Monthly Archives: July 2008

Weathering the Past

In the old green farm house I grew up in, we had a hallway just at the top of the stairs that was lined with bookshelves filled with children’s books. Most of the books I’m sure over time were donated or sold at garage sales. I have only a couple left, one of which is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I’m not even sure what possessed me to keep it, or how or when I even packed it up in one of our many moves. Of course if was one my favorites-I think I liked the absurdity of it and I resonated with the illustrations filled with pancakes, clouds, and friendly faces, especially the old man’s. 

When I saw this on Serious Eats this weeks I was nostalgic for time when the only books that became movies were Disney (and in that case, I’m not sure what came first). My only hope is that they don’t f*&k it up.

‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ The Movie

20080725-cloudy-meatballs-movie.jpgOpening the Chewandswallow Digest this morning, we learned of spaghetti storms in our stars—but not until 2010. Ron and Judi Barrett’s classic children’s storyCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will become a 3-D IMAX film by Sony Pictures Animation, starring Andy Samberg and Anna Faris. Beyond pasta, the town of Chewandswallow will also be deluged by Gorgonzola snow flurries, toast hurricanes, and pea-soup fog.

Since an illustrated 30 pages can only lend so much film fodder, the plot invents a scientist who instigates the edible meteorology in hopes of ending world hunger. (If you remember, the book begins with Grandpa accidentally whacking his grandson with a pancake while flipping one for breakfast, then explains how normal this is in Chewandswallow.) Similar to Twisterand Backdraft, the film will have a Mother Nature–gone-wrong twist.

Now, if only we could squeeze our childhood beds into the theaters for ultimate viewing pleasure.


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I Am Woman Hear Me Roar

It’s hard to be a woman. To keep up with American standards of beauty we are expected to shave our legs, under our arms, shape our brows, paint our nails, color the gray out of hair, and have to wax parts of ourselves we don’t even like our gynocologist to examine. Let’s not forget about bras or worse, Spanxx to hold in those parts so clothes look sleeker and somewhat like we’re able to keep up in pilates class. 

I’ve been reading Naomi Wolf’s classic The Beauty Myth (How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women) and like Howard Beale declared in Network “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” Or am I? 

I stopped reading woman’s magazines like Cosmo and Glamour years ago, yet I find myself flipping through Shape and Self for diet and exercise tips.

I looked in the mirror this morning and examined that crease between my eyes that started to form–I’m not even sure when–one day a few months ago I realized that it was there and my face in my eyes was forever changed. Over the weekend I went to Target to get eye cream and mositurizer that aides in wrinkle prevention. I also made a mental note that to go my eyebrows threaded tomorrow after work.

I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis–maybe if I have a work event or when I go out on the weekends. It’s just a daily hassle and I guess I don’t care that much to look more presentable to work, wearing uncomfortable shoes and buttoned down shirts is enough for me.

Maybe we all draw our lines on what we will do to conform and literally “buy into” the American standards of beauty. In the end, as cheesy as it sounds, we have to do what we have to do to feel good about ourselves. Which I sadly fear, is a learned practice. 

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Cattle Calling

I work in marketing and PR at a educational and cultural center in Chicago. It has almost nothing to do with mammals, except us humans inhabit the place. Why I received this email at work this morning mystifies me-nonetheless it gave me a Tuesday morning giggle.





Note to all pre-order customers:
We have shipped out all orders to
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Breeds of Cattle, 2nd Edition is officaly released.  The highly-anticipated second edition of the classic 1987 volume by Herman R. Purdy is now available for same day shipping. 

Breeds of Cattle, 2nd Edition

Herman R. Purdy, R. John Dawes and Dr. Robert Hough. 
  Revisions by Don Hutzel and a Foreword by John M. Meyer 






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I Pity the Fool!

I must learn to love the fool in me-the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility, and dignity but for my fool.

-Theodore I. Rubin, MD

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