September

Posted in Writers & Writing with tags , on September 18, 2017 by kozmicdogz

The crepe myrtle intensifies,
The hydrangeas turn to rust,
and Dogwoods turn orange and brittle
autumn is upon us;

although still warming afternoons
the summer slips away
and the sun starts sleeping earlier
each and everyday.

© 2017 kozmicdogz

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Tampopo

Posted in Art, Film, Food with tags , , , , on August 12, 2017 by kozmicdogz

This 1985 Japanese film by Juzo Itami has eluded me for years. When if first came out, it even played at a movie theatre I was working at, but for various reasons I was not able to see it. Years later when looking for it at video stores it was not available or out. The VHS copy we had at the library I work at has been damaged for years and again for unknown reasons it was never replaced. Fast forward to 2017, a newly restored version of the film has been released by Criterion & Janus Films and I have finally seen it.

It was worth the wait. Funny, refreshing, and beautiful. An unlikely group of characters help Tampopo to re-imagine her noodle restaurant from a lack luster establishment into the best in town. Lots of food and film references, this was a joy to watch and even after 30 years holds up to today’s palates.

Enjoy.

Itami was an actor, writer, and director. My next search is for his 1984 film, The Funeral.

Itami died a mysterious death in 1997.

 

Tom & Marty Band

Posted in Art, Film, Music with tags , , , on July 11, 2017 by kozmicdogz

In the winter of 2002 the Tom and Marty Band played live at the Firehouse Theatre in Richmond Va to silent films by Georges Melies & Zecca. As of today, this was the last time they played publicly.

Flat Iron Building

Posted in Dreams, Photography with tags , on July 8, 2017 by kozmicdogz

The flat iron building taken from a cab in September 2015.

Liberty State Park

Posted in Photography with tags , on July 6, 2017 by kozmicdogz

Liberty State Park, September 2015

One of the New Jersey State Parks that were closed when Chris Christie shut down the state government for the July 4th holiday weekend in 2017.

Strawberry Moon

Posted in Dreams, Photography with tags on June 30, 2017 by kozmicdogz

The Strawberry Moon over Ocracoke Island, NC June 9, 2017.

A week of beautiful sunsets, stars, and a Strawberry Moon.

Goodbye to June.

Paprika

Posted in Writers & Writing with tags , on June 7, 2017 by kozmicdogz

Although Cinnamon & Paprika

are similar in color

one does not belong on oatmeal.

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