This creepy adaptation of Anne Rice's popular novel stars Brad Pitt as Louis, an 18th-century plantation owner who is recruited by the stylish, centuries-old vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise) to join his nocturnal family in an endless search for blood. Kirsten Dunst, Stephen Rea, Antonio Banderas, and Christian Slater also star in this well acted and stylish movie.
Li Ching-Yuen was a Chinese herbalist, martial artist and tactical advisor who lived to the ripe old age of 256 and sired 200 descendants during his life span, surviving 23 wives. Ching-Yuen lived off a diet of herbs and rice wine inculding lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola. In a 1930 New York Times article, Professor Wu Chung-chieh of the University of Chengdu discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827, congratulating one Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th…
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It's simple, slow, and uncluttered -- and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not plastic. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. It reminds us that we are all but transient beings on this planet.
JFK in Rice Hat, with Jackie - Crowley Rice Festival, 1959 In October 1959, aspiring presidential candidate Senator John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie were guests at the International Rice Festival in Crowley, Louisiana. They were hosted by Judge and Mrs Edmund M. Reggie. Photo archive of Kennedy visit (Photos property of the Edmund Reggie family)