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2018 – The Year of Rereading

I’ve decided that 2018 is the year of rereading for me. That means revisiting books that have been favorites of mine throughout my life. I recently reread three childhood favorites: “Charley,” “A Wrinkle in Time” trilogy, and “The Secret Garden.” I read “Charley” when it was actually called “Charley,” but somewhere along the line, the publisher retitled it “The Girl Who Ran Away.” The local library used to have a copy and I reread this…

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art design

Blended Photo 1 – Trestle With Escaping Water

I have the Autodesk Pixlr app (remember when we used to call apps software?) loaded on my computer. One of the most interesting editing features on this app is the Double Exposure tool found in the Refine menu. I was messing around one day and started experimenting with this tool, which allows you to lay one photo on top of another and change the transparency with a few settings that are part of the tool.…

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Article on Frisson Raises More Questions

I found an article from Smithsonian.com that discusses frisson, that delightful feeling of chills that overcomes you when listening to stirring music. I experience frisson all the time with music. Apparently not everyone does. (Dang, that would stink!) According to the article, “The researchers found that the brains of individuals who occasionally feel a chill while listening to music were wired differently than the control subjects. They had more nerve fibers connecting the auditory cortex, the…

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In Defense of Compassionate Men – A #MeToo Story

I belong to the flood of women in the world that have a #MeToo story. In a continuum from sexism to sexual harassment to rape and other forms of violence, I think we’d be hard-pressed to find a woman anywhere who hasn’t got a #MeToo story. And when you include sexist policies baked into the governance of many cultures, we’re all affected to varying degrees. Because sexual harassment is so pervasive, it seems easy to…

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How to Give Away Stuff on the Curb

Giving away stuff on the curb seems like a no-brainer. If you’re giving stuff away, that means it’s free, and who doesn’t love free stuff? If you’re putting it on the curb, there isn’t far to go. Just throw it out there and you’re done. The junk is gone, out of your life forever. Unless it’s not. And it sits there in a heap, looking trashier and trashier as the days go by with it…

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art design projects

Slow Art: Corvid Bag

I completed another slow art piece this past week. Years and years ago I was inspired by the Ojibwe bandolier bags in my museum’s collection to make a bag that was roughly the same shape, featuring a large square pouch and wide shoulder strap. The feature of bandolier bags that makes them so incredibly beautiful is the bead applique, which covers practically the entire pouch and strap. This makes for a very heavy bag, but…

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It’s Not a Distraction; It’s a Demonstration of Our Values

In the latest dust-up between President Trump and the NFL, in which the President tweeted that NFL players who took a knee to protest racism during the National Anthem should be fired for being unpatriotic, there are people on social media telling us not to be distracted. They are indicating this is an issue manufactured by the President to sidetrack us from the destruction of the Affordable Care Act and the Russian investigation. Such comments…

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Bring on the Purple to Bring Us Together

Donald Trump, who can’t seem to get over the fact that he won the election, retweeted a 2016 election map that shows pretty much the entire country in red, emphasizing the precincts that gave him a majority of their votes. The map purposely attempts to display that “everyone” in vast swaths of the United States voted for him. Unfortunately, this map lacks any nuance. Even in my county, which provided over 70% of its votes…

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Two Books Provide a Snapshot of an INFJ

There are two books by my bedside that I’ve been reading over the past few weeks. It didn’t dawn on me until this morning that my reading of these two books at the same time, the fact that I would check them both out with their juxtaposition between intuition and logical data, actually provides a perfect snapshot of my INFJ Myers-Briggs personality. The two books are The Creative Tarot by Jessa Crispin and Predictive Analytics…

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family

A Eulogy for Our Sweet Stinky

Our sweet Stinky passed away 2 days ago, on Friday, June 9, 2017. Erik and I are heartbroken. We got Stinky 18 years ago from a farm near Royalton, Minnesota. Our children were wee tots at the time and one of them decided she should be named Snowball because she was mostly white. That’s the name we used when we took her to the vet for her shots and spaying. However, we immediately started calling…

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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

I don’t read as much fiction as I probably should, particularly because I would like to tackle writing a proper novel one day. I’m drawn to nonfiction and there is so much good nonfiction out there that I never seem to run out of informative books to read. Fiction feels like a luxury to me, so it’s harder to set aside time to read it. I also know that when I read fiction, really good…

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