Vickie Lester is stepping back and looking at the big picture

Marcellite Garner (voice of Minnie Mouse) 1924

I have been contemplating, and not my navel, for the past couple days and have been absent from my post. Soon (ish) I’ll be back chattering and responding to your comments which I apologize for neglecting.

I might have something profound to say about social networking — but probably not — because here’s the deal; behind all the flash and speed and superficiality of the Internet are people.

Not that I’m equating myself with Norma Desmond, but I thought I’d throw this out there:

And I promise you I’ll never desert you again because after Salome we’ll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!… All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.


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  1. April 10, 2013

    If only more folks would concentrate less on navel gazing …

    • April 11, 2013

      I don’t recommend it – it gives me a crick in my neck 😉

  2. April 10, 2013

    Oh My…This is a treat!

    • April 11, 2013

      I thought you’d appreciate that 🙂

  3. April 10, 2013

    we adore those wonderful people out there in the dark too.


    your blog is delicious.

    just. had. to. say. t h a t.

    • April 11, 2013

      Ms. Gloria we have been both contemplating and lurking and have thoroughly enjoyed your new site, which, now that we’ve rediscovered our fingertips on the keyboard – will visit again and say a proper hello!

      • April 11, 2013


        visit us anytime!

        you glorious creature.

      • April 11, 2013

        Oh, I just have – and you are a spellbinder, with tales of moxie ghosts and one intrepid young lady named Charlotte (in her Macintosh) who pays calls on cemeteries… Glorious yourself!

  4. April 10, 2013

    Well welcome back Vickie to your own site ha ha.Nice picture of an artist.Such great charm even in fairly ordinary images.

    Ah yes navel gazing.I think that its been renamed today as radical subjectivism.Smile.

    • April 11, 2013

      Thoughts are the only knowable – ach (Austrian for: oh, I’m confused already 😉 Thanks for the welcome home, V

  5. April 10, 2013

    Dearest V
    Welcome home!
    That lady looks like she’s painting onto a cloth rather than a canvas.
    The Dandy wonders why and what the story might be?
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • April 11, 2013

      Canvas tapestries were very popular in the 1920s – and this one painted by Marcellite G. (the voice of Minnie Mouse – thank you, Metan) is of Aladdin and his lamp 😉

      • April 11, 2013

        That’s Minnie’s voice?
        Why, I’ll be blowed… was she a animator too?
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  6. April 10, 2013

    “Madame is the greatest star of them all.”

    • April 11, 2013

      Oh, Max. And they’ve torn the old place down on the corner of Wilshire and Irving (and that silly man thought it was Sunset Blvd.)

      • April 11, 2013

        Yes Madame….silly man. Oh and Madam, Pareamount called this afternoon…..

  7. April 11, 2013

    I just looked up Marcellite Garner, what an unexpected combination, artist and the voice of Minnie Mouse! 🙂

    • April 11, 2013

      Hat’s off to you my Australian darling! So much for navel gazing when Marcellite was standing right there in front of me.

      • April 11, 2013

        We can only hope that Minnie wasn’t her normal speaking voice, can’t we!
        I wonder if that picture is of Aladdin and his lamp?

      • April 11, 2013

        Ooops, now I have looked at your comment above and see that it is indeed Aladdin. I would love to see that picture in colour. 🙂

  8. April 11, 2013

    It’s always good to step back and take it all in. I’ve come to a similar, or maybe the same conclusion. When everything gets stripped away, you’re still left with very real people and their very real lives. We like to think our story is so unique, that we’re so different, but in the end, our feelings are the same and end up binding us to one another. It’s really beautiful when you think about it. 😉
    Be well, Vickie, and know that any time you step back or away, for however brief a time, you are always missed. xoxox L.

    • April 11, 2013

      Now, that’s the profound statement that eluded me. You are a love, V

  9. Amy
    July 22, 2013

    I have been searching for this painting for my step father for years… His name is Camden Wall and he is the son of Marcellite. Do you know if this mural still exists? Please email me or post any information you have on this painting and its whereabouts, you can only imagine my excitement to stumble upon this!

    • July 22, 2013

      Hello Amy, I just sent you an email. 🙂 V

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