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Silver Queen Fine Art – Park City Art Gallery

16 Aug

I have been MIA for a few days. Sorry about that.

On to bigger news:

One of my best pals Timm Hilty and his art gallery Silver Queen Fine Art was featured in In This Week this week, which is Northern Utah’s guide to what’s the what in town.  Since the article was published, I see my friend Timmy’s face everywhere! It makes me feel important. Yeah, I live vicariously through my much more popular (and in this case, famous!) and cool friends.

Check the article out.

Scratch that.

Check the Gallery out (ok, ok, read the article too!).

This is the warmest, friendliest, most comfortable and fun gallery you will ever step your foot in. Oh, and the artists’ talent is INSANE. He features 21 different fine artists in the gallery, a couple of which are local, like this guy, whose work I absolutely adore.

One of my favorite artists‘ work is prominently displayed here. I actually had the pleasure of spending a weekend with him and his lovely lady when they were in town from New York City back in February for his showing at Silver Queen. I acquired my first original piece. See below.

Frank Gonzalez

Second Attempt

I could literally spend thousands upon thousands of dollars at the gallery. If I literally had thousands upon thousands of dollars to spend. In the meantime, I will just enjoy the gallery located in beautiful and historic Park City, lounging on the custom sofa, enjoying a beverage with the gallery cat, Midas and my dear friend Timm.

Do yourself a favor and visit.

Farmer’s Market 8.6.11

6 Aug

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It’s Not You. It’s Me.

1 Aug

As I have recently re-immersed myself into the dating world, I’ve found that things are a bit different this time around.

 

Allow me to impart a brief account of my romantic history. Get excited.

1997 – 2001
I dated/”went out with” who I wanted, when I wanted, how I wanted and where I wanted. Of course, during this time I had my first boyfriend (Rod) and my first kiss (Spencer) and finally, I rejoiced in my relationship with my first love; my highschool sweetheart (Randy) who I remained with until half-way through my senior year.

2001 – 2003
I did quite a bit of dating during this time (to make up for lost time… maybe??) and I relished in all the attention I was getting from boys men. I dated Aaron on and off over the course of 1 1/2 years and I adored his “squeaky-clean”, modest, yet hilarious personality. I dated Chris who I enjoyed cuddling and watching movies with. I dated Dustin, Jared and Dylan who were all in their mid 20’s (this must be where my infatuation with older men began) when I was barely 18 years old. I grappled with the idea of possibly “being in love” with my childhood best friend and neighbor Kendall, who was preparing to serve a mission for our church. I dated Doug who I enjoyed summer activities with like swimming and hiking. I met several men at my place of employment – Crossroads Plaza , a shopping center located in downtown Salt Lake City. Some I went on dates with; others I did not.

August 2003
I met Patrick at work. He worked at the phone store at Crossroads Plaza and I worked in the shopping center management office. We crossed each other’s path and BAM! Instant connection (seriously, this was as close to a “love-at-first-sight” as I think humanly possible). I kept my distance at first since I had a handful of other men I was enjoying the company of. Patrick persisted for a few weeks before I finally agreed to go out with him. What can I say? I’m easily persuaded.

June 2004
Patrick became my husband.

Now if you are still reading (what would ever possess me to write about my dating history, I do not know), congratulations! Fast forward to post divorce.

2008 – Current
I flirted with Brennan who shortly thereafter became engaged to a lovely lady. I went on a really creative date with Nick who I never saw again. I gave Jared my number who never called. I gave “googly eyes” to Matt who didn’t get the picture (I still do give him googly eyes, in fact). I dated Dave. We could never get past the “friends that kiss” thing. I dated Jay for 2+ years; neither of us could quite commit. I dated a handful of other guys (Andrew, Jonathon, Adam, Corey and Clint), where there was just no profound connection.

Finally, I dated Chris, who I was completely smitten with. He was 37 years old and the 10+ year gap didn’t bother me one bit. He was attractive, intelligent, creative and cultured. When we were together, he would gaze into my eyes. After our 4th date, I never heard from him again (This one stung a bit – not gonna lie. It was the last thread that propelled me right into my current dating hiatus).

You see any stark differences here? Why such a torrential rain of romantic failures? Is this pay-back for my seemingly blissful (at least on my end!) romances of my vivacious youth? Is this just nature balancing things out?

Is this just preparing me for my everlasting beloved? The man of my dreams?

I really, really, reeeeeaaallly hope so.

*Names have NOT been changed to expose the guilty.

Pins & Needles

31 Jul

Acupuncture as healing?

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Kim, a family member’s girlfriend from Korea. She is currently living in China, studying Chinese medicine.

What is Chinese medicine exactly? I knew it included some holistic or “alternative” approaches to medicine, but didn’t know exactly what it entailed.

According to Wikipedia (the source of all reliable information, right?), “Chinese Medicine refers to a broad range of medicine practices sharing common theoretical concepts which have been developed in China and look back on a tradition of more than 2000 years, including various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage therapy, and dietary therapy. These practices are a common part of medical care throughout East Asia, but are considered alternative medicine in the western world.”

Kim, as a medical student in China, receives both training in traditional Chinese Medicine as well as training and education in Modern Western Medicine. She shared with me that when she first began to learn about Chinese Medicine, she was intensely skeptical. But as she delved into this mystical world, she saw miracles occurring all around her and her colleagues. She is now a firm believer in Acupressure, Acupuncture (she cured her boyfriend’s injured back using this!) and certain forms of massage. She said, “I have a love for Western Medicine too. I believe in surgery. But I have even more love for Chinese Medicine”.

We do know that our nation specifically is over-medicated and over-diagnosed. We know there is a health epidemic in this country with obesity and other disease on the rise (a result of genetics or inherited lifestyle – I’m not sure). We also have more medication and technology than ever. So why do we have for the first time EVER a rising generation that has been predicted to out-die their parenting generation? I have my opinions (which I’ll save for another day) as I am sure many others have theirs.

I pose this question – is there some value to going back to the basics? To begin treating causes of disease and not symptoms? I realize there is quite a bit of controversy surrounding this topic but I wonder, who of you have tried alternative therapy? Did it work?

I blessedly have no prevailing ailments. I have had no life-threatening disease or injury. I periodically suffer from minor symptoms such as headaches and nausea (always a result of poor eating, I am convinced) which I will use essential oils to relieve. It has worked for me!

Please note that I am not condemning the modern medical world – I am grateful to live in a day when so many options are available for us.

What are your thoughts?