On Turning 40, Loss, and Moving On

  Something about turning 40 makes one reflective. This seems like one of those milestone birthdays where something important is supposed to happen. In all honesty, I was hoping for something great. Instead, 16 days before the big day, I opened an e-mail from my agent in the teacher’s lounge one awful Monday afternoon. I was waiting to hear back about a couple of [...]

Creating With Light and Memories

Cyanotypes – Printing With the Sun  Lazy summer days. These are the days I long for. Summer days hold the most beautiful treasures. Summer is slow and hot. Sometimes it brings the adventure of long-awaited vacation, sometimes endless days of boredom. And somewhere in between something magic happens. An unexpected new interest pops up.. Summer memories linger and stick together and ask [...]

The Photograph Keeper

This post is about photographs and a dress and book I recently stumbled across.. The Photographs My Grandma had to clean out her home of more than 50 years to move into a smaller apartment. There were boxes of photographs in the basement and albums on book shelves and photos on the walls. I had a chance to go through some of [...]

Cooking Should Be Simple

Pancakes For Breakfast by Tomie De Paola More wordless and wonderful picture books I found this great school copy at a Salvation Army. It was issued as a textbook, but it looks like it was never read. Copyright 1978 –The summary reads, "A little old lady's attempts to have pancakes for breakfast are hindered by a scarcity of supplies and participation of her pets." I love [...]