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March 11, 2010

I am back from a month in Buenos Aires with a visit to Mendoza, a couple of weeks in Brazil w/ some rad girlfriends, a sudden trip to Italy with Mary. And here come the cherry blossoms!

One of the best parts of Buenos Aires was an AWESOME writing workshop I took with Camille Cusumano. Camille was the editor of Greece, A Love Story, an anthology which included the story of when I was a go go dancer in Greece. Camille is a wonderful and seasoned writer herself, as well as an amazing tango dancer. Her workshop was very inspiring and helpful and she holds them pretty regularly. Her book, Tango, An Argentine Love Story, was really great, too. Not only did it teach me a lot about zen and tango and Buenos Aires, but it was probably the steamiest book I've read about a woman in her late fifties - it made me realize what a huge absence there is of sexy books about older women. No wonder we are all so terrified of aging - not only do we have to die and hurt a lot before that, but no one ever talks about getting laid after 40! Thank you, Camille!

Another great part of being in Buenos Aires was the gorgeous apartment me and my fabulous and super talented painter friend, Ann Chamberlin, and I rented for the month. Not only was the apartment just beautiful, the landlords ROCK. I admit - I partly rented that place because the owners looked so cool and I secretly wished they would become my new Buenos Aires friends. And my wish came true! If you are considering spending any time in Buenos Aires, get yerselves over to the San Telmo Loft website and book some time in one of their two gorgeous apartments in Buenos Aires. They rent out way ahead of time, so try to do it in advance, if you can. Their blog is also a rich, up-to-date resource for all kinds of information about living and traveling in Buenos Aires and around Argentina and Uruguay.

Now I am working out of my beautiful new studio in St. Johns. I don't miss the Seed Factory. It is so quiet here and nice to be able to walk over to the house and make coffee and food in my own kitchen. And St. Joseph and funny Wayne installed skylights in my new studio while I was in Italy last week! I am triple stoked with cherries on top.

For the first time ever, I have a garden I can sink slow growing plants, like asparagus, into. And we have a bird feeder and every morning at least 5 different kinds of birds go f'in bonkers over the suet. It turns out bird watching is way more fun than I realized. Yep, I'm turning into an urban homesteading bird watching nerd. And I couldn't be more pleased about it.

Now that I'm back, I've stories up the wazoo to write. I'm on the hook to write a story about Carnaval in Brazil, another one about how flying first class ruined my personality, and another one about becoming a nester. This year I hope to finish my book about living in Greece and get four stories published in well known magazines.

But TODAY's big announcement is about my brand spankin' new zine, The Very Hungry Caterina! It's all hand drawn, there's lots of food in it, and it has a nostalgic theme. Please buy copies for yourselves and all of your friends so that I can afford to make the next issue.

Here's pictures of Italy, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

Love Kat


Old Chaos

November 2009

I become a home owner

Also, Powell's Books loves Whoosh! The Zine for Whale Lovers and makes a little sign about it.

April 2009
I find my next true calling
September 2009
Blue Whales
Elizabeth Gilbert
Granlibakken Photo Shoot
Crazy Garden
Whale Watch Lingo

October 2009
Open Studios Invite

November 2008
I beg you to vote
I show you cool pictures of Obama looking all fierce and saintly
January 2009
Christmas in Philly Recap
Flickr Stream Link
February 2009
soulless japanese hawaiian vacation tarzan yells

October 2008
Open Studios Announcement

September 2008
10 Practical Tips for Not Losing It When Faced with Republicans, the Undecided and/or Apathetic
And other stuff
August 2008
I eat everything.
Fancy Vacation Report
Flower Picking Problems

July 2008
Farting Around
Dancing Men
Book Advice


May 2008
Birthday excitement
I come out of the closet as a church goer
Tiger, elephant and monkey pictures

February 2008
Breathing is good stuff

Fall 2007
Please stand by while I contemplate my navel
Meanwhile, here are some words and images from the wall of happy to keep you entertained.

Birthday Report 2007
All Growed Up
Identical Twin Dentists
Whale Pictures
Birthday Expeditions
June 2006
Bo Sho
Polygamy Schedule
Whale Pics
David Byrne Radio

Birthday 2006
Best Birthday Cake Ever
Spring Fever


March 2006
Ramona Quimby lives here
I want a house
Code Monkey Life
February 2006
The K List:
Interconnectedness of Everything
Joseph's Ear
Beer at McDonald's in Paris
Earthlights from outer space
Snail Porn
Lumina Maria
Becky's Bunnymen
January 2006
3rd world dogs
Pageboy haircuts in the jungle
Square Watermelons
Dirty friends
Purple dogs
Prego Brides
Holding beating fish hearts
Wheatpaste art