Archives: Eye Candy

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

A League of Their Own

What’s more American than baseball?  Apple pie, stone-washed jeans, and maybe Tammy Faye Baker – but I love baseball the most.  FIND OUT WHY – AFTER THE JUMP!


Fictitious Dishes

Fictitious Dishes: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The thing about good writing is that it transports you in time and place. You can see, smell, and imagine without leaving the comfort of your house or your subway seat.  Ever read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle? Have any desire to visit a meat factory after that?  I didn’t think so.

But following these written cues can be hard, especially if you’ve never experienced anything like it in real life. Seriously, how unfathomable is the ocean journey of Pi Patel in The Life of Pi for those of us who have never been stranded in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger?  Luckily for us, Fictitious Dishes changes all of that by bringing literature to life – or at least the meals. CHECK OUT PHOTOS OF THE REAL-LIFE MEALS FROM TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD AND ALICE IN WONDERLAND – AFTER THE JUMP!


Bright Bolds

Lauren Rolwing

Today we live in such a media-saturated world that it can be hard to really connect with art in a personal way. But I recently discovered an artist whose imagination is like a cool rain during a long Midwestern drought. With a color palette that really celebrates the bolds, it’s no wonder her pieces evoke those feelings of wahoo-it’s-Friday!

I stumbled upon Lauren Rolwing through a series of fashion illustrations she did (a few of which are pictured …AFTER THE JUMP – IS THAT YVES SAINT LAURENT TO DIE FOR OR WHAT?!


When Love Arrives

Sarah Kay - Ocean

I have recently developed a serious obsession with spoken word poetry. It’s ironic because – if you think about it – poetry is all around us – in music lyrics, subway ads, first dates, and last sunsets.  If you think you don’t like poetry, watch this piece by Sarah Kay.  You’ll realize your life has been poetry all along.


A Springtime “What If…”

Flower Head

Spring is in the air! Kind of. And the flowers are in full bloom! Sort of. The warmer weather is slowly, maybe, almost getting here? As I walk the streets these days, my head full of thoughts of sunshine and my hair blowing in the breeze, I can’t help but think of the obvious question: …AFTER THE JUMP!


The Sequel


“Never say die.” Those words were made legendary to young adventurists by what 1985 classic movie? FIND OUT AFTER THE JUMP!


The Jumping Project

Jumping 8

My mom always loved photos of people jumping.  Her favorite picture with my dad was of them jumping in the air at their wedding.

I’d always rolled my eyes at the idea, so maybe this is just one more step in the inevitable progression toward becoming my mother…but I have started to love jumping photos, too. It is virtually impossible to be sad when jumping.  Seriously.  Put down your egg & cheese, and try it!

So I was excited to stumble upon the “Jumping Project” on Flickr – an album with more than 55,000 submissions of people jumping.

My favorite sampling of Jumping Project photos (and a throwback music video) …AFTER THE JUMP!


Photobooth Dogs

Photobooth dogs

I don’t know what’s happening to me.  Ever since I got a cat, I’ve gotten all squishy inside over animals.  Even dogs.  (I’ve been afraid of dogs for a good 30 years after one ill-fated incident where I tried to ride a friend’s Great Dane like a horse.)

This photobooth series of dogs by photographer Lynn Terry is so damn cute.  This week’s most happy-making photos …after the jump!



Microphone Pop Art

I know poetry readings can be super uncomfortable.  Like being forced to sit through the public reading of a stranger’s very private diary.  From when they were 12.  And discovered masturbation.

But when done well, it can make you want to whoop from your seat like a Pentacostal in a tent revival.  This is one of those done-wells – about hope, mackin’ like Jay-Z, and being a crush-monster for love.

Happy Monday morning, everyone!

…Check it out AFTER THE JUMP!



This week’s Moment of Zen – my favorite scene from Dead Poets Society and another reminder how special the work of teachers is. (And how much cuter Ethan Hawke is now than he was in 1989.)

I dream of being able to …TO BE CONTINUED…(AFTER THE JUMP!)