Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #40

One day one may wake up and choose to be “outdoorsy.”  The journey starts when you start to plan your outdoors life.  You may need a car with racks on top for example, to be able to transport kayaks.  You may look at RV websites for a Winnebago.  You may stop at the Secretary of State for a State Park membership and map.  There are local beach websites one may also research.  Then of course beach activities like bringing a volley ball or beach ball, Frisbee or aquatic shoes to the beach.  Some beaches promote artistic endeavors, where you fill your van with a table and an easel and paints then set up at the beach to paint the vista or boats or people.  You may venture off to lodges or remote locales that you arrive by boat and walk the nature trails etc.

It’s worthwhile to scout local, state, regional and national parks and locales and collect and study maps.  There are dunes and caves to be explored across the country.  Look in the book “Caves and Caving:  A Handbook and Guide to American Caves-from simply enjoying them to professional spelunking,” by Don Jacobson & Lee Stral.

The common things one needs to lead an adventurous and outdoorsy life are things like: tents, back packs, coolers, maps, kitted out van, cooking utensils, binoculars, kayaks, canoes, boats,  rig up for bikes on back of car,  simple outdoors clothing, art supplies, sporting or gaming apparatus, fishing poles, water sports equipment, books, and journals. It’s good to buy a car with possible trunk bike rack and roof boat rack.

You can look at magazines like Midwest Living to find out about remote lodges in Michigan.  You can look at the cabins and lodges for rent or sale on Craigslist.  You can purchase within a natural setting or on a lake or you can vacation in natural areas around the world.

You can picnic frequently or stay in tune with fruit harvests or flower bloomings. Travel to treks, mountain ranges, waters or forests.  You can engage in intensely beautiful studies and place on your calendar, perhaps weekly gardens. Convene around the fire.  Buy a kite.  Take a pilgrimage.  Pack up a back pack and go exploring around an area with picnic and snacks.  You can grill a variety of things even pineapples to serve with yogurt.  Travel down a coast and rent a cottage with good sunsets. Travel to a cider mill in season and go apple picking. You can use natural beauty products from www.iherb.com like Himalaya Lotion or rose water spray.

You can plant a garden and your own ecosystem.  You can bring the outdoors indoors and grow an indoor vegetable garden with pots and plastic trays or egg cartons.  You can buy windsocks or wind chimes, or sew a teepee, or put up a Bedouin tent in the backyard.  You can light a fire and sing songs.  You can go for long walks or runs.

You can tie and dye in the backyard or dye fabrics.

 

Happy & Existential Birthday to Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu May 28, 2019

Happy & Existential Birthday to Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu May 28, 2019

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

This year I was planful about my journey forward which is one of my favorite pastimes.

I thought I would craft an original career as a scholar, artist, international teacher, diplomat and author.

I envisioned teaching parts of the year abroad.  I imagined myself either starting a school, running a department, or teaching a semester here and a semester maybe in Ghana or Mexico.

I adopted the new vision to be an “international teacher.”

The other thought I had was how an artist succeeds.  I think there are plucking grounds for ripe and primed artists via artist residencies.  I was at the Studio Museum in Harlem and The Saatchi Gallery showed up to see artists in residence.  In Europe, there are residencies like the Rijksakademie that also connect artists to European galleries.  Artists in art residencies have completed BFA and MFA, have a body of graduate and professional work, professional studio-they are vetted artists and ripe for the picking.  Also their associates within these programs are other artists that become colleagues and make introductions and form their creative circle.  You get mentorship at residencies that polish the artist.  Perhaps that is something someone like me should do, both go to residencies or perhaps run one in Michigan or in Ghana.

What I think galleries do or should do is keep databases of their groups or pools of artists and keep building on these artist profiles and send them briefs for appropriate shows.  So artists are revolving in different shows.

We need in America more residencies for artists where artists are connected to galleries.  There are new emerging markets for online art sales like with the Saatchi Gallery that are pursuing high and low strategies and price points with print and original sales-where everyone walks out with something.

One thing that many art departments failed to recognize is the need for art writing to bring art to life where the viewer has more information and ability to engage.  The Sotheby’s Institute has an online certificate course in art writing.

I am still having many thoughts about giving and philanthropy.  There need to be backbones in communities.  You have to know when not to be poor but to find a way to make yourself rich because you’re the backbone.  When you need to provide jobs and shouldn’t stop thinking until you have achieved appropriate wealth and vision strategy.  When you have not occasional monies, but regular monies and look to models like the Salvation Army that runs big thrift stores to power shelters etc.

I am thinking about successful systems.  I am thinking about when art provides  “ideas and inspiration” and when art is “functional” and provides a viable solution to a problem or then, is it no longer art?

An existential birthday for me has been buying spiritual books every year around my birthday.  I got: “Ceremony,” by Leslie Marmon Silko, “The Masters and The Spiritual Path, Climb the Highest Mountain Series,” By Mark Prophet, “Foundations of the Path,” Mark. L. Prophet, “The Path to Attainment,” By Mark L. Prophet.

This year I gave myself a ton of gifts which was a thrill.  They are still on the way to me.  I got myself a “birthday shirt” which is light blue with daisy embroidery.  I ordered a bicycle pump and will start cycling again this season when it arrives.  I got a picture of the ocean. I got a risograph print from artist Ryan Molloy.  I got a piano theory book.  I played “Happy Birthday” on the piano several times.  I am attempting to memorize the notes.   I ordered three pairs of shoes, 2 summer sandals and a pair of green New Balance.  I got tart pans.  I baked and baked:  Brownies a la mode, peanut butter cookies, poppy seed muffins and lemon bars.  I got serving trays and a large bowl good enough for paella.  I imagined my future dinner parties.  I got a pink sheet.  I got a house cleaning house dress that is pastel/ carnation/ frosting colors.  I got a nightgown.  The nightgown reminded me of dogs and fireplaces.

My mother sent me some money.  Another friend in Chicago sent a blender for some margaritas.

I got Bruce Lee Video’s, Willy Wonka, vintage Disney, I got Chinese Music, some musicals and foreign language tapes.  I have been loving both cassette tape and videotape.  I got some plastic containers to organize my school work station.  I got a new curling iron.  I got some “Aveda Stress-Fix” oil perfume that smells divine.  I got rose water spray.

I applied to a writing program and researched another writing program and both filled me with the joy of anticipation.  I got a “Pocket Style Manual” by Diana Hacker (writing) that covers clarity, grammar, punctuation and mechanics, MLA/APA/Chicago/CSE, usage and grammatical terms.

I got an “Intermediate Algebra” book by D. Franklin Wright/Bill D. New.  I am a big fan of the highly useful algebra.  I thought about books, informational books, culturally defining books like “Castaneda” or “Wild Irish Rose” or “Arabian Nights.”  I thought about Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry.  I thought about placement within knowledge.  I am working on a book about Interdisciplinary Studies.  I thought about learning.  I thought about auditory then recognition in early learning and throughout life and in advertising, this strange link, how one comes to know, how one comes to have.  I thought about analysis and how it makes you way smarter.  There’s tacit knowledge, but there’s graduated and developed thought.  Becoming a thinker.

I started a book log this year.  Our local Ypsilanti library is recommending that children read about 1000 books a year.  I am aiming for longer books maybe 388 books this year.

Those are some of my main thoughts on this 2019 birthday.  I am really happy to be so peaceful and serene.  I spray rose water on my hair to catch the beauty of the rose to it.

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

Fit, Lean & Beautiful #39

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

If you find that your suits are not fitting well enough, you may need to define your muscles.

As do many bodybuilders, a man or a woman, but especially a man, men need muscle or bodybuilding powders to build and define their physique.  Suits may drape strangely on a man who has yet to define his muscles then pump up with weight training.  Muscular development may be a basic part of being a man.

One police officer said it is important for his position to be able to “run 2 miles fast.”  2 miles fast is a benchmark of good health and endurance.

Another important point to know with summer coming is that outdoor swimming pools absorb rays from the sun.  Tanning and slimming are therefore hallmarks of swimming pools.

It’s a nice time to get a “hard body” plan design.  Some people work out with the same personal trainer for even 30 years.  A good job is often one that you can turn into a later business and that affords good health and beauty.  What generally is good to include are liposuction, exercise weights, yoga, stretching, pool time and possibly a dog to get in enough walking.

The eyes really benefit from attention in the way of drops or eye gels.  It’s a noticeable experience to have creams and drops just for the eyes.  Try Oil of Olay Eye Gels. Other good products by Oil of Olay are “Regenerist Cream” and “Grapefruit Extract Facial Towelettes.”   You can also work on your eyebrows to better frame your eyes.

Spring is a good time to gear up with fresh and sweet designs for the warm weather.  You can purchase online madras, plaid or batik fabrics to make cool tunics for the spring and summer months with matching pull up pants.

Spring cleaning can be deeply rewarding.  Try to deep clean and clean carpets; replace mattresses, can openers, car, water filters and toothbrushes often.  Every spring cleaning try to at least replace your mattress-it will freshen your house tremendously.  It’s good to deep clean doorways and even spray clean your shoes with Windex or other cleaners so dirt is not tracked into your home.  Usually, salts and things linger in carpets and in doorways coming out of winter.   A good caddy improves cleaning as well.  You can carry around a bucket of cleaning supplies.  Be sure to dust with something like a swifter duster and clean thoroughly all the window sills where spider eggs are for later hatching.  In the spring, things do start hatching.  If you live in a brick house expect some ants.  Try to number your tasks.  Perhaps clean twenty things in a room.  Move out beds and furniture and vacuum below.  Clean out the vacuum too.  It’s good to replace all bulbs for good Feng Shui. Try to improve the light in your house.  Open the windows while you clean and let fresh air into the house.  Clean off cupboards, thoroughly dust artworks.  Get all your framing done and work on your art collection.  Get all your dry cleaning in and meditate on a clean home and spirit.  Try to professionally clean your house.  Know how to emergency clean it too.  Research cleaning, cleaning tools and agents.  Clean drapery and blinds as well.

Try to spiritualize your home and plan some “intellectual good times.”  You can spiritualize with music, core value books or spiritual readings such as “Don’t Look Before You Leap,” By Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (OSHO).  Other books by OSHO:   “112 Meditations to Discover the Mystery Within,” “Madras for Awakening Chakras,” “The Book of Secrets,” “Love Freedom and Aloneness,” “Courage,” “Finding Your Inner Power and Your Potential.”

Intellectual good times may be dates to the library by yourself to research your career.  Check out books in your field or career choice or try to learn a new skill or do research.  If you are so inclined you may write a research paper.  What can be a quick thrill is to research books in a keyword search on the computer while there and order them online after.

Culinary Book List #2

Culinary Book List #2

Compiled By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

German Cook Book

German Pastries

Ethiopian Cook Book

Cook 90 David Tamarkin

The Broad Fork by Hugh Acheson

Bobby Plays Bar Americain Cook Book  By Bobby Flay w/Stephanie Banyas

Joy of Mixology $30

Maldon Salt Bucket $29 Amazon

Silver Palatte Cookbook

Ethiopian Cook book with Bread

Mourad: New Moroccan

King Arthur Flour

 

Mexicanplease.com

Thespruceeats.com

Thegourmetgourmand.com

www.mylatinatable.com

 

 

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat   Samin Nosrat

Flavors of Africa  Evi Aki

Dishing up Dirt, simple Recipes for Cooking Through The Seasons  Andrea Bevis

Fair Foods  George Geary

Princess Pamelas Soul Food Cook Book of Afro-American Recipes  Pamela Strobel

America’s Test Kitchen

Better Homes and Gardens 100 Recipes You’ll Make Forever

A Taste of Latin America Patricia Cartin

Melba American Comfort Foods   Melba Wilson

Mario Batali Big American Cook Book   Mario Batali

Deep Run Roots Vivian Howard

Melissa’s Southern Cook Book   Melissa Sperky

The Hungry Fan’s Game Day Cook Book   Daina Falk

Sweetie Pies Cook Book  Robbie Montgomery

The Best American Recipes Fran McCullough

Food & Wine Annual Cook Book  Kate Heddings

The Peach Truck Cook Book  Jessica Rose

Ruffage A Practical Guide to Vegetables

Indianish Recipes & Antics From a Modern American Family  Priya Krishna

Magnolia Table A Collection of Recipes for Gathering   Joanna Gaines

How To Taste     Becky Selengut

The Family Table Living Nomadic   Smollett-Warwell, Jazz

Feast Food of the Islamic World, Helon, Anissa

Soul, A Chefs Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes

American Cookie   Anne Byrn

Sweet Home Café Cook Book A Celebration of American Cooking   Albert Lukas

Bring it, Tried and True Recipes for Potlucks and Casual Entertaining, Ali Rosen

Home Front Cooking  Tracey Enerson Wood

Cooks Illustrated Revolutionary Recipes America’s Test Kitchen

Chinese Heritage Cooking From My American Kitchen  Shirley Cheng

Garden to Table Fresh Recipes From Williams and Sonoma Test Kitchen Nicole Hill Gerulat

African American Heritage Cook Book

Southern Living

Family of the Spirit Cook Book

Cooking The North African Way  Mary Winget

Cooking The West African Way Bertha Vining Montgomery

Cooking The East African Way  Bertha Montgomery

 

Music List #2

Music List #2

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Portishead

Edie Brickell- Shooting rubber bands at the sky

Jamiroquai

Queen- Rhapsody

ABBA

Massive Attack

Depeche Mode

David Bowie

Tricky

Primal Scream

Sinead O’Connor

Billy Idol

Yves Tumor (Igwagbd)

Broken Clouds –Gaussan Curve

Hammond Blue D.K/S.K

The Animal Geotic

Fade  D.K/S.K

Liquid Mind

The Ambient Light

Ambient Jazz Ensemble

Sand Timer

J Balvin

Brandenburg Concertos Bach-Berlin Chamber Orchestra

Harpsichord Concerto Johann Sebastian Bach

SEI Concerti Andreas Staier Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Corelli 12 Concerti Grossi  Concerto for Harpsichord  Arcangelo Corelli

Cassandra Wilson

Buika Mi Nina Lola

Tom Tom Club

Diana Ross

Dead Can Dance

Savoy Brown

King Oliver and His Dixie Syncopators

Louisiana Red

Wayne Hancock

Paul Rodgers

Beau Weevils

Big George Brock

John Jackson

Clifton Chenier

Sweet Potato Mash

Bill Parkers Showboat Band

Mojo Bruno