Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Round Up

This is the last round up for 2010. The year has indeed flown by.

Just in case you missed the lunar eclipse this morning or didn't quite understand what you saw here is a simple, wonderful slideshow that may clear up your confusion.

Plan for World Book Night (March 5, 2011).

How about giving a gift of life skill.

The Complete National Geographic: Every Issue Since 1888-what a gift this would be. I get heady even thinking about it.

Is there someone in your 'hood that deserves a place on the Tacky Light Tour?

If you are tired of Charlie Brown and Frosty, and then give Prep & Landing a watch. It's very cute and I somehow missed this treasure.

Look at this awesome book Christmas tree. All libraries should do this.

Scrabble pillows.

Lovely items-especially the cake plates.

Hmmm, tubeless toilet paper.

I Love Libraries.

The Early Office Museum is an online museum that showcases pre-1920's office goodies-paperweights, writing ink, pencil sharpeners and copying machines to name just a few items. The American Precision Museum is housed in the . This museum preserves the heritage of the mechanical arts, celebrates the ingenuity of our mechanical forebears, and explores the effects of their work on our everyday lives. Housed in the 1846 Robbins & Lawrence Armory, in Windsor, Vermont. The museum holds the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the nation.

Switch Sticks walking sticks. They also have a ice grip that can be placed on your walking stick to assist in walking in the snow and ice. If you have to use a cane or walking stick should you really be out in the snow and ice.

Congratulations UConn Huskies-You Go Girls (I am so not current in my coolness factor!!!)

The Daily Tell-good news in trying times.

Excellent book blog-The Private Library.

The year's best cookbooks (according to the New York Times).

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

I leave you with the lovely Winter Song by Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. If you saw the National Chrismas Tree lighting ceremony you saw these two very talented women perform this enchanting song.

"I have always thought of Christmas time when it has come around, as a good time; a kind, forgiving charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." Charles Dickens.

Friday, December 10, 2010


This will be a short entry.

Senator Bernie Sanders (VERMONT) my hats off to you. You are amazing, wise and magical. I have always had soft spot in my heart for Vermont and you have deepened my love for you and your state.

Even if I did not know what was going on in the country, listening to even a portion of your wondrous speech was an education.


Round Up

R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen-You made me laugh so very much!!

R.I.P.-Elizabeth Edwards-dignity, courage and grace.

50 Books about Books

Is there any cooler historical society than the Wisconsin Historical Society? I think not. I actually have a huge crush on their press. They publish so many interesting (to me anyway) books-People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish by Kathleen Schmitt Kline (I have this awaiting me on interlibrary loan at my local public library) and Penny Loafers and Bobby Pins: Tales and Tips from Growing Up in the 50's and 60's by Susan Sanvidge, et al.

A 9,400 word definition for the word "Information."

I really like this colorful African Folklore embroidery.

A Year of Giving-maybe there are angels amongst us.

It would be great to see some of the tomes in the Lambeth Palace (the Archbishop of Canterbury's crib) Library.

I've spoken of my love for Persephone Books before. I even like their address: 59 Lambs Conduit Street.

Museums dedicated to the art of illustration:
National Museum of American Illustration
Museum of American Illustration
Norman Rockwell Museum
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
I would love to visit all of the above, but the Eric Carle Museum is first on my list to visit.

Hmmm-Chocolate Donut Beer.

If you have not had the pleasure of seeing Disney's Prep and Landing (animated Christmas movie) you can watch on Hulu. You are in for a treat.

I want a Bookworm Badge.

Books-Otis (Philomel/Penguin) by Loren Long, The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Use, but Nobody Reads (Perigree/Penguin) by Ammon Shea, the man who Read the OED, and Couples: An Eclectic View (MustSeeBooks)by Max Fallon.

Diggin' this recycled sweater journal.

Sweet potato butter-this appeals to me on so many levels.

Pretty-gilt decorated books.

Urban Moonshine Organic Maple Bitters.

Dictator lit.

Librarian lit.

Top 10 female detectives.

I'm sure by now you have all seen the adorable duo Pomplamoose and their Christmassy Hyundai commercial. You also must see their equally adorable rendition of Earth, Wind and Fire's September. (I'm having problems embedding the video here).

Wonderful project-Operation Photo Rescue.

Good Grief!! They exhumed Tycho Brahe last month.

A disposable camera was given to every carrier that works for the Royal Mail and they were asked to take photographs of every day life on their various routes.

Have a wonderful weekend.

"Winter came down to our home one night. Quitetly pirouetting in on silvery-toed slippers of snow." Bill Morgan Jr.