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The Dog Stars – Book Review

The Dog Stars – Book Review

So I wonder what it is this need to tell. To animate somehow the deathly stillness of the profoundest beauty. Breathe life in the telling. Counter I guess to Bangley’s modus which is to kill just about everything that moves. – from Dog Stars, page 52 – The world is not the same. A flu […]

The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yo...

The Family Handyman Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual – Review

Are you someone who likes to take on DIY projects around the house? Or maybe you don’t like it, but you find yourself faced with fixing things like leaky pipes. Or maybe you want to revamp your landscaping or remodel the living room. If your answer to any of these is “Yes” than you need […]

Nurture

Nurture

care. nourish. develop. cultivate. consider. minister. treasure. foster.sustain. value. Have you seen all the posts lately about choosing a word for the New Year? I’ve been thinking about the word I’d like to live by in 2015. N.U.R.T.U.R.E. I’m a physical therapist, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an aunt. I nurture others all the […]

A Doll Quilt for Holly

A Doll Quilt for Holly

*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view My great niece, Holly, just turned four years old. She has American Girl Doll Emily who did not have her own bed. So for Christmas, I ordered a cute white bed with roses on the headboard and footboard, then used Camille Roskelley’s mini […]

Sweet Sixteen – A Traditional Q...

Sweet Sixteen – A Traditional Quilt for Mom

*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger viewMy mom has long desired a quilt for her bed and so my sister, Paula, and I decided to make her one for Christmas. My mother is a bit of a traditionalist and loves the colors of china blue and rose/raspberry. This quilt used […]

Pillow Pop Round-Up: December and a N...

Pillow Pop Round-Up: December and a New Sew Along for 2015

The Pillow Pop 2014 Sew Along wrapped up in December. This was such a fun group which produced a huge amount of gorgeous pillows. The administrators of the group (me, Valerie and Margaret) had so much fun that we decided to do another Sew Along in 2015. Scroll to the bottom of this post to […]

The Narrow Road to the Deep North ...

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Book Review

In this way, thought Nakamura, the Japanese spirit is now itself the railway, and the railway the Japanese spirit, our narrow road to the deep north, helping to take the beauty and wisdom of Basho to the larger world. – from The Narrow Road to the Deep North, page 94 – It is August of […]

All The Light We Cannot See – B...

All The Light We Cannot See – Book Review

Open your eyes, concludes the man, and see what you can with them before they close forever, and then a piano comes on, playing a lonely song that sounds to Werner like a golden boat traveling a dark river, a progression of harmonies that transfigures Zollverein: the houses turned to mist, the mines filled in, […]

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