From our leaf tours:
It is the Solstice, Blessed Be. As they days grow slowly longer, may we also grow to love one another and to learn to live in peace. Holi...
Images of my container garden.
Belated Happy St. Patrick's Day. I have been too sick to enjoy one of my favorite holidays. I didn't even get corned beef, or to w...
Happy Halloween; it is my favorite night of the year! We were low key this year, but we did get out our graveyards and pumpkins. A scarecr...
Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Solstice, also for Dr. E's Greening Tips for the C... : It is the Solstice; Blessed Be! I look forwar...
Pasta with Mushroom Veloute Sauce, garnished with Hard Boiled Eggs One lb. pasta 2 hardboiled eggs One 6 ounce can cream of chicken sou...
Look closely at how delicate I am. I am probably a may fly, but I am as detailed as the scarabs from an Egyptian royal tomb. No one a...
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Proclamation of Thanksgiving Washington, D.C. October 3, 1863 This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national...
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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Fracking, Underwater Sculptures of Cancun, and Organics for 2012 On this eve of New Years Eve, several interesting stories come up for those who wish to live green or who just cre of the environment. Sunday Morning today featured stories on Fracking and Underwater sculptures in Cancun, which were an attempt to protect the coral reefs. Also, our favorite natural food coop, Pioneer Foods, had some interesting new product. http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/ Fracking is the process of drilling shale for the natural gas inside of it. If we mine it, there will be enough natural gas for the next 100 years. In the process, however, the groundwater may be contaminated with natural gas. Those who mine for the gas companies have now begun testing before and after they drill; they find that most domestic waters they test already have methane in them, even before drilling begins. The underwater sculptures of Cancun are also a measure to help preserve water related life, the barrier reefs off the coast. A British sculptor. Jason Taylor, casts life-sized statues of real Cancun inhabitants who are cast, and then pose for him. He finishes them off in heavy duty concrete, and then sets them 25 feet down in the water. Sea life then adds barnacles and sea plants so that the eerie inhabitants of stone look like marine topiaries. At 9 feet deep, he has created sculptures of tables, chairs, a VW beetle, and other objects familiar to our culture. It looks like someone stumbled on Atlantis. http://www.aquaworld.com.mx/underwatermuseum.html This time I strolled leisurely through Pioneer Foods and noted that the whole store now contains organic and recycled products. There are even organic sanitary pads and tampons, some in printed cloth, and these are called “Party in my Pants,” and cost a whopping $12.50 each. Not many of these products are cheap; organic, free-range eggs are $3.99 per dozen, about 2-3 dollars more than regular eggs. There were some sales, though, and some items compared favorably. For example, organic hair conditioner was on sale for $6.79, while the Biolage I buy, though more in content costs about $16.00. The organic conditioner is more concentrated, though; I may come out even. I bought a slice of goats milk soap, scented with Frankincense and Myrrh, for $5.79. The same size slice cost me $11.00 at Heritage Natural Foods a year ago. Our Radish magazine had many interesting green articles, too, including one on responsible recycling. There were adds for chocolate festivals and book fairs, as well as various pieces on organic farming and recipes. 60 mins. Will feature a story on brain directed robotics, right up there for my research on automatons and artificial intelligence. Happy New Year to all of Us! May it bring peace to the world.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Memoir; Writing your Life Story: Ideas for Writing Holiday Memories: Here are some tips and prompts for recording Holiday memories, illustrated, scrapbooked, blogged, written, etc: 1. Read Capote's "A Christm...
Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Happy New Year and Photos from Cinicnatti; Long Aw...: I was at an estate sale today, and ran into an old friend. She used to have a shop called De Kleine Winkle, or Little Store. Oh the dolls ...
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Merry Christmas and God Bless us Everyone this year of turmoil and controversy. I spent the evening with friends, and old teacher or two, their families and friends with a wonderful, traditional dinner, the first I've had this season. i\I met a wonderful young girl who was also a talented chef and who brought the most amazing rum balls, born of her own self-descrbed disaster with black/white cookies and the wrong oven. I haven't cooked much, not ye3t, but I love to talk and invent recipes. Kianna, the chef, has wonderful adaptations of dim sun, and waffles with chicken , and pate and duck comfit gravy, her version of biscuits and gravy. As far as some tidbits go, I am happy to see that Hallmark gift bags are over 40% recyclable materials. I wrote many cards, and will this year start a tradition of sending new year cards, a new/old tradition that the Victorians and others used and sent for many years, and New Years was an occasion for sending cards bnad giving gifts before then. Etrennes were New Year's gifts, specialites at French dept. stores like the Lourvre in Paris. "Friends" featured a poster advertising these etrennes on their set. I gave to charities, and we had toys for tots at school. We also sent gifts to the Sun Valley Indian School, our "kids" in AZ. I made some gifts, and sent them early, but met with many financial difficulties and other issues this year. The Sandy Hook tragedy changed Xmas for everyone, and it happened on a night filled with wonderful memories, like my first giymnastics meet at 15, Spanish Club Xmas Parties with my mom and her Spanish Club, these were sometimes at restaurants like Chichis, Tortilla Flats, Chimis, and sometimes in the high ceilinged biology classroom at her school, with pinants, and candy. We spent all year traveeling and finidng miniatures to use. This season, I live with the ghosts of Xmas past. Our family home, once full of Xmas cheer, is now silent. My dad never liked the holidys, and now he has a reason not to celebrate. We eat together, but nothing festive, even if I offer to cook. There are no trees or lights, just a small pewter tree shaped candleholder decorated with symbols of the twelve days of Xmas, and a matching pewter santa, both under one foot tall. These I sneak into my old bedroom; they stay in my hope chest which is still there the rest of the year. Presents are few and far inbetween, but I still send them to family around the country, even the world. These are my mom's traditions, and I carry them on. A rotator cuff injury and my bad hand keep from writing more, but Bless all who read my blogs, and all who write, and who inspireme. A blessed 2013 to all!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: Bathory 2008, Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Long...: On this first of December, anniversary of my grandmother Ellen’s death 11 years ago, [she was 98, only admitted to 94, died suddenly after a...