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The Uber-friend Buzz: Ross Priddle

I spent a long time this morning on the FB profile of Ross Priddle—a long, LONG time.

You know when you see a train wreck and you just can’t look away?  It was something like that.  At first glance, I was experiencing a sort of mental hysteria at the rate of about 10 WTF’s per minute.  To the outside eye, Ross is an exhausting blur of abstract bits and bobs.  He’s the impossible and illegitimate love child of John Lennon and Walter Bishop. 

Dig a little deeper and you find that he is, in fact, the Mad Hatter of the visual art world.  He is an enigma of visual creativity.  The kind of enigma that starts an international movement—there are people studying the religion of Priddlism all over the world—right as I type. 

While I can’t confirm that he isn’t perpetually high, I can assure you that his mind runs off the beaten path with a sort of ping-pong precision.  His thoughts are usually unpredictably fun-loving and they come wrapped up in a tight little crusty contradiction.  I know, right?  I hope Mr. Spock never has to mind meld with Mr. Priddle.  It would spell certain d-o-o-m for the Vulcan mind.

Ross is one of those people who you would pay good money to spend 5 minutes in a room with—and he’s easy to find.  Go see his creative genius here, or just follow the Bob Dylan music to Alberta, look for the house that small children run past, and then loiter around outside.  Sooner or later, he’ll come out to lure you in with chocolate covered LSD and Jasmine Tea.

As it turns out, Ross Priddle fascinates me.  Not only does he maintain some 40+ blogs, he also single-handedly keeps the postal service in business with mail art and visual poetry—and pretties the entire industry up while he’s at it.  Before today, I had no idea that such an art existed.  There’s nothing like a little old-fashioned schoolin’ for a Friday morning. 

I’m on the path of Priddlism—my robe is in the mail. 


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The Uber-friend Buzz: Liane Carruthers

You might think that the Irish Leprechaun of lore is a withered old man who chases rainbows in gnarly buckled shoes—and you might be right.  But, let me tell you a little something about the Advertising Leprechaun—she has GREAT shoes and a healthy amount of Bieber-fever.

Liane Carruthers is no solitary creature.  And, might I add, there is nothing gnarly or withered about her.  As a matter of fact, Liane takes the GOLD in the Olympic events of smiling and plain ol’ gosh-dang cuteness—every year.  She is an energetic, infectious, and powerfully contagious woman who uses her powers for good.  Rarely seen angry, this sweet sprite-like Polkaroo chooses words like “miffed” to express her extreme displeasure and has the magical ability to spring-up from the shadows just when you need her the most—she can leap small buildings and balance herself endlessly on the points of her Jimmy Choos.    

This supermom and bargain-sniffing sleuth is everyone’s ideal BFF.  Sweet-tempered and sensitive with a generous trusting nature, she exploits the best of you.  Her doe-eyed innocence can camouflage her Leprechaun trickery—so tread cautiously.  She’s been known to be a fireball of mischief from time-to-time. (It’s always those smiley ones you have to watch out for.)  If it’s simply a vacation pal you’re after, Liane is always game for travelling to sunny destinations to get those “must have” beach-sand pedicures.  Special note to Mr. Clooney—it is purely coincidental that she happens to vacation in the same places as you.  Leprechauns don’t stalk.  It’s Irish law.

In her career, Liane is something of a media genius and has miles of experience in advertising and publishing to prove it.  She’s the ideal candidate for any media task you might have—big or small—and she’s also great at parties.  If you should have the opportunity to work with Liane in real life one day—as I have—take it. 

Just don’t rub her for luck.  She doesn’t always like that.



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AM900 CHML Talk Radio Interview

logo_chml2I will be having a 5 minute chat radio interview tomorrow afternoon with Jamie West from AM900 CHML on his “Health Matters” program from 12-1pm. 

Tune in at 12:10pm and have a listen!

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Muse Photography on Cable14 Coffee Break TODAY!

coffeebreakThe interview with Mike Fortune from Cable14 will be airing today at about 25 minutes after most hours and again on the 9th at about 5 minutes before most hours.   The producer will be dubbing me a copy and I hope to have that feed onto the website for those of you without basic cable services.  Special thank you to the Associate Producer, Kathleen Foster, for all her sincerity and warmth.

This weekend I’ll be taping a feature segment with Cable14 for their LINKED show!  Stay tuned for airing details.

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got Cancer? be a-Muse-d!

tvcogecoThis morning we taped an interview segment for the news on Cogeco!  (It will air on channel 23 for Cogeco cable customers next week.)  I was beyond nervous.  I trembled and perspired like a mad dog in heat.  Once or twice I feared I might be electrocuted by the microphone battery pack they had nestled down into my back forty.  And …I sat alone on a stool with football stadium sized lights all around me revealing every unflattering nook and cranny that I try so hard daily to disguise.   

I put myself out there today, outside my comfort zone – WAY outside – and I showed bravery in myself that I haven’t seen in a long time.  I’m staying consistent to my purpose and true to myself.  Today I reached out to people who are suffering.  Hopefully someone will show their own bravery …and reach back to me. 


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