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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Remembering Dr. Scott as a ‘man of deep passion’ | Augustana College

Since October 3d, I've had four funerals to deal with, five since September.  4/5 were people who died suddenly, and way before their time.  Below is a memorial to a dear friend and colleague.  May flights of angels sing him to his rest.


Remembering Dr. Scott as a ‘man of deep passion’ | Augustana College

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Original Tips 8, 9, 10

.8. Recycle your junk mail, or learn to use it in crafts or to make papier mache. I bought a gorgeous swan made of tiny folded sheets of paper from the Sunday ad glossies this weekend. Cool stuff, and cheap, and it re-uses things around the house.

I have been huge on recycling lately. Moving does that to a person, and so does creating a new office space. I am designing a cozy "girl cave" solely for writing and personal escape. It can't hurt. 9. Keep a doodle journal for ideas, swatches of color or paint you like, postcards, favorite quotes, ideas for living green, recipes, etc. Let yourself go, and learn to organize by familiarity because you use it often and find great inspiration in it.

I have even found tiny journals on the end of necklaces, especially at places like Michael's that features retro jewelry findings and Steampunk accessories, or at antique shops and scrapbook stores. They make my imagination run wild, and my smallest journal is leather bound and sits on the head of a pin. Like Corey Doctorow, I love books, in all forms, sizes. I heap them everywhere, and have nearly 400 downloaded on my kindle, a small library on my husband's pan digital device, and a sizeable library on Google. Happy Reading, I say. 10. Find some happiness in each day; be grateful, and think, "there but for the grace of God go I."

This has been harder to do for me; times are very trying. I miss my mother; I don't care who knows it. Holidays seem pointless, yet she and I loved them. I keep them up for my own family, but it is hard. Not everyone loves them, and most of us would rather just not bother. I try to do even small gifts for everyone, some handmade. I try to cook and bake special things, but it is hard when I don't feel well and am so exhausted. Fighting all sorts of digestive issues with diet, not medicine. In my past life, my boss and I took on too many malpractice suits. I know too much. I see what happened to my mother. I think everyone should find a good doctor when sick; but, finding a good doctor is getting harder and harder to do Still, I go out and feel the cold, clean air, and see the sun. I work in the yard despite my aches and pains, and I watch my little kittens play, and I know life can't just end. Memories comfort me; the family I have left, the very fact that Christmas does come ever year, along with every season. This Thanksgiving, I will be thankful, even if I can't always be ha

Our Maiden Blog; an Early Gift to our Readers

For everyone who loves and follows Dr.E's Doll Museum Blog, here is a blog for living green on any income level. I call in "Middle Income" because it is geared at those in the Middle Income range, but there are ideas for everyone. I always welcome suggestions. We are family friendly, and give tips for entertainment and personal enrichment as well. For those who love hobbies, there are tips for "green hobbies" and even for collecting and dolls. After all, what are collectors but master recyclers? Please read below:

1. Yard waste and leaves are good mulch; there are various methods to create mulch with them. If you live by ravines as I do, you can rake them to the edge of the ravine to mulch the flowers and plants there and to help build protection against erosion. There are also many craft ideas for yard clippings and leaves including but not limited to:
a. hot gluing twigs to make trees for doll houses nad miniature scenes
b. natural wreathes
c. ornaments from leaf prints, with a stamp made from leaves or from pencil rubbings made from the leave itself, ornaments from seed pods, or dolls and small items including baskets made from woven leaves and grasses, decorated with seeds and small rocks
d. mud pie recipes and mud pies
e. mud clays
f. Luther Burbank experiments for kids who may want to pot a few wild plants, even weeds, and create a garden to observe what they do when they grow.
g. Starbucks gives away bags of coffee grounds for use by gardeners. Take them! They are really great
h. Natural pest control: I buy dried blood at Wal-Mart or local garden centers; it keeps away squirrels who love to dig and also provides good fertilizer.

2. Eat home; pay attention to leftovers and casseroles. Recipes are cheap over the Internet, and are in all kinds of magazines, including The Radish, which is given away. Look for heirloom recipes your parents had, even grandparents and great grandparents, and practice and be creative. The American Women’s Cook Book, The magazines like Everyday Food, PBS cooking shows, Mr. Food, Martha Stewart, and Julia Child are great sources to look. The Discovery Shop and thrift stores are wonderful places to look for vintage and antique cook books, so are yard sales and antique stores, library book sales, book stores and book store chains, catalogs. Many of these are on sale before they are even out of print, including Edward R. Hamilton Books and Amazon and Alibris.

3 Invest in a good library on how to books and books on going green; don’t over look free government publications and consumer reports. Many books and magazines on these subjects can also be found at library sales, and library cafes, where they cost as little as a dime. You can also recycle your old magazines by bringing back the ones you have read and do not need any more.

4. As a family hobby, review pioneer crafts including soap making and butter making. Try making jam or jelly and using canning jars. If you are lucky and have your mother’s or grandmothers’ glass fridge containers nad storage boxes, check to see if they are lead free and use them.

5. If you have wedding china, are getting married and getting china, just like china, use it. Most may need to be washed by hand, but check time honored manufacturers like Palzgraf and Noritake, Johnson Brothers Stoke on Trent. They are often dishwasher save. Take them out even on non special occasions. You cans save money by rethinking dishes on supermarket stamp premiums; there are beautiful patterns including traditional Haviland and blue willow which will go on sale for one to two dollars per pieced at the end of the promotion. Look at thrift stores and estate sales; check to see newer peaces to see if they are only decorative use or dishwasher/microwave save.


These are just a few tips; more to sprout up soon!

Monday, November 11, 2013

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: The Mechanical Doll of Polybius and Erzebet

An Apologia for Countess Erzebet Bathory: The Mechanical Doll of Polybius and Erzebet: Legend has it that Erzebet had a special iron maiden, more like a doll than a mummy case, with arms that reached out and hugged its victim i...

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Our Wishlist and some thoughts on Jimi Hendrix

Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Our Wishlist and some thoughts on Jimi Hendrix: As long as the big man in the red suit is coming soon, we will continue our museum wishlist. Wishes are, after all free, and sometimes, the...