Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Maui's Moniz

In 2009, I posted a quick review of a book of short stories by Wayne Moniz. The setting for the short stories was Maui. In 2011, Mr. Moniz wrote another book and self-published this volume. Somehow, this book was not on my radar and I just found out about it recently, thanks to Mr. Moniz. So, I ordered the book from Amazon and received it quickly. I thought I might get to read it last weekend so I could review it for my "M" day in the A to Z Challenge. Alas, I have not completely finished, so the review will just have to wait for another day.

--Wayne Moniz reading from Beyond the Reef at an appearance
Following is a link to my previous post on Under Maui Skies:
The new book is entitled Beyond the Reef: Stories of Maui in the World. Look at the wonderful cover:

--cover by Joseph Aspell, an artist from San Francisco
The most exciting info that Mr. Moniz told me was that he thanked me in the acknowledgement or "Mahalo" section of the new book for publicizing Under Maui Skies. I thought that was so nice! Look, here it is:

I am so thrilled. This is my first acknowledgement in a published book. The acknowledgement follows my first blurb recently on another book. How fun!
Beyond the Reef presents an eight-story anthology, and this time the stories are in Maui and various other settings, but with Maui connections. The stories vary in genre again, including a ghost, comedy, crime, Western, tragedy, inspirational, coming of age, and sports story.
These books can be purchased via Amazon, and an audio book read by Mr. Moniz can be obtained by writing:
Pūnāwai Press
1812 Nani St.
Wailuku, Maui
Hawai'i 96793

Monday, April 14, 2014


Late in the summer, I will be going to London for only the third time. Just like Paris, London will require many trips to see what I think is important to see. For me, this includes a few repeat stops and more museums and places of interest. Also, on this next trip I will be part of The Duke of Wellington Tour. Every few years, I like going somewhere with an organized tour, mainly to gain more knowledge of what I already appreciate, but also to stay in the nicer places and not have to worry about planning and organizing everything myself for me and/or me and my friends. I can just pay and go. This trip is going to be great and I am so looking forward to meeting some other Anglophiles.
Through the past 5 blogging years I have posted some blog entries about London or ones that are London-related. The most popular is definitely Art Highlights from London. I am getting excited to gather some info for some new London posts. One of the other popular entries was Guest Post on Number One London. The ladies hosting the tour are the bloggers behind Number One London. On The Wellington Tour, I will be going back to Apsley House. The house will have been remodeled and updated by then, so that will add to the excitement of getting to go with other Wellington and London enthusiasts. Since I posted my own picture of Apsley House, I have seen the picture used on the internet in a number of places and am quite flattered. Of course, if I put a pic on my blog, I don't care if it is copied. As an aside, I have been asked by websites if some of my pictures are my own and can they use them. That is always so nice to know others appreciate your carefully chosen photos. Following is that Apsley House pic. I like how the cars are whizzing by:
--Apsley House, 1 London
Previous Entries for the A to Z Challenge:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kiki de Montparnasse

--animated version of Kiki de Montparnasse

Alice Prin, better know as Kiki de Montparnasse, was one of the personalities who was well known in Paris in the 1920s. In many of the books on the Lost Generation and Paris in that era that I have read, Kiki is usually mentioned as a loyal friend and confidante to the artists and poets of the day. 

Kiki was born in 1901 in Burgundy in Châtillon-sur-Seine, Côte d'Or. She was an illegitimate child and was raised by her grandmother, as her mother left her to work in Paris. When she was 12 years old, she was sent to Paris to her mother to work as well. However, when Kiki was 14, she started posing nude for a sculptor and she and her mother had a parting of the ways.

--Kiki de Montparnasse, née Alice Prin

After that, Kiki started working for many of the painters and sculptors of the day and became a fixture in the Montparnasse section of Paris. Man Ray was one of the men she was with for approximately six years. They broke up because Man Ray wanted to be with fellow photographer and model Lee Miller

--Kiki photographed by Man Ray in the 1920s in Paris

Kiki was also an actress and she also drew and painted and even had her own showing at the Galerie au Sacre du Printemps in 1927. Kiki wrote a memoir in 1929 and this book was banned in the USA. The book was retranslated and republished in 1996. Kiki owned a cabaret in Paris in the 1930s, but she left Paris later due to World War II. 

-- Kiki in the 1930s

In 1953, Kiki died in front of her flat in Montparnasse due to alcoholism and drug dependency. She was only 51 years old. Her tombstone reads:

Kiki, 1901–1953, singer, actress, painter, Queen of Montparnasse

Kiki de Montparnasse is remembered for being a strong, vibrant woman who lived the way she wanted to live, without regret.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Johnny Cash Music Festival

On August 15, 2014 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival will happen.

Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare, and Loretta Lynn will be the headliners. Tommy Cash, the youngest sibling of the Cash clan, will take over as host this year from his older sister Rosanne, who hosted the second annual event last year.

The purpose of this festival is to raise money to assist Arkansas State University in refurbishing the Johnny Cash boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas. As of March 1, 2014, the university has raised $1.9 million of its $3.2 million goal. The official name of the project is Johnny Cash Boyhood Hometown Project.

Look what they have done to improve Johnny Cash's boyhood home in 2011/2012:

The town of Dyess is being transformed into a heritage tourism site and the city has donated a few buildings that are also being restored.

Click below to find out more:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Impressionist--Armand Guillaumin

--Self Portrait, Armand Guillaumin, 1878, oil on canvas,
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Armand Guillaumin lived from February 1841 to June 1927. Guillaumin was part of the group of Paris painters known as the Impressionists.

Growing up, he worked in his uncle’s lingerie shop. He took art classes in the evenings. In 1861, he attended the Académie Suisse (an art school). There he became lifelong friends with Cézanne and Pissaro. Even though Guillaumin was never known as well as the other Impressionists, he did influence their works.

Guillaumin also became acquainted with Van Gogh, which led to Theo Van Gogh selling some of his works. Later, Guillaumin was fortunate in that he won 100,000 francs in the French lottery. He quit the government job he had by then to concentrate on his painting.

Guillaumin died in Orly near Paris.

The Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach has a small collection of Guillaumin’s works.

--La Seine à Charenton, Armand Guillaumin, 1878, oil on canvas,
Musee d'Orsay, Paris

Impressionism is the art movement begun in the 1870s/1880s when a small group of painter friends decided to display their works at independent exhibitions. The word impressionism was coined when art critic Louis Leroy wrote a satirical article in a Paris paper where he was writing about Monet’s painting Impression.

I had never heard of Guillaumin until recently, but he is listed as one of the main Impressionists along with Bazille, Caillebotte, Cassatt, Cézanne  Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Pissaro, Renoir, and Sisley. He was the last of the Impressionists to die, as he lived to be 86 years old.