Category: Relationships Written by Loop 21
Courtesy Of Loop 21
As we are constantly bombarded with media and are accustomed to having our faces forever glued to our smart phones, every aspect of our lives will inevitably be affected– from the banal and superficial to the most emotional and intimate.
I’ve been with my partner since before online dating became so popular, and therefore have limited experience when it comes to relationships and the interwebs. (If I suddenly became single again, I would require an in-depth tutorial to avoid making a total ass of myself.) I must rely on others for a better understanding of all the foibles, subtleties, and hilarity of contemporary dating. This is what readers and friends have shared about the ways in which new technology influences the way we interact inside and outside the bedroom.
Changing Physical Standards and Expectations
My friend Sean says that hooking up online can sometimes lower your standards. As a gay man living in a rural part of the country, he says that many people refuse to send headshots before meeting. Not only that, many times the physical description that’s on their online profile is completely inaccurate. If someone you weren’t attracted to approached you at a bar, you’d probably just politely decline his advances. But when hooking up online, he says, this scenario often plays out– man comes to your door and is much less attractive than you imagined based on his profile. If you’re horny enough, you might just shrug and say, “Meh. Why not?”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 08:48
Category: LifeStyle Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
An investigation into the nature of reality new works by Simone DeSousa
Like all masterful existentialists, the multi-disciplined, Simone DeSousa’s paintings tread the fine line between reality and emptiness, or in this case the abstraction of reality into many interpretations.
Simone DeSousa layers deconstruction of architectural elements with the spontaneity and color sensibility inherent to her Brazilian heritage to build a unique language that is essentially abstract but infused with elements that suggest representational imagery.
DeSousa has exhibited extensively in the Detroit area, as well as in other parts of the country, including New York and San Francisco. Her work is part of private and corporate collections, including the University of Michigan, Compuware, BonSecours Hospital, and Precision Capital, in New York.
In her professional life, she has bridged the fields of art and design, working as a designer and art director. She is co-founder with sculptor Coley McLean of the Salt-Mine Studio, a multidisciplinary studio occupying 4,000 sq. ft. at the Russell Industrial Center, in Detroit, where she has had her painting studio practice since 1998. She is also the founder and director of Re:View Contemporary, a gallery and art project in Midtown Detroit.
DeSousa, named one of ten “Visionaries Of Detroit” in Fortune magazine in 2010, has a bachelor’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. In an expressionist way DeSousa indeed “constructs” her canvases imagery and texture to seamlessly fit into the physical environment while stimulating the subconscious for a deeper experience.
One of the major revolutionary aspects of the original abstract art movement is that it was the first time in art history that nature wasn’t being represented in some way. A purely emotional and psychological expression that depicted thought —not the temporal world into pure painting, color and textures. DeSousa succeeds, however, in drawing us somewhere between nature and abstraction with these new works. She sees these works as an investigation into the nature of reality, not just the reality of nature. “Through the sheer materiality of the works- all my paintings are on wood, I try to offer a contrasting experience to our current digital visual world,” says DeSousa. “A Myriad of One” is DeSousa’s first solo show after five years of exhibiting and promoting a local “who’s who” of Detroit artists, including Adam Shirley, Mark Dancey, Cedric Tai, Graem Whyte, and the famedPunk Chanteuse and painter, Niagara.
“A Myriad of One” will be open until June 29.
Re:View Contemporary Gallery is located at 444 W. Willis Street in Detroit (at the Willys Overland Lofts, between Cass and Second). The telephone number is 313.833.9000. The Web address is www.reviewcontemporary.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:40
Category: Food Written by Catherine New/Huffington Post
If it doesn't cluck like a chicken or walk like a chicken, is it still a chicken? Some meatless meat makers would have you believe yes. Enterprising fake-meat makers are lobbying grocery stores to start selling their products alongside chops, drumsticks and other products for carnivores.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 15:20
Category: LifeStyle Written by Melinda Myers
Spring floods, summer droughts and temperature extremes take their toll on gardens and the gardeners who tend them. Help your gardens recover from the crazy temperature and moisture extremes that seem to occur each year.
Start by assessing the current condition of your landscape. Remove dead plants as soon as possible. They can harbor insect and disease organisms that can infest your healthy plantings. Consider replacing struggling plants with healthy plants better suited to the space, growing conditions and landscape design. You often achieve better results in less time by starting over rather than trying to nurse a sick plant back to health.
As always, select plants suited to the growing environment and that includes normal rainfall. Every season is different, but selecting plants suited to the average conditions will minimize the care needed and increase your odds for success. Roses, coneflowers, sedums and zinnias are just a few drought tolerant plants. Elderberry, ligularia, Siberian iris and marsh marigold are a few moisture tolerant plants.
Be prepared for worse case scenario. Install an irrigation system, such as the Snip-n-drip soaker system, in the garden. It allows you to apply water directly to the soil alongside plants. This means less water wasted to evaporation, wind and overhead watering. You’ll also reduce the risk of disease by keeping water off the plant leaves.
A properly installed and managed irrigation system will help save water. The convenience makes it easy to water thoroughly, encouraging deep roots, and only when needed. Turn the system on early in the day while you tend to other gardening and household chores. You’ll waste less water to evaporation and save time since the system does the watering for you.
Capture rainwater and use it to water container and in-ground gardens. Rain barrels and cisterns have long been used for this purpose and are experiencing renewed interest. Look for these features when buying or making your own rain barrel. Make sure the spigot is located close to the bottom so less water collects and stagnates. Select one that has a screen over the opening to keep out debris. And look for an overflow that directs the water into another barrel or away from the house.
Add a bit of paint to turn your rain barrel into a piece of art. Or tuck it behind some containers, shrubs or a decorative trellis. Just make sure it is easy to access.
Be sure to mulch trees and shrubs with shredded bark or woodchips to conserve moisture, suppress weeds and reduce competition from nearby grass. You’ll eliminate hand trimming while protecting trunks and stems from damaging weed whips and mowers.
Invigorate weather worn perennials with compost and an auger bit. Spread an inch of compost over the soil surface. Then use an auger bit, often used for planting bulbs, and drill the compost into the soil in open areas throughout the garden. You’ll help move the compost to the root zone of the plants and aerate the soil with this one activity.
A little advance planning and preparation can reduce your workload and increase your gardening enjoyment.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 May 2013 19:46
Category: LifeStyle Written by Stephanie Gray Chang/Huffington Post
This post comes to us courtesy of Love in the D.
I was so excited when Meg Pouncy contacted me about her wine business! One of the best things about blogging is that I’ve connected with amazing women who have started their own businesses. Meg owns Vino Dream, a wine pairing and event company in Detroit!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 10:31
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