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My life was full of art this week

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Art, art, art!

I’ve been trying to collect some art that wasn’t mass-produced, since “mass produced” and “art” seem contrary to me. 

In place of the somewhat tilted sandy beach black and white photograph in our bedroom, the significant one and I will be seeing the lushness of a black and white nude, in repose (ahem) from Rebecca V. It was hanging in the Tony V Collection Show through June, and now I finally get to take it home. Whee!

I’ve also had a painting re-stretched at Museum Quality Framing in Proctor. My deceased uncle had painted it after a Modigliani piece, and left its line rendering unfinished.  He then punctured it during odd decoupage episodes while he struggled with Alzheimers. More than the painting’s subject matter and colors —which I love — the story of its state draws me into it; I can’t wait to have it on my wall.

Lastly, not so much on the wall, I found a platter by my potter friend and former teacher Dianne Kimball, who has a booth at the Farmer’s Market. The drinkie-poo subject matter (cocktails? Or sodapop? You decide!) and colors make me happy — the fact that it’s useful art makes me happier!

[Rebecca V Gallery, 3010 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.9111]

[Museum Quality Framing, 2616 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, 253.756-6980]

[Dianne Kimball at Tacoma Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays, Broadway between Ninth and 11th, Tacoma,]


I have to admit to being curious about the alli weight loss product.  As the significant one looked around GNC for a super-protein, low-sugar, low-carb something-something bar, I picked up an alli brochure and thumbed through it.

Basically, the $60 pills are an over-the-counter version of Orlistat, a fat-blocking diet aid.

Sign me up, you chirp as you imagine shedding unwanted pounds while eating that cheeseburger.

Just think about the euphemistically named “treatment effects”, before shelling out the dough (per the informational pamphlet): “These include loose or more frequent stools, an urgent need to go to the bathroom, or gas with an oily discharge. The excess fat that passes out of your body is in no way harmful. In fact, you may recognize it as something that looks like oil on top of a pizza. And these treatment effects can be lessened if you stick to reduced-calorie, low-fat meals that average 15 grams of fat per meal.”

Wait a sec — couldn’t you lose weight by sticking to a low-fat diet, anyway?

[alli at GNC, all locations and online.]

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