Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, also known as The Chef’s birthday! Enjoy this vintage card whilst I am away celebrating the day with my husband:

A Happy Halloween

A Happy Halloween


Happy Birthday, Lionel Barrymore: Actor, Artist, Novelist…

…director, composer, screenwriter, and inventor. His novel, Mr. Cantonwine: A Moral Tale, was published in 1953. I read it as a high schooler (in the 1990s). Why, yes, I was that teenager. Here is Mr. Barrymore as a younger man:

Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore: Born 28 April 1878.

[Alternative Muses] Birthday Mashup: Émile Zola/Buddy Ebsen

“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”-Émile Zola (born 2 April 1840)

Buddy Ebsen, 1936

Buddy Ebsen, 1936. He was born on 2 April 1908.

Shirley Temple and Buddy Ebsen in Captain January (1936).

Shirley Temple and Buddy Ebsen in Captain January (1936). 

Since I’ll Likely Never Top Last Year’s Birthday Letter to Jack Kerouac, Here it is Again

[This originally appeared on the blog one year ago.]

Oh, Jean-Louis. You problematic, magnetic SOB. Ninety-two years to the day after your birth, and we-the writers, readers, and open souls of the world-still cannot escape your torturous orbit. As for me: my heart is willing, but my mind is not quite able to sprint the final few yards into your embrace. I promise to try again, like I always do. You know how it goes. It’s not you, it’s me. It’s not me, it’s you. It’s the two of us, together. I love you and hate you and love-hate-hate-love you. This dance we do will never end; the steps and the rhythm will change, but the tune will echo to eternity. Until next time.

Love and kisses and shrugs,


On the Road

On the Road

“I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility.”-Jack Kerouac

Off Topic Post: Happy Birthday, Paul Newman!

Happy birthday to my lifelong favourite actor, Paul Newman! He would have been eighty-nine today.

Paul Newman in 1954

Paul Newman in 1954.

“If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you.”-Paul Newman

What is your number one Paul Newman flick?