fresh stuff   

  reading About Town

  listening to Neon Bible

  seeing old Italian books

   2006 movies from netflix

  eating popcorn

leisure reading

The Onion

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~ Wednesday, February 14, 2007
~ Friday, February 02, 2007

a random note

A jazz critic for the New Yorker died yesterday. This was just reported on WBGO, along with the comment that this writer felt the role of the critic is to share his experience, not criticize the performer. I like that.


~ Tuesday, January 16, 2007

President Obama?



~ Monday, January 08, 2007

global warming

This bit on The Simpsons last night couldn't be timelier, as we are in the first winter on record where there hasn't been snow in New York City by now, and Saturday at 72º was our warmest January day on record. As I have told a few people since the holidays, it's starting to feel like snow is a mythical thing from the past. Here's hoping we see some soon.

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~ Thursday, December 21, 2006

Happy Solstice

For various reasons I have a rather sizable collection of holiday tunes and four years ago decided some of the lesser known gems had to be shared (along with some old favorites). I made a compilation CD and sent it out into the world (for educational purposes). It may be in your collection, dear reader. It was well received and I've since had requests for replacement and additional CDs. And of course we've since made new friends who haven't heard it.


I decided to make the whole thing into an MP3 file that could be easily shared. I did make one small change to the playlist in honor of my dad who we are missing this year.

ho ho ho

Warmest holiday wishes to you and yours.


~ Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Happy Andy Warhol-idays

The holiday windows at Barneys are a perennial favorite and this year's didn't disappoint. I even got to see them with Mom this time.



~ Wednesday, November 29, 2006

shameless plug department


As you may or may not know, I am making with my own hands and a lot of love an edition of albums and journals with quilted bindings honoring the holidays. Quiltmaking has long been tied to charity (sometimes simply providing warmth to someone who needs it) and in this spirit I'm giving a portion of the proceeds to New York Cares. The deadline for ordering is tomorrow, November 30, to ensure that I can ship your book(s) in time for the holidays.


~ Friday, November 17, 2006

Mom's stash

Thanks, Mom! I guess this is what you were buying at the craft stores while I was making my pom-pom maker and googly eye purchases back in the day?


~ Thursday, November 09, 2006

a new day

This unfamiliar feeling of being pleased with the election results... I scarcely know what to do with myself!


~ Tuesday, November 07, 2006

at the polls

I will be updating this post to include my own experience voting, but I wanted to provide a place to share your story of voting today. (If any of you are around, dear readers; I know my posts have been few and far between lately.) The general theme is voter disenfranchisement, for example, for the first time today I was asked for ID when I presented myself at the polls. But please feel free to post anything at all concerning today's election.

Happy Voting!


~ Friday, November 03, 2006

Dennis needs our help!

The Republicans are targeting Dennis Kucinich because he will lead investigations of the Bush administration should the Democrats take control of the House. Help fight back and keep our man in Washington.


~ Tuesday, October 31, 2006

photo by Dan

It's Ella's favorite holiday whether she realizes it or not, just like it was Bob's. Ella looks even more the part and further, her appetite for mischief makes this night of toilet papering and tick-tacking a good time to celebrate the snuggly little demon in our lives.

If you're looking for my traditional page of spooky links, it's here. Happy Halloween!


~ Thursday, October 26, 2006

sewing room additions

With the notable exception of a small quilt I made in late summer to be buried with my father's ashes, I haven't touched a sewing needle in many moons. Eventually the time came to start stitching again but first I needed a gadget to keep threaded needles safely away from the mouths of cats -- although I thought I was keeping a tight rein on them before, Sam still managed to swallow and pass one, thankfully without incident. We were lucky and if you're keeping track we think he has 5 lives left (knock on wood).

The local quilt shop didn't have the gadget but I found it online. The seller also had this new quilter's calculator at a good price so I ordered it too. I'm excited about the calculator but it's bittersweet because I know it's something Dad would have enjoyed hearing about. I am not known for buying or using fancy calculators but he sure was. (Of course his calculators were in an entirely different league.)

I placed the order over the weekend and then was like the kid in A Christmas Story waiting for his decoder ring to arrive in the mail. Especially so because I ordered this from a mom & pop operation and couldn't check the order status online. Now it's here and the stitching can resume. Sore fingers ahead.


~ Saturday, October 07, 2006

Dan and Ella


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