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Skin cream, military gun shell casing and $90 necktie among gifts to Vancouver council – Vancouver Is Awesome01.12.22

Ive never seen a 105-millimetre M14 shell casing.

Had I known one was on display in Mayor Kennedy Stewarts ceremonial boardroom when I did my year-end interview with him in December, I would have taken a look at the big brass cartridge.

Not because Im a military buff, but because it was one of the gifts Stewart declared last year in filing a statement of gift disclosure, which is a requirement under the citys code of conduct policy.

The mayor and councillors must fill out a form when they receive a gift or personal benefit worth $50 or more. Stewart didnt give a dollar value for the casing, which I believe came out of one of those big guns you see soldiers fire in salutes on Remembrance Day.

The casing was given to him by the 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA, which is based at the Bessborough Armoury on West 11th Avenue. The regiment presented it to Stewart in gratitude for the freedom of the city honour in October 2021.

So what else did he get? And what about the rest of council?

Good questions and ones I posed to the citys communications department, which packaged up the past two years of disclosures and emailed them to me, which was very much appreciated; I used to have to go up to city hall, flip through a binder and then photocopy each form.

Before I get to the councillors, wanted to let you know the mayor also received a Sulwhasoo essential skin care set worth $350. The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Vancouver gave it to Stewart in September 2020 in recognition of the consulates 50th anniversary in the city.

The mayor forwarded it to the city clerks office.

Not sure what happened after that, although the city clerk has the following options when forwarded a gift from an elected official: to return it to the donor, display it in individual offices, general offices, or in the public areas of city hall, dispose of it by donation, sale or auction, with any proceeds credited to the citys general revenues, or to the direct or indirect support of a charitable organization.

Now to the councillors

Lisa Dominato declared: a $79 ticket received from Fortis BC for a board of trade event in Surrey in February 2020; a registration fee worth $400 from the Pooni Group to attend a Vancouver Canucks Alumni luncheon at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver in November 2021; a registration fee worth $89.25 from the Urban Development Institute to attend its holiday reception in December 2021; a registration fee worth $103.95 from Air Canada (sat at the airlines table) to attend the mayors state of the city address in November 2021.

Jean Swanson declared: $79.95 worth of beauty/toiletry products from Lush, which was given to her from the Aboriginal Front Door Society in April 2020; Swanson donated the goods to a community group.

Swanson also received a registration fee worth $245 from the BC Non-profit Housing Corporation in October 2020 for the BC Housing Central Conference in December of that year.

Christine Boyle declared the same $245 fee for the housing event and accepted five tickets worth $200 in October 2021 from Paquin Entertainment to attend the Imagine Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Pete Fry declared four Christmas gifts in December 2020: one bottle of wine worth $35 from Hollyburn Properties; a necktie worth $90 from the Royal Thai Consulate General in Vancouver; a bottle of wine worth $30 from the Turkish Consulate in Vancouver; an Ikebana calendar worth $30 from Consulate General of Japan Office.

Rebecca Bligh declared: five complimentary tickets worth $225 from the Paquin Entertainment Group to the Imagine Picasso exhibit at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Michael Wiebe declared: four tickets to Imagine Picasso worth $39.99 each from Paquin Entertainment Group.

Youll note that not every member of council declared gifts of personal benefits for the past two years, which means Adriane Carr, Melissa De Genova, Colleen Hardwick and Sarah Kirby-Yung either didnt have anything to report, or they havent filed yet.

The code of conduct says all gifts or personal benefits worth more than $50 must be filed with the city clerk as soon as practicable. Kirby-Yung told me Monday that she had nothing to declare.

There was a time when council was given more than skin cream, art show tickets and wine, as I reported way back in 2008. Thats when the Sam Sullivan-led council went on yacht rides to watch the fireworks in English Bay, went to Cirque de Soleil shows and attended Canucks games and a Bruce Springsteen concert in private boxes.

Concord Pacific, one of the citys biggest developers and biggest donors at the time to the campaigns of the NPA and Vision Vancouver, picked up the tab for all of it.


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17 Beauty Trends Set to Be Big in 2022 – Vogue.com01.12.22

As we continued to grapple with the realities of the current climate, 2021 saw the rise of a plethora of makeup trends. There was an explosion of Y2K nostalgia, as makeup artists embraced frosted eyeshadow and high-shine lips. There was an emphasis on bold, geometric eyes, as individuals sought to draw attention to the only area visible above their masks. And there was a movement towards healthy, glowing skin, as wellness became the new luxury in our pandemic world. But what will beauty look like in 2022? We asked the experts for their trend predictions.

Meta-realness skin

Gorgeous meta-realness skin, blush draped contours, and vinyl lips.

Revlon Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish

Bleached brows

I reckon we will see bright colors again, and also more people will start experimenting with brows! I am sure that in 2022, people will be ready to bleach their brows because there is nothing to lose at this point with COVID, and people want to break free! Rebel.

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Kosas Air Brow Tinted Clean Volumizing Eyebrow Gel

Easy beauty

I personally care less about makeup trends, and more about when you look in the mirror two minutes before you go outand what you can do in those two minutes with a couple of products to make yourself look a bit less shit. That is basically the unofficial tagline of [my brand] Jones Road.

Jones Road The Best Pencil

Jones Road Lip and Cheek Stick


2021 was all about bulletproof matte lipsticks, so I predict a lipgloss resurgence. My universal go-to is Mac Lipglass in Clear for the ultimate mirror-like shine that layers over everything.

Colored eyeliner

Colored eyeliner. Weve seen how most colored liners, especially brightly colored ones, can really accentuate the eye. This trend will definitely carry on into the new year!

Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner

Diorshow On Stage Liquid Eyeliner

Stickers and tattoo transfers

I think 2022 is going to be all about the notion of play, and using non-conventional decorative pieces of art like stickers, tattoo transfers, and face gems for unique forms of self-expression.

Inked By Dani Black and White Nail Art

ColourPop Individual Crystal Face Jewels Set

Optimistic beauty

I dont follow trends per se, I think you make your own trends and come up with your own ideas, but I definitely think that we are heading into a really exciting and interesting phase in beauty. Although were not completely out of the darkness yet, there will continue to be a celebratory feel to make-uplots of shine, color and embellishment. Im excited to see how people embrace their beauty looks, and to see the creativity that comes out.

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Chantecaille Luminescent Eye Shade


Innovation in packaging, underpinned by sustainability, is also something that Im excited to see more of. From refillable lipsticks to reusable eye masks, true luxury will ultimately and importantly be about 100 percent sustainability. Theres a great deal of work to do, but Im seeing some incredible innovations, which is extremely exciting.

True Botanicals Chebula Extreme Cream

N1 De Chanel Lip And Cheek Balm

Clean beauty

I hope there will be a wider movement towards clean beauty, with ethically made products and sustainable packaging. Charlotte Tilbury is already doing refillable lipsticks, and Byredo is doing refillable brow products.

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 Refill

Byredo All-In-One Refillable Brow Pencil

Bold, bright and graphic

I also think there is truth in what has been said about this COVID period: I think people have been expressing themselves in bolder, brighter, and more graphic ways. I think this will only continue. People will express themselves more vividly and loudly with makeupmixing colors, textures and shapes. Beauty will be about fun and expression without boundaries.

About Face Matte Fluid Eye Paint

Kaja Moon Crystal Sparkling Eye Pigment

Effortless cool

Quality over quantity pretty much sums up my prediction for makeup trends in 2022. Its going to be more about attitude than the generic full beat that dominated the last decade. Whether its a 90s stripped back grunginess or a luxurious glam, what I think will prevail is the idea of a certain nonchalance and effortlessness. 2022 will see the return of cool.

Nars Quad Eyeshadow Palette

Sweet Street Cosmetics Candy Paint Shimmer Lip Gloss


Loud colors

My makeup trend predictions for next year are definitely bold and colorful. Having spent so much time at home because of the pandemic, I feel people will want to go very loud on their makeup.

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

The natural look

Recently my clients are asking for a more natural look, embracing their unique faces and stepping away from the homogenous Instagram makeup trend, which I am thrilled with. Look after your skin, showcase your healthy complexion and then play with makeup, as there are so many fun and brilliant products out there. Dont be shy!

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Stretchable Full Coverage Concealer

Silky skin

My makeup trend predictions for 2022 are around color and formulas. I believe everyone will be pushing the formulas and packaging to be more conscious of the planet, limiting excessive packaging and pushing the boundaries of what we expect from textures. I think silky skin will be very much ina hybrid between dewy and fresh. People are leaning towards better skincare routines, and access to more actives than ever before.

Chantecaille Bio Lifting Serum

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Face Mask with 10.5% Squalane

Unexpected colors

I believe colorful eyes will be making a strong comeback, in a more unusual color palette (terracottas, khaki mixed with royal blues). I think there will be a real elevated playfulness, chic but with a hint of color.

Ilia The Necessary Eyeshadow Palette

Juvia's Place Nubian Eyeliner Pencil

Neon brights

I think for 2022 we are going to see a lot of beauty trends we saw on the runway this year: lots of neon and pastel-colored eyeshadows, bold statement eyeliners and pouty high gloss lips.

Glossier Skywash Sheer Matte Lid Tint

Pat McGrath Labs LUST: Lip Gloss

Bridal beauty

Health signalling has leapfrogged from being an Instagram status symbol to a social necessity. The new beauty currency is going to be about exuding health and optimism from every pore. To that end, I see the wholesale annexation of bridal beauty into our everyday looks for at least the first half of the year. That is, before its saccharine sweetness drives consumers to subvert and divert their creativity with a more fanciful escapist feel, with more color play for summer.

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Joy Crookes on London, Love, and Her Debut Album, ‘Skin’ – HarpersBAZAAR.com01.12.22

In A Little Devil in America, Hanif Abdurraqib writes, A country is something that happens to you. History is a series of thefts, or migrations, or escapes, and along the way, new bodies are added to a lineage. Here, Abdurraqib is setting the stage of Josephine Bakers life and the legacy of jazz shed leave behind in Paris.

While English singer Joy Crookes is often compared to Amy Winehouse, the 23-year-old course-corrects by saying that they both were heavily influenced by Black jazz musicians like Baker. When you connect to an artist, its just an oxytocin bond, isnt it? Crookes says. Im quite moved by finding a soul mate in an artist of another time, from another place.

The child of both Bangladeshi and Irish immigrants, Crookes grew up in a London neighborhood called Elephant and Castle, which has a distinct musical history of its own, fueled by its vast Latin and Caribbean populations. In her debut album, Skin, which dropped in October, the soundscape glides across genre, giving clues at her other inspirations (Solange, Kate Nash, Billie Holiday, DAngelo). In the months after the album dropped, its impact rippled outward: It reached the top five on the U.K. charts, she performed it at sold-out shows, played a series of secret shows across the United States, and made her U.S. television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers. Its been a long journey since she was discovered at 15 by her current managerbut something about Joy Crookes has long felt inevitable.

I feel like theres this mental shift that has to happen with finishing an albumtheres an element of letting go once thats very hard to work through, Crookes says. Once its out there in the world, people are going to interpret it as they want and need. The room for interpretation and the loss of control that comes with it are whats most daunting to Crookes. Theres risk in the vulnerability. She writes songs to her mother, her nani, the city of London and its violent colonialist history, a lover losing the will to live. She doesnt shy away from looking at the mosaic of experiences that make up a persons youth, her youththe exuberance, the heartbreak, the unfolding, the displacementand she refuses to let the overwhelm of it all prevent her from trying to capture it. Theres a richness both to the quality of her voice and the sense of self shes come to in her writing.

One muse stands out from the others: the city that has been the backdrop to her life. Theres a beautiful tension that comes with loving a place and holding it accountable because of the love you have for it. While shes known for professing her love to London in songs like London Mine, in a track from Skin called 19th Floor, Crookes maps out the gentrification of the neighborhood around her nanis apartment building, where she grew up: Cinema skylines that I dont recognize / Strip the life out of these streets / Its a daylight robbery.

I often romanticize my London, because I am so in love with my London, Crookes says. And I think that when you love something so much, youre often so ready to defend it. But I cant help but be really honest about it too. Voice notes from her nani and uncle are also a whisper of her London.

During the pandemic, that London became much smaller, of course. While people quipped about King Lear on the Internet and quietly pleaded with themselves to produce something, anything from within the confines of isolation, Crookes had her head down, working on her first album. Ive found the pandemic quite hard to grapple with, she says. I worked on music every day, I created a timetable to keep myself busy where I literally accounted for every hour. It wasnt easy. I just took control of what I could in a time when no one had any control. And there is no controlCOVID-19 continues to expose so many government failings, from health care to housing. Think I got a neighbor thats been feeling blue / But maybe thats a symptom / Fucking with a kingdom that never fought for you. The album exists as a bit of a time capsuleboth of the before times and a period of reflection and realization during isolation.

Mental health is a topic Crookes is open to discussing, both in the press and on social media. The albums title track was never meant to be public. Shed originally written it for someone she loved who no longer felt life was worth living, and shed hoped to remind them how needed they area message she also wanted to share widely during the pandemic. Accompanying the song is a visually disarming music video in which Crookes slowly, excruciatingly moves around London on a bed with an exhausted lover, asking them, Dont you know the skin that youre given was made to be lived in?

I think that music videos give me the chance to translate some of my interpretations around my music and use visual symbolism to create something memorable as well, she says. In the video for her song Feet Dont Fail Me Now, theres a moment where shes wearing a white sari and doing a wheelie as men encircle her. When we wear white saris in my culture, it means that your husband has died and youre very viscerally defined as being a widow, Crookes says. Just the fact that theres a lot of Bangladeshi people in the video, and a lot of Bangladeshi men in that momentthats more to show that, in my experience, our community can be the most complicit in wanting people, particularly women, to be one-dimensional. We know its easy to point the finger, but I think its much harder to actually hold yourself accountable.

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The last time Crookes did a show in Los Angeles in 2019, she had a difficult time lining up a venue, so she posted on Instagram that shed be playing in her friends backyard. By the time she started playing, the sun was setting and the yard was full. People sat on rooftops and cars all around the neighborhood to listen to her sing. Just showing up and being honest is a virtue, she says.

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Literary Links: These books explore the art of life-saving – Columbia Daily Tribune01.12.22

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Each month, the Columbia Public Library offers selections from its collection related to a current best-seller or hot topic. Public Services Librarian Anne Girouard compiled this months selections.

Did you know January is National Blood Donor Month?

It is celebrated each January during what is traditionally one of the most difficult times of year to maintain a sufficient blood supply. The act of donating blood takes less than an hour and is virtually painless, which inspired me a few years ago to become a regular donor at our local Red Cross. Blood donations are vital for saving lives, but so are the doctors and nurses who work to ensure my donation makes it to a person who needs it.

Sothis month Id like to explore some books that capture their stories and experiences with bringing people back from the verge of death.

Living in the 21st century, we are fortunate to have surgeons with incredible knowledge about how to best perform surgery. It can be easy to forget the trial-and-error that went into figuring out these surgical techniques. In his book "Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations" (St. Martin's Press, 2018), Dutch laparoscopic surgeon Arnold van de Laar recounts several historical surgical cases and how they helped shape the modern techniques surgeons use today. Adding interest, the surgeries van de Laar explores were carried out on well-known people as wide-ranging as Louis XIV of France, John F. Kennedy and Bob Marley.

Of course, a big reason why all surgeries are more successful now has to do with how much more sanitary theyve becomethanks to the development of germ theory and new methods for fighting infection. The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017) by Lindsey Fitzharris is not for the faint of heart as it delves into the rather gruesome world of Victorian-era hospitals.

Smelly, dirty and populated by surgeons who didn't clean their aprons or instruments between patients, they were truly a place of terror where, more often than not, a patients death was the usual outcome. Fitzharrisbook illustrates the horrific world of medicine that pioneering surgeon Joseph Lister entered into, and how he managed to push the medical world out of those dark ages with his promotion of the germ theory of disease and the sterilization of both surgical instruments and doctors' hands.

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Better surgical practices led to further advances in surgery, including organ transplants, documented in "Borrowing Life: How Scientists, Surgeons, and a War Hero Made the First Successful Organ Transplant a Reality" (Charlesbridge, 2020) by Shelley Fraser Mickle. After World War II, advances came quickly, starting with skin grafts. A better understanding of why the body rejects foreign cells soon led to the first successful kidney transplant. The authors engaging style of writing pulls readers into the lives of the surgeons who made these groundbreaking advances, including not only their successes, but also the many failures and challenges they faced along the way.

Surgeon Joshua D. Mezrich offers his own insights in "When Death Becomes Life: Notes From a Transplant Surgeon" (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019). The book is a combination of organ transplant history and surgical memoir. Mezrich illustrates the great joy in saving lives, as well as the troubling weight attached to making the decision of which patients will receive organs and which will not.

Diagnosing a health condition is not always easy; doctors often have to play detective and even rely on a little bit of luck in determining just what medical malady a patient is suffering from. Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries (Broadway Books, 2019) by Lisa Sanders explores several cases in which a patient presents with a mysterious set of symptoms. Sanders documents the twisting path to diagnosing and treating these cases, detailing the problem-solving skills and thought processes the doctors tasked with those medical mysteries must employ.

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The future in healing lies in innovation, and there are many doctors and scientists who have been working for decades to create life-saving treatments for seemingly intractable problems. In her book Ticker: The Quest to Create an Artificial Heart (Crown, 2018), Mimi Swartz tells the fascinating, twisty and often tragic story of the race to create the world's first artificial heart. She shares the stories of the doctors, engineers and medical misfits who have pioneered the field of artificial heart devices.

Swartz explores the successes and ultimate failures of artificial heart research up to this point, including asking important questions about the lives lost and cost of the suffering of so many in the name of medical progress.

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Bob Saget, Comic Who Starred in Sitcom Full House, Dies at 65 – The New York Times01.12.22

In 1996, shortly after Full House ended and shortly before he left Americas Funniest Home Videos, Mr. Saget directed a television movie, For Hope, starring Dana Delany, which fictionalized the story of how his sister, Gay, had grown ill and died of systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that can lead to hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues. (He later became a board member of the Scleroderma Research Foundation.)

He also directed Dirty Work, a comedy starring Norm Macdonald (who died in September) and Artie Lange. It was widely panned on its release in 1998; Mr. Saget later said it would have been much funnier if it hadnt been cut to get a PG-13 rating.

Returning to the comedy circuit and mocking his wholesome TV alter ego, Mr. Saget developed a cult following as a comedian who could unleash torrents of scatological material.

In 2005, he was featured in The Aristocrats, a film about the history of a joke that A.O. Scott of The New York Times called both a work of painstaking and penetrating scholarship and possibly the filthiest, vilest, most extravagantly obscene documentary ever made. In 2010, Mr. Saget hosted a documentary series, Strange Days With Bob Saget, in which he spent time with pro wrestlers, bikers, Bigfoot hunters and others.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Rizzo, and three daughters from an earlier marriage, Aubrey Saget, Lara Melanie Saget and Jennifer Belle Saget.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2017, he remembered how Don Rickles, a longtime friend of his and Mr. Stamoss, would describe Mr. Sagets act. He comes out like a Jewish Clark Kent, Mr. Saget recalled Mr. Rickles saying. He then demonstrated how Mr. Rickles would break into a song about a dog and a monkey, repeatedly using a verb censored on network television.

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Magic, Mermaids, and the Middle Passage: On Natasha Bowen’s Skin of the Sea – lareviewofbooks01.12.22

I HAVE ALWAYS loved mermaids. I was a young Black girl in South Los Angeles and did not know how to swim, although I lived just a few miles from the sea. Yet I loved water and was fascinated by it as much as I feared it. I would often lay in my bathwater with my black mermaid doll, whose bejeweled tail I could squeeze to make her sing. I vividly remember holding her under the water with me and praying that I could flow down the drain and into the ocean where I would become a mermaid too.

As I got older, I learned my brown skin that was different from most people I saw on television was not a result of the cocoa butter soap that we used; I was descended from enslaved people who were brought on ships from Africa. I came to the conclusion that all of the mermaids in the ocean, which I fervently believed existed, must be Black because so many African people had gone into the sea. I even started world-building for a story about a race of merpeople (the Marjani people, I called them, after a Kiswahili name that I found in a well-worn Black baby names book), descended from the African people who had jumped or been cast overboard. I never finished this story. As I grew older, I was frequently told to get my head out of fantasy and to focus on the real world.

While studying creative writing in college and graduate school, I received the message in subtle and explicit ways: these were not the kinds of stories that were expected from someone like me. As a Black girl, I was told that I had to be realistic, both in my plans for my life and the things that I created. Overwhelmed by such limitations, I allowed rationality to take over even my fantasies and dreams. I let my imagination be throttled not only by questions of how mermaids breathe and survive and transform, but, more importantly: why dont they just sink all of the ships and flood the world that would put people in chains?

Natasha Bowen takes on these questions fearlessly in the captivating fantasy adventure novel Skin of the Sea, which brings together mermaids, African folklore, and the transatlantic slave trade. Set in 15th-century West Africa, Skin of the Sea tells the story of Simidele, a teenage mermaid who was created to deliver the souls of those cast into the sea from enslavers ships to the Supreme Creator. Simidele is driven by a sense of justice, asking, Why do we not smash the ships to pieces? Why do we not drag all those who sail them to the black parts of the sea? This internal hunger for justice eventually leads Simidele to a violation of her duty that imperils all of her kind.

The novel builds upon and collages West African cosmologies. Simidele is created by Yemoja, the orisa and mother of the ocean. In Yoruba religion, the orisas are intermediary divinities, linked to natural elements, who exist between humanity and the Supreme Creator Olodumare, who has withdrawn from the world. Mami Wata is a water goddess, and also a name linked with many deities and folk figures of Africa and its diaspora, reflecting a fusion of Indigenous African water spirits and mermaid lore. Though the orisa and Mami Wata usually belong to distinct traditions, Mami Wata is sometimes associated with water orisa such as Yemoja. In Bowens world-building, Yemoja, who also appears in the form of a mermaid, creates the Mami Wata to bless the souls of those who die during the transatlantic Crossing. Yemoja explains,

The ynb first came to our lands this year, greedy for power and resources. I watched as they began to steal people, taking them away on their giant ships. And so I left the rivers and streams of our lands and made the sea my home. [] I wanted to ensure that those who lose their lives on the sea receive comfort in our prayers before they return home to join Olodumare.

Skin of the Sea therefore continues a theme in contemporary children and young adult literature previously explored by Jewell Parker Rhodess Bayou Magic (2015), Leila Vrhels Mami Wata (2017), Tracey Baptistes Rise of the Jumbies (2017), and Zetta Elliotts Mother of the Sea (2017), in which an African water deity in the form of a mermaid supports or protects those enduring the Crossing. Skin of the Sea joins these books in their use of mermaids to mediate the traumatic history of the Middle Passage for young readers.

In addition to these African cosmologies, Bowen draws loosely on the structure of Hans Christian Andersens The Little Mermaid. However, Skin of the Seas setting in 15th-century West Africa amid the burgeoning transatlantic slave trade complicates and deepens the familiar story line, offering more agency to its protagonist and larger implications for her actions. Rather than seven mermaid princesses, we have seven Mami Wata with the responsibility of blessing and delivering the souls of those killed during the Crossing. Where Andersens unnamed little mermaid filled her garden with human things and desired a human soul, Simidele enjoys retaking her human form in which she basks in fleeting memories of her former life: I spread my hair over the white of the beach and close my eyes. With the sun burning my skin and my hands grasping fistfuls of sand, I let myself dream in a way I never can in the sea.

The barrier between the mermaid and human world in The Little Mermaid is made sense of in Skin of the Sea through the strict orders of Olodumare that Yemoja and the Mami Wata are not to intervene directly in the human affairs of the slave trade: All that you need to do, all that you must do, is to gather any souls of those who pass in the sea, and we will say a prayer to ease them on their journey back to Olodumare. [] Nothing more, nothing less. The little mermaids forbidden rescue of a shipwrecked prince is echoed in Simideles fateful choice to save Adekola, the teenage son of a village leader, when he is cast from an enslavers ship. Rather than the sea witch who enables the little mermaids pursuit of her human prince, Yemoja tasks Simidele with traveling to the mainland to retrieve a set of magic rings through which she can appeal to Olodumare for forgiveness. Though both mermaids experience terrible pain when walking on human feet, the little mermaid charms humans by dancing gracefully on land, where Simi recovers the warrior training of her former life to defend her friends and achieve her mission. While the scope of Skin of the Sea is too large for it to be considered simply a retelling of The Little Mermaid, these clever parallels utilize the familiarity of the story beats and details of the fairy tale but imbue each moment of likeness with a different set of meanings and a much higher set of stakes.

Simideles choice to save Adekola threatens not only her life but the fate of Yemoja and all Mami Wata. She thinks, The need to make everything better thrums within me. I think of Folasade and the others, of Mother Yemoja and the wrath she risked to make us. I have endangered them all. At the point at which Simidele and Kola depart on their journey, Simideles story departs from the silent passivity of the little mermaids quest for human love to a gripping fantasy adventure. The plot structure follows a companion quest arc: an unlikely pair of characters meet, dislike one another initially, and go on a journey to achieve a specific goal to prevent a large-scale disaster, meeting fantastical obstacles and vibrant characters along the way. This familiar fantasy story structure is made fresh by a landscape that draws on African culture, cosmologies, and folklores. Its pirates, fairies, spirits, and enchanted forests look, sound, and feel very different from the well-worn tropes of vaguely medieval European fantasy worlds:

The drums stop. The dancers freeze, their plaits cascading down narrow backs. Turning almost as one, they regard me with pale golden eyes. [] No higher than my hip, with gleaming ebony skin encased in ivory wrappers and silver hair in skinny plaits, the fairies number at least a hundred.

Simidele and Kolas adventures are also grounded by a sensitive and sparse interweaving with the coexisting reality of the growing transatlantic slave trade. Bowen shows some of the effects of this encroaching violence through the lasting scars on Kolas body and the destabilization of the regions that the characters travel through. But the novel never lingers on brutality, prioritizing instead the relationships, resistance, and resilience of the characters. The transatlantic slave trade is pivotal to the story in some important ways Simidele would not have been created without it, and Kola would not have been kidnapped and cast into the sea. However, it does not make up the totality of the characters trials, struggles, or contemplations.

This book enters important conversations surrounding the role of racial trauma in media and art centering Black people. Many (and I would include myself within this many) believe that the horror of racial chattel slavery requires witnessing and remembering. However, many (and I would only sometimes include myself within this many) also critique the preponderance of Black pain and trauma in literature and film, and question the purpose that the repetition of images of racialized violence against Black people really serves for audiences. While I would never argue that depictions of the histories and continual horrors of white supremacy should not exist, and I tend to cringe at the reduction of content featuring historical Black experiences as only being about trauma, I understand the concerns that so many Black critics and artists have brought up about the paucity of stories that center other aspects of Black pasts and Black life. Joining novels such as the aforementioned young readers titles, Nalo Hopkinsons 2007 The New Moons Arms, and Rivers Solomons 2019 The Deep, Bowens Skin of the Sea, with its fusion of mermaids and the Middle Passage, commands attention to the horror of racial chattel slavery alongside images of awe, rebirth, and possibility. Simidele and Kolas journey is also full of fears and dangers and griefs in which white people play no part. The external perils of booby-trapped islands and carnivorous monsters are reflected in more internal challenges the pull between duty and desire, the risks of love, the difficulty of faith, the desire and pride that drive conflicts between powerful and sometimes petty gods.

There might be some who object to the license that the novel takes with uses of cosmology, particularly the characterization of the orisa Esu. For those who practice If or African indigenous and diasporic religions, the orisa and Mami Wata are not just myths. Though Bowen makes a laudable attempt to portray their complexity, these figures duality and nuance is difficult to capture in an efficient, tightly woven quest plot that requires clear objectives, protagonists, and antagonists. However, I would compare Bowens use of these cosmologies to the countless authors who have built narratives around allusions and direct retellings of biblical theology for hundreds of years. The weaving of cosmology into art is never rigidly loyal to the source and cannot be in contested, fluid traditions that have existed and moved and transformed for thousands of years. The increasing presence of African-derived cosmologies in fantasy literature is a necessary development that not only decenters whiteness and diversifies representation it reinvigorates the genre itself. While this different landscape of deities and folklore is important and pleasurable for any reader, I can only dream what it would have meant to me as a brown little girl dreaming about mermaids in my bathtub. I wish I had this book back when I knew that mermaids must be Black but had only ever seen them on screen and in storybooks as pale, wispy creatures with golden or red hair. I wish I had this book when I was being told that it was a waste of my time to dream about or to create other worlds.

Informed by this landscape of lore and cosmology, Bowens images veritably leap from the page, stunning not only in their sensory detail but in their cultural specificity. On land, shimmering mermaid tails transform into luxurious wrappers (traditional garments worn in West Africa) of the same colors. Bowen draws, with a mix of simplicity and wonder, the majestic entry of each orisa into the story an onyx-skinned, blue-tailed Yemoja emerging from the sea, the heavily muscled thunder orisa Sango ripping open the clouds, a pearl-draped Olokun (another orisa of the sea) dragging his chains across the ocean floor. But Bowen brings the same deft, clear hand to more mundane moments, such as a young mermaid parting and twisting her curls. Simideles hair forms a motif in the text. It is constantly being tended to, constantly in motion, and comes to play in the plot in a particularly powerful moment that I wont give away. The tenderness and intelligence of the various scenes involving Simideles hair stand alone. Yet these scenes are especially thrilling when one considers them in the context of the politics of Black womens hair: the fluidity and swiftness with which we move through styles, the ways in which Black womens hair creativity is appropriated and copied and punished, the sad fact that laws have to be passed (The CROWN Act, recently passed in California) to prevent discrimination against Black hair being worn in its natural state. This book is a gorgeous film waiting and needing to happen with a Black production team, culturally conscious adaptation, and competent effects.

Skin of the Sea is incredibly timely, crystalizing several contemporary cultural developments. A subplot in which the health of the land deteriorates, resulting in dying fields and dwindling fish, speaks strongly to the climate crisis. Between a growing mermaid aficionado culture and high interest in Freeforms Siren and the upcoming remake of Disneys The Little Mermaid (with its lead role being played by African American singer Halle Bailey), mermaids seem poised to become the next major trend in supernatural being representation in popular culture, usurping the place of zombies and vampires through the last couple of decades. The centering of African characters and references to the transatlantic slave trade speaks to current cultural debates around the legacy of racial chattel slavery, the teaching of history, and the struggle for more complex and meaningful representations of African-descended people and Black life. While I welcome the recasting of beloved characters such as Ariel, Skin of the Sea is a beautiful reminder that there are so many other stories that need and deserve to be told.

Dr. Jalondra A. Davis is a Black feminist artist-intellectual, merwomanist Melusine, and fierce warrior mama currently living near the beaches of Southern California.

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In a First, Man Receives a Heart From a Genetically Altered Pig – The New York Times01.12.22

It was either die or do this transplant, Mr. Bennett said before the surgery, according to officials at the University of Maryland Medical Center. I want to live. I know its a shot in the dark, but its my last choice.

Dr. Griffith said he first broached the experimental treatment in mid-December, a memorable and pretty strange conversation.

I said, We cant give you a human heart; you dont qualify. But maybe we can use one from an animal, a pig, Dr. Griffith recalled. Its never been done before, but we think we can do it.

I wasnt sure he was understanding me, Dr. Griffith added. Then he said, Well, will I oink?

Xenotransplantation, the process of grafting or transplanting organs or tissues from animals to humans, has a long history. Efforts to use the blood and skin of animals go back hundreds of years.

In the 1960s, chimpanzee kidneys were transplanted into some human patients, but the longest a recipient lived was nine months. In 1983, a baboon heart was transplanted into an infant known as Baby Fae, but she died 20 days later.

Pigs offer advantages over primates for organ procurements, because they are easier to raise and achieve adult human size in six months. Pig heart valves are routinely transplanted into humans, and some patients with diabetes have received porcine pancreas cells. Pig skin has also been used as a temporary graft for burn patients.

Two newer technologies gene editing and cloning have yielded genetically altered pig organs less likely to be rejected by humans. Pig hearts have been transplanted successfully into baboons by Dr. Muhammad Mohiuddin, a professor of surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine who established the cardiac xenotransplantation program with Dr. Griffith and is its scientific director. But safety concerns and fear of setting off a dangerous immune response that can be life-threatening precluded their use in humans until recently.

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Honkai Impact 3rd Herrscher of Flamescion Skin Arrives for the New Year – Siliconera12.28.21

People will have something to look forward to in Honkai Impact 3rd as the New Year approaches. A new costume is on the way. Honkai Impact 3rd players with Herrscher of Flamescion will be able to get Time Runner. This will show up on December 31, 2021.

Theres a video showing off the new Herrscher of Flamescion skin in Honkai Impact 3rd. It is a Honkai Trendz Monthly broadcast. Things kick off by focusing on the bodice of Kiana Kaslanas new skin. This lets people see the detail around her neckwhich involves a purple roseand the clock emblem at her waist. The back of the outfit also has a scarf/cape that resembles clock hands. The skirt looks like a clock face, complete with Roman numerals. After showing the official art, the video shifts to show the outfit in action.

While this Honkai Impact 3rd addition is right around the corner, another lies ahead as well. A Post-Honkai Odyssey Chapter 2 will appear on January 13, 2022. This will continue the story following Carole Peppers and Bronya Zaychik. There is a new trailer going over that update and what people can expect from it. (To see the English subtitles, turn on closed captions.) It starts with a brief teaser, then features developers at miHoYo talking about the new chapter and showing early footage of it.

Honkai Impact 3rd is available for PCs and Android and Apple iOS devices. The new Herrscher of Flamescion Time Runner outfit will appear in Honkai Impact 3rd on December 31, 2021.

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The 18 Best Beauty Products of 2021, According to Top Hairstylists, Makeup Artists, and More – Vogue12.28.21

Its a tough game to whittle down the best beauty products of 2021: The past 12 months alone saw a staggering number of launches in the multibillion-dollar market, between the palettes, peels, and primers; the lip liners, plumpers, and kitsnot to mention the celebrity brand debuts: Naomi Osaka! Jennifer Lopez! Harry Styles!

Of course, such a wealth of options means theres something special for everyone (seriously, everyone: Thanks to the rise of bespoke beauty offerings like Prose and Function of Beautys personalized cosmetics sets, customers can actually create their own tailor-made formulas), but it also means that separating the good from the great, the better from the best, is harder than ever.

With this in mind, Vogue turned to fashions top coiffeurs, makeup whizzes, and facialiststhose who lend their deft hands to the making of runway and red carpet moments aliketo sound off on the years most game-changing masks, mascaras, and more. From a natural energy-boosting supplement to a skin-care device that targets dark spots and hyperpigmentation, heres a look at the best beauty products of 2021:

Victoria Beckham Beauty Future Lash Mascara

I have honestly never experienced a mascara that stays put quite like this onefluttery, glossy, and buildable, it never smudges or flakes! Pro trick: If you desire more oomph, use it as a sealing layer on top of your favorite volumizing formula.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Future Lash mascara

Herms Rose Herms Rosy Lip Enhancer

This moisturizing but slightly matte Herms lip stain is a universal pick-me-up. It adds a touch of life to any lip, and its sheer finish offers mistake-proof wearability. Its always in my handbag, day or night!

Herms Rosy lip enhancer

Gucci Beaut des Yeux Floral Eyeshadow Palette

A beautiful mixture of muted satins and metallics, these Gucci shadows are so delicious and softno matter what combination is chosen, it creates the ultimate sense of sophistication. The soft blue shade is a definite standout and is reason alone to covet this gorgeous palette.

Gucci Beaut Des Yeux Floral eyeshadow palette

Opte Precision Skincare System

The Opte device scans the face to intuitively find any hyperpigmentation, depositing makeup only on the areas that need coverage! The result is an ultra-natural, even complexion. On top of that, it targets dark spots with spot-fading ingredients, such as niacinamide and vitamin C, and lightens them over time. It is a pricey two-in-one device, but I always think its wise to invest in the face as its the first thing people see.

Opte Precision skincare system

Oribe Trs Set Structure Spray

Oribes Trs Set has been my staple must-have as a foundation for most of my work [this year]. It is a spray mousse that I blow-dry into the hair to create looks with memory, fullness, and shine. Its the ultimate backstage product.

Oribe Trs Set Structure spray

PureGLO Natural Beech Princess Hair Brush Without Handle

I am a big fan of what PureGLO is doing with brushes and combs. My favorite is the handle-free Natural Beech Princess Hair Brush. This is a must for anyone with children, fine hair, or a sensitive scalp. I love it for the quick detangling without breakage, and, most importantly, its not made out of plastic.

Pureglo natural beech Princess hair brush

In Fiore Fleur Vibrante Serum Cerate

I have a love/hate relationship with oilssometimes they feel great, and other times they just feel too messy and greasy. This hybrid balm/oil has the most amazing smell and a vibrant yellow color, thanks to sea buckthorn oil, which contains all the omega fatty acids that you want in an oil. It also contains carrot oil and calendula to protect skin against the environment and UV rays, so its basically a force field for your face. I love that it is in a tiny tubeyou can bring it with you everywhere, and you only need a little bit. I use it as the last step in my routine, but it can be used as a serum as well.

In Fiore Fleur Vibrante Serum Cerate

Jordan Samuel Skin The Matinee Cream Cleanser

This has become my go-to cleanser; I use it in the morning and as a second cleanser at night. Sometimes, if I am feeling a bit lazy, I use it twice at night. It has a great texture, never leaves my face stripped, and is unscented. It has silt in it, which gives it a little extra punch that some other cream cleansers dont have. I really adore this line because [Jordan Samuels] products are always consistent, and the price point is reasonable. I often recommend his cleansers to my clients.

Jordan Samuel Skin Matinee cream cleanser

Augustinus Bader The Scalp Treatment

I suffer from eczema and sometimes get an itchy and dry scalp. I started using this treatment and, I have to say, my scalp is much happier. The serum contains Baders patented TFC8, which helps tissue repair via stem cell technology. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we try to look at the root cause of problems, and this serum treats hair and scalp issues literally at the root. It also contains botanical extracts of maca root, hazel leaf, watercress, and Indian cressthe latter two support keratin production. It isnt greasy, its very easy to use after washing your hair, and its unscenteda big plus. Additionally, the brand has committed to sustainable and FSC-certified packaging, which I really appreciate.

Augustinus Bader scalp treatment

K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask

Everyone should be hair masking. It is so important, like giving your hair a much-needed and highly tailored facial. A favorite here in the salon is the science-driven K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask, which uses the brands revolutionary patented K18Peptide. Its great for keeping hair healthy and strong. I specifically recommend this mask to those who bleach or color their hair or use frequent heat. You only have to leave it in for four minutes to get dramatic softness and smoothness.

K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair hair mask

R+Co BLEU Sleep Masque Night Repair

The luxurious Sleep Masque Night Repair is one of my top products of 2021, and Im certain it will be popping off and gaining cult status in 2022. Its a standout from the R+Co BLEU couture-level capsule collection, consulted on by top industry hair artists to achieve the perfect innovative and sustainable formulations. The Sleep Masque Night Repair is the first bottle you should grab. Healthy hair gives colorists a solid foundation to work with for the best possible end-result color, and this masque leaves hair strong and shiny thanks to innovative ingredients like green caviar.

R+Co Bleu Sleep Masque Night Repair serum

Blonde Solutions Liquid Toner

The Blonde Solutions Liquid Toner semi-permanent conditioning toning mask is a fun new product that is easy to try at home. You can pick which shade you want to boost your blonde color between salon visits, or you can even mix shades to experiment with non-permanent colors and tones.

Blonde Solutions liquid toners

Moon Juice Ting Supplement

When it comes to supplements, Im targeted and minimal, but Ting makes the cut! I love this new energy enhancer (Vitamin B complex and ginseng) from Moon Juice. Plus, I appreciate that it encourages people to start their day with a tall glass of water since its a powder that mixes [with liquid].

Moon Juice Ting Energy + Metabolism Non-Stim Supplement With Ginseng

Chanel Le Vernis in 911 Terre Brle

Chanels highly pigmented auburn polish has the perfect balance of rich red hues and brown undertones with depth and sophistication.

Chanel Le Vernis limited-Edition longwear nail color

Doublemoss Arte Primero Brush Set

Chic and durable, these are the first nail art brushes made from solid brass, which not only resists corrosion from the use of [acetone and alcohol], but also adds the perfect weight for optimal stability and precision. The screw-on caps protect the high-quality vegan bristles, which are safe to be used with both regular and gel polish.

Doublemoss Arte Primero brush set

Costa Brazil Sol Sunlight Body Oil

Normally I dont gravitate toward sparkle and shimmer products, but this oil won me over with its subtle, sensual smell that leaves skin with a hydrated, sophisticated glow. Applying after a shower while in gloomier climates transports me back to the sun and the feeling of vacation. I travel with this everywhere, as it serves as both a sensual perfume and luminizing skin moisturizer.

Costa Brazil Sol Sunlight body oil

Natureofthings Scalp & Body Polish

I love this body and scalp polish for creating an at-home hammam scrub. Invigorating cinnamon oil and Moroccan lava clay combined with olive and argan oils exfoliate without stripping or drying out the skinand Nature of Things products never cease to impress me with their olfactory design. I like to use the scrub with a Keesa mitt on myself in the shower, but to really make it feel like a hammam, its better if you invite someone to join.

Nature of Things scalp & body polish

Lyma Laser

Prepare for some initial sticker shock, but before writing this device off based on the price tag, know that it will save you in the long run. The Lyma Laser is the worlds first clinic-grade laser made universally safe and accessible through patented lens technology. Its deeply effective while being extremely safe for all skin types and tones. Lymas proprietary technology is 100 times more powerful than popular LED at-home devices. While most in-clinic IPL and laser treatments (which I still love) can run up quite a tab and include downtime, you can use this device head to toe without the need for hiding out. Plus, its easy to handle and is compact for travel.

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All about Eve Babitz: Artists Ed and Paul Ruscha on the late L.A. icon – Los Angeles Times12.28.21

The jacket of my 1982 copy of L.A. Woman says, Eve Babitz holds the primal knowledge of what it is to be a woman in what she convinces us is the capital of civilization.

That capital is, of course, Los Angeles, and when Babitz died last week, a part of the city went with her. She embodied the permissive and pleasurable reputation of her native Hollywood, offering a breathy laugh over all of its endemic contradictions and frustrations.

With Colette as role model, her love affairs were material for her stories and, like the French author, she treated them with drollity and affection. She never married but had dozens of boyfriends throughout her life, many of whom remained besotted with her.

For Eve, sexual frankness was an expression of her power. Certainly, that is the case in Julian Wassers 1963 photograph of her sitting naked at a chessboard with the Dada artist Marcel Duchamp. The photograph was Eves self-styled revenge on her married lover Walter Hopps, then curator of the Pasadena Art Museum, who had organized the show. I always wanted him to remember me that way, she told me. Babitz told me so many of these stories that it led me to construct my 2011 book, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s, as a narrative about that decade.

Though she survived decades of hard partying, Eve was felled by an accident in 1997 when the ash from a cigarillo torched her polyester skirt while she was driving. The fabric seared onto her skin, leaving her with third-degree burns. She was hospitalized for months, and those boyfriends and girlfriends came through with the funds to help her recovery. Harrison Ford: $100,000. Steve Martin: $50,000. A benefit at the Chateau Marmont brought donated art by Ed Ruscha, Larry Bell, Billy Al Bengston, Ed Moses, Ron Cooper and other artists, musicians and actors she had befriended. Yet she never fully recovered, and she disappeared socially and creatively afterward. She died Friday at age 78.

Artists Ed Ruscha and his brother, Paul Ruscha, were longtime friends of Eves and involved with her off and on for decades. I asked them to share memories of her.

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp: Do you remember your first impressions of Eve?

Ed Ruscha: Oh, it was the early 60s, but she was a great part of my growing up. I know I was with her when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald. I was in bed with Eve and we were watching this on live TV, a little black-and-white set. So you can date me from there anyway and probably earlier.

But anyway, she lived in this house behind her parents house. She kept a sloppy quarters because she had a lot of cats who had their way. Her parents lived up at the front house on Bronson near Franklin. And I knew her parents well. Mae was a beautiful, sweet Texan who was an artist, and she drew pictures of the gingerbread houses on Bunker Hill. And Sol was the musician, violinist. They were very sweet people. So I would see Eve a lot in those early days, but right away I could see that she seemed to have everyones number. She was real quick to spot hypocrisy in any way.

She could be infuriating, confounding, but at the same time, she was very funny, streetwise and serious. I noticed that people were constantly checking in with her, to get her view on things, and then there was Mirandi, of course, who was the perfect sister. They were able to play off of one another.

HDP: Did you ever double-date when [artist] Joe Goode was dating Mirandi?

ER: We went to Musso and Franks. That was Eves favorite spot and mine too. And we would go to openings, go to Barneys Beanery, places that were hot at the time. In the early 60s, she was always talking about Walter Hopps. She even wrote a rough screenplay on Walter Hopps, and I recall buying the rights from Eve. I read all her books and I found them to be dead on. She was committed to her writing. Ive always thought about her as like being carved out of marble. Even her name, Eve, suited her.

HDP: Didnt you do a drawing of her name?

ER: I did, with really soft lines. Very faint. I dont know whatever happened to that. But I think she had to sell almost everything. Shes never really made any wise choices for finances or money. She didnt seem to care about making it, and she was more interested in the daily thinking of just her culture in the world.

HDP: Was yours an exclusive arrangement or loose?

ER: In the 1960s? No, no, it was loose and spotty. I guess thats just the way we lived back then. But always having good feelings about each other, and I never really had a conflict with her.

HDP: Do you think she introduced you to some ideas about old Hollywood glamour that would have been influential for you?

ER: It was an abstract connection that she was able to spin yarns that she found and talk about things. Somehow she just knew a lot of people and had a damn good life. If you ask me, an enviable life.

HDP: Do you think that she had any influence on you in terms of the evolution of your own art?

ER: Oh, I guess Im influenced by everything. Theres nothing that crosses my path that doesnt influence me in some way or other. Even if I reject it, Im influenced by it. And, so, sure. I mean, she was a strong figure and I think everybody respected her. All the artists respected her, and and we were curious about her because she was a hot number. She did well with it, you know. (laughs)

HDP: How did she come to be Pauls girlfriend?

ER: I passed her on to him. (laughs)

Paul Ruscha: No. (laughs) I came to L.A. in 1973. We met at Jacks Catch All; it was this great thrift store. I was a veteran thrift shopper and so was Danna [Ed Ruschas wife]. She introduced me to Eve, who said, Id like to have you over for dinner. Danna said, I think she likes you. Eve knew that Ed and I were friends with [fashion model] Leon Bing. So she called Leon, who told Eve, Well, no matter what you make for him, be sure that its loaded with cilantro because hes just crazy about cilantro. Eve put it in the salad and the soup, and I hate cilantro and I couldnt eat it. All I could do is laugh. She called me the next day and she said, I hope you let me make it up to you because I am a pretty good cook. So then we were just locked into each other.

It was great. I loved her cooking. It was very chuckwagon style, you know, where she tossed the cats off of the stove. If I spent the night with her, shed wake up before I did and then want me to leave. So shed throw coffee into a pot of boiling water and bang on it to make the grounds go down and to wake me up and say, OK, heres your coffee. Now get out of here. And Id laugh and then shed say, I think Ive got something Id like you to read. Then Id read whatever shed written the day before. I gave her my critique, and if she liked it, she let me stay, and if she didnt, shed throw me out. So that was weird, but it worked for what it was. She loved to talk about her boyfriends. It was always fun and interesting to hear what was going on in their lives.

But we never lived together. After I got my house in the Valley, she would come over and stay with me, but because she was a Taurus I always called her the bull in my china shop. She just couldnt go anywhere without ruining something. Shed knock something over or break something, and the same thing at her house. I remember a couple of fur coats I gave her, and one of them she threw over this little space heater that she had. It caught on fire and it burned up her garage.

HDP: What was her lasting influence on you?

PR: She always did have an incredible way with language when she spoke. She never elaborated. She was just a woman of few words, but they were always words that counted. And I loved that about her.

HDP: I think she would be happy that her friends are sharing these stories and talking to each other.

PR: About her! (laughs)

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