Sitting across from Kathy Gruver, PhD, LMT,RM, at a table outside the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf on the Santa Monica Pier on a recent Sunday morning, I can sense this youthful and athletic 44-year-old strives, not so much for perfection, but for the perfect balance. Not surprising. Helping people heal or guiding them to their perfect balance is her lifelong mission.
Month: February 2014
If you sit down at any restaurant in California, from a burger joint to Spago in Beverly Hills, chances are your meal will be prepared by a Latino worker. Gardening, cooking, cleaning and looking after children are still the domain of immigrants from Latin and South America, and they will probably be for another couple of generations. In kitchens all over the state, some manage to climb to chef’s positions, but most are the engine behind the cooking lines, the hands that learn to make anything, from pasta to sushi.
camparigirl wrote yesterday about Sports illustrated asking Barbie to model for their annual Swimsuit issue. Actually she wrote about Mattel agreeing to let Barbie model for Sports Illustrated – and wondered why they would do that. Me, I don’t give a damn – unless she was coerced, she’s welcome to pose wherever she wants. What interests me is that S.I. would think their male readers would want to see a Barbie in their most-read issue of the year. Is that where male masturbatory fantasies reside right now – in plastic dolls?
Coffee and the New York Times, possibly together, are two of my life’s greatest pleasures – even when I rant at the Times or at the stupidity of Western civilization that comes up with idiotic ideas like having Barbie modeling in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated. This stroke of marketing genius must have caused some controversy I wasn’t aware of (need to open a Twitter account); what other reason could there be for Mattel to take out a full-page open letter ad in the NYT, defending their choice?
One of the things I love about facebook is you are never too far away from a great share. Sure there are many overshares, undershares, myfavouritecatpicture shares and waytoomuchinformation shares … but my facebook friends are pretty savvy folks and come up with many gems. Like this one.
Clive Wilkinson, a 59-year-old Capetonian architect, has designed offices for hip companies like Google and TBWA/Chiat/Day, but one of his most intriguing projects might be what has come to be…
Last time I was in McGregor I got a vicious virus that was stalking the little village. Hit my stomach in the middle of the night and laid me low for almost three weeks. The upside is I lost a couple of pounds, the down that I couldn’t bear to look at food. I also had no energy and was generally flat, miserable, negative and cranky. Not a good combo. Our pal Tracey is here from the UK and we’ve repaired to McG to repair. Me from the virus that morphed into a chest infection, and her from a year of challenge that saw her embarking on a hell of a journey. That is her story to tell one day – but suffice to say she pushed herself to the limit and needed some time doing nothing much but listening to her iPod through her Dr Dre Beats headphones. Apparently these are the new big thing in headphones, and I knew nothing about them: so I am officially old. (Side bar – love how Dre saw that Apple made terrible headphones and turned that into a business.)