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New Lighthouse Images---Always be ready with your Sketchbook!--Plus a little Lighthouse story or two... - Wednesday, March 20th 2013 12:03 AM
Several years ago, when my children were going to classes at the local JEA (Jewish Educational Alliance), a teacher there saw me sketching one day while waiting for the kids and...
Favorite Quotes - Friday, March 5th 2010 8:29 AM
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." (Shakespeare) [The above quote is one of my all time favorites which I've used in...
Owning your own home...a Dream Revealed: 2010 Home Buyer Tax Credits - Tuesday, March 2nd 2010 3:56 PM
Having a home of your own, I mean REALLY owning your own house, is a wonderful dream of so many people, including myself. I never could decide if I wanted one in the city or the...
Temple Grandin: A new HBO movie & an Inspiration - Monday, March 1st 2010 1:33 PM
I will be the first to say that HBO's special movies do nothing much for me. I've watched a few and they were, meh, OK, nothing to grab you. However, recently I came across one...
Human dignity and the Animal World--In praise of our Differences - Saturday, February 27th 2010 9:51 AM
In the last 50 years or so, I have seen a gradual but definite fall in the levels of respect of humans for their own humanity. People seem to equate humanity with the animal...
Two fun & interesting history books on Food & Beverages by Tom Standage - Tuesday, February 23rd 2010 4:50 AM
I just recently finished these two very interesting books by Tom Standage, and wanted to share them with my readers. The subject of both is the ways in which food and drink...
Lost in Translation - Weird Signs in China - Saturday, February 20th 2010 3:41 AM
My friend Bao Huai sent these to me recently--not sure if he took them himself or what, but he and I used to laugh over the absurdities of "Eng-rish" signs in Beijing, so he...
Happy Valentine's Day + My Favorite Couples! - Monday, February 15th 2010 12:14 PM
Ah, Valentine’s Day! I absolutely love it! Every year I look so forward to the day, even when I didn’t have a beloved to celebrate with—and now that I DO, I love it...
Never forget your Guy-Buddies, Ladies! - Saturday, February 13th 2010 1:02 AM
 (Iris & her buddy Gary) Ok, as I was uploading that last entry, it occurred to me that I was writing about only my female friends, and that I really needed to...
All about Friends - Thursday, February 11th 2010 11:33 AM
I was watching “The Women” (2008, w/ Meg Ryan et al.) the other night and immediately thought of something I wanted to write about. Friends. Such a lovely word, eh?...
Enjoying another Pisco Day! - Monday, February 8th 2010 4:08 PM
(The Peruvian Association of Savannah put on the party on February 6th, 2010) Once again it’s that first Saturday in February, and that means we celebrate Peru’s National...
Experimenting with Chinese-style illustration - Monday, February 1st 2010 2:53 PM
When I was living in Beijing, I sent my daughter four books of ancient Chinese stories, including "Moonlight Pavilion", "The Peach Blossom Fan", and a couple of others--she...
Ouija & Chinese Spirit Writing--Comparisons & Warnings - Friday, January 29th 2010 10:51 AM
Recently, my friend Bao Huai in Beijing sent me a letter asking if I’d heard of fairy writing or sand writing, which he thought was similar to Ouija. Bao Huai is writing a...
"Poorly Made in China" or why Chinese products are sometimes Dangerous - Monday, January 25th 2010 1:41 AM
  Anyone who reads my blog knows how much I love China, her people and culture. I read a lot of books, from novels to marketing, history to economics, and more, on...
Assault on Innocence--Dream Ballet from "Oklahoma" - Wednesday, January 20th 2010 3:25 AM
This afternoon my daughter Melantha came over for a visit, and brought “Oklahoma!” for us to watch—it’s a family favorite and I loved every minute of it! If you have...
A new interest--the Stock Market--and a great company: Origen Agritech - Saturday, January 16th 2010 12:05 AM
A good friend of mine, Mary Ann R., was a successful day-trader for many years until she sort of burned out on it and went back to teaching for a while. These last few weeks she...
Remembering Hunter S. Thompson: Mad, bad & dangerous to know - Saturday, January 9th 2010 9:04 PM
  Many readers I'm sure are familiar with the comic strip 'Doonesbury', Trudeau's iconic and compelling pseudo-saga of 60's characters that age with time, and experience...
What I've been UP to since the computer was down...a holiday Retrospective - Thursday, January 7th 2010 4:37 PM
Well, since my computer was blitzed from mid-November on through my birthday, I’m going to put up a few photos, just a few, to show what I’ve been up to through the...
A note to my readers...and a word of warning - Saturday, January 2nd 2010 12:27 AM
Since just after my last entry, an incredibly evil, deep-seated VIRUS began destroying my computer. One of my oldest friends (and my computer genius extraordinaire!) Falko, gave...
Rich, Fatty & Delicious - Red Braised Pork (Hong Shao Rou) - Friday, November 13th 2009 2:20 AM
Another delicious dish from Cecelia Chiang’s cookbook—this time Hong Shao Rou, otherwise known as Red-Braised Pork, or Red-Cooked Pork. This rich and aromatic dish is a...
Tearoom Quartet - Four small acrylic paintings - Wednesday, November 11th 2009 12:21 PM
As you would know, from  checking out this blog previously, I really enjoy going to The Tearoom here in Savannah, having a pot of tea, sandwiches and something deliciously...
Mongolian Lamb & Chinatown Market (Savannah, GA) - Sunday, November 8th 2009 4:01 PM
I check out books on China regularly from our local library system, which is really simple to use—just go online with your library card, search around the system,...
Covered in Thorns...a small peek into the heart of an artist - Friday, November 6th 2009 5:58 PM
Being an artist is wonderful and I feel extraordinarily blessed to have this Gift, and yet, it is also intensely frustrating as well. I know I have a Gift for creating beautiful...
REAL Chinese Street Food (NO scorpions on a stick!) - Wednesday, November 4th 2009 3:04 AM
I was watching a video on China not long ago  which included “street foods”, and, invariably they showed the street markets at Wangfujing, filled with funky things...
Halloween, Wicca, and a Pagan Wedding - Sunday, November 1st 2009 11:33 AM
Many years ago, before my children were born, I studied Wicca, the craft of the Wise Ones, and became a High Priestess. Wicca is a form of white magic, usually in the Celtic...