Inside 8: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The Daily Post Photo Challenge: “. . . photos of any of us inside anything else.”

Bought this painting from the hotel I stayed in, in Trieste.  It's by a Slovenian painter.

Self bought this painting in Trieste. It was hanging in her hotel room.  It’s by a Slovenian painter.  You can see her reflection in the glass.

A Chihuly, what else?  This one's in the Cantor Art Center on the Stanford Campus.  You can see my reflection in the glass.

A Chihuly, what else? This one’s in the Cantor Art Center on the Stanford Campus. You can see self’s reflection in the glass.

Self in Silhouette: the view from her room in the Seattle Sheraton, last month during the AWP conference.

Self in Silhouette: the view from her room in the Seattle Sheraton, last month during the AWP conference.

Inside 7: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Wow, self continues to be madly inspired by the WordPress Photo Challenge this week:  INSIDE.

Heartfelt thanks to The Daily Post for the fantastic prompts!

Here’s a picture of one of self’s Stanford chums, Penny Jackson, as she emulates a Yoga pose in front of the Asian Art Museum. Her arms are pressed together above her head, she is INSIDE the pose.  Get it?

It is always a lot of fun hanging around with Penny.  She is so spontaneous, pure Nitro.

It is always a lot of fun hanging around with Penny. She is so spontaneous, pure Nitro.

Self has always had an enduring fascination with snow globes.  Here’s one she bought about 30 years ago.

Christmas is a great excuse for nostalgia . . .

Christmas is a great excuse for nostalgia . . .

2013 was a special year:  Manila Noir, a collection of “dark” stories about the city of Manila, and edited by Jessica Hagedorn, was published.  Self has a story in this anthology:  The story is called “Desire.”

She’s not a big name, like the others in the collection, so her name didn’t get listed on either book cover.  But, still.  Open to the Table of Contents, her name is there.  She is INSIDE the book.

Manila Noir (Akashic Books, 2013): The covers of the U.S. and Philippine editions

Manila Noir (Akashic Books, 2013): The covers of the U.S. and Philippine editions

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 6: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Yet another post on the INSIDE theme.

Today self uses these particular words for inspiration:  PHOTOS OF ANY OF US INSIDE ANYTHING ELSE.

(Dear blog readers, if any of you are getting sick and tired of the almost daily posts on this week’s photo challenge, know that on Friday there will be a completely new post. So, the end is in sight!)

First, self inside a picture frame:

Self:  14 or 15. OK, so mebbe this isn't a selfie, but what the hoo.

Self: 14 or 15.  It was one of her Bacolod cousins who took the picture.

Apologies, this is self again.  Inside another picture frame.  This was probably taken in either Manila or New York City.  Self was in her early 20s:

Photo is Self, New York 1982:  Wearing one of Dear Departed Dad's white shirt.

Photo is Self, New York 1982: Wearing one of Dear Departed Dad’s white shirts.

Finally, a picture NOT of self!  This is son’s room.  It is self’s Museum of Absence. Hardly anything in it has changed since son was in elementary school.  The boy in the painting is son at 6 or 7.

Son's Room: The boy in the painting is son at 6 or 7.

Son’s Room: The boy in the painting is son at 6 or 7.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 5: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Help, someone!  Anyone!  It’s too much!  Self can’t seem to stop posting on this week’s Photo Challenge: INSIDE!  She’s obviously in some kind of zone . . .

Speaking of zone: What. Ever. Happened. to. That. Malaysian. Plane???

Don’t get her started!

Anyhoo, here’s the part of The Daily Post prompt that self is trying to focus on today:  Finding images of a thing inside something else.

An umbrella suspended from the ceiling of a bookstore in Mendocino:  Self was there as part of the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference.

An umbrella suspended from the ceiling of a bookstore in Mendocino: Self was there to participate in the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference.

Inside a church in Bethlehem.  Self was there in 2008.

Inside a church in Bethlehem. Self was there in 2008.

A friend of Dearest Mum’s had let us stay in his apartment while Dear Departed Sister-in-Law Ying was being treated for leukemia at Ichilov Hospital.  This was in 2008, which turned out to be a watershed year for self, in so many different ways.  Self will never forget Tel Aviv.  Never, ever, ever.

painting in the apartment on Ruppin Street, Tel Aviv

Painting in the apartment on Ruppin Street, Tel Aviv:  Is that a gun inside the bird’s mouth?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 4: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self had no idea that this week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge — INSIDE — would turn out to be so much fun to interpret.  Here it’s only Sunday, two days after the theme was posted, and this is already self’s fourth post on the subject.

A long time ago, self bought this wooden painted angel from Roger Reynolds Nursery in Menlo Park (which has now gone out of business). Why she decided to frame it with something she pulled from the garage is a mystery.

In the Backyard, an Angel

In the Backyard, an Angel

Here’s something from Dear Departed Dad’s home island, Negros, in the central Philippines:  the old Gaston House in the town of Manapla has a stone fountain set in the middle of a circular driveway leading up to the main house:

The Gaston House, Manapla, Negros Occidental, Philippines

The Gaston House, Manapla, Negros Occidental, Philippines

And, can you believe it dear blog readers? — after an hour of most painstaking sifting, self found a picture that is quite literally of something INSIDE something else:  in this case, it’s a live lizard inside a glass case in the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

VERSES TYPHOON YOLANDA: A STORM OF FILIPINO POETS

Announcing the release of:

Verses Typhoon Yolanda: A Storm of Filipino Poets (Meritage Press:  San Francisco and St. Helena)
edited by Eileen R. Tabios

Paperback, 220 pages, $20

(People:  Yolanda=Haiyan. Filipinos use “Yolanda,” everyone else uses “Haiyan.” You know, at some point self thinks that Filipinos cannot escape comedy, even within tragedy. So if you are a potential donor, and the only thing stopping you is the confusion over which typhoon you are actually making a donation for, note that Yolanda and Haiyan ARE ONE AND THE SAME TYPHOON.  Of course, mebbe you don’t care about WHICH typhoon, in which case, there was also ONDOY several years ago.  It doesn’t matter.  Give, that’s all that counts)

Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

In response to Yolanda’s devastation, Filipino poets in the homeland and the diaspora rallied to create a fundraising anthology entitled Verses Typhoon Yolanda:  A Storm of Filipino Poets.  Edited by poet Eileen R. Tabios, the anthology of 133 poems is released by Meritage Press.

All of the book’s profits will be donated to relief organizations and others helping the typhoon survivors.  Meritage is willing to send books at cost to fundraisers who then can sell the books at their individual retail price of $20 each.

For more information, contact Eileen R. Tabios at MeritagePress@aol.com

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“Emptiness of Air,” the piece self wrote for Vela, the women’s travel website, is included in this anthology — because self is ALL about TransGenre.  YAY!

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self decided to re-read the prompt on The Daily Post site, to see if she could figure out other things to post (besides pictures of her house/museums/her garden).

She read this:

The crew here . . .  play a photo game called “blank-in-a-blank” when we get together.  We try to take photos of any of us inside anything else.  Sometimes it’s physical (a taxi, a mirror, an elevator, a silly hat) and sometimes it’s figurative (a state of confusion, a cone of silence, a joyous embrace).

So self found a picture of herself INSIDE her car!  Exciting!

Selfie!

Selfie!

And she found a picture of herself and one of her dearest friends in Bacolod, Gemma the chef at the Negros Museum Café, sitting INSIDE another car!

Gemma, chef at the Negros Museum Café, and Self, 2012. Whose car is that?  Self forgets.

Gemma, chef at the Negros Museum Café, and Self, 2012. Whose car is that? Self forgets.

And she found this picture of a picture of herself, taken years ago at the San Diego Zoo (when she was probably still just a grad student at Stanford) posing next to the statue of a mean-looking gorilla!

On one of self's bookshelves is a picture of her at the San Diego Zoo, standing next to a mean-looking gorilla.  She was a grad student in Stanford.

Photograph on a Bookshelf:  Self at the San Diego Zoo (When she was just a grad student at Stanford)

The time has come to thank fellow writer Jean Vengua.  For being the one to tell self about WordPress’s weekly photo challenge.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Ricky Gervais, Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition, March 1-2, 2014

Ricky Gervais was the subject of Alexandra Wolfe’s Weekend Confidential, two weeks ago.  He is as sharply witty on the page as he is while doing his stand-ups.  He plays Dominic Badguy in the upcoming “Muppets Most Wanted.” He’s probably most famous for creating The Office, which debuted on British television in 2001.

  • About Twitter:  “They worry about what someone on Twitter says about them . . .  You may as well walk around public toilets and look for graffiti about yourself, because it’s as relevant.”
  • About his humor:  “I enjoy deconstructing human behavior . . .  That’s my favorite thing:  social satire.”
  • About the criticism leveled at him for the way he roasted Hollywood stars while hosting the Golden Globes:  “You usually have to be a serial killer to get that many inches” in the press.
  • On his success:  “I’ve got a nicer house, and I travel comfortably, but . . .  I don’t do drugs, I don’t race cars, I don’t gamble, I don’t buy jewelry, and nothing I couldn’t do when I was poor have I started doing when I was rich.”

More:

He was in a band in college.  It was called Seona Dancing.

He got his start doing “a satirical alternative news show” called Meet Ricky Gervais.

Nice interview.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

The San Mateo County Historical Museum is located in Courthouse Square, downtown Redwood City.

San Mateo County Historical Museum, Courthouse Square, Redwood City

San Mateo County Historical Museum, Courthouse Square, Redwood City

This gallery was just off the main lobby of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

This gallery was just off the main lobby of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

The Inside of Self's Helleborus "Courage."

The Inside of Self’s Helleborus “Courage.” For some reason, the plant didn’t bloom at all this year.  The picture above was taken last year.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Inside: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Self rarely sits at this table. Not even during dinner. It’s strictly grab-and-go here. She either brings her food to son’s room aka her office and eats while typing something on her computer or checks her e-mail, and The Man eats in front of the TV.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

Our house faces directly on to a very busy avenue.  Thankfully, no one seems much interested in peering through our windows.

The View From the Picture Window in the Living Room

The View From the Picture Window in the Living Room

A Glimpse of the Bedroom.  The headboard was made to order in Manila and shipped over via container cargo.  Ying drew a picture of entwined atis leaves, and an artist in Manila executed her drawing.

A Glimpse of the Bedroom. The headboard was made to order in Manila and shipped over via container cargo. Ying drew a picture of entwined atis leaves, and an artist in Manila executed her drawing. (Atis is a native fruit with a juicy white flesh and numerous black seeds)

Homes really are our most evocative and revealing places.  At home, one drops the mask.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

 

 

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