I really should write about blended families one of these days... Here we are, the grandparents, with 3 grandkids mine, 17 his. And more on the way.
Until the 1550s, the British wrote with quills and ink. When black graphite, thought to be a form of lead, was discovered in Borrowdale, Cumbria, it was dubbed ‘black-lead.’ Because graphite sticks alone were too brittle for writing, they were originally wrapped in sheepskin or string. By the 1840s, however, lead-pencil manufacturers were compressing graphite … Continue reading Black-Lead Pencils
Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the rest-less wave... "Eternal Father," alternately titled "The Navy Hymn," was written by two Englishmen, Rev. William Whiting (lyrics) and Rev. John B. Dykes (music) between 1860 and 1861, drawing inspiration from both the Old and New Testaments. its verses reference familiar texts such as Psalm … Continue reading Eternal Father, Strong to Save
Recently we went to Ai Wei Wei's exhibit, "Maybe, Maybe Not" at the Israel Museum. Other than hearing vague, related tales of Chinese repression, we knew very little about this artist-- it turns out, this political artist. The most arresting part of his exhibit were the huge, gigantic, bigger-than-life trees that he assembled from parts … Continue reading Ai Yai Yai, Ai Wei Wei
I am not a big tea fan. Though I recall once serving tea and tangerines to my dolls, tea, in our house, was strictly medicinal. It was reserved for dosing sore throats and barking coughs. Moroccan friends, however, introduced me to a different world of tea. Imagine a small room, wintry but for small kerosene … Continue reading Mint Tea Memories