The Quarantine Diaries


Phil Miller is a sculptor and custom furniture maker who works primarily in metal and found objects. I’m lucky to share my life with Phil and many of his beautiful and finely crafted objects. 

The Breast of Drawers (2018), is a custom art furniture piece which was first designed in 1992. Miller created the initial example in a pink and black finish, and it is in a private collection on the West Coast. He likes to tell the story that he finished it the day the riots broke out in Los Angeles. This white on white example was created for an art show in 2018, “Nature: Human Nature” at Loft at Liz’s gallery in Hollywood.

Raised on the coast of Washington State on a clam farm, after college Phil co-founded the 1960’s Seattle art band Lamar Harrington. In 1977, Miller moved to Los Angeles. He played in various bands, opening for the Dead Kennedys at their first LA gig as part of the punk supergroup The 1, 2, 3, 4, Fuck You! band. He later managed the seminal punk group The Screamers. 

Miller owns land in remote eastern Washington state which is populated with his sculptures.

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY!

For this Memorial Day, I decided to participate in artist, Susan Silton’s “forceful call to action” project: MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY!  This protest memorial, conceived and organized by artist Susan Silton, asks us to honor someone who has lost their life to Covid-19 by adding their name to this “Memorial Protest digital wall”, and then to take it a step further by sending their name on a postcard (or in an envelope) to the White House. This way we’re not only memorializing and honoring those who have lost their lives to this virus, but we’re also helping out the U.S. Postal Service.

As Silton says on her website:  MAYDAY! MAYDAY! MAYDAY! was created in home-shelter to register not just our outraged voices, but the voices of those who are no longer able to speak. This is just one of many monuments for urgent times. We cannot, we must not, be silenced. And we cannot, we must not, lose the U.S. Postal Service to this President’s malevolent intentions.

“If we’re not able to deliver body bags to this President, let’s deliver bags of handwritten names of those we’ve lost.”

I chose to honor and add Kious Kelly to Silton’s wall. Kelly was a 48-year-old nurse manager from Mt. Sinai West hospital, and is thought to be one of the first nurses in New York City to have lost their life to Covid-19. Had Kious Kelly had adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) while he was helping others, he may still be among us today.

Please join at www.maydaymaydaymaydayproject.com

Susan Silton is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her projects incorporate photography, video, installation, performance, sound and language. Her work is exhibited in museums, galleries, and often is in public spaces, such as her contribution to the exhibition How Many Billboards? Art in Stead and her operatic work,A Sublime Madness in the Soul, which presented through the windows of her studio in downtown Los Angeles and was visible from the Sixth Street Viaduct just prior to its being demolished and reconstructed.

In 1995, she won a James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography.

The Adventures of Brad: A series

The Adventures of Brad: A series

BRAD first caught our eye on facebook as he traveled about the city during a time of lockdown. Dressed only in his blue speedo, Brad has become a staple for those familiar with Wendy Krueger, who posts regularly on the adventures of Brad. We reached out to Wendy to get some insight into Brad, the man:

Where is Brad originally from? Brad is from Waukesha, WI. He came to LA to party but found a deeper meaning in life with his best friend, Chad.

What sign is Brad? He’s definitely an Aries! Adventurous daredevil.

Where does Brad get his bathing suit? Brad has his swim suits custom-made. In his old life, he wore suits but since moving to LA, he only wears speedos.

Brad has a fine physique—what gym did he attend before the lockdown?  Brad doesn’t go to the gym. His workout is being in the outdoors and occasionally lifts wine glasses. He has a natural six pack and came in a six pack of friends. Brad, Chad, Mitch, Cody, Josh, Ryan.

We look forward to the next adventures of Brad and wherever his speedo will take him.

Concept and Photos by Wendy Krueger

Square Baby Offers DTC Baby Food, PLUS Donates to Feeding America

Square Baby Offers DTC Baby Food, PLUS Donates to Feeding America

 

The first 1,000 days of a baby’s life are crucial for establishing growth, nutrition and palate development, and can even have an impact on their health for life. As a new parent, making sure your baby has the purest and most nourishing food may feel like a challenge. Enter: Square Baby – a meal subscription service that meets all your needs and can help combat your baby’s development of food allergies.

Square Baby, the only DTC (Door-to-Counter) baby food to offer 100% daily nutrition, is rooted in nutritional science to help reduce your baby’s allergy development. Harnessing the proven science behind introducing allergens early and often, Square Baby works with dietitians to create thoughtfully sourced, balanced meals from organic veggies, fruits, grain and proteins. Offering customizable plans and a foolproof footprint to achieving a well-rounded diet, Square Baby has a variety of meals for babies 4-12 months. Made in small batches for a better-than-homemade quality, each meal contains half the amount of sugar and double the amount of protein and healthy fats most pouches have.

All For A Good Cause

 

As if that weren’t enough, because Square Baby believes that every baby deserves good nutrition, their platform Good Feeds, donates 10 meals to Feeding America, for every post shared on social media!

In addition, Square Baby is the exclusive baby food partner for Ready Set Food! Just in time for Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 10-16th), Square Baby will be part of Ready Set Food’s launch of PreventAllergies.Org as well as inclusion in Ready Set Food’s Graduation Kit. As a notable brand vetted by leaders in the medical community, Ready Set Food will allow consumers to continue introducing allergens with Square Baby’s natural foods.

 

Words From The Co-Founder & CEO
Credit:  Katie Thomson, MS, RD | CO-Founder, CEO of Square Baby

“We designed the Square Baby “Square Meal System” making it easy to provide your baby 100% Daily Nutrition — a tailored nutrition solution for every baby. We are the ONLY fresh baby food company offering a comprehensive allergen introduction option for each of the Top 8 Allergens. As a science-based company, we are following the research and offering options like Peanut Pumpkin Pie, Coconut Shrimp Fried Rice, Almond Butter & Banana, and Salmon Mash. The research has shown that introducing babies to allergenic foods early and often can help prevent food allergies from developing by up to 80%!”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there. This is the one day of the year where moms should be showered with appreciation.

Here are some ideas for mom, breakfast in bed (home made), or if you like, Redbird is doing a special “Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed” package this weekend. And to those who cannot be with their moms this year, maybe you could deliver your mom a lovely breakfast.

Pickup is available Saturday evening to then heat and serve up to celebrate mom on Sunday morning. The experience includes all of the following for two from Chef Neal Fraser and team:

– LOCAL STRAWBERRY FINANCIERS
– BEET SALAD
– HOUSE CURED SALMON
choice of:
– QUICHE with ASPARAGUS, SPRING ONION, MUSHROOM, GRUYERE, ESPELETTE
– CHICKEN THIGHS with PISTACHIOS, GOLDEN RAISINS, FREGOLA, RAS EL HANOUT
– BASQUE BEEF STEW with SOFT EGGS, MORCILLA, POTATOES, PIQUILLOS, OSSAU IRATY
and for dessert
– YUZU BAR with BLACKBERRIES, GRAHAM CRACKER, MERINGUE

$38 per person

ORDER AND SEE FULL MENU HERE: https://www.exploretock.com/redbirdla

Guests can, of course, add on additional packages above TBD on the size of the family, plus extras below:
+ DIY MIMOSAS & BLOODY MARYS by Bar Director Tobin Shea
+ ADDITIONAL BOTTLED COCKTAILS (ie- Turf Club, Old Fashioned, Good Morning Vietnam + Housemade Tonic)
+ EVERYTHING BAGELS, KAYA FRENCH TOAST & KID’S CHEESE PIZZA
+ BLD RICOTTA BLUEBERRY PANCAKE KIT

+ WINE LIST (40% off list prices, including rare and allocated labels) from Wine Director Josh Wibbenmeyer

And here are some other ideas for Mother’s Day and for the upcoming Father’s Day.

Elevate CBD Cosmetics – Award-winning, clean, luxury CBD beauty and CBD skincare scientifically formulated with US-grown cannabis Sativa (hemp). Elevate features an innovative skincare booster that mixes with existing products to enhance your skincare regimen to brighten, even skin tone, reduce inflammation and hydrate.

KT Recovery+® Ice/Heat Massage Ball – is an innovative approach to the traditional therapeutic rollerball that combines the benefits of hot therapy deep tissue massage and helps to relieve pain and inflammation with cold therapy. The unique design allows for two different easily interchangeable hot and cold inserts—one designed to retain heat, and one designed to retain coldness. Users can easily switch between the two as needed to address a range of muscle treatment needs.

The Money Nerve – With the tagline, “you deserve a healthy relationship with money, you’ve earned it,” comes a book from Los Angeles-based CPA, Bob Wheeler, who swears that his job is 90% psychotherapy and 10% accounting. The Money Nerve unravels how our emotions underpin our relationship with money.

ShopDePalma.com – The Dirty Little Digger replaces six common garden hand tools into one; a cultivator, trowel, weeder, scoop, Hori Hori knife and bulb digger. Made from durable 12-gauge stainless steel, the digger has sharp, serrated edges for easy cutting of roots and vines and a pointed tip to break up rocky soil and make trenches and furrows for planting seeds. The easy-grip handle provides comfort and the spoon-shaped scoop is etched with measurements of 1 – 4 inches for correct planting depth of seeds and bulbs.

Snuggle-Pedic – Sleep has always been important in maintaining overall good health and now, more than ever, we need to make sure we’re getting optimal sleep. As seen on GMA’s sleep segment, Snuggle-Pedic products provide the ultimate in support and comfort and aid in a good night’s rest. Chiropractor-designed and manufactured in the USA, with over 15,000 4 1/2 star reviews on Amazon, the Snuggle-Pedic pillow makes for the perfect Mother’s or Father’s Day gift

Unselfish and Unselfish Kids – are coffee table books that debuted as an antidote to Kim Kardashian’s “Selfish.” The books contain inspiring stories of people and kids putting others before themselves. The books celebrate extraordinary sacrifices of regular people and celebrities. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Julie Foudy says: “let’s make this mandatory reading for all ages.

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