At Last-From Flowers to Pillows

This photo reminds me of Etta James who was incredibly challenged by an abusive childhood and an adult life of drug addiction. A passionate performer and four-time Grammy winner-her music continues to reach out and surprise with its intensity. Photography is a passion that crept up on me unawares.
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My Father Still Brings Me Comfort in Music

This photo will always remind me of my Papa. Back when smoking was in vogue- we had several ceramic ashtrays he’d made in the shape of birds. Hard to imagine that today. Birds were creatures he always enjoyed watching and I remember him being fascinated by seagulls at the beach. These little birds have big personalities just standing still.  Aren’t they funny?
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The Sound and Sights of Summer

Summer is the time for getting away from the everyday. Reaching out for something unknown and far away. At least that’s how I like to practice it. I had taken my son and his girlfriend out to beat the LA heat and took this photo overlooking Catalina Island. The day was idyllic and the island of perfect size for our one-day exploration up hill and down in an electric golf cart. I’m sure the photo reminds me of southern Italy in its looks- color, sun and water. Very similar feeling to the island of Capri and those romantic Italian movies.
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Stitches over time

I’ve been searching all my life for a way to move my art off the walls and into everyday life. Since childhood I’ve had a love relationship with fabric, but after college I gave full rein to common sense and developed a marketing consulting practice to support myself. My new line of cotton throw pillows is the culmination of a long journey with lots of twists and turns. It brings together a love of gardening and colorful fabric designed for everyday use. Art made practical. Practical made special.
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Nat King Cole is Nature Man

Not everybody takes comfort in the great outdoors. But everybody can take comfort in the great Nat King Cole. Check back here every Thursday morning to sample Joel’s latest music morsel. Friend Joel Benson serves up all the greats on his show, “Unhinged” Thursdays from 12-2pm on WAPJ 89.9 FM, a Torrington CT community-supported radio station.
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