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Monday, November 28, 2011

Ten Lost Novels Rediscovered

From the Huffingtong Post:


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/28/10-lost-novels_n_1116934.html?ref=books&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008#s501869&title=The_Cocktail_Waitress

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Red Carpet Dreams, Green Toys, Thanksgiving

How quickly time trickles away. The red Japanese maple in my yard has finally shed its leaves. It glowed like a ruby in the filtered, cloudy autumn light, and then the leaves danced their way to the ground, and formed a red carpet over the front step and the adjacent flower beds. I pressed a couple of them, as well as other leaves I would like to paint on.

This blog has some trivia and memories, mental mementoes, of holidays gone by. It has been a busy couple of months with MMLA and the drastic illnesses/situations of October, ironically my favorite month. My hand still does not work right, and I've learned more than I want to about arthritis and all the related maladies. My answer is "keep moving."

This Thanksgiving, my dad finally agreed to let me do something, so I brought family favorites, cliche, but comforting, and will make oyster dressing. Maybe next year, we might be allowed to take out a few decorations, though I sneak miniature ones onto the dresser of my old room.

I've always lvoed Thanksgiving; it was a time we were together, and made Turkey, with treats for our dogs, and called family. In California, we had our own family Thanksgiving on Friday, and then hit the stores. At home, we drove to one of the big malls, to grand stores now long-gone, and did Christmas shopping, though minor, and bought yule log cakes, and hung out at Laura Ashley.

This year, I've noticed Parents and other magazines promoting green toys, and there are more green household products and storage options even at the big box stores. Some, like the green kitchen sponges are pricey, others are not. Look at your local Radish or health food store, coop, etc., for green bargains. More than ever, now when Ceres gives up Persephone to Hades, I'm aware of the planet. I'm working on a research project involving water and the environment, and I find it fascinating.
Our new little cat continues to amaze us; she knows her name, where the fridge is, and how to flirt and "sweet talk" my husband. Animals are in our hearts more than ever this time of year, and I watched a PBS special on Crows, that was amazing. They have their own customs and language, and are very, very bright. I've always loved their lore, and the lore of ravens and corgies, but who knew? I have a mechanical raven with a recorder I programmed to say "Nevermore!" and several little statues and even crow dolls. One wax sculpture stays out all year on a pile of books. He is very realistic and reminds me of Poe.

Here is a poem I wrote in honor of my mother and Poe's 200th birthday. My mom was a graduate student when she and a friend went searching for his house one dark night, and it was, indeed, " dark and stormy night," and found it on skid row. To Mom and Edgar, from my collection, Sappho, I should have Listened:

On Poe’s Bicentennial; For my Mother, who walked through bad streets and dark alleys to find the home of Edgar Allan Poe one night when she was a graduate student.

A solitary raven flew

Over my lonely door.

It was looking for my mother,

But would see her nevermore.

For the girl who walked out late

At night to find the poet’s grave

With only an intrepid friend

To guide her lonely way,

Had grown, and moved, and gone to school.

Long after Edgar died.

She walked and walked that lonely

Night,

Young, vibrant, and alive.

No black cats crossed her happy

Path,

No pits and pendulums hung.

Ligia rested in her tomb,

And Ushers’ house was one.

These many years that passed

Were often happy, but now they’re gone.

And with them, now my mother’s dust

Has mingled with poets’ all.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Near 6000!

We are nearing 6000 views! Thanks to everyone! This holiday season, consider handmade gifts and decorations. Now is a good time to start stocking up. Here is a list I like to use:

1. Newpapers, colorful magazine pages, brown paper, plain newsprint, for making very cool giftwrap. Old posters also make wonderful wrapers, too.

2. Boxes of all shapes, fancy gift boxes, packing tubes.

3. Outside, "shop" your yard for seedpods, twigs, berries dried on a bough, dried, leaves [I still collect them and flatten them in books]; flowers to dry, flower petals to dry, rocks, abandoned birds' nexts, egg shells from wild birds, acorn hats, buck eyes, small, dried animal bones, pine cones, cornhusks, dried vines. These can be used for ornaments, in vases or containers as decorations, as motifs to use to print leaf shapes, or as inspiration for jewelry and ornaments. You can also spraypaint almost anything, from the fresh fruit MS likes, to plastic yard sale and dollar store finds. Think Jeff Koons, and pick up some plastic toys to spraypaint gold. You could have an elegant and fun toy tree.

4. Look around for containers, like pitchers, colorful cans or bottles [old Coke, Arizona Tea, Celestial Seasonings], spice bottles, tins,etc. They can be used as gift wrap, to paint, to contain mixes of dried fall or winter bouquet. Vintage shoes, even bowling balls can be used for vases or winter garden ornaments. Save buttons, beads, shiny bits of paper, old cards. Ice tea makers, plastic bowls, colorful shot glasses all make nice holiday vases or gift containers.

5. Use Fresh evergreens and holly from your yards; be careful for your pets.

6. Use charcoal brickets in squares of tied with ribbon for "bad children" coal ornaments.

7. Start going over those recipes.

8. Think of compiling your blogs into books for family and friends.

9. Use old family pictures and put together an album for someone.

10. If you like to collect and have gift recipients who like to as well, start a funny collection for them, something inexpensive. Some ideas; holiday napkins or plates, pencils, pens, playing cards, buttons of one material, of one color, beads of just one color, Internet paper dolls, Internet knitting patterns, patterns for crocheted animals, vintage saucers, vintage bits of lace, the "do not remove" tags from pillows, displayed in a nice album on scrapbook paper, scrap care packages of your leftover materials, stamps cut from envelopes, penneys or state quarters, fancy gift tags, unusual cards or swatches of paper placed in a nice album. Used lotto tickets with nice graphics,carryout menus, recipes from cooking mysteries like Joanna Flukes, Laura Childs or Diane Mott Davidson's, a collection of internet articles put in a nice album about a favorite author, movie star, historical figure, sports figure, designer, etc.

11. Donate to a charity in someone's name and let them know in a beautiful card.

12. Handcopy and illustrate, or hand make, the lyrics of someone's favorite holiday song and frame it, or present as a fancy scroll.

13. Encourage under 5.00 white elephant and secret santa parties.

14. Bake lots of cookies; check out free recipes in stores and on The Net, or buy several of your favorites, mix with candies, mix an assortment of cookies and candies, and put in a pretty tin or bag as a gift.

15. Buy box of vintage or new Shiny Brite ornaments, or nonbreakable assorted oraments, and try a ribbon through their hanger.

16. Go through your books; invest in a nice silk or velvet ribbon or scarf, and tie around a stack of well-read favorites to share with a bibliophile. Ditto for magazines or unused puzzle books, or CDs, or records, or DVDs.

17. Be nice to each other, and just say Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, or even Season's Greetings with a smile to complete strangers. They will respond.

More later, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Apple Pumpkin Soup and Autumn Leaves

Fnally, I'm sort of back, with a diagnosis of arthritis, and a "there's not much you can do about it" prescription. It is in my fingertips, of my right hand, of course. So, as always, sorry for typos.

A few bits of green trivia; I learned yesterday Pope Benedict is being called "The Green Pope" for his efforts on behalf of the environment and for following the footsteps of John Paul II.

Marriot Hotels has a new "green policy," which is posted in every room. They are trying hard, and attempting to conserve water and paper, among other things.

We continue to recycle at work, and I'm happy to see many university cafeterias and cafes and restaurants using recycling containers in place of general garbage bins.

Recipe: I made great soup last night, on the quick, based on a wonderful soup I ahd at a Marriot restaurant. It is Pumpkin Apple soup:

1 12 oz can pumpkin
About 8 oz apple sauce, I used cinnamon flavor from a jar
Make a rue; about 4 TBSP. flour, about 3 TBSP butter, and enough skim milk to fill half a quart pan. Melt the butter and flour together first, and then add the milk slowly, stirring all the while.

Add the pumpkin and apple over low heat, keep stirring, bring to boil, and return to low, keep stirring.

Add a dash of cinnamon, about 1.5 tsp. curry, a good dash of nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Simmer on low about 40 minutes. Serve hot; garnish with nuts, pumpkin or other seeds, bits of apple, sour cream, if desired.

Till next time, think green and homemade for the holidays. I'm interested in hearing of other peoples' holiday traditions. Be sure to view my other blogs as well.