Possum

strangely becoming

I played crossing guard to a possum the other day, the first I’ve seen in daylight, when he was zig-zagging slowly across a busy street.  In fact, he was so slow, I had time to take a series of pictures before I had to intervene and get him going straight.

When you catch possums at night, when they’re hIdden in shadow with only the light from an open door shining on their little faces, they can be cute.

Not hidden? Well. Less cute. In fact, really ugly.  Sorry. It’s not my sole opinion; it’s a consensus.

possum Possum

I painted this, in honor of the po’ little dopey guy and posted it to instagram. Someone posted a comment in Chinese characters; Google translation? Little purple rat. Very cute.

You’ve got to love possum love. That’s what I think.

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The Rocky Horror Show

Stanton's Sheet Music

14042919We present to you the 40th Anniversary Songbook for The Rocky Horror Show!  Forty years of Rocky Horror?  Yes!  Beginning in June 1973,  “Upstairs” at the Royal Court Theatre,  “Rocky Horror” has swept the world with the stage production and the movie.   It is a humorous tribute to the “B” horror films and science fiction films from the 1940’s through the 1970’s. Richard O’Brien’s zany story has a world wide cult following.  The film is the longest running release in film history.  This book of sheet music from the stage production includes a download card which gives you online access to professional backing tracks for all the songs!  To order this collectible album, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Design Inspiration

Alexa Anthonie

I’ve always had an affinity for all things design related. Sharing life with a creative who’s used to wearing the hats of artist, designer, entrepreneur and photographer has brought me that much closer to the world of lines, colour, positioning and texture. I thoroughly enjoy every minute spent in Ballack Art House space. It’s a space where crazy ideas have free reign and where the limits of design and business possibilities are forever being pushed.

Tomorrow Ballack Art House, or BAH for short, will be extending their creative space to the Gallagher Convention Centre where Inspire 2014 will be taking place. BAH’s design and decor goods made from Ivan Ballack’s original photography will be showcased to retailers, interior decorators, fellow designers and representatives from the hospitality industry. Their new ranges are bound to spark interest and make a few decor mouths drool! Ivan and Gretha have graciously invited me along and…

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Recommended Reading: Writing Down the Bones

The Daily Post

When it comes to the tyranny of facing that blank page (or screen) Natalie Goldberg’s got you covered. Not only does she have plenty of writing advice for writers at every level, she delivers that advice with the calm poise of someone who knows — someone who also overcomes that fear, that self-doubt, every time she sits down to write.

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie GoldbergWriting Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

Goldberg recommends “writing practice” to beat writer’s block and to thwart the inner editor who defiles your brain with crippling thoughts such as: You’ll never write anything worth reading. You should just give up. Besides, don’t you need a snack, just now?

The root of writing practice is the timed exercise. If you participated in our recent Writing 101 course, you’ll recall that we like — and use — this advice ourselves:

The basic unit of writing practice…

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