Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy November ... a month to be extra thankful


In November, the earth is growing quiet.
It is making its bed, a winter bed for flowers and small creatures.
The bed is white and silent,
and much life can hide beneath its blankets. 

Cynthia Rylant


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Thursday, October 3, 2019

my computer ate my homework ....

"Never trust anything that can think for itself 
if you can't see where it keeps its brain."
J.K. Rowling

Running a bit behind this month thanks 
to a computer that now refuses to be WiFi friendly ...
Happy October! 

































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Friday, August 30, 2019

Can it be September already?!?!?

Yes, it can!!
and with September comes new beginnings andnew opportunities, especially new opportunities for learning!!


































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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Happy August!!

“One day you discover you are alive.
Explosion! Concussion! Illumination! Delight!
You laugh, you dance around, you shout.
But, not long after, the sun goes out. 
Snow falls, but no one sees it, on an August noon.” 
 Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Hope your summer is going well!
We, here is the Boston area, have been having numerous heat waves, keeping me hunkered down in front of my air conditioner,  in a fort made of curtains  and draped fabric, to contain the cool. 

peace,
Virginia


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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Monday, June 3, 2019

catching up on my #100daysofwomenwonders ...

As this project has grown in complexity I have fallen behind on posting here on my blog ... 
but that is easily fixed.  Today, lets start with 5 of my #womenwonders ...


Willa Cather ~ American novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner, author of ‘My Antonia’, ‘One of Ours’, ‘ O Pioneers!’ & many more. 
34/100

 

Elizabeth Goudge 
British author of novels, short stories & children’s book. Her book ‘the Little White Horse’ was a favorite book of J.K. Rowling and had a direct influence on the Harry Potter series. 
24/100

 

Eudora Alice Welty 
American short story writer and novelist who wrote about the American South. 
Her novel The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973
21/100


Dorothy Canfield Fisher ~
Best selling American author in the early 20th century. Champion of women’s rights, racial equality, life-long education & responsible for bringing the Montessori method of child-rearing to the US. Social activist for educational reform, rehabilitation of prisons & pardoning of conscientious objectors. Longtime friend of Willa Cather.
32/100


Dorothy Parker ~
American author, poet, critic, humorist, screenwriter & satirist. Founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Famous for her mastery of short fiction & her biting wit & scathing observation. Social activist leading to her being blacklisted in Hollywood. In her will she bequeathed her estate to Martin Luther King Jr. & in 1988 the NAACP designed a memorial garden at its headquarters for Parker’s ashes. 
30/100

As happens with any of my projects my #100daysofwomenwonders has morphed - first sharing quotes by women in one of my mixed media dress collages, then I added a pen and ink portrait of the quoted women and lastly I am hand-lettering the quote via procreate. With each transition the project is more time consuming, however, thoroughly challenging and enjoyable, but I am getting behind on posting. I am posting fairly regularly on instagram if you want to follow my #100dayproject, 

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Happy Summer ... your June calendar


What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.



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Friday, May 10, 2019

woman wonder: Elizabeth Blackwell


Elizabeth Blackwell:
Pioneer in medical and feminist history.
First woman in American to earn her medical degree.




“It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh, 
it is fascinating! 
I would not trade one moment, 
even the worst moment, 
for all the riches in the world.”
Elizabeth Blackwell

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May this dress remind us of our inner guts and grit ... from woman wonder: Nellie Bly


Nellie Bly:
American journalist, daredevil, feminist, trailblazer, pioneer in the field of investigative journalism. Made a record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days. 
Pen name of Elizabeth Cochran Seaman

A definite #womenwonder 
26/100



Nellie Bly was the pen name of pioneer female journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochran. She remains notable for two feats: a record-breaking trip around the world in emulation of Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg (Bly completed the trip in seventy-two days), and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. In addition to her writing, she was also an industrialist and charity worker. Bly died of pneumonia at St. Mark's Hospital in New York City in 1922 aged 57. https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4372012.Nellie_Bly

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Celebrate Spring ... your May calendar


“In a world where thrushes sing and 
willow trees are golden in the spring, 
boredom should have been included 
among the seven deadly sins.” 
Elizabeth Goudge, The Rosemary Tree


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