How to instructions for more appealing landscape paintings. When I attend an art show I find myself drawn to landscape paintings that take me into distant areas of the scene. Why some landscape paintings are more appealing to a viewer than others is often due to the way the artist has used some basic composition rules. The actual use of the rules in an appea […]
Libraries are for books, right? Hardly. Public libraries offer plenty of other material for checkout, ranging from the fairly obvious (movies) to the technologically adept (book downloads) to the downright surprising (tools, art, musical instruments, even therapy dogs).Here in Portland, Oregon, there’s a small library (Kitchen Share SE) that only checks out […]
A row of RVs, worn by years of sunshine and salty sea air. People on the beach below, digging for oysters and clams. Crab boats floating just offshore, tied to brightly colored buoys. more… from First Person
When I first came to live in my rural Oregon county, about 20 years ago, there was nothing to eat — or so I complained. Actually there were grocery stores, with potatoes, onions, celery, iceberg lettuce, oranges, lemons, and mushy apples, but I was writing two cookbooks and needed produce in greater variety. And so I started planting vegetables, herbs, and f […]
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a 16th-century artist who liked to play with his food, transforming it into the building blocks of many of his fantastical portraits. Artist Philip Haas has taken those portraits out of museums, reinterpreting them as colossal statues that interact with the natural environment.
The IRS has admitted it flagged tax-exemption requests from groups with "tea party" or "patriot" in their names starting in 2010. But some liberal groups and journalism organizations say their applications also faced long delays during the same period.
Less than two years ago, Laura Mvula was a receptionist honing her phone answering skills at music organization in Birmingham, England. Now, she's got a record deal, a lot of critical acclaim and she's touring around the U.S.
In the 1980s, he was Robi Rosa, the lead singer of Menudo at the boy band's peak of popularity. Rosa went on to write hits for bandmate Ricky Martin and develop a solo career. When Rosa was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, some of the biggest names in Latin music assembled to support him.