Thursday, February 26, 2009

Round Up

I love the Fiat 600, but I think the Fiat Jolly has stolen my heart. This car is evocative to me of all of things that summer should be, but never is. Here is some history about the car.

There was a time when I would have definitely worn these shoes. I would have saved up my pennies and tried to purchase them in a multitude of colors and then I would have worn them with a twirly dress and strutted my stuff all about. Oh yes!!!!

This story got me so choked up. Really touched my heart. Make sure to watch the video.

Zilok-rent anything online.

Who was your commencement speaker? I didn't attend my graduate school commencement so I have no idea who that speaker was, but for undergrad it was Helen O'Bannon, then Secretary of Welfare for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Read some of these commencement speeches.

I would love to take my niece to Crown & Crumpet for tea. So cute.

The Washington DC Environmental Film Festival is being held March 11-22, 2009.

I so wanted this poster to hang in my office, but it's $45.00-Yikes. And that's unframed. Love the poster though.

The world's shortest escalator.

Some comp for Hulu-Fancast.

I love the wrapper on the Mast Brothers Chocolate bars.

The Duke is going to be on a coin. He will be the first American of African descent to be featured on a circulated coin. Loved that man.

Are you an astronomy buff? You might want to help astronomers catalog the universe.

That's all for this week. Have a great weekend.

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." Diane Ackerman

Friday, February 20, 2009

Round Up

If you are a blogger sign up for Ada Lovelace day. Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology.

The World Beach Project is a global art project with an online gallery that features stones that have been gathered from beaches around the world.

The Carnegie Hero Fund was established to recognize those that perform acts of heroism in civilian life.

I like the jewelry at Farm Chicks.

To call Louis Armstrong a horn player is like saying that Rita Hayworth had pleasing looks. Both understatements to the nth degree. Apparently Satchmo also was a collageist.

I've stated before how I am just nuts for wooden architecture especially this sort of wooden architecture.

Bookshelf blog.
Is your home decor a little bit country? Check out Farmhouse Wares, cute things and my home isn't even a little bit country-I am, but my home isn't.

The Fat Finch for all of your bird loving needs.

Take the Presidential Health Quiz-drats, I missed one.

Academic Earth-video lectures from the world's top scholars.

List of the New York Times blogs.

The President Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is going to get an upgrade. Great, I love Jimmy and Rosalyn.

Add OED online to your browser.

Good on you Margaret Atwood. Good on you.
I'm sure most of you have seen the Keep Calm and Carry On posters. Here is the very interesting story about them.
If you have any interest in cave living there is a home up for auction on eBay for you.

That's all for this week. I leave you with this winter scene. I hate to see winter go. In a couple of weeks we will have to "spring ahead", which I loathe and then warm weather will also be here, which I also loathe. I'm going to keep myself surrounded by cold weather images.
Happy Weekend.

"O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know. " William Cowper

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Animal Friends

" Yes, we're related. So what!!"
"This is so much fun. I don't know what these furless creatures are,
but they are a hoot!

"Just a little bit more and then I can reach"

"Floss, I need floss. This kelp keeps getting stuck in my teeth."

"I want in! Let me in!!"

"Oh, thank you Mr. Fireman. I was so thirsty."

"Mom, Is that big white thing Daddy?"

"Step by step, inch by inch....."

"Now be gentle with your little sister."

"Just chillin with the family"

"I am so tirewed. I just want to go home."

"How do I get myself into these things? I'm just a baby."

"Hup, 2,3, 4, Hup 2, 3, 4"

" I am cougar, I am puma, I am wise."

"Where are Siegfried and Roy? We want to audition."

"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, and have treated our distant cousins in fur and feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form. " ~William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays, 1922

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


"As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, "I--think--I--can, I--think--I--can." It reached the top by drawing out bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, "I thought I could, I thought I could." From The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, year published ??.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Spirit Bears

The images above are Spirit bears or Kermode Bears. They aren't polar bears. They are generally found in the central coast of British Columbia. The Kermode or Spirit bear is actually a black bear. It is not an albino bear-I repeat, "It is not an albino bear."

Nobody can seem to agree on why these bears are called spirit bears. Some feel it may a have been a misinterpreted Native Canadian term. Others feel the name was derived from their white appearance and elusive nature.

The color variant is due to a unique recessive trait in their gene pool. They actually have black skin under their white fur. Here is the Wikipedia entry about these cuties.

Because of their limited numbers there are several groups that have formed that are dedicated to saving these bears. The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition (SBYC) is one of these groups.

"Bears keep me humble. They help me to keep the world in perspective and to understand where I fit on the spectrum of life. We need to preserve the wilderness and its monarchs for ourselves, and for the dreams of children. We should fight for these things as if our life depended upon it, because it does." - Wayne Lynch ("Bears: Monarchs of the Northern Wilderness", 1993)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Round Up

R.I.P. Blossom Dearie

This is so very cool. Forme of Cury is a rare medieval cookbook complied by King Richard II's master cook in the 1390's. The University of Manchester's Ryland Library is digitally photographing each page so that it can be uploaded to the Internet.

Do you have any old USB thumb drives (memory sticks)? Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped could use them.

If you are a skull lover like I am then you must visit the Skull-A-Day blog.

Check out the fabulous Penguin Blog and Travel Around the World in 80 Books. I would love to work for Penguin, love to.

I love these butter chips from P.O.S.H. Chicago.

I love the entire idea behind the Toy Society. I have been known to leave paperback books in various spots hoping that some book lover will find the book and love it as much as I did. Or even better, maybe that book will turn someone into a book lover. Here's the Toy Society's Facebook page.

Congratulations Stump, a 10 year old Sussex Spaniel (that's right 10 years old) for winning the Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show.

The nation's oldest public library is in danger of closing. As you can see by the comments someone is contesting the library's "oldest public library" status. Here is more information on the library's situation.

Live language lessons on your computer-Myngle.

Bailey Doesn't Bark has some very nice coffee mugs. I really like the hand-drawn quality of the designs.

Diggin' these crochet covered stones. I am a knitter, but I have never learned how to crochet. I want to learn I just keep putting it on the back burner.

Another online store that I like-American Crafts.

I don't want to give anything a way. Visit the Joseph Cornell Box site and learn about this incredible artist.

Bentomom's photostream-I wish she would make my lunch for me. Today I have a hard boiled egg and an orange.

It's so nice to see that this man is the real deal. Plus, I love that he uses libraries. Here is another article about this incredible hero pilot.

Here is an update on the World Newspaper Archive.

Curious about the investors who invested with Bernie Madoff? I just typed in the name Stephen and here is the result.

I know that I am not the only glossary lover out there. Here is the Glossary of Local Government terms.

List of legal scholarly repositories.

I may post again before the week is out. If not, have a wonderful weekend and a loving Valentines Day.

An example of what love looks like:

"I don't pretend to know what love is for everyone, but I can tell you what it is for me; love is knowing all about someone, and still wanting to be with them more than any other person, love is trusting them enought to tell them everything about yourself, including the things you might be ashamed of, love is feeling comfortable and safe with someone, but still getting weak in the knees when they walk into a room and smile at you." Anonymous

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Round Up

So sad-Domino magazine is , Cottage Living, and Mary Englebreit's Home Companion have all bitten the dust. One can't help but think there will be others that bite the dust in these very difficult economic times.

The Little Magazine Interview Cumulative Index.

Very cute cards.

Yes, Pecan. Ben & Jerry rolled out Yes, Pecan (play on the Yes, We Can) in January. All proceeds from the purchase of this ice cream went to Common Cause.

Excellent-a handy-dandy search tool to find out if your favorite peanut butter product has been recalled.

For those that prefer a wipe-Purell Wipes and Scotch Lint Removal Sheets.

Teal Toes-paint your toenails teal to raise awareness about ovarian cancer.

If you are from Southwestern Pennsylvania then the Steelers was your team. I'm not a football fan now or ever, but even I could not help but get swept into the mania when the Steelers won the Super Bowl or the Pirates won the World Series. One of the items that every red-blooded fan had was a Terrible Towel. Here is a wonderful story about the Terrible Towel.

I love the Bookshelf of the Week over at robaroundbooks.

My vampire name is Marchioness of Moldovia. What's yours?

I am more of an Anglophile than a Francophile, but I love French General and they have a blog-The Warp and the Weft.

Oh, my beloved periodic table has been turned into a duvet cover.

I should have added the delightful Depression Cooking (Cooking with Clara) to my last post where I listed the You Tube Channels. Clara is the bomb!!

Save the Words.

Love the Fail Blog.

Some great pictures of the inauguration.

Food tattoos.

That's all for this week.

"Do you want to be the statue or the bird?" Frances Weaver