9-22 Ephemera

1725 German Wood Floor from the J. Paul Getty Museum

Even though we are experiencing summertime temperatures today is officially the first day of fall and I am more than ready for autumn.  Between weekend travels that have taken me north, south, and east to see my children and preparing for the opening night of an art installation next week I haven’t had much free time to explore the web but did manage to stumble upon the following:

I am looking forward to having the next few days off and hope to finalize my Halloween mantle decorations (see last year’s design here), watch the new Kingsmen movie, catch some football (go Eagles!), and cook (I am hoping to make Smoky Pasta alla Vodka and Slow Cooker Honey Lime Ginger Pork).  Hope you have a relaxing weekend doing the things that make you happiest…

8-23 Ephemera

Zebrafish eye and neuromasts
Ingrid Lekk and Steve Wilson, University College London

I spent a lot of time last week exploring ‘all things eclipse’ prior to viewing the big show on Monday, along with preparing for a one-day geneticists meeting, planning a water conservation art installation for September, and driving to Indianapolis and Mobile to help my children get settled into their new apartments and another year of college.  What little free time I had left was spent watching pre-season football (Go Eagles!) and web-surfing.  Here are a few things which captured the totality of my attention (and hopefully yours as well).

Hope your week (and upcoming weekend) leave you inspired…

*Mess Around – Ray Charles

Set the controls for the heart of the sun…

Eclipse Mania

On August 21st everyone in the US will, weather permitting, experience some part of the total eclipse of the sun.  Here in Nashville, we are expecting 500,000 visitors to join us residents in watching the totality, which is expected to be a two-hour show from start to finish.

Since I forgot to buy glasses I plan on going old-school and make my own out of a Lucky Charms box.  If you purchased glasses check to make sure they are ISO 12312-2:2015 solar glasses to avoid damage to your eyes.  There are a lot of fakes out there (in our area, a local school district and college just destroyed thousands of dollars of non-ISO solar glasses purchased by accident).

I’ve been spending a lot of time checking out NASA’s Eclipse 101 exploring all things eclipse.  You can find interactive maps and eclipse activities, enter the eclipse quilt design contest, learn about eye safety and even watch the live feed on August 21st.

Check out  astrophysicist (and my sewing buddy) Natalie Hinkel explain why she loves space, the stars, punk rock, and drinking.  Her enthusiasm is infectious (and is partly to blame for my own eclipse excitement)!

Did you know the Monday’s eclipse has been nicknamed the ‘Great American Eclipse’ because it will cross through the United States and no other country.  Check out more fun eclipse facts and indulge in some sweet planet lollipops at the same time.

I wish I had some little ones to share the eclipse viewing with. If I did, I would get them ready for the big event with a game of Solar Bingo or by reading Dr. Seuss’s There’s No Place Like Space (sadly, minus Pluto).

Special events deserve to be remembered with special art.  To commemorate the event I plan on buying a t-shirt and poster (or two) from artist, astronomer, and night sky ambassador Dr. Tyler Nordgren at Space Art Travel Bureau.

Finally, I am going to keep Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on rotation as I watch the eclipse in all of its epic totality.  I can’t think of a more perfectly suited opus to accompany the earth and sun as they perform their eclipse duet.

How about you?  Are you psyched about the eclipse? Will you watch? Do you have any special eclipse viewing plans?  I’d love to know…

*Set the Control’s for the Heart of the SunPink Floyd

6-24 Ephemera

Lucy Sparrow Felt Bodega

It’s been awhile since I posted ephemera gathered from around the web.  That’s because I am just about over the unceasing onslaught of ‘The One [fill in the blank] you MUST have’ or ‘The 10 Best [fill in the blank] You Must Try’ articles, emails, and posts I get inundated with.  That said, there have a been a few things that have managed to capture my attention and led me into the time suck that is the world wide web, if you’d like to waste some time of your own…

Finally, if you are staying inside because of the crazy high temperatures, I recommend watching the newest season of The Great British Baking Show and/or GLOW!  Hope you have a lovely weekend and can find some time to get lost exploring ephemera of your own!

Pennies from heaven…

A penny saved

Parents amaze me with the unending list of things they do and sacrifices they make to ensure the best for their children, mostly with no notice and little praise (except on days like Father’s Day). I’ve written before about the gifts my mother and father gave me (here and hereand I doubt my dad would mind me sharing what I think of as his ‘Wheaties Wisdom’ this Father’s Day… Continue reading “Pennies from heaven…”

Don’t tread on me…


Did you know that Coca-Cola has partnered with Dollar General to honor our service members, veterans, and their families with their Share-a-Coke Military Campaign?  The 5 patriotic cans honoring veterans, service members, military spouses, military mom’s, and military dad’s also acknowledge Coke’s United Service Organizations (USO) partnership.

I’ve don’t normally shop at Dollar General but do I love Coke, so I’ll be making my summer soda purchases at Dollar General as an easy way of showing support and saying ‘thanks’ to our nation’s true heroes – our military men and women past and present and their families who sacrifice more than we can ever know.

I am also going to take a pause from eating burgers and swimming to ‘be a force behind the forces’ and send a message of thanks to our service members who don’t get Memorial Day as a holiday.   It seems the least I can do on this Memorial Day.  How about you?

*Don’t Tread on Me – Metallica

I’ll always love my mama…

Happy Mother’s Day

Every mom mothers in her own unique way.  My mother had my sister and I when she was very young and I am not sure how she and my father actually managed to be such good parents, practically being kids themselves.  Somehow, they managed to raise two educated, liberated, creative, self-sufficient globe-trotting daughters before it become common to do so.  While my dad taught us to use tools and take care of our cars my momma taught us how to read and write, keep house, cook, bake, sew, embroider, knit, crochet, garden, watch soap operas, and enjoy a gossipy coffee klatch all before first grade.  It wasn’t until I had my own children that I realized the unrelenting work a mother does or how effortlessly my mom handled the job.  She set a great example for me to follow, for which I am deeply grateful.  Thanks my momma!

*I’ll Always love My Mama – The Intruders

What a difference a day makes…

Orgami animals by Emre Ayaroglu

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks in my life, beginning with excruciating back pain and ending in an amazing new career which has made me feel like I’ve won an award for Best Job! In between (and because I’ve never met an awards show I didn’t like) I’ve also watched the Golden Globes, Super Bowl LI, the Grammys and in a few hours…the Oscars.

I’ve only seen 3 of tonight’s contenders; Hell or High Water (which accurately sums up the movie’s chances of winning best picture), Captain Fantastic (Viggo IS  fantastic in this role) and Zootopia (animation – and a whodunit – at its best).  Regardless of how  many of the nominations I’ve see, each year I fill out a ballot with my predictions and then tune in for the fashion and the flubs. This year will be no different, but if the show gets too boring or the speeches too political I’ll end up exploring newest favorite web ‘rabbit holes’, including…

  • An article about a 2016 presidential candidate touring America on a coffin sharped bus to promote transhumanism (a subject I am now strangely fascinated with)
  • The Orgami Revolution, a documentary about the science and mathematics behind the art of paper folding
  • Forget the clothes…I am fascinated by the Fall 2017 Fashion atmosphere and sets
  • A list of the best movies from 2016 (some nominated tonight) to add to your Netflix/Hulu/Amazon queue (and Vanity Fair’s Oscar Ballot if you want to see how well you can predict tonight’s winners)

Hope your next week is award worthy…

Love the one you’re with..

Condom love

It’s no coincidence that we celebrate Valentine’s Day and National Condom Day on February 14th. If you are looking for love remember to use a condom when you love so you can continue to love for a long long time. If you plan on staying home to spend time with those you already love have a wonderful day celebrating why you love each other.  And remember…no matter how you love, or whom you love, or if anyone else understands your love…today of all days, love on.


Wish this pain would go away…

“God Save McQueen” Memorial Scarf  @ Augusta Auctions

For the past week I have done nothing but lie flat on my back, trying to recover from a bulging disc.  I’ve binge watched so many episodes of Real Housewives (Atlanta! Beverly Hills! London!) and Fixer Upper that I am feeling an overwhelming need to get a spray tan and a tight dress so I can shiplap my entire house. I’ve played endless rounds of online Scrabble (W 10 L 2) and surfed the web for anything to keep my mind off the pain.  Here are a few things that caught my eye:

Hoping you have a lovely – and pain free  – weekend!