Pink Thing of The Day: Pinky and The Brain Graffiti Truck

Pinky and The Brain Box Truck
Photo By Gail

This colorful box truck decorated with graffiti and a terrific image of Pinky and The Brain was spotted on East 14th Street near First Avenue.

The text on the truck says, “Tell a friend to tell a friend that it’s them again…”


The Wonder Morton Organ Console at Kings Theatre

Wonder Morton Organ Console
Photos By Gail

This is the restored console of the Robert Morton Organ originally installed in the Loew’s Kings Theatre in 1929. The design is one of the flagship models of the company, which collectively became known as the Wonder Mortons, because they were all installed in the five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” built in the New York City area toward the end of the 1920s. The striking decoration and design of this console is not unique to this particular instrument, but it is a consistent feature of the Wonder Mortons.

The Robert Morton Company  was the second-largest producer of theatre pipe organs in the United States. Although their larger instruments have not fared well over the years, many fine examples still exist. In a relationship similar to that of the Fox Theatres and the Wurlitzer Company, the Robert Morton Company provided pipe organs to both the Pantages and Loew’s theatre chains, therefore when the Loew’s Company set about creating the biggest and best theatres in their system, they asked the Robert Morton Company to create the biggest and best organs for these theatres.

Wonder Morton Organ Console

The prototype of the Wonder Mortons is housed in the Sanger Theatre in New Orleans; currently dormant and awaiting restoration after the damages done by Hurricane Katrina. The first Robert Morton organ to boast the fence design that decorates the top of the Wonder Mortons is stilled housed in the Providence Performing Arts Center — formerly the Loew’s State Theatre — in Providence, Rhode Island.

It is noteworthy that this instrument is simply the console of the pipe organ. The pipes, bellows and airway infrastructure of the organ have been dismantled and removed, or have fallen victim to the damage that the Kings Theatre suffered due to leaking, while sitting vacant and neglected through the end of the last century.

Photographed in the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

Addressing the Need for Women Mentors – An Empathetic Approach

Mentor Tag Cloud
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Although women have come a very long way in the corporate world, there is still a great disparity between the number of men in high-ranking positions and the number of women in those very same key roles. While it isn’t always ‘gender-based discrimination’ that keeps women from advancing in their careers, that could be a contributing factor.

However, graduates of the University of Cincinnati behavioral analysis master’s degree program have found that it is often the women themselves who are holding themselves back. In light of this, what the corporate world really needs more of is women who can step up as mentors using an empathetic approach. Who knows better than another woman what women face when seeking to do something more with their lives?

Self-Doubts a Key Detriment

If you read the synopsis of this graduate degree, you will find that the University of Cincinnati online curriculum seeks to conduct empirical research in human behavior. Why do women need to battle self-doubts when applying for jobs they know they are equally, or better, qualified for than their male counterparts?

Whether seeking a job in the realm of therapeutic counseling or in Human Resources within a corporation, women mentors can help women be proactive in their own futures. This is not to say that men aren’t equally capable from a theoretical standpoint, but no one knows better the types of self-doubts many women impose upon themselves than other women who have had to work through the very same issues. Sadly, it really is different from the doubts that men face.

Social Issues to Meet Head-On

Too many times, women are referred to as the “weaker sex” and thus are treated as such in society. Having grown up with this mindset, these women need to be empowered to rise above social expectations. In fact, these expectations often condition a woman to act in accordance with what she believes others think of her.

Behavioral analysis can help to assess these stereotypes in relation to social issues women face. A great mentor will have a strong foundation in behavioral analysis to literally profile an expected behavior. Having the ability to do this can help a mentor empower others for more positive outcomes.

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Great Mentoring Is All About Helping Women Find Their Own Solutions

Since you know what the other is thinking based on an empathetic approach to mentoring, it isn’t necessary to provide solutions. The key is to ask questions which will lead your protégé to find new ways of dealing with issues that are holding them back. Sometimes, women even have developmental issues if they were raised in a proverbial box. The difference between a good mentor and a great mentor is empowering the other to start thinking, feeling, and acting outside that box they were conditioned to operate within.

Sometimes women are simply more comfortable sharing with women mentors because they feel a natural bond. The object of mentoring is to draw greatness out of the person you are mentoring, and for that to happen, there needs to be a strong rapport. Graduate work in behavioral analysis may be the foundation you need to be a great mentor. Understanding the human condition is key and who understands a woman better than another woman?

Eye On Design: Gown for Leslie Jones Designed By Christian Siriano

Christian Siriano Red Dress
All Photos By Gail

Christian Siriano designed this dress for actress Leslie Jones to wear to a film premiere. Jones had tweeted that due to her physique, no fashion designer was willing to dress her for red carpet events. Siriano responded to her, saying he would be proud to design a dress for her.

Leslie Jones In Red Dress

The result was this stunning Red Silk Crepe Faille floor-length gown that she wore to the 2016 premiere of Ghostbusters, and Jones looks fantastic in it. This situation sparked a public debate about the marginalization of certain body types by contemporary brands.

Christian Siriano Red Dress

Photographed as Part of the Exhibit The Body: Fashion and Physique, On View at the Museum at FIT Through May 5th, 2018.

Modern Art Monday Presents: Lee Krasner, Self Portrait

Lee Krasner Self Portrait
Photo By Gail

A powerful rendering by the artist in her twenties, this picture was made with a practical purpose; it was painted as a reception piece for admission to the life-drawing course at the National Academy of Design. While Lee Krasner (19081984) is best known for the personal style that she developed within the movement of Abstract Expressionism in the 19540s, this self portrait (c. 1930) is a rare example of her early work, using the thick brushwork and high color of the Impressionists and Realists of the previous generation. Strikingly, Krasner depicts herself at work in nature. She eyes the viewer, who stands on the spot where, presumably, a mirror hangs on a tree. Her expression and strong handling of light and shade evoke the resolve of a young woman rising to the challenge of her artistic vocation.

Photographed in the Jewish Museum in NYC.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Adirondack Chairs

Pink Adirondack Chairs
Photos By Gail

I spotted this pair of bright Pink Adirondack Chairs late last summer in Nova Scotia, while I was on a shore excursion during a very fun and unexpectedly cold cruise of Canada and New England. I wish I had had the presence of mind to kick that yellow plastic table out of frame. Hindsight: 20/20.

Photographed at Sugar Bubbles Bath Bakery,  Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Pink Adirondack Chairs