Photo Friday: Eating for a Good Cause

My neighborhood’s annual art festival, Art on the Avenue, is generally the busiest, most lucrative day of the year for local restaurants. After a year and a half of the pandemic, many of the businesses are operating on razor-thin margins. They needed a lot of sales during Art on the Avenue, held earlier this month.Continue reading “Photo Friday: Eating for a Good Cause”

Immersed in Van Gogh

On Monday, I attended Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. The first part was an electronic museum about his life and works. Then came the immersion room, a large room with images projected on all four walls and the floor, with a scattering of benches, chairs, and pillows in the middle of the room, so weContinue reading “Immersed in Van Gogh”

Art Festival, Pandemic-Style

Today was Art on the Avenue, usually my favorite neighborhood event of the year. This year was difficult. I love this art festival and really wanted to go. Most years I volunteer there, and spend the whole day. But we’re still in the middle of a pandemic, and I’ve been avoiding crowds. So I feltContinue reading “Art Festival, Pandemic-Style”

Magic Bullets: Weird Holidays

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! Or, if you prefer, you could celebrate National White Wine Day today. Or start your day off with a big bowl of cereal; it’s also National Raisin Bran Day. Yes, these are all actual observances for today, August 4. I love weird holidays. I love them enough so thatContinue reading “Magic Bullets: Weird Holidays”

Magic Bullets: More Cover Pages

A few months ago I started keeping a bullet journal. My journal has a Harry Potter theme, because I started it in response to a bullet-journaling online workshop given by my Harry Potter group. In the post at that link I included a copy of my very first original bullet journal page, the cover pageContinue reading “Magic Bullets: More Cover Pages”

Postcards From the World: Shepherd Boy

Today I want to show off my favorite Postcrossing card of the ones I’ve received recently. This card, #FI-3952363, comes to me from Finland. The artwork is by Finnish artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela (1865-1931), who worked in realism, romantic nationalism, and symbolism. He painted many characteristically Finnish subjects, like this one, but also studied in ParisContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Shepherd Boy”

Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps

Today’s featured Postcrossing postcard is one I received a few days ago from a college student in Hefei, China, about 300 miles west of Shanghai. The picture on the card (right) is cute enough, but what really blows me away is the magnificent stamps, above. The sender tells me the stamps describe “how ancient peopleContinue reading “Postcards From the World: Cool Stamps”