enticed by the promise of an affordable souvenir and the persnickety owner's R-rated shtick that was better than most comedy acts. The exceptional prices made it easy to take decorative risks. It was not uncommon to take a break in one of the many living room settings while plotting potential purchases. Inspiration for my burning man installation occurred when I stumbled upon a 1970s pool slide in the back of the store. One November I finally gave in and purchased an original Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree, the quintessential Palm Springs holiday ornamentation. During another visit I became obsessed with a listed Californian artist, Hendrik Grise, and purchased two of his watercolors. Although I continue to search, I've never encountered another store that comes close to the 111 in scope, merchandise and entertainment, but the optimist in me keeps looking.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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