Greetings everyone – and welcome to the June ChatterBulletin and the “dual” sign of Gemini!
Why dual when it is the 3rd sign of the zodiac? Well, look at the Symbol for starters and we have a pair, The Twins, and with the Glyph the duality is expressed by two Vertical Lines, along with two Horizontal Lines. Now, they say that things come in three’s, and they do, but with Gemini, they come in two’s, they just do. They say things twice, they have dual personalities, they eat two helpings of their food and if they’re smart, they will always buy two of everything because once the first one is gone or broken, they wish they had that second one! So what’s the theme for this month? I’m going with Sport and the Number 2.
So, speaking of pairs, there are some sports that require two people to compete against one another – tennis, Ping-Pong, pool, boxing, fencing, darts and badminton, for example. Why is this interesting, because the Ruler of Gemini is Mercury, and it was Mercury, or Hermes who gave us boxing, gymnastics, track & field, tennis, and the invention of weights & measures. And speaking of tennis, I would be remiss not to mention that while preparing the Gemini newsletter, I watched some of the French Open Tennis Finals, in which Rafael Nadalwon the Men’s trophy for an unprecedented 8th time – he is the first man ever (as in ever) to win the same Grand Slam tournament that many times! And, he did it after being out of the game for 7 months due to injuries. He is truly remarkable.
Our ChatterArtist for this month is Jill Waterman, who ironically introduced me to last month’s ChatterArtist Linda Rutenberg, and they both like to photograph at night! Jill is a Gemini, born on June 5thand we first met when I was still working at PDN and PhotoServe. We immediately became friends, and I will never forget when my back went out and I was stuck in my apartment for several weeks, it was Jill who came by to see me and bring me some of my work from the office!
When I said I was going to become a comedian, they all laughed. Well, they’re not laughing now, are they?
Growing old is compulsory – growing up is optional.
Bob Monkhouse 1928-2003
You may (or may not) have noticed that my quotes for the last several months have all come from funny people – which is ironic really since now we have arrived at the sign of Gemini, who is truly the jokester of the zodiac! So I would be remiss if I did not continue the trend and bring you a quote (actually two since Gemini is a “dual” sign represented by the symbol of the “twins”) from yet another funny person! Last year I chose Joan Rivers (who turns 80 this month!), so this time I decided to go with a British Comedian I grew up with, Robert Alan “Bob” Monkhouse, OBE (Order of the British Empire), a Gemini, born June 1, 1928 in Beckenham, Kent, England, and who died on December 29, 2003 aged 75 in Eggington, Bedfordshire, England.
So my Gemini friend loves sandwiches, but even more than that, he loves his Mayonnaise, and I mean loooves his Mayonnaise! So this month I am giving you a few perhaps unexpected Tips using Mayonnaise, other than for sandwich making [if he can spare it!]. Note also that Gemini‘s color is Yellow, and Mayonnaise is what color? Yellow!
You may recall a couple of years ago, we featured sandwiches, sinceGemini likes to “pair” things together, so here (especially for my Gemini friend) is a delicious dessert sandwich, also known as Strawberry Shortcake! Some of you may also remember I mentioned Massachusetts-based food photographer Elizabeth Cecil in last month’s newsletter, in my Palm Springs Photo Festival Report. During one of our conversations, Elizabeth and I somehow got to talking about Strawberry Shortcake (like you do), and I mentioned I was looking for a good recipe, so sure enough, she very kindly me sent this excellent recipe (slightly adapted) from one of her favorite cookbooks by pastry chef Claudia Fleming, “The Last Course: The Desserts of Gramercy Tavern.”
On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 I took an intrepid trip all the way uptown to the Bronx to see the Open Show NY One-Year Anniversaryscreening. I admit that I can be a bit lazy sometimes about traveling to an event that is within walking distance (!) but this was well worth the journey, and luckily it was a beautiful evening for everyone to be sitting outside in this amazing city of ours, viewing photography at night. Now, you may remember that I have mentioned the Open Show in my previous newsletters – they are a global network of which Open Show NY is a part, but this was my first time attending. Radhika Chalasani is the lead producer, and we have known one another for a while, so it was good to finally go and support this event. Watch out for future dates, since I might even MC for them at some point! And to see more photos of the event go to the Open Show NY Facebook Page.