Asking The Sun

Written by Lilah Clay on . Posted in


I am becoming that older person
you taught yourself not to love.
She is kind, forgiving,
full of moss swollen hills,
and a river clear
as glass
before it breaks open
and cuts
the delicate pieces of you
into stars–
for mounting on walls
next to collages
of all we want to summon
in on the currents
of red sand winds,
on the elbows
of fairytale dragons with long
and curled tongues.

I am becoming that older person
inside of you
that you cannot help but fall all over
just to be near.
The love you neglect to give yourself
has been given to me.
I do not steal,
I only earn…
knocking down castle
walls that hold us apart
from ourselves,
asking the sun
to melt shoe laces
so my bare feet can remember
the way it feels to stand
on naked earth,
heart ripped open–
a makeshift megaphone
for the birds.

– Lilah Clay

Brooklyn Bridge

Urchin in NYC

Written by Randy Mills on . Posted in

Just recently spent a couple of days in NYC and had a blast!  I flew to Philadelphia to hang with my mom and sister and it just happened that my cousins were in New York City.  Since I haven’t seen them in a long time, they decided to fly their mom, my aunt, out from California for the weekend and came down to Philly and scooped us up.

My cousin booked us two rooms at the DoubleTree Hilton in mid-town Manhattan.  We got to the Lincoln Tunnel at about 5:30pm and got into the city about 45 min. later, where we were spit out right into mid-town.  Times Square lit up like all fuck.  A little trippy since two days before I was home on Maui.  We checked into our hotel and did an immediate search for sushi.  We found a place nearby called Hatsuhana, it was decent, but not great.  The uni was fresh but the fish was kind of fatty and was a little disappointing for the price.  Overall, though, a good experience.

After sushi we decided to head out for a drink and ended up at the Pig ‘n’ Whistle on 3rd.  It was going off and the DJ was killing it, he was mixing short bursts of 80s, 90s and dub step and tearing it the fuck up!  Great atmosphere in this place, we ended up drinking here til about 2am and then everyone headed back to the hotel.  My sister and I weren’t really tired, though, so we headed out to a couple of other bars.  We were just wandering around and looking for a place to get a drink and we were looking through the window of a bar to see what was going on in there, it looked really dismal, but about two doors down, a guy burst through the door and onto the sidewalk, someone had just thrown his ass out!  We had just found our next bar.  We went inside and sat all at the deep end of the bar near the DJ and a hot blonde Russian chick.  She was drinking a martini.  My sister and I ordered shots of Jameson and beers and started chatting it up with the Russian broad.  She said she was from Philly, but it sounded like a line of shit and we just laughed.  She kept trying to get my sister to join her outside for a cigarette, but it felt like she was trying to lure her into some kind of trap, so my sister just kept saying no.  She left for a while and we continued drinking.  When she came back she was visibly upset and acting kind of like a bitch.  She showed us some pictures of her “modeling” and we decided it was time to go, so I gave her a big hug, told her, “be good to yourself,” as if I was encouraging a whore to be a better person.  I’m such an asshole sometimes.

We went into a Taco Bell but they weren’t selling tacos, so we bought a couple of slices of pizza (I know, WTF) and cruised home.  My sister started crying, like she does when she gets plastered, and we sat in the hallway by the elevators of our hotel while she cried and ate her pizza.  So classic!

The next night day we walked around NYC, went to Rockefeller Center and watched the ice skaters and then went into Central Park where we watched Black Guys Dancing and saw Big Bird and Elmo.  It was an absolutely gorgeous day.  My cousin had an appointment with one of his clients at City Winery.  My cousins grow wine grapes so we went to meet with the wine maker and discuss what grapes he would like from the next season’s harvest.  This meant that we had to try about 30 different wines, though.  I have never really done a full on wine tasting before, so I wasn’t really aware that it’s best to spit after a couple of sips…needless to say I was thoroughly plowed after we took a private tour of the wine cellar.  Drinking wine fresh out of the barrel like that is fucking amazing!

We then had to make it back over to mid-town for our dinner reservation at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.  Holy shit!  This place is fucking fantastic!  I think I had the biggest, thickest cut of bacon EVER and we all shared a full on seafood platter with lobster, shrimp and oysters and then had three of the thickest, fattest pieces of steak I have ever had in my life.  They were all cooked to perfection!  The deuche bags at the table next to us were a little drunk and rowdy and the deuchiest one of them, a guy wearing turquoise pants, lost at credit card roulette and proceeded to tell everyone in the restaurant how he was stuck with a $700 bill.  He was mouthing off a bit too much for my taste, but it didn’t ruin our good time.  I almost had to help him with his face, though.  Afterward, we all went out for drinks and dancing.  So fun!

Sunday morning we did brunch at the famous Waldorf Astoria.  I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing that was.  Full on seafood platters, crepe station, omelet station, prime rib, salads, pancakes, waffles, fruit, and the dessert section had a freakin chocolate fountain!  What!?  Awesome.

We drove around the city checking stuff out, then hit the Brooklyn Bridge to the New Jersey Turnpike and headed back to Philly.  Love NYC!

Lisa Mills


Written by Randy Mills on . Posted in

It seems like with the whole Hipster movement people have been diving headfirst back into the “Do-It-Yourself”/”Maker” movement, with a number of people designing and making their own garments and accessories.  When did you first start crocheting and knitting and why?

I started when I was younger, my grandma taught me how to crochet.  That was really cool, I used to watch her knitting and I was just fascinated by it.  Then I didn’t do it for a long time, probably when I was 23 I picked it up again.

You strike me as more of a crocheter.  Crocheting or knitting?  Why?

I like crocheting better than knitting, it’s much less frustrating.

Do they let you bring your crochet hooks and knitting needles on the plane when you travel?

They do yes, I have a whole kit and no one has ever taken it away from me, but I better knock on wood [laughs] that they don’t take it away from me today.

So you’re going to fly today?


Have you ever been detained by TSA for your crochet hooks?

[Laughs] No!  You’re jinxin me dude!

Where do you get most of the ideas for your designs?

Everywhere.  Mostly on the internet, like on Pinterest.  My friends, like Anna, sends me stuff all the time, she’ll see stuff and be like “I want this!” and just send me a picture and I have to figure out how to make it.

So you completely figure out how to do it from scratch, you don’t use a template or a pattern?

Sometimes I’ll go find a pattern that is something similar to what someone wants, but I crochet almost every day so I can pretty much figure out how to make something.

That’s fucking cool.

You made me a beanie with a beard for Christmas and I love it!  I also remember sitting in the Stockman bar in Fair Oaks, CA with mom having cocktails and you made her an eye patch on the spot…that was freakin cool!  I also know you have made some of your own designs for stuffed animals.  What are some of your favorite things to make?

The turtle was my favorite thing to make, and I like making hats.

I know you make a lot of scarves.

Yeah, cuz they’re easy and you don’t really have to think about it.  I like to make little stuff cuz the big stuff just takes so looong…

Have you ever crocheted underwear?

[Laughs] No.  It’s on my list of things to do.

Are you on Etsy or any other online shop?  If you don’t have an online shop, how come?

Not yet, no.  I’m trying to make some inventory before I put myself out there.  My problem is I keep making stuff and just giving it away, so I’m not building any inventory.

Where can people purchase your products?

You just have to contact me.  It’s pretty much custom, just let me know what you want and I’ll make it.

Do you have any crocheting wisdom for people who are just starting out, something that you may have had to overcome in your own time and would like to share?

You can always take it out and start over.  It’s ok.  It doesn’t have to be perfect the first time.  If you don’t like it you can take it out and it’ll be alright.  People get frustrated because they don’t know how to do it and you just have to stick with it and the more you practice the better you get and the easier it is.

Are there any crochet masters out there that you admire?  Who is your inspiration?

[Laughs] I don’t know their names but I see some, like online, I don’t know who they are but some of their stuff is amazing.  And I’m like, “Wow!”  Like some people will make the stuffed animals and I’ll see them and mine look like beginner shit compared to theirs.

Where do you get most of your yarn?  Do you have a favorite place to shop?

Mostly at Michael’s, Joanne’s, or Hobby Lobby.  Hobby Lobby’s pretty cool I just found it.  It has sooo much yarn.  There’s one in Stockton where I live, it’s like a new chain store.  It’s gonna be huge, but they have tons of different yarn.

Do you have any funny stories about your adventures in crocheting?  Anything that happened specifically because you were crocheting, like someone hitting on you or just striking up a conversation?

I get that all the time, people will talk to me, they’re like, “Wow!  What are you doing?!  What are you making?”  And I just keep crocheting and it makes it a lot easier for me to talk to people…while I’m distracted.  [Laughs]  I love crocheting at the bar, though, cuz people are like, “What the hell is she doing!?”  [Laughs]

And for the last question.  [In my best Monty Python impression] What…is your favorite color?

[Laughs]…[still laughing]  Yellow, of course.

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