Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. Mine was very relaxing and full of fabulous food. It is always so nice to come home to Mom and Dad and so sad to leave. Monday meant it was time to get on the road again. Time to head East for the ocean. Along the way I am going to try and stop at the Pocosin Lake Wildlife Refuge and see the migrating swans and geese. I have a couple of cards for my camera, fully charged batteries, and a full tank of gas.
Can't wait to get there. You might have experienced part of it yourself - the movie - The Notebook with James Gardner has a scene where young Jim Gardner takes his love out in a row boat to see the geese. There are hundreds of them. Well, that is where I am heading. I will check in later with pictures!
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Just wanted to pop in today to wish every one a Happy Thanksgiving. I am wishing you all a wonderful weekend filled with friends, family, loved ones and good food. I hope your hearts are brimming over with happiness and things to be thankful for. I know mine is. Have a joyful day!
p.s. some turkeys for all of you!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I was able to spend some quality time with family. Makes for a relaxing time. Last night it got me thinking about how doing simply things with those you love can have such a lasting impact on those lives.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Home. Funny what that four letter word can mean. I made it to my parent's house safe and sound. Somewhat tired of the road, yet wanting to keep on searching for just one more shot. It feels so good to be here, surrounded by my parents love and all the things that make this a home.
Catching up on some much needed sleep, family news, and great conversations. Thought I would share another Blue Ridge or Skyline Drive picture with you. I am caling this one Shelter. The shelter of a mother, a tree, a home...
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Today I am on the Blue Ridge Parkway through North Carolina into Virginia. I am heading to my parents house in D.C. to spend a week or two with Mom and Dad. I am photographing my way there. I am not sure how long it will take me but the scenery is magnificent. Thought I would share the last photograph I took last night.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
.These are called paint cakes. These are from R & F. This company has the best products for encaustics. The paint cakes come in so many luscious colors. I wanted them all and did restrain myself somewhat. The colors are very true. I can see how you can paint with them just as if you were using acrylic or watercolors, etc. The difference is that you have to keep the wax warm. It cools quickly with out the right set up.
All of these are classroom samples that Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch made for us. Each one is so different and represents one or two techniques that she showed us. Trish was an excellent teacher. Even after three straight days of demo's all day and teaching three evening classes, the girl had a smile and a sense of humor.
I love how old keys are embedded along with safety pins, etc. in the wax. It is so easy to embed metal, butons, etc. I wanted to grab all my found metal and go to town.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday at lunch I said goodbye to the "house." It was devoid of furniture, the floors were vaccumed and washed, the refrigerator clean. It was waiting for it's new family. It was time to move on to new things, but a time to stop and recognize all the fun and laughter that the boys and I shared here. Watching youngest chick grow from a child to a young man. As I left the key on the counter, the house whispered "goodbye."
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I can hardly believe it. Now that most of the house stuff is finished I am thinking about Thanksgiving. I am planning on spending that time with my family. This year I have so much to be thankful for.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
This morning I wanted to share this utility barn with you. I think it is so clever the way they used part of an old metal sign to cover the front and the door. How thrifty is that? True recycling going on here. When I stumbled upon this barn I realized the old cliche of "thinking outside the box" for a solution was alive and well!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Hidden up a bank an old Tobacco Barn. These sat on the edge of the fields. Large "sticks" fit into notches along the walls all the way up the barn. The tobacco plants were/are attached to the sticks and set in the notches to dry or cure. This was quite a dirty job. Everyone - children included joined in to get the crop in. I see these barns and they represent so much of the history of North Carolina.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
The packers spent all day furiously packing. I spent all day furiously gathering up things to take with me. It was a long and rainy day here. I was glad for night fall. Tonight I thought I should hobble upstairs and go through my computer desk before they pack it all away. At some point I realized "Oh no!" I will not have a scanner for a few months. So, I have been scanning a few things and sending them to my laptop.
On my computer desk were a few of the Kanji books I found at one of the library sales. I found this "rain" and thought it was a great way to end the evening. They are calling for rain again tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed for me that it lets up while the movers load. Also, please keep all those poor people in Haiti in your thoughts as they go through the next few days.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Hard to believe we are back at the polls telling our representatives what we want to see in the next few years. This is a big election for both parties. I am just proud that I can vote. It wasn't that long ago that our great grandmothers and grandmothers were out picketing and having hunger strikes so that we could have this privilege.
My father is a lawyer and spent part of his career writing laws an amendments. He and my mother instilled a deep appreciation of the law and the right to vote. Not once did I ever learn who either voted for, but we have lively discussions around the kitchen table about the issues and candidates.
I thought today would be fitting to share one of my personal heroes with you. You have probably heard of her, but I thought today of all days would be a good day to share her with you. Her name is Alice Paul. She was born in 1885 to Quaker parents. She grew up on a farm in Paulsdale New Jersey. It was an idyllic life.
The Quakers believe that men and women are equal. They also support both men and women seeking a higher education. Alice Paul was able to attend Swarthmore College where she got a degree. From there she attended the University of Pennsylvania where she received a MA and a PhD. Then it was off to Washington College of Law for a LLB and American University for a LLM doctorate. Whew!
After school she did an internship in England. There she met several suffragettes and learned the art of picketing, fasting, and getting arrested. They believed that the more attention and press they drew the more people would join in with them. Back in the United States she joined the National American Woman Suffrage Association. As they were not able to get the job done she formed the National Women's Party.
They began to picket outside the White House and soon were arrested and sent to jail. There the suffragettes were beaten, force fed when they fasted and generally abused. There have been several movies made about this particular fight. Each worth viewing. Finally released due to public pressure. The idea of women voting became a national topic.
The 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was passed in 1920. Shortly after this Alice Paul became the original author of the Equal Rights Amendment. It first went up for vote in 1922. Not till 1972 was it taken seriously and was passed. 38 states had to ratify the amendment for it to pass. Alice Paul passed away in 1977. Seeing her beloved Amendment passed yet not ratified. The Equal Rights Amendment was given an extension till 1982, it has come up before Congress every term. The Equal Rights Amendment has still not been ratified. I personally find this to be shocking!
Alice Paul and the suffragettes left us a legacy of women's rights. They have given us a voice. If you do not vote you are not using your voice. Today and every day I want to hear your voices - voting for the things that make this world a better place for women and the people that mean so much to us. Sing!
Thank you so much Alice Paul and the women who stood beside you for the rights you have given me.