Saturday, May 30, 2015


Everywhere you look, there's YOU in a mirror.

Aside from the mirrors on the walls of your home, every window in your house is a mirror. Same thing on the streets -- glass store fronts, and glass windows reflect your image. Hey, like most women, I have a mirror in my handbag.

We peep at mirrors to make sure we are ... what? Okay? Neat looking? To ascertain if there's anything weirdo, odd ball, wrong with our face, hair, neck, or what we are wearing?

Animals seem to enjoy looking in the mirror. They seem to know what they need, or feel.
Do we enjoy looking in the mirror? Do we check ourselves in the mirror to verify what we need or feel?


Mirrors tell me every day what I look like now. Now gets me comparing myself with yesterday, and emphasizes what I don't want to see -- lines, crinkles, wrinkles, messy strands of hair, or hair that isn't there, where it used to be. Also posture, that suggests I'm tired, and that says I am not young.

So many things -- too many things you see, read, hear get you checking and studying yourself, evaluating your assets and prowess.  Checking on oneself is an obsession, not just in females, males have this obsession too.

Count -- note -- how many times a day you look in mirrors? Try cutting it down, doing it less.  If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. If it's life and death important and you fear that you might have spinach on a tooth, smudged lipstick, you need a shave -- hey -- pop into any sandwich shop. Check yourself in a paper napkin dispenser, or in a knife, teaspoon, or tablespoon mirror.

Mirror mirror on the wall.
I need not see of myself at all.
Throughout my day you put a pall.
That makes me into a vain and small,

Guys, try a day without a mirror. Go cold turkey.
It's a relief not to see, but just to be who you are.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Stand in the center of this circle, and the cameras and computer will produce a near perfect, almost scarily realistic representation of you.

It's a "Shapie" -- a sculpture of you thats a full-size figurine, or a representation of you that you can hold in your hand.

Artec, a company that already has cameras and scanning locations in 25 countries, makes them.

The scanner in this picture can create a Shapie of people, animals, and any other large object, in incredible detail in 5 to 15 minutes.

Artec uses 3D scanning to help doctors plan surgery and dentists to create orthodontic devices, like retainers. An anthropologist recently used an Artec scanner to create images of fossils in Kenya. In major cities, tailors use these scanners to make custom clothing that fits without any fittings.

Professional scanners can be bought for around $20,000. Other companies make Shapie-like scanners more cheaply, using a modified webcam that can be purchased for $500 to $100.

Even the inexpensive devices emit parallel beams of light that the computer examines and measures -- so if you're having Shapie made, don't wear anything that's wrinkled. Every single detail is seen and re created.

My husband, John Cullum and I have no need for selfies -- ten steps away, across the hall, there he is  -- frowning, concentrated, or smiling ready for a kiss. But Shapies ...?

Well, I can't figure out why we (or you) would  ever need a Shapie, but 3D devices -- printers and scanners -- wow -- they're a whole new magical world of WOW.

Hey, in Berlin they've already got Shapie booths where you can walk in and get one of yourself,  or your dog.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Herbert Bergorf, Philip Rose, George Balanchine, Lincoln Kirstein, Arthur Storch, Ted Mann, Stephen Porter,  Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Todd Bolender, Zachary Solov, Sophie Maslow, Valerie Bettis,.Charles Strouse, Walter Prude,  Richard Burton, Hanya Holm Richard Pleasant, Lucia Chase, Isadora Bennett,, Rebekah Harkness, Michael Bronson, Margaret Craske Anthony Tudor, Herbert Ross, Nanette Charisse, Martha Swope, Eugene loring, Michael Myerberg,, Stewart Ostrow, Ted Shawn, Norman Walker, Anna Sokolow, Ben Harkarvy, Doris Herring, Clive Barnes, Jill Johnson, Nona Scherman, Aubrey Hitchens, Olympia Dukakis,  Robert Joffrey, Gerald Arpino, Audrey Wood, Talley Beatty, Alvin Ailey, Janet Collins, Carmen DeLavallade, Jeff Duncan, Jean Erdman, Nina Fonaroff, Trudy Goth, Peter Hamilton, Melissa Hayden, Geoffrey Holder, Pearl Lang, Jose Limon, Helen Tamiris, Frank Westbrook, Margery Mussman, Lynne Taylor-Corbett.


Wife Emily isn't sure why it helps her, that hubby John disobeys her, and sneaks into the studio to watch her doing her daily dance ritual.

John, as a performer, knows full well how the sense of being watched inspires him.

He relates it to what Richard Burton did before each performance.