August 2010

Eclectic Keepsake Journal


“Writing is a way of talking without being  interrupted.” -Jules Renard- journal entry: My diary was so little.  It was only about 5 inches by 6 inches.  It had a tiny lock with a key which could easily have been opened just by blowing on it.  The pages were plain and the paper was lined.  […]

Grandpa's Watercolors

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” -Pablo Piccaso- journal entry: Grandpa is always in the background doing something.  If he isn’t building he is digging up.  If he isn’t fixing he is tearing out.  In between all of his work and toil and kindness to others . . . Grandpa paints.  He […]

Displaying Photographs


“It is not likely that posterity will fall in love with us, but not impossible that it may respect or sympathize; so, a man would rather leave behind him the portrait of his spirit rather than a portrait of his face.” -Robert Louis Stevenson- journal entry: I usually don’t argue much with Mr. R.L. Stevenson […]

Collage Photography


“Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.” -Confucious- journal entry: If I was a millionaire I would buy every magazine by Stampington and Company that has ever been published.  I especially love Where Women Create and the new publication Artful Blogging.  While I have a few Stampington magazines, I always feel enormous guilt when […]

My Garden Flowers Through a Macro Lens


“Nature composes some of her most lovely poems for the microscope and the telescope.” -Theodore Roszak- journal entry: Now I know that there is a hidden world which can only be appreciated through a macro lens.  I am not one to take many pictures of things without people.  Just seems like down the road those […]

Tiny Things to Tuck Away

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“HATS, where do you belong? What is under you? On the rim of a skyscraper’s forehead I looked down at fifty thousand hats: Swarming with a noise of bees and sheep, cattle and waterfalls, Stopping with a silence of sea grass, a silence of prairie corn. Hats.  Tell me your high hopes. -Carl Sandburg- journal […]

Grandma's Cutting Garden

“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.” -Walt Whitman- journal entry: It is about this time of year that I love my cutting garden the most.  It is simply one long row of perennials planted alongside a fence.  The daisies bloom first but not far behind are […]

Welcome To The Zoo

“Somebody told me that it is all happening at the Zoo. “ -Paul Simon- journal entry: I think I might have made a good kindergarten teacher.  Not so much that I knew things to teach but that I knew how to find things to laminate.  I am sure I could really decorate a classroom.  When […]

Alphabet on a Ring

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“My alphabet starts with this letter called yuzz.  It’s the letter I use to spell yuzz-a-ma-tuzz. You’ll be sort of surprised what there is to be found once you’ve gone beyond “Z” and start poking around.” -Dr. Seuss- journal entry: One of my favorite things to do in life is to make something out of […]

Please Stay For Dinner !

“By failing to prepare, one is preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin- journal entry: Here is a GIANT rule.  Keep enough food on hand to prepare for the unexpected.  Not just the unexpected ‘bad times’ but the doorbell guests at dinnertime.   Or  those moments when Grandpa looks around for dinner and doesn’t find it.  And, you […]