Darlene yesterday finished this quilt, begun during the Fall Foliage Ramble, in time to submit it for a show that will hang in the Colorado Capitol. It's a spectacular piece that captures the colors of our two months on the road in New England, touring in the Southwind.
Sunday, December 31, 2006
Return to Snowy Mile High
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Denver or Boston?
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Wonders Found While Stumbling Around the Internet
Here are some internet pearls I've found using StumbleUpon in the past week or so:
Wisdomquotes.com - an incredibly extensive list of quotes, by categories. From the Christmas group, I found this one from Garrison Keillor: "A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together."
The PocketMod - clever transformation of a single 8x10 piece of paper into a daily organizer.
Starbucks Drinks Simplified (Kinda) - precise descriptions of everything you can order at Starbucks.
Fine B&W photo of a train in a snowstorm.
The Age Project - people upload their photos, and you guess how old they are. One click and you find out how close you were, and they find out how old they look to lots of other people. Weird, but oddly compelling. I just posted my photo and will be interested in the results, which appear here:
Benjamin Krain Photojournalist - beautiful and arresting photos of the Katrina aftermath.
A Bandwidth Meter - shows how fast your internet connection is.
The Beauty of Mathematics - cool tricks with numbers.
Wikitravel - a wikipedia creation in which users generate travel-related content.
Google Book Search - enter a search word and find any book that contains it anywhere in its text. Incredible and almost scary. Try entering your name and see what comes up!
When I searched on the tag "Podcast" I stumbled upon the following podcasts which I'm adding to my iTunes podcast directory for further exploration:
The Best of Ideas, hosted by Paul Kennedy of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). So far, I have listened to the third of a three-part series on declassifying Cold War documents, which was fascinating and very well done.
Open Culture - an absolute treasure trove of podcasts, organized by categories. Just now I found one and subscribed, a feed from the Council on Foreign Relations. Others include podcasts from The Commonwealth Club Radio Program, and the Guardian Unlimited podcasts
Enough! This perhaps gives a feel for how powerful StumbleUpon is as a tool for finding new websites worth bookmarking and returning to. The installation and learning of the interface are not for the faint of heart, and I've only begun to feel comfortable with it, enough to know I will be returning often to stumble upon new delights.
Sunday, December 24, 2006
What Have We Learned?
Click here for a complete audio recording of Clinton's remarks, courtesy of Slate.com .
Click here for a doggone cute video podcast prepared by the White House. It features the President, Laura, and their two dogs, with a few Cabinet secretaries thrown in for good measure. (This is a reward to my mother the dog-loving Republican, for her patience in wading through all my Obama propaganda....)
Still photos from the video shoot are available here.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Most Addictive Web Site I've Found in a Long Time
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Barack n Roll Comes to Denver
A couple of Obama treats from Slate: John Dickerson's writerly account of the senator's visit to New Hampshire last weekend (with audio version here), and a sendup of Obama's teasing NFL promo on Monday Night Football.
And here is Dickerson's balanced take on what Slate impishly calls "Barackwater," a questionable home-purchase deal, with Obama himself leading the questions and saying he regrets his misjudgement. For Obama believers, it's a good story to understand, because I'm sure we will hear lots about it in the coming months.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Winter Beach Girls
Darlene and Claire enjoy the sun at Ocean Park, Maine, during our brief stay there earlier this week. Winter storms have filled sand in around the legs of the bench.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Two Reasons Why Hillary Won't Run
2) Hillary loves being a U.S. Senator and is damn good at it. This excellent New York magazine piece from nearly a month ago makes the case.
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Why I Love Walking to Harvard Square
My walk to Harvard Square from my parents' home offers this serene view of the Episcopal Divinity School. Cobblestones form the walkways, with grass poking between the stones. The campus is just a few houses down Brattle Street from the Longfellow House, which has a simple Christmas wreath on the front door to mark the season.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
You can read the story in Slate here.
Story of a Marriage
In the December issue of the AA Grapevine is an impressive story of a marriage saved through recovery, after a year of waiting and work. I subscribe to the audio version of the Grapevine, so I was able to listen to this article while walking along Brattle Street yesterday. Further information about the Grapevine is available here. I received a prompt affirmative response when I e-mailed the magazine asking for permission to include the audio file on my blog. They did request that I include the following disclaimer:
Permission to use the AA Grapevine, Inc. copyrighted material does not in any way imply affiliation with or endorsement of any of the material contained on this website.To listen to "Beginner's Meeting: Whose Marriage Is It Anyway?", click here.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Portrait of My Grandson
James survived his debut under babysitting by Darlene and me. I find myself wondering what he's thinking a lot. As he approaches ten months he takes charge of any room he's in. What a wonder.
The Longfellow House on Brattle Street in Cambridge, Mass., took on a light dusting of snow this morning, I liked how the white and yellow suited each other in the gray light.
Monday, December 04, 2006
We dropped off Darlene's friend Tish at her son's home outside of Hartford last night. This gave us the chance to spend the night in a handsome hotel in downtown Hartford, the Goodwin. We are in a big room with slants in the ceiling and little windows peeking out from the top floor, like an attic. I had imagined looking for the home of Wallace Stevens, Hartford's famous businessman-poet, but we're having too much fun here at the hotel, reading the paper, drinking Peet's coffee, and playing ball with Claire.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
In my Obama browsing, I also came across this video of his witty appearance on Jon Stewart's The Daily show. So far, I can't find any YouTube footage of the senator's visit to The Tonight Show last night. When Jay Leno asked the inevitable question, "Are you running for president," Obama said he understood Jay's desire for the big announcement to be on his show. "Unfortunately," Obama deadpanned, "I've already committed to making it on the Food Channel."
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Mom at Mem Church
My mother makes her way through The Memorial Church at Harvard after attending Morning Prayers at Appleton Chapel. Yesterday I attended with her and recorded the choir singing Adante tranquillo from Sonata III, op 65 by Felix Mendelssohn. Click here to listen.