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11.17.2014


peek in private lounge at public airport :: Centurion Lounge :: San Francisco

Amex invited us to check out their new private lounge for card members that's above the check in + homeland security search area in Terminal 3 at SFO. They sent a car to pick us up + whisk us into this lovely modern space with toddler playroom, private cafe + luxurious restrooms with showers. A magician amazed us + a face painter decorated us, after we sampled from the cafe's brunch buffet.




 There were photo portraits of iconic San Francisco people included with the contemporary style furnishings, wallpaper, lighting + carpets.

click the above image for 20 pics inside the Amex lounge at SFO

As the busiest travel time of the year approaches, private lounges within public airports are a luxury we're lucky to have experienced, + a model for how the public spaces can improve comfort for travelers.



"American Express is excited to introduce The Centurion Lounge in San Francisco International Airport on November 6th 2014. The new Lounge is the 1st on the West Coast + the 4th location in a network that’s expanding in major airports across the United States.

Unlimited, complimentary access to The Centurion Lounge is among a suite of curb-to-curb benefits designed to create a more seamless travel experience for Platinum Card Members. The 8,200 square foot Lounge, located in Terminal 3, features world-class amenities that allow Card Members to:
·         Dine: Featuring Napa Valley inspired, seasonal cuisine curated by The Restaurant at Meadowood.
·         Work + Play: Connected work spaces include high speed Wi-Fi + outlets near every seat, + a sound-proof family room allows a safe + fun place for kids to play.
·         Relax + Recharge: relaxation areas + luxurious shower suites provide an optimal place to refresh, + Member Services staff can help assist with Card inquiries + travel services.
The Centurion Lounge has locations currently open in Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS), Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) + New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA). American Express will unveil a new Centurion Lounge location next year at Miami InternationalAirport (MIA).
Entry to The Centurion Lounges is complimentary for consumer, Business + Corporate Platinum Card + Centurion® Members, + their immediate family or up to 2 travel companions. Other American Express Credit + Charge Card Members may purchase a 1-day pass at The Centurion Lounge for $50."
“I participated in an influencer activation program on behalf of Influence-Central for American Express. I received thank you items for my participation.“

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#TheCenturionLounge #MC #sponsored

by ~mod*mom~ at 17.11.14 ©


10.03.2014

halloween murder mystery :: who poisoned Mrs. Stanford with strychnine in 1905? Stanford University President, David Starr Jordan? her private secretary? both? 

Amasa Leland Stanford family crypt on Stanford University campus. Bare breasted female sphinxes in front originally, were moved to rear, + replaced with male sphinxes





Stanford's wed in 1850 in New York, moved to California at Gold Rush 1855

            

Amasa Stanford built his own Governor's mansion in Sacramento, California. New York native Stanford was elected Governor of California at 37, while President of Central Pacific Railroad (he seized free land for his railroad). Stanford's son Leland was born here, when Jane was 42 + Amasa was 44.

Governor Amasa Stanford family's 1st San Francisco mansion
"He moved to San Francisco in 1874 to become President of the Occidental & Oriental Steamship Co., a Central Pacific shipping affiliate that transported people + cargo between California, Asia, Japan, India, Australasia, HawaiiAmasa Stanford also became a Senator + built what was then the largest private residence in California, on San Francisco's Nob Hill next to the Mark Hopkins mansion


Stanford's Palo Alto mansion + Mrs. Stanford's secretary / murder suspect

by ~mod*mom~ at 3.10.14 ©


9.23.2014

steve Woz wozniak midcentury whiz kid, invented the personal computer, founded the Children's Discovery Museum on Woz Way in Silicon Valley + taught 5th grade in public schools :)



PBS documentary The Boomer List, profiles of 19 midcentury childhoods, airs tonight + streams at pbs.org

Woz is always a whiz kid at heart :) woz.org

i took these stills with my iPhone at the palo alto apple store, where iPhone 6 lines wrap the block


by ~mod*mom~ at 23.9.14 © 0 comments


9.18.2014

Techmanity technology-humanity conference electric dance concert :: radioaction
sound waves are electromagnetic radiation waves that can heal us. my cancer survivor dance class uses music as part of our mind-body-spirit connection in community therapy to support our immune systems, circulation, coordination, strength + mental/spiritual health. we dance rhythmic neuro-integrative-action pose sequences. many like me weep with joy to feel safety replacing fear in our bodies when we start moving to music after paralyzing diagnosis, surgery + treatment.

i was so happy to hear that many songs we dance to are by musicians headlining at Techmanity conference by Fast Company magazine. Thievery Corporation is healing + saving lives with electromagnetic radiation waves of sound pulsing, enervating + soothing our scarred bodies + souls.

"Thievery Corporation, is one of the most influential + respected names in electronic dance music EDM culture. They just launched their 7th studio album, saudadevia their own ESL Music label."
“This album is really about our love of bossa nova,  jazz + '60s - '70s cinematic soundtrack music”






"Décollage, in art, is the opposite of collage; instead of an image being built up of all or parts of existing images, it is created by cutting, tearing away or otherwise removing, pieces of an original image.The French word "décollage" translates into English literally as "take-off" or "to become unglued" or "to become unstuck". wikipedia

"saudade borrows its title from a Portuguese word meaning “a longing for something or someone that is lost, a contented melancholy, or, simply, the presence of absence.”


by ~mod*mom~ at 18.9.14 ©


9.04.2014
supernatural halloween party :: California Academy of Sciences :: october 24  5pm 
"Come in costume + trick-or-treat your way through the Academy, among spooktacular animals, jugglers, aerial acrobats, face painters, magic shows, live animal demos, giant pumpkin carving, + “Haunted Tour of the Night Sky” planetarium show, under a "living roof."


boxfish + cowfish             calacademy.org/halloween

by ~mod*mom~ at 4.9.14 ©


8.31.2014


bloggers were invited to partner with target in party products design :: target's top pinning bloggers on pinterest are Jan Halvarson of PoppytalkJoy Cho of OhJoy, + Kate Arends of WitandDelight :: OhJoy + Poppytalk cake stands + checkers are my favorites



my invitation was "lost in the mail"; here are my target garden party picks:






now you can also impulse buy on target instagram images

by ~mod*mom~ at 31.8.14 ©


8.29.2014





quake + quack :: city + bay tour :: san francisco 6.O earthquake

we rode an amphibious duck tour last weekend (via our bikes + caltrain),
after jolting awake at 3:20am + standing up as the quake rumbled through.
see our 69 pic slide show above. it was a beautiful uncrowded day to see the sites, hear jokes + history, + assess the city skyline expansion.

i love the "streets of san francisco" era stuff like these 49 mile scenic drive signs, midcentury architecture, + vintage museum mechanique where the custodian on retro roller skates uses a futuristic dyson stick vaccuum as we play an original PONG game...

                                          

by ~mod*mom~ at 29.8.14 ©


8.26.2014

"Migrant Mother" story :: famine + fame

"As the United States sank into the Great Depression, a female photographer named Dorothea Lange turned her attention away from studio + portrait work toward the suffering. Taking a Government job as a photographer for the U.S. Resettlement Administration, a New Deal agency tasked with helping poor families relocate, Lange went to California, to a campsite of out-of-work pea pickers. The crop had been destroyed by freezing rain; there was nothing to pick. Lange approached a woman sitting in a tent, surrounded by her 7 children, + asked if she could photograph them.

"Migrant Mother" became the iconic photo of the Depression, + one of the most familiar images of the 20th century. At the time, the dust-blown interior of the United States was full of families like hers, whom poverty had forced off their land into a life of wandering. Their poverty was total; they had nothing. Where is her husband, the children's father? She is on her own. There is no help, no protection.

There are few images as deeply ingrained in the national consciousness as Migrant Mother. Yet for decades, no one knew what had become of this woman + her family. No one even knew her name: Lange never asked.

Finally, in 1978, a reporter from the Modesto Bee found the Migrant Mother in a trailer park outside Modesto, California. Her name was Florence Owens Thompson; she was 75.
Thompson was born a Cherokee, in Indian Territory, Oklahoma, in 1903. She married at 17, then moved to California. When she was 28 years old + pregnant, her husband died. Thereafter Thompson worked odd jobs of all kinds to keep her children fed. For most of the 1930s, she was an itinerant farmhand, picking whatever was in season.
During harvests, she would put her babies in bags + carry them along with her as she worked down the rows. She earned 50 cents per 100 pounds picked + says she generally picked around 450 - 500 pounds a day. For a while, she and her children lived under a bridge.
In 1936, at a pea-pickers camp, Dorothea Lange appeared. Thompson was not eager to have her family photographed + exhibited as specimens of poverty, but there were people starving in that camp, + Lange convinced her that the image would educate the public about the plight of hardworking but poor people like herself. Within days, the photo was being published in papers across the country — an instant classic of American photography.
Thompson moved to Modesto in 1945 + went to work in a hospital there. She had one of the most famous faces in the United States, yet, to keep her family together, she had to work 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. "I worked in hospitals, I tended bar, I worked in the field. So I done a little bit of everything to make a living for my kids." Thompson profited nothing from Migrant Mother.
Meanwhile, Migrant Mother made Dorothea Lange's reputation, helped earn her a Guggenheim fellowship, + conferred fame + a permanent place in the canon of American photographers. Lange certainly deserved her success; she had an eye, talent, training, + drive. Yet it seems unjust that Migrant Mother, one of the most successful photographs in American history, should have helped so many, but done nothing for the woman whose face + body were able to express so much. Thompson was a model; she was posing, + she knew why. She was to represent the very Figure of Poverty. So she organized her posture + set her expression just so for Lange's camera. And that is a talent, too. Thompson + Lange, for an instant in 1936, were collaborators. Yet the gulf between their fortunes, already colossal, would only grow wider as years passed.via pbs


images: califoria history museum



American Masters: Dorothea Lange : Grab a Hunk of Lightning, new documentary about "Migrant Mother" photographer :: broadcast premiere this Friday, August 29 on PBS

"Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning documentary explores the life + vision of the influential photographer, whose enduring images document 5 decades of American history. features interviews + vérité scenes with Lange at her San Francisco Bay Area home studio, circa 1962-1965, including work on her unprecedented 1-woman career retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Reveals the camera as Lange’s first muse + the confluence of artists at work + in love, explains the impact of these relationships on Lange’s life, + demonstrates the challenges of balancing artistic pursuits with family."

"Dorothea Nutzhorn was born in 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey. She enrolled in the New York Training School for Teachers 1914 - 1917. She dropped her father's surname + adopted her mother's. Lange worked in photography studios + attended a class at Columbia University.
In 1918, she moved to San Francisco, where she opened a successful portrait studio. She lived in Berkeley. In 1935 she married a Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley. Together they documented rural poverty + migrant laborers for 5 years; Lange took the photos, + Taylor interviewed people + collected data.

During World War II she was hired by the U.S. War Relocation Authority to document the internment camps of Japanese-Americans, + by the U.S. State Department to photograph the United Nations Conference in San Francisco.

In 1952, she cofounded the photography magazine Aperture." 

by ~mod*mom~ at 26.8.14 ©


8.20.2014
contemporarymuseumart lacma circa 1965 Circus Family ad Todd Walker


Ringling Bros + Barnum&Bailey® presents LEGENDS!  The Greatest Show On Earth®
   
"Children Of All Ages experience unimaginable family fun as amazing performers from around the globe perform awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder to summon the mythical and the mysterious visions that have only existed in your imagination + now materialize before your eyes: the Unicorn, Pegasus + a Woolly Mammoth!"

families can come to the arena floor to participate in interactive, up-close circus experiences:
Pre-Show: included with admission, allows circus fans to learn juggling + balancing skills, meet performers of The Greatest Show On Earth, get autographs, take photos, + enter a prize raffle.

Ringmaster Zone: ultimate, intimate, exclusive circus fan experience. exciting pre-show experience combines tickets to the best seats in the house with walk on the Ringling Red Carpet with Ringmaster + the stars of the show, step inside the Globe of Steel, take photos on the ringmaster’s float, + have an elephant encounter. Ringling ticketmaster 

feldentertainment : worldwide leader in producing + presenting live touring family entertainment experiencess, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in over 70 countries + on 6 continents." 

                                                      




by ~mod*mom~ at 20.8.14 ©


8.14.2014





mod*miss back to school shopping time

we checked out target + thriftshops for a mix of new + vintage clothes, supplies + room refreshers.
this year mod*tween gets a locker, so she was excited target sent her a chandelier (also for doll house)!












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by ~mod*mom~ at 14.8.14 ©


8.08.2014




cat mom Kate, founder of hauspanther :: Catification book


being a cat mom parallels nurturing, protecting, cherishing of child mom, + requires imagination, information + products to express your style as you care for + enjoy your family

Kate created + curates a cat-family community from her perspective as cat mom
  
:blogs cat activism
:catification: use of space
:cat care: food, health
:cat style
:healing comfort of cats
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