Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I do have a reason for the frogs. I'll update and explain later.
update: We spent the day at the Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk, CT) at the Frogs! exhibit. Today is the anniversary of my father's death, and while that might seem like an odd thing to do as a memorial, it's really quite fitting, for several reasons...
- we had been to this aquarium with him many times over the years, as well as a bunch of other sciencey places - whenever we visited him or he visited us we would try to go to aquariums, zoos, science centers and natural history museums
- when I was little, my father's nickname for me was "froggie"
- he and my son had a habit of mailing little toy frogs (see picture above) to each other, for no apparent reason (we bought one today, just for old times' sake)
So today we thought about frogs.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The Cloth Paper Scissors Studios issue is here! Pre-order it now, or look for it on newsstands starting April 1. Some very cool peeks into some very cool studios, mine included. Here's one more little picture of stuff in my studio - my entertainment system...
Sunday, March 23, 2008
My friend Pokey at Quilting Arts recently blogged about the artwork in her studio, and asked her readers to share some of the art in theirs. So...
My very favorite thing in the room - a painting by my son Lex...
It's all about the bunny...
In English, the etymology of the word "Easter" comes from an ancient pagan goddess of the spring named Eostre, related to German Ostara. According to popular folklore, Eostre once saved a bird whose wings had frozen during the winter by turning it into a rabbit. Because the rabbit had once been a bird, it could still lay eggs, and that rabbit became the modern Easter Bunny.
How cool is that?
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Once, when my aunt (Mary) was a little girl, someone asked her if she would like a chiclet. She of course thought they meant a baby chicken, and said that, yes, she would LOVE a chicklet. Imagine her disappointment when all she got was gum.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Betcha thought I forgot to post today. Not so. I spent the day in Massachusetts - on an alpaca farm. Really. I can't discuss what I was doing there yet, but I will tell all as soon as I'm allowed. And it doesn't have anything to do with alpacas, that was just a bonus.
The values of French Revolution - liberty, equality, fraternity.
Threesome is a term for sexual relations between three people.
A tricycle has three wheels.
There are 3 notes in a triad, the most important and basic form of any chord.
Plato split the soul into three parts: the appetitive, the spirited, and the rational.
3 strikes and you're out.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Four rules : addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.
Greek classical elements (fire, air, water, earth).
Four seasons : spring, summer, autumn, winter.
Four parts of a day : night, morning, afternoon, evening.
Four cardinal directions : north, south, east, west.
Four horsemen of the Apocalypse : war, famine, pestilence, death.
Four suits of playing cards : hearts, diamonds, clubs, spades.
The number of tines of most forks.
Noble Truths in the Buddhist faith.
There are four human blood groups.
There are four basic states of matter: solid, liquid, gas, and plasma.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
The number of oceans in the world.
The five senses are sight, smell, sound, touch and taste.
The five basic tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami.
The number of cents in a nickel.
The number of permanent members with veto power on the UN Security Council.
The number necessary to make a majority decision in the U.S. Supreme Court.
The number of dots in a quincunx.
The number of points in a pentagram.