Monday, April 30, 2007

hearts & rainbows & unicorns


from: Little loveable Lella

Sunday, April 29, 2007

hey buds

Friday, April 27, 2007


to do a flip you have to
trust yourself that you'll
see the horizon again
on the other side
the flip side
you can't do a flip
staring at the horizon

Thursday, April 26, 2007

heather must slow down and check her work

does this seem a little rough for a 7-8 year old?

i think things took a turn for the worse with my "social development" when i found out we'd be moving that summer from rhode island to new york.

the last quarter, she enjoyed having me in class because i got 99% on all their stupid standardized tests. i mean give me a break.

the red stamps up top are from chuck e. cheese which gave half off dinner to kids who brought their report cards & had some G's or E's or something like that. the grease marks are from there too.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

woke up this morning...

i hopped out of bed able to BREATHE and without retching, life is grand, the birds are singing, they're singing james brown

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

roses & clover

Sunday, April 22, 2007

the pumpkin that nobody wanted

second grade, i think miss hodgkinson was a little harsh on me

Saturday, April 21, 2007

ache throb pound

it's the nicest day of the year and i have a fever, stuffed head, painful ear buzzing, burning throat, my skin aches, shooting pains through my head and i just want to be outside. i just ventured out to the store for gallons of OJ and lemons and more throat drops. the dogs are bored. i hate sympathy, if you're feeling good go out & do something fun on this glorious earth day weekend. i have tickets for toubab krewe tonight that are going to waste like my tickets for last night did. ginger ale sounds good, loud music and/or standing up doesn't. sick feels extra sick on weekends. appreciate your good health!

Friday, April 20, 2007

tapes haiku & two more for four twenty

red scotch masking duct
mix packing electrical
measuring cassette

disease forces heroism from
those around it
brings out the best
takes the best

how long
will a sore throat
nag before it
screams & hits
or shuts the hell up

Thursday, April 19, 2007

virginia tech

weeks like this i'm glad i don't have a tv. i'm sure the virginia tech tragedy has been on air 24/7. i've read many articles on it, and don't need to hear and see every detail hashed and rehashed every 10 minutes. a lot of people are in despair, crying WHY why why? and while my heart aches for everyone involved, this shooting doesn't make me feel like the apocalypse is any closer. one person acted insanely on monday, hundreds of people reacted bravely, intelligently, normally, heroically, with incredible compassion and genuine care for their fellow man -- friend or stranger. the stories i read of professors trying to protect their classes, authorities doing all they could, students helping each other, if only by maintaining silent eye contact with another student under desks while the shooting was happening - that's what i am left with. the lives of 32 innocent people were senselessly snuffed, their friends and families will never stop grieving, and it's not fair or right, but it doesn't scare me and i don't think we're closer to the end of the world. it makes me want to work harder for peace everywhere. so take that, gunman.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Monday, April 16, 2007

photos recentos

Sunday, April 15, 2007

local widespread panic

i got to see widespread panic at the asheville civic center on friday.

it was amazingly great.
there was supposed to be a big security crackdown based on councilman carl mumpower's likening a recent ratdog show to an amsterdam hash bar, but i didn't see one.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Peek-a-Do, Jill's salon for kids in Durham!

remember jill?

check out her salon for kids in Durham, NC - Peek-A-Do!

Children the mane clientele at this salon
Child-friendly Peek-a-Do! hair salon caters to the kid in all of us ... and they do it with style

Elizabeth Shestak, Correspondent

Noah Triplett sat on his mother's lap Wednesday morning, tears streaming as he yelped and fussed, squirming away from the woman who kept coming at him with those shiny things that made little hairs flutter around his face.

A few minutes later, the 21-month-old had calmed down and was sporting a dapper look, his thick, dark brown hair parted to the side, still damp from being spritzed down in the momentary mayhem that had just passed.

His mother, Karen Triplett, literally jumped for joy -- her toddler had finally gotten his hair cut.

It had been six months since his last (and first) trim, and it was just as bad when his grandfather, a retired barber, had a go at it, but he lived too far away to cut it again. Triplett said her husband just couldn't handle watching the fits Noah would throw when she tried to cut it herself.

Her last hope was Peek-a-Do!, a kid-friendly salon at 7011 Fayetteville Road. It's not just for kids-cuts - children are supervised and entertained while their parents get cuts too.

Owner Jill Simpson, a 31-year-old mother of two, opened the boutique -- the first of its kind in Durham -- in October 2005 with fellow mom Jan Sebway; business has been booming.

Simpson's original plans did not include owning a business. She wanted to be a kindergarten teacher and earned a liberal arts degree at UNC-Chapel Hill. She loved being a stay-at-home mom, too. But once the idea got rolling, she embraced the creative outlet.

"We can't do that, we're just moms!" is what they said to themselves at first. But as the logistics became clearer, "there was that moment of just like why not?" Simpson said. "We know what moms want and we know what kids want, and we'll figure out the rest."

The salon offers more than a barber's chair and a pair of scissors. The walls are decorated in an earthy green, blue, yellow and orange palette, and there are rounded edges on everything in the room. The mirrors look like puddles on the walls, and the receptionist's desk is an island.

In front of every seat (some are shaped like cars and planes.) there is an LCD screen with a choice of four animated movies playing at all times. Wednesday featured "Dora the Explorer," "Elmo," "Thomas the Tank Engine" and "Cars."

Katherine Hirsh brought her son, Alexander, 5, to Peek-a-Do! to have his hair repaired -- he had given himself a haircut a week earlier and it needed some touching up. They all seem to do that to themselves when they turn five, she joked.

Simpson only hires stylists who have at least five years' experience outside of beauty school.

"You can't learn to cut hair on a moving target," she said.

Patience and the kind of personality that makes the children comfortable are also job requirements.

Janice Glass cut Alexander's hair and said she relies on lots of distractions for the children. Anything that makes them hold their heads still and look down helps, Glass said.

Simpson even sells toys in the salon, making sure they are educational, fun and not apt to drive parents nuts.

"I don't think toys have to have lights and make sounds to be fun," Simpson said.

Simpson said they made sure furnishings would be low enough so that parents could visually keep track of their children no matter where they were in the salon.

There is a play area for siblings and friends waiting their turn, and when the children are finished, they get to choose a toy out of the "treasure chest" and also receive a balloon.

Little girls get a "signature twist" where a front piece of their hair is twisted back and tied with a ribbon in the color of their choice.

Simpson won't allow Duke blue on the premises.

The Colorado native said children's salons are all the rage in Denver, but there were none in the Triangle.

"It is such a need -- this is such a growing area with so many young families and there are just so many children and you know, they need haircuts," Simpson said.

She met Sebway, who they refer to as the "behind-the-scenes partner," as first-time mothers in birthing class.

Raising their children together (Simpson's daughter Lande and Sebway's son Zack were born just five days apart) brought them very close, and they started coming up with ideas from noticing things that would make the lives of mothers easier.

A pacifier that actually stayed in mouths was one fledgling concept, but it never moved beyond speculation. When their children were the age where they needed haircuts, it occurred to Simpson that there was no place that specialized in children's cuts.

It took two years, but after doing tons of research, hiring an ad agency for six months and an architecture firm to make her vision of a stimulating but not Chuck E. Cheese-esque environment, Peek-a-Do! opened and was a hit from the start.

Basic haircuts are more expensive than in most salons -- Peek-a-Do! prices start at $19, $22 for a wash and cut, and $9 for a bang/over the ear trim. They even offer manicures, which start at $15. Children's haircuts run around $12 at other places.

But Simpson strives to make the boutique a positive experience for children and parents alike, and she loves it when the children walk in the door crying from fear, and leave crying because they don't want to leave.

Published: Jan 27, 2007 The Durham News

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Monday, April 09, 2007

peace haiku 37-43

get to get green with
deepest inhale let it out
push reset button

fog puddles cloud road
wipers distract more than clear
proceed via gut

bold enough to ask
play cute pry my deepest cut
you'll get my gross truth

don't cheat on someone
you care about when it's so
easy to break up

problem method do
adapt repeat ritual
solvent solution

my religion is
realism try to see
things as they are now

transcend every
minute perspective & be
all the connections

Sunday, April 08, 2007


in the easter egg hunt
of life some of the
chocolate eggs are
bunny turds

Friday, April 06, 2007

hippity hoppity

Thursday, April 05, 2007

ray of apollo sunshine

i saw the band apollo sunshine open for toots & the maytals last night and i was completely blown away. they were excellent. they do what they want. they put out enormous energy. i would highly recommend listening to their music & going out to hear them play anytime you have a chance.



"today is your day"

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

bittersweet advice

make traps of
baking powder
powdered sugar

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

what i was doing when i was 6

Monday, April 02, 2007

happy not birthday jim reilly

today jim reilly should have turned 31. here's a picture i found yesterday in my old desk from when he & his friend rob (i think) came down to UNC from william & mary for a night to see his brother and i'm not sure why else. i remember i didn't go out with them because i had an english exam the next day. stupid.

here's a link to what i posted last year with some drawings he worked on. let's all work on peace this year, whaddya say?

Sunday, April 01, 2007

new gig

i joined a band as a clarinet player!