Monday, July 08, 2013


Below is an open email sent to Post Loop, a pay-per-post website which is, in my opinion, ripping writers off. 

Post Loop is clearly ripping writers off by getting them to do 20 posts for free... even though you say you only want 10 posts for quality review, which is a rip off in the first place as you only need 2 posts to determine quality.

I got your scam figured out.

1. After the applicant has subscribed and written 10 posts, you lie and tell them they have not subscribed and cannot get credit for the 10 posts they've already written.

2. You tell them to subscribe again and write 10 more posts.

3. The end result is you've gotten 20 posts for free and the writer has nothing to show for that work. Which, by the way, is iffy on your part as I observed bad sentence structure, misspellings and poor puntcuation throughout your forums.

No writer of any talent would want to be associated with hustlers like Post Loop. I will be reporting your SCAM along with a copy of this email in the proper places including the website which recommended you and also on my three blogs.    sweetkali

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Our left brain needs a creative workout regularly. By doing so, we release stress and tension and are opened up to the beauty of life and the freedom and intimacy of creativity. You actually begin to see, experience and even breathe differently in the world; thereby stimulating fresh ideas which can be applied to right AND left brain activities and at the same time, build a more balanced life.

I watch Art 21 regularly on my local PBS station. Themes such as equality, play, romance, ecology and more are covered within the viewpoint of an artist. These hour-long programs literally allow me to 'crawl into creativity' and view artists at work on an experiential level. I learn about the cutting edge of art, the mind and thought processes of contemporary artists and view the actual creation of their work in-studio or as an installation in situ. It's fascinating!

Being creative is a meditation; one enters an interior serenity deep within while creating the art. It is a space in which you can truly experience your soul, heart and mind on a purely personal and intimate level. At times, the intimacy may be unsettling and uncomfortable, but in the end it is always rewarding. -----SweetKali

I encourage all 'left brainers' to watch Art 21. You can also see full episodes online here.

Your right brain will be grateful and reward you generously.

Art21: Season 4 - Romance
Artists explore the roles that intuition, emotion, fantasy, and escapism play in contemporary art.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I am a subscriber to the parfumer Lucky Scent's email newsletter and today, I received the most interesting information from them about a new scent from Boudicca. The newsletter was as follows:

"Wode, the revolutionary Art Fragrance from BOUDICCA explores further the myth around Queen Boudicea. Legend has it she and her tribe wore cobalt blue war 'paint' on their skin that gave them a ferocious and mythical look when advancing into battle. When finally defeated by the Romans, Queen Boadicea killed herself by swallowing hemlock, an extract of which is included in Wode.

When Wode is sprayed, a vibrant cobalt blue mist appears and settles on the skin or clothing. Whether touched or not, the 'Wode Paint' begins to fade within seconds-- or minutes-- and disappears completely, leaving simply the scent behind.

Wode opens with spices and green - coriander, cardamom, clary sage and juniper berries. There is clean earth and a hint of flowers and ocean and it all seems quite brisk and pleasant, until the black hemlock kicks in, bitter and unsettling and hopelessly attractive. A dark and ethereal swirl of resins and animalic notes dances around a heart of leather and musk and there is an intriguing undercurrent of something raw and untamed, softened by a soft whisper of sweetly narcotic tuberose.

The overall impression is not heavy - but airy and elemental, like the landscape after a fierce and cleansing storm.

Created by iconoclast perfumer Geza Schoen (of Escentric Molecules fame). The inspiration is ancient, but the scent itself is very modern-unusual, intriguing, and subtle enough to make it easy to wear, for both men and women.

Wode is packaged in a classic spray paint can and available in both PAINT and SCENT (without blue paint) versions."

Isn't that interesting? I am jazzed over the mythic history of it all and I want to be Cobalt Blue (at least temporarily)!!

Southern California residents (and tourists) can visit the Hollywood store of Lucky Scent or visit this website:

Tuesday, October 25, 2005



Rosa Parks passed away on October 24, 2005 at the age of 92 in Detroit, Michigan of natural causes.

Let's take some time to consider Rosa Parks, our contemporary Harriet Tubman, who single-handledly forced this country to look closely at its poor treatment of blacks.

As a child in Tuskegee, Alabama, Parks spent many nights listening to the activities of the local Ku Klux Klan, while they ran down, beat and lynched black citizens.

As an adult, she refused to give up her seat and move to the back of a Montgomery, Alabama bus, while, at the same time, withstanding the threats, insults and abuse from her fellow passengers, Parks took up the banner long held by Jackie Robinson, and refused to further tolerate discrimination and Jim Crow, as a private citizen and individual. She was absolutely fearless in her actions on that day, December 1, 1955. Parks was immediately arrested and by December 5th, the Montgomery Bus Boycott began, with Dr. Martin Luther King as its leader.

"Sparking the modern civil rights movement in the United States by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. Rosa Parks's arrest for breaking Montgomery segregation laws started a boycott of the city bus line that lasted 381 days. This eventually led to the 1956 Supreme Court ruling declaring segregation illegal on public buses."

Recently, she and her spouse facilitated the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development, which was created to foster positive achievement for youth.

For youthful readers, she wrote the book, Rosa Parks: How I Fought For Civil Rights and also a autobiography entitled Quiet Strength.

"The only thing that bothered me,
was that we waited so long to make
this protest." --- Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks IS a National Treasure and deserves to be honored as such. In 1996, President Clinton awarded Rosa Parks with the Medal of Freedom Award. In my opinion, for her bravery and foresight, she deserves the Congressional Medal as well.

Known as the Mother of the Modern Day Civil Rights Movement, Parks' strength and sheer determination to fight for the rights of black Americans was righteous and fierce, then and now.

Write or email your Senator and request a Medal for our National Treasure Rosa Parks posthumously. You can research your state representatives at this link.




Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self-Development
65 Cadillac Square, Suite 2200 Detroit, MI 48226

Sunday, August 14, 2005


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This country is in trouble. We are losing our best potential and our brightest future to the drug Methamphetamine. Today, it is becoming an epidemic in America; with a significant increase of 71 percent between the first half of 1996 and the second half of 1996 (from 4,000 to 6,800). Take note:
Methamphetamine (also known as Speed, Meth, Crystal, Crank, Ice, etc.) is instantly addictive.

Meth is distributed at club and party venues like candy, creating hundreds of new victims a week.

Once the habit has been established, it is almost impossible to break.

Meth labs can be found on any suburban street, apartment, farm, motel or hotel; creating severe environmental problems in those areas.

Meth ingredients may include battery acid, anti-freeze, lye, acetone, lighter fluid and drain cleaner.

Meth labs may give off an odor similar to cat urine or ammonia.

Children from homes containing meth labs are now considered child abuse victims because of the toxic danger of Meth.

Your co-worker may be an addict.

Your boss may be an addict.

Your doctor may be an addict.

Your teen daughter may be an addict.

Your postman may be an crosses all racial and socio-economical barriers.

Meth SHRINKS the brain.

Meth rots and breaks off teeth.

Meth ages and scars the skin.

Meth causes seizures and brain damage.

Meth is lethal.
The images above are from the website Oregon, which has a post entitled Faces of Meth. This site features mugshots of people at the beginning of meth usage and once again when they are deep into the addiction.

You'll be shocked at the visual changes Meth creates in its victims.
View the images here.

For resources and information about Methamphetamine, visit the links below:

InfoFacts - Methamphetamine

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 800-729-6686.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy


Medical Effects of Methamphetamine on Children

Addictive Effects of HIV and Chronic Methamphetamine Use

The Effects of Methamphetamine on the Brain

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

SPAGO'S SIBERIA - a Personal Experience

Essex House Restaurant Drops The Ball

We all have horror stories about dining out....Stephan Pollard writes about his experience dining at Chef Alain Ducasse's Essex House Restaurant....evidently it was an $890.00 disaster.

My Own Personal Experience At Spago's West Hollywood

Ah, yes, Stephen Pollard's experience reminds me of my birthday dinner at the now defunct Spago Restaurant run under the tutelege of Chef Wolfgang Puck in West Hollywood, California.

At the time, Spago, which was situated above Sunset Boulevard was THE restaurant to dine in. My sister's friend wanted to treat us to a special birthday dinner and had made reservations for a window table THREE months in advance. When we arrived, we were seated in the plastic tent at the rear of the restaurant, i.e. Spago's Siberia..despite our reservations.

To this day, I wonder if it was because we were all African-Americans? Normally, I would have thrown a major hissy-fit at the reservations desk, but as my twin and I were being given a birthday treat, I behaved myself and kept my temper down.

Perhaps I had missed the point of Spago...I must ask restaurant designer Barbara Lazaroff what on EARTH she was thinking. I certainly hope it was supposed to be the hoi polloi's way of 'slumming' with its California-style of pizzas because this dining experience at a trendoid restaurant became more and more ludicrous. The place had a marked lack of class, in my view. As a matter of fact, I didn't HAVE a view because we were seated in Spago's Siberia!

The wait staff was cold and imperious and treated us as if we were plantation servants given a night off from the fields to eat at Spago's.

For instance, in Spago's Siberia, prior to our meal, we were served French Bread...with no bread plates. The wait staff simply just tossed the bread basket on the table and left us to eat our bread with crumbs falling all over the table. Well, damn! Spago is supposed to be a popular foodateria, not a juke joint. The bread crumbs on the table began to really annoy me so I gestured to a waiter.


"Excuse me, but may we have bread plates?"

The waiter sniffed at me, raised his nose higher in the air and retorted in a phony Continental accent, "We do not HAVE bread plates."

I almost fell out laughing that guy, who, at those prices, expected us to eat with French bread crumbs falling all over the place. I pointed to a Spago Siberian couple seated near us, enjoying a dessert at the end of their meal in the tent.

"See those dessert plates they are eating off off?"

"Sniff. Yes."

"I want one for each person at my table."

The waiter stormed off and returned with the plates for our bread. Then I politely told him to clean the bread crumbs off the table and he did. Quickly. I mean, really!

In Spago's Siberia, diners had a self-conscious way of eating their if they were ashamed to be seen dining in the plastic tent. It was a kind of shoulder hunching and furtive peering around that gave their feelings away.

Again, my companions and I began to find the phony pretensions of the staff and the restaurant funny. After a while, there was a lot of laughing at OUR table.

In Spago's Siberia, the floor was covered in sawdust. Strike 1. I HATE sawdust on a floor unless I'm eating at a BBQ or biker joint. It gets in your shoes and carries fleas. At Spago's prices and attitude, it wouldn't have hurt them to install and maintain a clean floor.

In Spago's Siberia, I noticed that diners who had ordered wine had their wine buckets filled with ice and placed directly on the sawdust covered floor. When I pointed that out to my fellow diners, we fell out laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of it all. We could just imagine sawdust and God knows what else falling into the bucket as the wait staff walked by. Nasty.

Luckily, I am a non-drinker (except for the occasional Cosmopolitian), because if MY wine bucket had been on that floor, I would have raised holy hell and told that staff to GET me a wine stand PRONTO. And if they didn't have any, SOMEBODY would have been sprinting down Sunset and LaCienega Boulevards to Williams and Sonoma at the Beverly Center to BUY one.

And the food? We found the pizzas to be unique and delicious (this was before the era of the popular California Pizza Company chain whch has branches all over the place ripping off Puck's California-style of pizza).

Even though we did enjoy our meal, it was the attitude, the ambience, the arrogance and the cheesy pretentions that we certainly could have done without.

I never did go back to Spago. Even though the West Hollywood branch above Sunset Boulevard is now closed (I wonder where all those fleas in the sawdust went), Puck has opened other branches of Spago in Beverly Hills and elsewhere (Las Vegas, Disney World...feeding the tourist hordes). I often wonder if the Beverly Hills branch has a Siberia?

However, I did eat at a Puck offshoot restaurant called the Wolfgang Puck Cafe at the Universal City Walk for lunch a couple of years ago (it wasn't MY idea, it was a working lunch sponsored by Warner Bros Studios, so I HAD to go). I ordered a pasta with a marinara sauce and was absolutely embarrassed for Wolfgang Puck.

The pasta was stale and barely warm with a thin flavorless sauce and the whole thing had obviously been sitting for some time and reheated in a microwave prior to serving. I would have done better heating up a can of Chef Boy-Ar-Dee ravioli and eating that instead.

However, Wolfie's been busy...Gayot's Restaurant Review writes about his restaurants at Downtown Disney and the Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida,

"In Puck’s burgeoning empire, Disney World is the place he chose for his dazzling Grand Café---a unique, four-in-one restaurant where hordes of tourists have four options: the Wolfgang Puck Café, Wolfgang Puck Express, B’s Sushi & Raw Bar and The Dining Room. The Express is for folks in a hurry to get to a nearby nightclub or to the movies across the street---or for those who don’t want to put up with the wait and higher prices in the café or upstairs dining room. The wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads and soups are always reliable."

Well, there's a lot of profit in feeding the tourist appetite. As for myself, I avoid Wolfgang Puck restaurants completely. I've got my sights set on Govind Armstrong's Table 8 instead. You can read more about Table 8 and Armstrong over at Violets and Lemons's very first post.

Another Siberian Experience

I found this anonymous quote from a visitor who ate at Danny Ng's Restaurant in New York City. It made me laugh because the writer mentions being seated in Siberia as well.

"Often an ethnic restaurant preferred by the local people is a sign of quality, authentic cuisine. Not here. Our first clue was our seating in the restaurant Siberia, next to the waiter service center. Several empty tables in good locations were "reserved" but no one sat there while we were served. The waiters and manager proved curt and brusquely answered our questions, annoyed with our curiosity and interest. Our group appreciates Chinese cuisine and we have eaten at Chinese restaurants world-wide, including all the major Chinese cities. Our questions regarding menu claims were treated as an annoyance. For example, people who have eaten pepper steak in Szechuan expect heat from the dish, not the waiter serving this improperly bland dish. Also, this is the first place anyone has ever eaten where white rice is an a la carte item."

Reinforce Your Restaurant Expectations with Research

I like to visit certain websites which display personal restaurant reviews from visitors to a certain city. I often find the differing restaurant experiences entertaining to read and informative.

and We8There features personal reviews from the U.S. and all over the world. Read what was written about Spago at Virtual here.

One Last Thought

Everyone's entitled to their opinion and experience and when eating out, one never knows what to expect when visiting a new restaurant, does one? Get styled up, hold tightly to your credit card, do your research and you'll be guaranteed to have a wonderful meal!

Saturday, January 29, 2005



London's Tate Modern discusses the concept of Conceptual Art in this manner:

"As befits its title 'Conceptual Art' raises more questions than it answers. There is considerable debate as to when it began, who was involved, where it was made, and what constituted it. What is certain is that it challenged the notion of producing traditional objects to look at and thereby denied the viewer the opportunity for aesthetic contemplation. Simply stated, Conceptual art is art about ideas."

The synthesis of art and clothing trends has become an on-going thesis in art venues worldwide, and will continue to garner even more interest in the near future; hence the recent exhibit, On Conceptual Clothing at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan.

This ground-breaking group show, which closed last month, successfully continued to establish clothing as an unique art form and featured the works of participating artists and designers from all over the world such as Issey Miyake (Pleats Please!), Yasumasa Morimura and Marie-Ange Guilleminot.

You can see images of the On Conceptual Clothing Exhibition at this link. For further information, the Musashino Art University is located at 1-736 Ogawacho, Kodaira-shi, Tokyo 187-8505 and can ve reached at 042-342-6003.


Jenni Dutton is one of the most popular conceptual clothing artists today. Utilizing the very fabric of Gaia in the creation of her one of a kind conceptual clothing, Dutton has created pieces redolent with the history of the feminine and replete with rare and unique construction and decoration. Through her personal research with ancient clothing design techniques and forms, she is able to incorporate that knowledge in her art, classes and workshops.

‘A Walk In The Woods’ is one of Jenni Dutton’s creations; a fragile dress made from nature, poetry and memories. She writes,

“...The silver quilting threads running up the dress refer to the webs, the blue on the hem to the river. One morning in January I found the brightest red fungus cups spread about the floor of the wood on moss and dead trees. Some are used on the dress, I am not sure if they will last. The dress is about the walks in this wood. Feathers, egg shells and dead spiders were collected and quilted into the dress...”

Dutton is currently participating in a touring exhibtion of Conceptual Clothing entitled: 'Footsteps', during which nine artists respond to a particular exhibit from a museum of their choice. This special exhibition will tour through September 2005. You can see more of her work and get more information on her upcoming exhbitions and workshops here.


Back in 2000, New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art welcomed home a touring exhibition known as The Warhol Look,which focused on the late artist Andy Warhol’s contributions to the world of fashion.

One of the pieces featured was Warhol’s infamous Campbell Soup Dress of 1966-1967. At the time it was introduced to the public, the paper dress (content: 80% cellulose, 20% cotton) was a nod towards Warhol’s seminal pop art print of the soup cans and, at the same time, a distinct tweaking to the disposable and rather self-centered mores which existed at the time.

Described by the Warhol camp as the ‘Pop Art Souper Dress’, it was sent to the lucky purchaser for the mere price of $11.00 and came packaged in its own plastic bag with a matching ‘Souper Hat’ and instructions for care. And today? Just recently, a Warhol Campbell Soup dress was sold by New York’s Sotheby’s Auction House for $6,900.

If you reside in Southern California, you can actually see a framed version at Wasteland, a popular vintage clothing store located at 1338 4th Street in Santa Monica, CA. Ph.:(310) 395-2620). Oh, sorry...the Dress is not for sale.

It is said that conceptual artists do not work with the traditional methodologies of art; thereby confusing their audiences with art which may be unfamiliar or unrecognizable; and in an alternative setting as well. I personally believe that is the true purpose of art, i.e. to shake us to the bone and allow us to think beyond the box. I'm looking forward to the future of Contemporary Conceptual Art and Clothing. My expectation is to be challenged, excited and even a little mystified...all in the name of Art.