... She stepped from the cab onto the pavement, adjusted her muffler under her chin, threw her stub cigarette onto the pavement and viciously stomped it out. She proceeded toward the bright blue awning where the dandy held the open door.
Those who say something cannot be done should never interrupt the person doing it.

Leading a charmed life, being everywhere and everything to everyone at the turning point of their lives. She had launched a thousand careers, some of them her own. She had been the one with the right label, correct recipe, or spot of money to get things rolling. This left most of the world in her debt in some quiet, desperate, blackmailing way.

Do you remember a time when payoff was not rampant?
She imagined some real, some imaginary faults.
Is it raining in here or is that my energy field?
It was apparent she loved RED.
I want this place to look like a garden, but a garden in hell.

This was a woman whom could simplify most abstract and hard-to-cotton ideas. For instance, she believed the only Deadly Sin was the 8th, which was bringing to list the other 7.

When spotted on the street, fellow New Yorkers wondered what dynasty she was from. Preserved, or, conserved. Which adjective to use. The consistency of her appearance over the decades helped make her an instantly recognized figure, and hid her age.

I went blind from looking at so many beautiful things.  
-Diana Vreeland

from THE PAPER DOLL STORIES: life profiles & confessions
A peek into Cabinet of Curiosities, current installation at MOA Denver.


  1. what an intriguing story...a glimpse into her life..between the turning points...

  2. Wonderfully intriguing. Just the kind of thing I like to find in a cabinet of curiosities.

  3. A little Garbo, maybe? Do we become what we pretend to be?

  4. wonderful description of one who succeeds in moving the earth...

    And in the case of Boro~Boro one who can't seem to...

    Peace - Rene

  5. Great story!! Thanks for sharing!! Love the painting!!

  6. Conserved or preserved. Until now, I wasn't aware of these dynasties. But the do make sense for classification.

  7. Thanks for stopping in... it's always neat to see what 'hit' each of you get. -J

  8. The whole time that I was reading, I was picturing Lauren Bacall!

  9. Your writing is as intriguing as your art. You have such talent.

    Good luck at the cainet ofg curiosities exhibition.

    Those who say something cannot be done should never interrupt the person doing it. - I love this. i am going to take it away with me and think aout it for a while.

    Thank you

  10. WOW!!

    Now there's food for thought. What a blog! I am inspired by the writing and intirgued by the art work.

    Can I visit your 'Cabinet of Curiosities' exhibition on the net? I'd love to just take a peek.

    Thanks for finding me so that I could find you.


  11. Julie, Thanks for the enthusiasm!


    is the link to the show in Denver at MOA.

  12. wow i do like this

    the 8th deadly sin is some idea to play with

  13. brilliantly beautiful! i had to read it over and over - to savor and absorb - to touch and to feel - every word - every nuance - thank you for sharing!

  14. What an incredible concept: The Deadly 8 sin. Loved it.