General Me-ness

For my birthday this year my mom gifted me this wooden perpetual calendar, which she’s flipped over the numbers of daily since before I was born. Such an amazing gift, and a daily ritual I’ll keep for the rest of my life. Happy birthday to you, mom! 11/28/11

Finishing up some work for publisher The Child’s World this week. I’m crafting the back matter for 14 children’s book titles for its Folktales from around the World, American Tall Tales, and Children’s Favorite Stories series. It’s been fun revisiting old classics like Johnny Appleseed, Chicken Little, Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill and learning new ones like Momotaro and The Tiger, the Brahman and the Jackal. I’m writing about people, place, and morals—what stories tell us between the lines.

When researching Johnny Appleseed, I thought it was interesting to find Apple’s use of “John Appleseed” in its advertisements and application demos. I always saw that but didn’t think much about the connection. One cool thing I never noticed is the icon for TextEdit application (above, right), which I use instead of rtf files a lot of the time when writing web copy. I never wondered what the icon’s text actually says, but now I know:

Dear Kate,

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The troublemakers.
The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules.
And they have no respect for the status quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

Take Care,
John Appleseed

I think we know what Apple’s moral is…

I never met Steve Jobs, but after modeling in 4 projects for Apple, I like to think that he liked me—or at least my face.

What an honor to be so close (if only in image) to such a genius. Here are a few shots I found of my face at Apple keynote addresses. Thanks for the opportunity Steve. And thanks for all you’ve done for technology. My life is surely better for it.

My favorite quote from the latest Moonshine Ink edition (on stands today!): “I don’t hang out with any chickens, but my sister Olive acts like one.” –Flip Speckleman of Flip’s Friends (he’s a canine columnist, if you’re not a regular Moonshine reader)

And while you’re reading, be sure to check out my DiStill Life column on Detours: Tahoe City, an installation art exhibit coming to town in August and September. Just look for my face and the image above in the back of the paper!

UPDATE Or read it here: Art Less Traveled

I’ve had the Instagram app for about a year on my iPhone, but the sign-up start screen always scared me away… I’m not too big on apps anyways. But then one day I signed in, and started using it, and using it, and using it… and now I can’t stop!! Here are some of my favorites so far. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram (lis_k) to see them all.

When you work from home, it’s a lot harder to say no to things… especially volunteering (and accompanying friends to the beach). So, this month, I donated some 12 hours or so to helping the Nevada Museum of Art out with the installation of To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum, as well as ushering at the sold-out matinee talk from Zahi Hawass, the Egyptian minister of antiquities.

Besides the art and artifacts themselves, I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibit’s mural, which I saw in process but not completed, and the large fabric room dividers we worked on hanging during one of my volunteer days.