Archive for September, 2011


We learn and then relearn in strange stages. I am away from my computer and have only my iPad (poor, poor me) to keep up with friends and the leartisteboots.wordpress and narcissushibiscusmandrake.wordpress.

The glitch seems to be not being able to add categories nor tags. So back to wordpress school or the computer. Hope this was not too much of an inconvenience.

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At the early hour of 3:30 a.m. I was reading yahoo news. I assure you I did not know they used the Who knew? for some features! Astounded. Please, Mr. yahoo, do not come after me. I will let you know if one of the features is shut down and why…even if I am incarcerated. This will be my one call.

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Friday’s Specials

Of special interest
Meet Sam Lee. He has taken on the task of recording living history using video since 1979. An early opportunity, he turned in to a career and a calling. Nothing seems to deter him because he finds a way to get pass obstacle.

His first video documents children in their own words. He let them learn along with him how to use the techhnology available at the time. This black and white video has recently surfaced and is post on his YouTube account. All of his documentary work may also be seen at:

Who knew?
Advice given to a mother visiting her grown children
1- make a friend of their spouse even if you do not like him or her.
2- keep your thoughts about raising their childre to yourself.
3- pay for your keep. Put a little under the pillow as you leave. (and DO leave)
4- praise them for the work they do. You may think they are underachievers; your investment not used. But if they are working at all, be thankful.
5- take credit for all their good traits. you did a good job.
Life is long. Children can pursue many interests in a long life. They have time to become their parents.

Besides do you want them to come back home?
(This was heard as the airplane was landing.)

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A change of place
Routines are the comfort we say we want. Industries and careers abound explaining and goading us to develop habits to benefit them. If it also will be to our benefit, so much the better.

Eat well: eat our brands. To get the most from your exercise routine, wear our products. To feel well, over-the-counter Medicine-of-the-day will replace the apple. Never mind the side effects. You can ask your doctor.

Routine is good most of the time. Putting your keys in the same place keeps you from losing energy looking for them. Clocks get you up and moving; calendars help map your day.

Routines can also bore us and stop spontenaity. Was it Einstein Who praised imagination? Painting one lighthouse may spark pleasure. But painting only lighthouses could dull your senses. Too much of a good thing is like having a sugar binge.
Who knew?
It was a night to remember. The art show and sale to support the Unitd Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the new The Art Of Giving Back scholarship fund.

Impressive were the paintings in several rooms. A very large numbrr of attendese mingled with those artists who were present. By the red dots, it was a buying crowd.

Among the artists were Paul Goodnight, Charles Alston, Faith Ringgold,

Shake it up. Meet new people. Walk down a different street. Sit on a park bench and watch the ducks. Spend a weekend or a week with your children. They will be glad you came. You will be happy with your boring routine.

Who knew?
The New York event mention

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One person’s trash may be someone’s treasure. (from an old saying)

The town histories available on the Internet Archives free website provide valuable information about the early times in this country. They describe  the difficulties in settling areas. The natural  beauty of the hills and rivers had to be balanced with the ability to feed and provide security for the families. They read as easily and as wonderfully as current biographies.

The pamphlet about  Cornwall, CT

Beautiful Terrain

"Lookout Vista

explains both the ways in which the settlers and the Indian tribes cooperated as well as the circumstances that tore them apart. The minutes of the first meetings to divide the land, organize the leadership, plan for schools and churches are mentioned in such a way that you know the individuals and their strengths and weaknesses. You understand the reason for starting schools for the Indians, who were considered as undesirables. Intrigue happens when love comes to Cornwall. And unrest develops between  the churches when war (Revolutionary War) and greed arise.

We also are told when the documents no longer exist because someone took or destroyed them. We are grateful for what remained and for the effort the authors took to preserve them along with interpretations of events.

Prepare to spend hours of delightful reading. If you are traveling, take the time to stop at some of these off the road places. See the covered bridges and the hills mentioned in these old town histories. Much of the beauty remains and the people will welcome your visit.

Who knew?

It is easy to put together  your own collections of papers in attractive hard or soft covers. There are still the ways of making books in as complicated a manner you are talented enough to do.  Materials are available at art supply companies, both stores and online. You can invest as much or as little. Artists and journal-keepers are altering books as a recycling and artistic endeavor.

Make a collection of related materials  (drawings, notes, instructions, etc.) as a way of keeping them safe. It says to you and those who come after  “I thought these were worth saving.” The binding machines sold as a craft project are efficient and the covers attractive. Several types of covers and costs are available to choose from. The cheaper ones also come in bright colors to delight and suggest subject matter.

What to save is a personal decision. Letter writing is quickly becoming a lost art and so a bound volume of grandmother’s letters could be a choice. Grandfathers seemed to have that flowing cursive as beautiful as a Turner painting. Most of us can not afford to have the Turner but a book of beautiful penmanship should be preserved.

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Today ends the work week for many. Making a to-do list is like wishing for time.
Time to rest.
Time to catch up on those things not done because of … whatever your reasons are.
Time to be reflective and creative.
There will be the same 24 hours each day. It never seems like it.

Friday’s Menu is catch-up time.
Time to make hash out of the leftovers.
We will be tracking the falling path of the space debris. Today the remnants are due to hit somewhere on earth. It will then be over until more returns to this planet. History has recorded meteors striking the earth for all time. Can you imagine feeling the jolt of a huge piece of space junk without the benefit of television, the internet and NASA? What would go through your mind? Chicken Little, the earth is falling in? The end of life as we know it, thought the dinosaurs? We are being punished for our misbehavior?

Or could it have been an opportunity to be inspired? Will we be inspired to take our trash when we leave space? (more…)

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Weather report
Sun streaming in my house
“It will be a good day”
Temperature in the 70s
Sounds good to me.

In the car
Dark cloud hovering
just ahead.

where are you?
What do you see?
It looks like rain
to me.

The BIG number
NASA reports only 26 pieces of space junk are expected to hit earth tomorrow afternoon. If it misses North America, as now reported, should we be concerned? The impact still will be a worry to people living in other places.

Who knew?
The latest printers will give the news on your computer. You can print out daily suduko puzzles and horoscopes. There are coloring and scrapbook pages to print. Young children may be able to push the button and entertain themselves while eating breakfast. It will be interesting to see what is next? Perhaps pancakes and syrup while the parents sleep-in. (more…)

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Looking up at the innocent night sky, I wonder where is the 600+ pound chunk of unwanted space junk? The Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) has served the purpose it was designed for. It flew first class on the shoulders of the space shuttle Discovery in 1991. No passport was needed. No government identification with a photo was requested. There was no charge for excess baggage. It travelled miles and sky-years that no person on earth has travelled.

In 2005, NASA declared it defunct. It could have stayed above circling around in the sea of junk left by space travel, following its own purposes, until it tired. Then it might have slipped under its own weight down into the atmosphere, to its end.

That bright and reflective, complicated piece of machinery had its own vision. It did as it was told but flying at a high speed, imagination took hold. No longer working long hours, spinning through galaxies nor sending information back to earth, the big idea came †o it. “I will just tumble along and see what interests me up here.”

NASA decided it was better for it to make the decisions about its own satellite. It would bring it down slowly and not listen to the desires of a defunct satellite. After all, it was programmed to have a definite life-cycle by NASA and it could be changed by NASA.

And so the UARS is tumbling at speeds over 500 miles per hour to connect with earth. The number of pieces and their weight on entry have been determined using all of the available technology and brains available. The largest of piece will weigh 330 lbs. “Chances are that no person will be hit. There will
be a warning.” The exact day and time cannot be determined until its path is seen. But it is coming.
And it will be exciting for the satellite is deciding where and how its journey will end.

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Who knew?
Trees could be grown, like tomatoes, upside down.
"Growing Trees Upside Down"

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