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DECEMBER 7, 2011 7:47AM

My brilliant 2nd career: I am a knitter

Mostly, I make felted bags, but lately I am working on an afghan for my daughter's family. It's made of alpaca and bamboo. Alpaca is very warm and bamboo has some antibacterial properties.

Here's a picture of the afghan... 

my daughter's afghan  

I still have to weave in… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2009 4:29AM

I'm out of here!

...but it has nothing to do with the ads. Nor am I flouncing.

Briefly, I have a birthday coming up and have been re-evaluating how I spend my time... costs/benefits, that sort of thing. Who knows how many more birthdays I'm going to have... passing the mid-fifties makes that issue more… Read full post »

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A few months ago, I posted some poems-- works in progress-- that were inspired by watching repeatedly some of the much older versions of films and mini-series based on Jane Austen's novels. I have since removed those versions of the poems, but have… Read full post »

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Please click on the picture and take yourself to a fashionable slide show at the Christian Science Monitor, featuring fourteen colourful and fascinating feats of hatdom.

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Surely, something that has been worn at Ascot may be splendid enough to please our beloved Joan... as wel… Read full post »

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Well, I did have some other things in the works, but I guess on June 26th, I'll be posting something about Dan Froomkin. I've been a fan of his for quite awhile now.

The best blogger at what metro DC could once properly call a newspaper has been let go.… Read full post »

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My BF sent me this link because he thought I might wish to do a blog post about it. I'm grateful that he also mentioned it to me, or I never would have seen it, since that particular email, for some unknown reason, ended up in my junk/spam folder.

Is… Read full post »

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Editor’s Pick
JUNE 2, 2009 3:07PM

"And they say newspapers are dead."

In his July letter, the estimable Graydon Carter, Editor of Vanity Fair since 1992, has some advice for newspapers:

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[...]Who has the patience to hear endless whining about someone else’s misfortune when your own fortunes are rickety? This is not to say that the hea… Read full post »
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This morning, I found a request in my in-box, asking me to post something about Mercury Retrograde, since we are already into a retrograde phase by a week or more.

There were many much more interesting (and aesthetically pleasing)  images of retrograde motion for the superior plane… Read full post »

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Editor’s Pick
MAY 4, 2009 11:38AM

"...like turkeys voting for Thanksgiving."

That turkey comment is how Ann Pettifor describes bankers and their lobbyists  in her lastest post at The Huffington Post: Defeating Homeowners: A Phyrric Victory for Bankers. I might have said it's just one more example of emphasizing short-term gains over the long view of prosperity for everyo… Read full post »

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I just read this story by Ryan Grim on HuffPost, "In Their Own Words: Why Dem Senators Screwed Homeowners"...  and it was the final straw. I've been seriously considering changing my party registration from Democratic to Independent, just to make a point, but I was going to do it manually. Howev… Read full post »

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APRIL 28, 2009 10:42AM

Comedic Dissonance (updated....)

Jason Linkins, of the Huffington Post, writes about a study on processing humor, entitled "The Irony of Satire: Political Ideology and the Motivation to See What You Want to See in The Colbert Report." The study  supplies quantitative data on (ideologically-biased) reactions to "The Colbert Repo… Read full post »

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Maybe NSFW... it all depends on where you work.

 From Nico Pitney at The Huffington Post, quoting Shep Smith:

"We are America, we don't torture! And the moment that is not the case, I want off the train! This government is of, by, and for the people -- that… Read full post »
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