February 18

Silkwood

Silkwood is based on the true story of the life and death of Karen Silkwood.  Karen was involved in exposing safety violations at the plant where she worked making plutonium pellets for nuclear reactor fuel rods, and she died under suspicious circumstances in 1974 while on her way to meet a New York Times reporter.  This film tells the story of an brave woman who takes a stand and exposes the truth.  I enjoyed this movie not only for the riveting story of Karen’s rise from worker to activist but also for it’s portrayal of Karen’s personal relationships.  In the end, you see that Karen Silkwood was an courageous yet ordinary person, thrust into an extraordinary circumstance.  Sadly, the truth regarding her death remains a mystery.

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February 17

Brass Candlestick = Glittering Candlestick

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Inspiration:

Family Circle Magazine, April 17, 2010 – Pg 30 (Lighten Up)

Supplies:

Candlestick

Primer

Paint

Paint Brush

1.  Clean candlestick thoroughly.  Spray with primer.  I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer (Gray).

2.  Paint with your choice of colors and paint.  I used Plaid Extreme Glitter (Turquoise & Peridot).

3.  You now have a glittering accent piece for your home.

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February 16

AKC Or NGA

You may wonder if retired racing greyhounds are purebred dogs.  They are!  However, they aren’t AKC greyhounds, they’re NGA greyhounds.  What’s the difference?  The simplest explanation…AKC greyhounds are bred for show; NGA greyhounds are bred for racing.

AKC stands for American Kennel Club and they set the “standards” for the breed.  AKC greyhounds are bred to carry and accentuate all the attributes you tend to think of when you hear the word “greyhound.”  They tend to be taller and more narrow with deeper chest and longer necks.  Their backs tend to be more arched and their rear legs more angled.  Also, their ears are more tightly folded and smaller.

NGA stands for National Greyhound Association  and it is the registry for greyhounds that are bred for racing.  These greyhounds tend to  have longer and wider bodies.  Their muscles are bunchier.  Their coats tend to be thicker and less sleek and they often develop missing hair on their thighs.  NGA greyhounds are bred to be much faster than AKC greyhounds and are also more keen to chase.

Both AKC and NGA greyhounds have sweet, gentle dispositions and make great pets.  Freedom and Casper want me to put in a plug for the NGA greyhounds.  Of course, they’re a litte biased…me too.

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February 15

4 Faves – Version 7.0

Rubber Gloves

This simple item will save your hands and nails from drying and cracking.  I love the “classic” look of yellow.

Reed Diffusers

Reed diffusers are perfect for leaving a subtle scent in a room.  Now, the components are sold separately so you can put together the exact look you love paired with the perfect fragrance.

FrogTape

I was thrilled when the blue painter’s tape came out.  Double (or maybe triple) that thrill with FrogTape.  If you’re a freak when it comes to trimming, you have to try FrogTape.

Baked Lays

Baked chips have a unique texture and flavor…and I like it!

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February 14

The Artist’s Way…Week 4 (Integrity)

This week deals with recovering a sense of integrity as we grapple with a new self-awareness and a changing self-definition.

The readings deal with honest changes that must be made if we are going to have integrity with ourselves and recover creatively.  The last section is titled “Reading Deprivation.”  My first thought was that this was going to encourage reading.  In fact, it put forth the idea that a period of no reading is very effective for unsticking a stuck life or art.  As an avid reader, I was shocked and angered by the whole idea.  As I continued reading, Julia Cameron (the author) stated that this idea can bring up enormous rage.  I guess she was talking to me.  As much as I hated the idea, I had to give it a try because I was so resistant to it.  I would go for 5 days and see what happened.  I failed on the third day.  I’m addicted to reading and I can see how I use it to avoid other tasks.  Although I didn’t make it through 5 days on the first try, I’m scheduling a 5-day period every month for reading deprivation.  I will eventually expand this to include television deprivation… but one step at a time.

My favorite exercises were a quick writing exercise to exposed buried interests and dreams and an exercise to describe myself at eighty along with a letter from my eighty-year-old self  to myself at my current age.

When I hear the word “integrity,” I immediately think about how I relate to others.  This week has focused more on my integrity to myself.  I had to look deep and examine whether I allow the inner me to exist and express itself as the outer me.  The principle is the same whether you’re thinking of integrity towards others or towards yourself…does the inside match the outside.

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February 13

Diana: a Celebration

Yesterday, my girlfriend Ellen and I went to Grand Rapids, Michigan to see Diana: a Celebration at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  The exhibit was in nine galleries and featured 150 personal items, including her royal wedding dress, 28 designer dresses, family heirlooms, personal mementos and rare home movies.

Ellen and I have been Princess Diana fans since she first appeared on the scene in 1980.  We are the same age as Princess Diana and we followed her life, her style, her joys and her troubles as we lived through our own.

Ellen and I have been friends since kindergarten.  It was a special treat to experience this tribute to Princess Diana’s life and work with each other, since we’ve spent almost our whole lives together.  Princess Diana was a gift to the world.  Ellen is a precious treasure to me.

Ellen & Lori – 2011

Ellen & Lori – 1967

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February 12

Jane Eyre

This story revolutionized fiction when it was written in 1847.  By revealing her heroine’s moral and psychological development, Charlotte Bronte brought an intimacy to her novel that was unprecedented.  Jane is an orphan, has a horrible childhood, is sent to a cruel boarding school, takes a job as a governess, experiences all manner of trouble and loss yet always retains her indomitable spirit.  This is a Cinderella story, but where Cinderella rescues the prince.

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February 11

Enemy At The Gates

Set in 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad, this movie is about Vassili Zaitsev (Soviet sniper) and Major Erwin Konig (German sniper) who is dispatched to kill him.  It’s the story of two expert marksmen who must battle it out amid the incredible devastation and ruin of Stalingrad, and it chronicles the creation of a hero to strengthen the Russians and demoralize the Germans.  Based on real people and events, it’s a tense game of cat and mouse that will keep you keyed up until the last shot is fired.

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February 10

Plain Box = Jewel Box

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Inspiration:

I found this plain heart box and thought it could use some dressing up.

Supplies:

Box

Old brooch (or anything you think is pretty)

Pliers (if you need to remove the pin back)

Glue (look for one that will bond the material of your brooch to the material of your box)

1.  If necessary, remove the pin back from your brooch.

2.  Glue the brooch on top of the box.  Follow the glue’s directions for best adhesion.

You’ve taken a plain box and made it into something special for your trinkets.

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February 9

My Favorite Blog…Tales and Tails

Tales and Tails was the first blog I read regularly and is my favorite greyhound blog.  Lilac, Blueberry, Bunny and Morgan (the German Shepherd) are the “kids” and “mom” tells about their hilarious adventures and captures life with greyhounds perfectly.  It doesn’t take long to get to know and love the entire gang.  To get you started, check out these posts, “The Usual Suspects” and “Letters to Santa – Lilac.”

I owe a debt of gratitude to Tales and Tails.  The pleasure I received from reading this blog made me want to joining the blogging world.  Thank you, Tales and Tails.  What Remains Now is here because of you.

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