Monday, November 11, 2019

Collage Social and Vision Board

I facilitated a craft workshop this week. We had a really good turn out and made a lot of great art. We were working with collage and some participants brought cigar boxes or wooden boxes. One person brought a tin which she decorated with photos of her late partner: she applied photos of her and was going to put her ashes in it. I thought that was a brilliant idea and it would work for keepsakes too, like a wallet or watch. Othe participant came to make vision boards to set their intensions for the coming new year. We had a blast and made some great things.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Married To A Rock Star

Stagg's Halloween Costumes for work over the years....Above Adam Ant. Below David Bowie.
 Above Freddie Mercury, I woke up one day at 6:30 in the morning and Stagg was standing there as Freddie. What? Below Alice Cooper.

Saturday, November 09, 2019

The Bridges Of Madison County Visit

 Stagg and I were able to take a stop along our road trip in Iowa this week and see the famous movie locations of the Streep and Eastwood movie. I got surprisingly giddy. You can hear about it on one of our recent podcasts.

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Friday, November 08, 2019

Council Bluffs Sightseeing

 We drove out to spend time with Renee this weekend. We had a blast. We made a list of sights to see around Council Bluffs, and we also hung out with the dogs, cats...and family. We also went out for dinner. We just had such a lovely visit.The above photo is a woman pioneer rich person who had a vision of the fountain of youth then died. Someone hired the same sculptor that made the Lincoln Memorial to make this statue. It's called the Black Angel. We did not look her in the eye because we were told if you do something bad will happen. Here is a site about The Black Angel. Click hypertext.
 This is the spot where Lewis and Clark named the city Council Bluffs/ I have other pics of the WPA project designed site I'll add tomorrow.

 We took a tour of the Tabernacle of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Quite interesting. Listen to our podcast for more behind the scenes info. The Agency Podcast on apple and iTunes

 Stagg and I. It was a great day weather wise, cold but so pretty with fall leaves turning colors.

 Renee, Stagg and I inside the Tabernacle of the LDS in Janesville Iowa.

Love To Hear From You

Hi, we have a new episode this week and we would love to hear from you. You can email us, or write a review on iTunes. You can click on THIS LINK to hear us on iTunes....We interview longtime blogger The Solipsist. We recorded this new episode in his Chicken Coop that is converted into a huge studio style room. We also read a letter from one of our listeners in Australia. Let us know what you are thinking.

Writers and bloggers Susan and Steve. We had a great time visiting them!
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Hi we have a new episode this week with a special guest! Longtime blogger The Solipsist spends some time with us on newest episode. We hang out in Iowa and catch up. We would love you to follow us or post a review on iTunes. We also read a letter from a listener in Australia. Thank you so much for listening and I hope you tell your friends if you enjoy us.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Where's The Money?

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

What Is Going On In JOKER?

Thank you SO MUCH for listening. We are loving hanging with you and love hearing from you. We are so grateful for you checking out our podcast.

Last of The Independents. Among our conversations we read a letter from one of our listeners, Bob,  who recommends moonshot thinkers Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler.. We saw JOKER this week and watched a 1968 movie. We offer an AGENCY trucker hat to listeners who write to us with their ideas, impressions or pleas for a trucker hat.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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Friday, October 11, 2019

5 Card Stud

We had request for a mini-episode so here is our first bonus episode. We talk about an old Henry Hathaway directed movie starring Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Country Music Series

Three chords and the truth. That's country. All I can say is I cried so massively throughout the whole series which we just finished up. The series ends in the time frame of 1996....and I wondered why. There were montages of some contemporary performers like Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley but no profiles. I would have liked to have another chapter and I wonder if their will be in the future. However...I couldn't help but wonder if the producers and writers wanted to wait to see how these contemporary stars continue? The most interesting people in this series for me, were the people who experienced that they needed to lock horns with what they felt was "real country" that would be the outlaws of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson (and Waylon Jennings etc_ then into the Judds, Dwight Yokum remaining centered in the past and where they are now. Naomi Judd said something that really struck me...when she started out they didn't need a "focus group" they came from the country. So many people start out a project and they want research into their demographics...even restaurants opening ask real estate agents to do a focus group. The corporate approach to creativity is a sore point for me. You've got to live with a dialogue open to the unconsciousness....and to the past and lock horns with the people before you. You don't need no stinking medals (or focus groups) We have a "focus group" within us if we are always looking within ourselves and the world we live in. The other thing that stood out to me was the saying "don't get above your raisin". My family had this attitude too it's big in Canada..."don't get airs"'s like the worse thing you can do in Canada is "get airs." Don't be too fancy on the hockey rink, bitches. I'm so exhausted from crying three four times every episode!!!! Stagg was breaking out into an insane combo of laughing at my crying and crying himself. So funny!

#kenburns #countrymusic #rhiannongiddens #patsycline #johnnycash #pbs

To The Stars

I chose this photo because it is a sculptual/poetic essence of the movie AD ASTRA in a  way that sums up the movie and I’ve become fond of this image. I’m pretty sure if that first sentence bothers you, you should skip this movie LOL. And I apologize in advance for being pretentious LOL. I was going to talk about this movie on our podcast but we landed up talking about JUDY and I forgot to mention I had seen this too. In one way both Pitt and Zellweiger’s performances had something in common. I completely forgot I was watching either of them. during their portrayals. If you know how much I love Pitt (second only to my guy Keanu) then you know how remarkable that is to me. 

AD ASTRA is made by a very very thoughtful filmmaker, James Gray, whose movies THE YARDS and THE LOST CITY OF Z  are fascinating and really good stories. During the past few days I have found myself thinking  way more about AD ASTRA than the other movies I’ve seen this week including DOWNTON ABBEY. They were great movies but this one really made me think and feel in a  different way. 

It’s not a typical space movie…although it has peers like 2001, GRAVITY, CONTACT and SOLARIS. There is some stunning action and suspense, like an outstanding chase scene on the moon, and a haunted-house visit to a space station. Good stuff. But overall this is a movie about self-reflection. In fact, it is self-reflection that saves the day. May characters die off rather unexpectedly and with no sense f logic. What is going on here? These characters had the same kind of training, intellect, and skills that Pitt’s character has…is this rampant lazy hero-making? No it’s not. One has to really think about what we see in such a minimalist portrayal and setting and say…what are the clues. The answer is very Malcolm Gladwellian. These highly skilled physically  elite college honoured astronauts died because…they did not use common sense or free will. How topical is that?! They did every thing right, followed all the rules and yet were unable to utilize critical thinking to problem-solve. It took me a glass of wine and after-movie discussion with a friend (thanks Cybele) to articulate this and made the whole movie going experience so rewarding. This is a movie for meditation: 10/10. BTW “ad astra” means “to the stars”. (If you want movie review about Judy please find our podcast THE AGENCY on iTunes or Podbean.) 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

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The Spy In The Cold

Been following the Cameron Ortis spy case as much as is barely possible right now.


VICE this is a good one because it hints at charges

This is an excellent exploration of what the organized crime connection to this case provides criminals on CBC link

National Post article including a high school yearbook photo

#rcmpscandal #cameronortis #gamblingcompromis #mice #drugdebt #burnerphones

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Behind The Scenes Of Podcast

Thats my mic and desk. Eugene and I record over Skype. Movie tickets from The Gene Siskel Film Centre are there to remind me to talk about what movies I saw this week.

We have started out a little slow getting both our mics up and going but after a few minutes we start to roll.
Someone asked for a pic of my car. In the first podcast I talk about i. My little Cabrio convertible here is in New York City. It's been to Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Connecticut, NYC, Memphis, New Mexico, Yellowstone and many other road trips. I probably take my car much longer distances than other people and sometimes it gets engine trouble.
In first podcast I mention I had to prime a guitar for Stagg to paint and auction off at a fundraiser. I had to leave Chicago to get spray paint as spray paint is illegal in the City of Chicago. I felt so badass.
I taped off the hardware and took the guitar out back in landlords garden to spray paint.
Here is one of Eugenes books. You can order it on Amazon

All of our tables have bevelled edges a fact I did not notice till I tried to vice grip the wind protector onto a small table. Second episode I have some troubles. Yes, that is my famous "Cunt Chair" in the back ground.
Here is a little detail of what Stagg is painting on this guitar. These are there famous sculptures in downtown Chicago. The "Cloud Atlas" or nicknamed "bean" is reflecting the Chicago flag.

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Here is the link for podcast iTunes page. This weeks episode is called I SAY STRIPPER, YOU SAY SUBMARINE.

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