A (Social) Circus Unlike Any Other

When you think of the circus, most people would think of Barnum & Bailey or Cirque du Soleil. Circus acts are usually comprised of acrobats, clowns, animals and death-defying acts. Most people go to the circus to be wowed and entertained, but what if a circus gave back to the performers as well as the audience?...more

GenX References That My Kids Don't Get

I gave him a hug, the young 22-year-old who was graduating from college. Arnold (not his real name) had worked for me at the University since he was an 18-year-old freshman. And here he was. Going out into the real world.He told me about his new job in Milwaukee.“Ooo,” I said excitedly. “Did you know that Milwaukee has a statue of Fonzie?”“Who?” he replied.“You  know, The Fonz?”Blank stare.“From Happy Days?”Blank stare. Followed by a polite smile....more

Ruth Faktor, Israeli Artist to Watch

Anyone who reads my blogs at all knows how much I love art, be it visual or literary, so when I spend time picking the local thrift stores and City Missions, that's where my eye leans. Yesterday, I had the good fortune to pick up a ceramic wall plaque created by Ruth Faktor, an Israeli artist whose studio is set up near Tel-Aviv. She studied sculpture and modern art at the Ramat-Gan Art School during the 70s and continues her work to this day with her daughter, who is also an accomplished artist. ...more

Tangled Tuesday No. 5

Even though the weather has been lovely and I've spent quite a bit of time outside taking advantage of the sunshine, blue skies, and generally perfect temperatures, it's still been a very productive week in my little corner of the tangling world. I'm anxious to share it all with you, so welcome to another Tangled Tuesday on Alphabet Salad! ...more
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ROYGBIV Quilts, Say What!?!

Crazy letters! What in the world do they mean? If you are are a scientist, a quilter or observe the Chakra energy centers, you probably know! ...more
Linda Anselmi Hey there, Linda! How I love to see your flowered avatar and know that something ...more

Adding an Extra Half Square Triangle

Using an extra block between traditional blocks can add a compelling eye-catcher.I was tooling around the Internet when I found Kay MacKensie's wonderful "ruminations," as she says, of her fondness for Jill Finley's book from Martingale Press called, "Home Sweet Quilt." Kay's web site and blog, "All about Applique," has much to offer, and in reading her post, I noticed a fun and simple design option easy to employ in your next project....more
HomeRearedChef Oh my, yes! It's like driving a car. Hard at first, but then...you don't even ...more

Speechless Complainer: What Shakespeare has to say to people who would shut down #YesAllWomen

Speechless complainer, I will learn thy thought;In thy dumb action will I be as perfect As begging hermits in their holy prayers:Thou shalt not sigh, nor hold thy stumps toheaven,Nor wink, nor nod, nor kneel, nor make a sign, But I of these will wrest an alphabet, And by still practice learn to know thy meaning. -Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare...more

Country Living Fair Ticket Giveaway!!!

Next up on the blogging agenda is a trip to the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY on June 6-8....more

Because I’m "Happy" Listening to Jeremy Green’s Amazing Rendition

You know a song is played a lot when people begin saying they’re tired of hearing it....more