Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
The term "milkshake" was first used in print in 1885 and was an alcoholic whiskey drink with the consistency of the eggnog that we drink today. Five years later in 1900, they were referred to as "wholesome drinks made with chocolate, vanilla or strawberry syrups." Soon after that, they were requested with ice cream and by the 1930s milkshakes were a popular drink at malt shops which were popular meeting places or hangouts for students. When the blender came around in 1922, it gave the milkshake that modern whipped and frothy form. That same year, the use of malted milk powder was popularized in the USA by the Chicago drugstore chain Walgreens....and aren't we grateful.
Every time I have a milkshake, I am transported to another time. A time of jukeboxes, checkerboard floors, and full circle skirts, record players, chrome bar stools and roller skates. They are happiness in a stainless steel cup. Add a dollop of whipped cream and I'm done for. It soothes...it relaxes...and it fattens all in one fail swoop.
Love it. Crave it. Gotta have it.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
"Oh, you don't know the man? Well he's everywhere. In the White House, down the hall...And the man ruined the ozone, and he's burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank. There used to be ways to stick it to the man. It was called Rock 'n' Roll." Here are some other ideas on how to stick it to the man...feel free to add your own:
1. Start a business
Friday, February 4, 2011
Agnes De mille, a dancer, said, "To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking." That is how I felt in that moment. Taller. Stronger. Proud. Strange how something so foreign can bring so much happiness. I had never worn point shoes before, yet I somehow felt that I had made a new friend. My love for dance has only grown as I have. I smile when I remember that first time and the many times that dance changed me for the better. If ever there was a short-cut to happiness, dancing is certainly one of them.
Freedom is what dance gives you; Freedom of the heart, freedom from the mind, even freedom from your body. It's like the soles of your feet take flight. You can be anyone or anything in that moment. When I am on stage, and I am dancing, that is when I feel the most "me." I feel that if I have something to say, I can say it without saying a word. I am moved by it, inspired by it, touched by it. It's pure creativity. It is pure being..."to chase the glowing hours with flying feet." So...I'm feeling grateful that it exists and that I can exist in it.
"The dancer believes that his art has something to say which cannot be expressed in words or in any other way than by dancing...there are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words. There are movements which impinge upon the nerves with the strength that is incomparable, for movement has power to stir the senses and emotions, unique in itself. This is the dancer's justification for being, and his reason for searching further for deeper aspects of his art." - Doris Humphrey, dance pioneer.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011