Wide World of Web

This week on the Wide World of Web: Yeah, pretty much everyone I know (or would care to know) would love a secret passage bookshelf. I am not usually all that excited about end of the year lists, but this one: 50 Wonderful Things From the Year in Pop Culture, is indeed wonderful. This interview … Continue reading »

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Occupation: Mourner of Dreams

What do you do when you can’t do what you have spent your whole life training to do? Very few of us get to be the gold medalist, the star dancer, the best of the best. In a physically demanding field your career can be over at any moment. A career ending injury means you … Continue reading »

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Eyes Up

When I travel, one of the best things I do to make myself feel more connected to the local culture is to attend a church service. Sometimes I seek out an English service, but more often I go to a service the local language. That way I get  to worship in a historical building. It … Continue reading »

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Let’s Go Exploring!

17 years ago the last Calvin and Hobbes strip ran in the morning newspaper – December 31, 1995. I felt the loss, but like so many before him Bill Watterson chose to go out while he was on top, and 10 years was a great run. This Halloween,  raven12456 over on Reddit posted this photo … Continue reading »

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Golden Moon

When I was working as the technical director at a high school we did a play called Windshook. In the play the actors reference the moon, so we needed to have something for them to point at. Now, most productions probably just bought a moon gobo, pointed a light at the cyc and called it … Continue reading »

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Lighting the Space

I come from a family that purchases all home furnishings at estate auctions. For a long time I didn’t understand furniture stores, (I simply didn’t know anyone who had ever bought furniture that was less than 50 years old).  That means that most of my furniture has been purchased outside. The only problem with this … Continue reading »

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A short history of my experiences with fireworks… Age 8 – I watch the town’s 4th of July firework display with a friend and her family. I am the only one who stays out on the blanket by herself watching. All the other girls retreat to the car and the protective arms of sympathetic adults. … Continue reading »

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Synchronized Swimming from a New Perspective

One of the reasons that I love looking at ceilings is the shift in perspective. We spend so much time looking down, only a little time looking forward or around and almost no time looking up. It expands the mind when you force it to see the same room from a new angle. Some person … Continue reading »

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Ebb and Flood

Growing up as I did, at least 1,000 miles in any direction from the ocean, I still find tides to be quite mysterious and almost magical. Where is this mythical “sea level” if the water level changes by 25 feet or so in an 18 hour period? It makes me dizzy to think that the … Continue reading »

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Petals of Fire

I have said before that I think the Olympics are the best thing that we do as modern citizens of the world. I tear up when I think about it. As much money as may change hands during the games, they are not really about money. As much patriotism as is stirred up by the … Continue reading »

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