Friday, February 26, 2010

Round Up

I just received an email from Peter the guy who runs Flashlight Worthy, the coolest book recommendation site around. Apparently he is looking to expand his offerings of book club books. Take a look at what he has and if you have some ideas as to a list you could contribute, get in touch with him at

I wish I had known about these curling-themed cocktail glasses. I am all about curling these days.

Nice hotel in a ghost town-Dunton Hot Springs.

I was flipping through an issue of People magazine the other day and noticed that Pernell Roberts passed away. I can remember watching Bonanza when I was a kid and having a young schoolgirl crush on his character Adam. My girlfriends were all about Little Joe (Michael Landon), but I just thought Adam was so cool. He always wore black, he was educated and lets face sexy as hell. ( Of course I would't have said that as a young girl). I thing some folks may not realize that yep, he was wearing a toupee for the role of Adam, and that Mr. Roberts was a civil rights activist. I still thought he was "all that" when he played Trapper John M.D.

Every new President and First Lady is permitted to change the art in the White House. They do this by borrowing from museums, art galleries and private collectors. Look at some of the art selections the Obamas have made.

I read about the 50 in 52 journey, which led me to the Pepsi Refresh Project. Both very interesting projects.

OH-MY-GOODNESS-Pizza Cones. I think I'm in heaven.

I stumbled upon the best food blog yet, Not So Humble Pie. This woman is amazing. First of all she bakes macarons-the real French ones. Secondly, she makes science cookies-I am verklempt. My favorite of course is the Periodic Table of Elements cookies. (scroll down to the bottom of the page of the last link I provided.) I want to move next door to this woman and apprentice with her. BRAVO!!!!!

I never thought about this before, but you can tap the maple trees that are in your own yard for syrup.

Lidia Schaefer is an angel.

In my never ending quest to find the most unusual museums (drum roll please!!!)-The Flour Art Museum.

More book wallpaper.

10 Websites for Vintage Books and Covers.

That's all I have for this week. Everyone have a nice weekend. For those that are suffering through their own "Snowmageddon" you have my sympathy. For my area we have to batten down the hatches with this crazy wind.

"And finally Winter, with its bitin', whinin' wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.~Roy Bean

Friday, February 19, 2010

Round Up

What can I say? I am a snow lover and even this has been too much for me. At least we didn't lose our power like so many others. Counting my blessings for that.

R.I.P. Lucille Clifton-you were a great lady and I wish I could have taken a class that you taught.

R.I.P. Howard Zinn. If you haven't read A People's History of the United States-do.

Maybe I am just too old for cuddle class-give me first class any day.

Interesting article about the number of NBA players who read-do I necessarily believe it-no.

Famous Literary Drunks & Addicts (drunks is Life magazine's word not mine).

Oh my do I want these Postcards from Penguin Books.

I think I would like a nice slice of crack pie right now. Here's another article about this $44.00 pie. YIKES!!!!

Congratulations Sadie. You are one cute Scottie. I was turning back and forth between the dog show and the Winter Olympics and I missed the best in show.

I don't know why, but it annoys me that so many celebrities do voiceovers. Most of the time, I think anyway, the audience doesn't know who is doing the voiceover anyway. Not unless it is someone who has a really distinctive voice like James Earl Jones or Sean Connery. Why not have someone who isn't rolling in dough do these voiceovers? And they are receiving astronomical salaries for this work too. Anywho, I digress.

At times it is fun to try and guess who is doing the voiceover. Your watching some lame car commercial and all of sudden your ears perk up and you think, "Hey, that's Peter Coyote." Or im my case I noticed that the latest Mercedes Benz commercials have Richard Thomas (I'm fairly certain) performing the voiceover. All of this leads me to the website Whose Voice is That.

There's a nice entry the AirSpace blog about the art that is in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. I'm sure that most people don't realize that besides planes, the museum has a very nice art collection. Scroll down until you get to the post entitled The Saga of Lunar Landscape. It is the January 22, 2010 post.

Look at this incredible staircase of books and lots of wood as well.

There is an etsy shop, Haiti by Hand, where the goods are made by Haitian artisans. If you can make a purchase. All of the proceeds are going to these Haitian women. I hope as time goes by that the public does not forget about Haiti.

Okay, it's been awhile since I've talked about make up. I used to think I was the only woman who was on a lifelong quest to find the perfect mascara. My favorite is Blinc Kiss Me Mascara. The only problem is the price-$24.00. Is it worth it? I think it is, but see if you can get a sample of the mascara before you shell out that much.

There are times when you do get what you pay for. However, I heard some good things about Neutrogena's Healthy Volume Mascara. I love it. It lengthens, separates, and so far no clumping. Plus, it's not expensive. I believe I paid around $7.00 for it in the drugstore.

I also was in search of some new make up brushes. I generally just need one for powder application. The ones I had were from Bare Escentuals and they were nice, but I have had them forever and it was time for some new ones. Everyone talks about how M.A.C. brushes are the best, but they are too pricey. I heard some good things about Eco Tool brushes and all of the good things are true. These brushes are amazing. Plus, they are a green product, inexpensive (comparatively speaking)and they are readily available. Now, I have become obsessed with their products and the company in general.

That's all I have for this week. Have a great weekend. I am all aflutter because Olympic curling is on tonight.

"Things don't fall apart. Things hold. Lines connect in thin ways that last and last and lives become generations made out of pictures and words just kept." Lucille Clifton

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Round Up

Innovative uses for defunct big box stores. And an accompanying book.

OTRRpedia-old time radio information.

I recall making these potholders when I was a Brownie. It was so much fun. I'm glad to see they are still around. More here.

I would be thrilled if someone gifted me the treasure of a monthly book shipment. Have a bibliophile in your life-Giftlit just might be the gift you need for that special someone.

Good freakin' grief. Merriam Webster's 10th edtion has been banned in some American schools because a child read the definition for "oral sex". I guess it is better that children watch hours and hours of mindless television, which is loaded with violence and still in 2010, negative images of women, minorities, gays and the non-thin. I guess that's better. Grrrrr!!!!

A. read a review of this book the other day and was telling me about it. Now we both want to read it. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Henrietta Lacks was an American of African descent. She was a poor tobacco farmer from Clover, Virginia whose cells were taken from without her consent. She has been dead for more than 60 years, and her cells still live on helping to create a multi-million dollar industry, but she lies in an unmarked grave. Her family can't afford health insurance. Her's were the first immortal human cells grown in culture.

Reading the review of this book I became so angry to hear a story of how once again blacks were not only used for experiments without their knowledge, but were not compensated at all. If this isn't total exploitation I don't know what is. I can't wait to read this book. Here is an excerpt from O Magazine.

If you are an archivist and you are looking for a job the library at the University of California, Santa Cruz campus is in search of an archivist to process the Grateful Dead archive.

Now this is one of the things that I like about Twitter. Laura Ingalls Wilder is posting. "Land sakes Laura. You have some sense of humor."

22 amazing maps.

The Somali pirates want to donate some of their confiscated loot to the Haitian people. I also like what the Somali spokesperson had to say about the Americans and Europeans. Yeah, yeah I'm radical.

I've been told I'm old school in my regards for thank you notes. If someone gives you something, or does something for you, I feel, and I will always feel that a thank you note is in order. A handwritten note, not an email, but even an email is better than nothing. I get on my soapbox about this all of the time-about people's lack of consideration, how they haven't the foggiest clue what courtesy is, and on and on. All of my rambling is getting to a point, or should I say a link-Leah Dieterich's mother always told her to write thank you notes (must be something with women named Leah -tee hee) so now she writes thank you notes for everything on her blog THXTHXTHX.

Two documentaries I would like to see are Paper Clips and From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall.

Paper Clips was a project started by a middle school in Tennesee. The school created a monument to Holocaust victims made entirely of paper clips. At last count over 30 million paper clips had been received. Read the whole Wikipedia entry. Find out why they chose paper clips and where they obtained some of the paper clips.

From the Ashes: The Life and Times of Tick Hall is a documentary about Dick Cavett and his wife Carrie Nye's rebuilding of Tick Hall, a 125 year old house that was burned to the ground in 1997. The Cavetts had lived in Tick Hall for 30 years prior to the fire.

Always on the lookout for unusual bookstores check out this manure tank bookstore.

Educational and interesting oral history project: Oral History of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Nice blog entry on the Archivist of the Year Award. More from the New York History blog.


"As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it." Dick Cavett