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From time to time Feng Shui By Fishgirl gets behind worthy causes and lets you readers know about them. It’s good for your feng shui to contribute support to charities, causes, and to do good deeds. My friends Joe Gantz and his wife author Corine Gantz introduced me to my life partner. Now THAT was a good deed, indeed! So I want to tell you about Joe’s latest project and how you can  help.
AMERICAN WINTER is a documentary feature film that shines a light on the dramatic personal stories behind the country’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Produced and directed by Joe & Harry Gantz (creators of HBO’s Taxicab Confessions & executive producers of the CBS series The Defenders), AMERICAN WINTER is a powerful documentary film about families struggling to keep their heads above water right here and right now. To make this film, they partnered with the nonprofit organization 211info in Portland and were given full access to monitor and record calls from distressed families calling 211’s emergency hotline in search of help.
Then the filmmakers began following the stories of some of these callers in more depth over several months. The film follows several families as they struggle to get by while facing overwhelming challenges and dwindling resources available to help them, creating a powerful firsthand view of Americans caught in today’s financial undertow. The goal is to complete American Winter and release it before the 2012 American elections so that both the public and legislators making choices about who will be taxed more or less, and whose services should be cut or preserved, can take into consideration the overwhelming challenges facing so many families today.
Wanna help get this film off the ground? The filmmakers are in the process of finishing the film but some funding is still needed. Check out indiegogo crowdsourcing to donate whatever you can to the American Winter film project.

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Feng Shui By Fishgirl felt like barkin’ up the wrong tree today. So here are my takes on bark. If you’re feeling your sweet tooth go for the best chocolate bark in Cleveland: Lilly Tremont makes this and gorgeous truffles, too. Great gift for any mom on your list as well as for any occasion–you can’t go wrong with chocolate!


Another kind of bark is what my dog Hershey (yes, he’s named after the famous chocolate bar but he’s a white chocolate variety) has elevated to the level of song. Check out the video of Hershey Dawg Singing on YouTube and please Like him on facebook, too. Note to self: keep dogs away from chocolate because it is dangerous for their health. It’s also dangerous for my thighs but that is another story…


I designed a collection of Tibetan rugs hand made in Nepal inspired by the woods of Maine. The one shown here was called “Bark”. This fall I’ll be introducing a new line of rugs inspired by watercolor paintings.


And finally, what’s Ellen Barkin doin’ lately? Anybody know? I’ll bet this cougar is kickin’ back with a 20 something hottie and some of that Lilly Tremont chocolate bark and a bottle of wine right now! Bark if you love anything about this post…woof!

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Caine Monroy is an engineer, designer, creative genius, positive role model, optimist, visionary, dreamer and hardworking entrepreneur. Caine Monroy is also 9 years old. He is the inventor of Caine’s Arcade in East LA. Thanks to the short film about Caine made by Nirvan Mullick we can all share a smile and become inspired by Caine’s story. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Just go to this link to watch the 9 minute film.  This kid is well on his way to being the next Steve Jobs or Leonardo da Vinci. Feng Shui By Fishgirl suggests you also make a donation—even $1 is okay— to Caine’s scholarship fund to give your own feng shui a boost! This is one charitable donation that you can actually feel you you are making a difference in someone’s life directly.

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It’s difficult to make any comment on the engagement of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie without sounding cliche. The only thing appropriate is this: Congratulations! It’s being reported in the media and confirmed by their publicity team that the couple have officially decided to “put a ring on it” after seven years of being together unmarried. I have always felt a special affinity for them because I fell in love with my guy the same year they fell in love, live together unmarried, and travel a lot together with kids in tow –although our kids are 2 dogs.  (Other similarities: my guy is a sexy original individualist Aquarian like Brad and I am an intelligent talented goddess like Angelina–what can I say? It helps.) The Hollywood power couple have gone on record as saying that they would not get married unless and until all  people have that right. They’ve also admitted that their 6 precocious and adorable children have been putting pressure on them to get married. While a date for a wedding has not been announced by the Pitt-Jolie family, getting engaged and telling the world of your intentions is a powerful action to deepening your love and commitment to each other. It’s also a wonderfully romantic thing to do in this age of cynicism and multiple divorce. Feng Shui By Fishgirl wishes this very public couple the best of luck and continuing success with raising their children, juggling amazing careers, and all of their philanthropy.

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At Feng Shui By Fishgirl we believe that real women have curves. It’s time to give ourselves and our daughters a positive body image role model and stop beating up on ourselves for having the curves that nature intended. Embrace your bellies, butts, and beauty. Support clothing manufacturers who “get it”. Avoid those that don’t. Get the skinny on the story at Plus Model Magazine and see a lot more photos of gorgeous model Kasia with thought provoking sayings. The ones of Kasia embracing an anorexic model that looks like a bag o’ bones is devastating.

And for related stories about how women are held to unrealistic standards–especially celebrity women, but it trickles down to all of us–see this intelligent article by Ashley Judd.


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TWIN PEEKS: Feng Shui By Fishgirl Takes a Look at Chang & Eng

What a beautiful day for a road trip~! We set out in a caravan of two cars, three dogs, good friends and set out for nearby Winston-Salem. First stop? Skippy’s for arguably the best hot dog in America. Lucky for us we live only half an hour away. We scarfed down some cool dogs and then drove up to Mt. Airy, NC and the nearby White Plains Baptist Church graveyard where Chang & Eng Bunker are buried.

The world’s most famous conjoined twins were the original “Siamese Twins” born in Thailand (then Siam). Because of their fame as an attraction with circus showman P. T. Barnum’s American Museum as well as world wide touring, the term “Siamese Twins” was used to denote any conjoined twins during that less-than-politically correct era. When you get to their gravesite, the White Plains Baptist Church has provided a takeaway brochure nearby with some information about Chang & Eng .

These two men were well respected by their neighbors and married two sisters. To find out how that unusual marital arrangement worked out for them, be sure to read the wiki entry on Chang & Eng. Or wait for the upcoming Gary Oldman film to come out which is sure to be fantastic in every sense of the word! Apparently the married twins began with one residence and a bed built for four. The sisters didn’t like that too much (wonder why?) and so eventually they bought separate households and the twins would alternately spend 3 nights with one wife and 3 nights with the other. The feng shui of 3 is  much better than the feng shui of 4, by the way.

After the twins fulfilled their original “contract” with an American businessman who purchased them from their parents in Thailand, they began managing their own careers. Personal appearances and promotional merchandise like the paper dolls shown above contributed to their significant wealth. The brothers were born pre-Civil War era when medical procedures were far less sophisticated than they are today. They were joined at the chest by a section of cartilege and their livers were also attached. Had they been born in this century, the Bunkers might have been easily separated. As it was, when Chang died first Eng refused to let a doctor perform an emergency separation that may have saved his life. Eng died within the same day as his brother.

The book “Chang & Eng” written by Darin Strauss is next on my reading agenda–a friend has highly recommended it. This book is also the source material for Gary Oldman’s upcoming movie. This author has also written another book–Half a Life— winner of the National Book Critic Circle Award about a true and horrific event from his life that shaped  his path forever. I’ll review them both and get back to you in awhile.

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“Crying Girl” (1964) by Roy Lichtenstein. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Artist Roy Lichtenstein was at the forefront of the pop art movement in the 60’s. His iconic “Crying Girl” was recreated with makeup on a live model by  M.A.C artist Karin Stone, in Chicago, IL. How cool is this?! While it’s an entirely different sort of body paint camouflage than the type Peeta uses on himself to blend in the forest, putting on this mask like makeup would hide your true face.

"Crying Girl" makeup application comes to life.

"Crying Girl" in 3D living color 🙂

I am betting that the hyper fashionista future people in the Capitol would die for this makeup look. Literally. See The Hunger Games and tell me if you agree! Happy Friday 🙂

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