Friday, August 19, 2011

Round Up

R.I.P. Bubba Smith

R.I.P. Nancy Wake

On Sunday, August 28, 2011 the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial will be dedicated on the Mall.

I think I have posted about Farmhouse Wares previously, but they are worth another mention.

Real-life places that have inspired literary classics.

I love the charts/posters from Pop Chart Labs.

Fun food quizzes.

Speaking of food, I loathe the majority of reality shows. For awhile I would watch Top Chef and Project Runway, but soon tired of those. However, I have found a show that I really like-Chopped. It's professional chefs competing and they always feature some product that is new to me.

I tuned into Chopped last night and one of the contestants was I believe 23 years old. He was competing against 3 other chefs who were older than he is, one a 60-year old woman. On this program they have these little asides with the chefs talking over what they were doing when they were competing. This young'un kept making all of these ageist comments. As a society we need to stop doing that. We have come a long way in (still a long way to go though) the way certain folks are portrayed in the media. We have come a long way (still a long way to go though) in the language that we use to talk about folks. I'm sure that the chef would have not made any comments if his competitors were a different ethnicity, sexuality or size than he is. Comments about folk's age need to stop as well. I have been guilty of that myself, even calling myself old, and I must stop that as well. Enough of this soapbox.

A book that has sparked an interest: Banvard's Folly: Thirteen Tales of People Who Didn't Change the World (Picador/MacMillan).

Everyone knows I'm a huge Etsy fan. Here are some of my new favorites: Shop Gibberish, KCSoapsNMore, Secret Safe Books and Bagatelles and Co. I love clutches and I used to have quite a few until I GAVE THEM ALL TO THE THRIFT STORE LIKE A NITWIT.

Do you have your Grandma's first cookbook? I have one of my beloved Gran's cookbooks, not her first, but one with her handwritten notes that I treasure.

Who doesn't love a good Venn Diagram?

Street Books-wonderful idea.

Top 10 books to read aloud.

My idea of heaven!!

Have a wonderful weekend. 42 days until October.

"There's a marked difference between acquaintances and friends. Most people really don't become friends. They become deep and serious acquaintances. But in a friendship you get to know the spirit of another person and your values coincide. Friends may disagree, but not about serious matters. A friend will stand for you when you no longer are able. A woman can say to herself, "If I die, I know that my friend, my sister-friend will be here to hold up the banner." Dr. Maya Angelou

Monday, August 08, 2011

Round Up

Cloud spotting-such gorgeous photographs.

Dress made from Golden Books.

Photo gallery of the gorgeous necklaces worn my the title character and Angela from the television program Bones. Some of this jewelry is made by Kate Lindsay.

Coral that looks like a flower. Pretty!

10 action librarians.

I am totally charmed by the Little Free Libraries. I am trying to figure out where I can place one in my area.

This is so interesting. A bookstore with books on only one subject-Winston Churchill. Granted, what a subject, but still.....

Well, it's about time there was an American Writers Museum.

Five great vacations for readers.

Two books that have sparked an interest: Skippyjon Jones: Class Action (Dutton Juvenile), it's actually a series, by Judy Schachner and Creepiosity: A Hilarious Guide to the Unintentionally Creepy (Andrews McMell Publishing) by David Bickel.

10 historically significant recordings.

Snacks of great writers.

That's all for now. Have a wonderful week.

"Happiness is a place between too little and too much." Finnish Proverb