Judi's Flying Monkeys

Friday, August 25, 2006

Flight 93

Remembering the people that lost their lives and those whose lives were forever altered on 9-11.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Beatle drummer

This is my friend Kim and Pete Best, the first drummer for the Beatles.
Look how embarrassed he is. He wasn't expecting that BIG hug! When it was over he said very low and British..."oh my, I think I'll do that again!" This is one of my favorite photos of Kim. She has been through a lot this year and I hope things turn around for her.

My favorite saying:

Sunday, August 20, 2006


I found this in my old journal.

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
Do your words ultimately result in the destiny you want?

This message hit home. My thoughts were dark and I couldn't figure out why. I've been cleaning house with the TV on a station that is running nonstop Sept 11th documentaries. Without realizing it I was reliving it and my heart is hurting again.
I worked for three days in New York city designing a show room with one of the men on flight 93. He brought his ten year old daughter to work one of those days and I remember her pouncing off a ladder on him when he was on a business call and he smiled. I think of that image often. I made a trip to the crash site in Pa. and left a message among the thousands of others. I have photos of the things people wrote and objects they left as a memorial. They are heartbreaking, especially the police and fireman's hats.

Friday, August 18, 2006

the love of dishes

It seems I've alwayd had a love affair with ceramic dishes and I can't explain it. I went to culinary arts school and was trained to be a pastry chef but shifted gears before I finished my internship. I jumped into an art institute and got my degree in visual communications. Funny that after all these years I am working for a dinnerware company designing and working with chefs. It was destiny for me to be in the food service industry. As much as I love art, I love learning something new everyday. I'm always curious about who, where, when, what and how. I am currently reading a book on the art of tabletop. I keep finding things that make me stop and say....oh my gaaaawwd, I never thought about that!
I'm reading the proper names, history and use of each piece of ware. I am learning the history of pottery in general. They believe the very first dish was made accidentally by cave people that were the "gatherers." The"gatherers" made primitive baskets out of tree limbs and vines shaped like tubs to hold whatever they were gathering. Eventually they discovered if they packed river bank clay inside these baskets they could carry water. Over time the baskets would wear out and they would throw them in the FIRE and discovered the "fired" clay became hard and durable. MAGIC! The first pottery ever!

Friday, August 11, 2006


I've finally surrendered to the BLOG world. I am entering the BLOG world dragging my feet, kicking and screaming. The thought of my personal thoughts out THERE . . .scares me but yet seems very exciting. Soooooooo, here I am.