30 May 2009

snorkeling below the caribbean

we decided to go snorkeling and saw a lot of beautiful fish, starfish, gar and an amazing coral reef- the next day we went back into the water and swam into a cave which was a bit frightening, but incredibly exciting!

28 May 2009

montego bay to negril

I have to admit that this look on my face is of me being a total goof! Look closely and you will see that the pilot isn't even paying attention to me and my antics! Although our single engine plane was only comfortable enough for the two of us & the pilot, the ride was a fairly smooth one. The flight was about 15 minutes from Montego Bay to Negril, which would have been a 1-1.5 hour car ride. I rode in the front with the pilot. I joked about grabbing the wheel if I became nervous or afraid during turbulence. Thankfully, he had a great sense of humor but I think he kept an eye on me to make sure I didn't attempt to fly the plane myself. It was a beautiful ride over the homes of Ralph Lauren (you know he is my favorite person outside of friends & family), Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lennox Lewis among others. Here are shots of our flight along the way-

25 May 2009

monday morning headline: memorial day on the water

Memorial Day brings means a fabulous get-a-way weekend for thousands of people around the country. It is also a time when preventable accidents happen-especially on the water. WXII's Kathy Cheek reports from High Rock Lake.

21 May 2009

Southern Proper- haberdashery for the southern gentleman

Southern Proper’s new "Laid Back" Kelly Green polo for women We Southerners are so dang proper, and would we really have it any other way? Growing up below the Mason-Dixon Line, we are introduced, literally at birth, to our monogrammed nappy bags and thank you notes, which are written immediately to thank friends and family who showered us with such beautiful presents to celebrate our birth. As adults, those proper social graces make us the quintessential hostesses, while our Southern gents are groomed to open doors, offer handkerchiefs and walk along the street side of a sidewalk to protect their ladies. Now even the most northern Yankee can look like he or she is from the Old South, New South or the Deep South thanks to Southern Proper, the ultimate clothing store in attire for being properly Southern! Co-owners Reagan Hardy, Emmie Henderson Howard & beloved friend & mascot, Beau, truly modernize a traditional southern ensemble. Think back to when our Daddies donned bow ties while courting the ladies who wore preppy headbands. My parents were college students in the mid-1950’s and the Southern Proper Website is reminiscent of their old school photos that showed the students standing around the college courtyard. Or of the Phi Mu photos from my sorority’s history book of our sisters six decades ago in Georgia being serenaded by a fraternity from across campus. Some of my favorite items on the Southern Proper website obviously include my new Kelly Green polo with Beau on the logo, showing that man’s best friend will always lead the way for you. You can choose from a bevy of Southern clothing collections, including the Gents, Beaus, Field & Fancy, Southern Drawls, Belle Bands (including the most precious elephant-themed headband) and Sweet Tees. When your favorite Fraternity Gent is not wearing his tradition polo with the popped collar, he may very well be dressed from head to toe in a Fraternity hat or visor and a shotgun bowtie. And make sure you stop by and read about their unique Belles for Beaus ambassador program, representing 30 Southern Universities. You will certainly find the perfect Preppy pick befitting any Southern gentleman or lady at Southern Proper.

20 May 2009

webcast wednesday: pioneer violinist

this little girl was playing her violin along our magnificent mile- video

19 May 2009

what does chicago deem a masterpiece?

The Art Institute of Chicago opened The Modern Wing this weekend featuring some very interesting pieces. The first room that art lovers are introduced to is a rather large one with bags of cat litter placed against each wall. The second room has pieces of hard candy poured into the corner on the floor and people are asked to take a piece and eat it. No, it is not a Jonestown memoir, but it was interesting to see people flocking to the corner to grab the candy, not knowing where it came from. We then followed one another into a dark room with a giant video playing on the wall of a clown sitting on a commode while sounds of bodily functions played on an audio reel. The photos of that I have included are what I deem appropriate enough to appear on my blog. I think there should have been a warning label for some of the art on display because it was graphic and extreme. Again I point out-a clown who makes his private business public! Before I sound too judgmental, let me begin by saying that I come from a long line of artists, which is a talent that has also been passed to my niece and nephews, so I can appreciate art across the spectrum. My mother studied under Heinz Trokes in Germany (all of the classes were taught in German). I love all types of art, but some of the artwork in the current exhibit left me scratching my head-and not in a positive way. Others were inspiring & thought provoking, as good art should. We did have a lot of fun, though, with an oversized box of tissues, a giant dress and a few sculptures and paintings. In case you are wondering, I decided not to take any photos of the clown & his "business"...it was a bit too gauche for me.