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When Art is Confusing

Sometimes I feel ignorant and judgmental when at an art museum. I like to understand and learn from art, not be confused and frightened by it. Am I naive? The Mattress Factory It’s famous, it’s in Pittsburgh, so I went. And I just don’t get it. Florescent dots on mannequins. “Road kill” of light bulbs […]

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One of the Best Parts of Growing Up is Being Nostalgic

testingOne of the Best Parts of Growing Up is Being Nostalgic

And G-d Bless America, there’s a museum to honor every collection and recollection. So imagine my glee when I heard about the National Museum of Play in Rochester NY. Come on, people. A NATIONAL museum of play. It’s like it was built for me. Except it wasn’t. It was built for kids. Toddler-thru-early-elementary. The website […]

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Do You Know the Difference between Square and Round Bales of Hay?

testingDo You Know the Difference between Square and Round Bales of Hay?

Square (really, rectangle) are being sold; hence the shape for stacking. Round are used for feeding on your very own farm. I love hay! Not to eat, let’s be clear. I mean, I don’t even like iceberg lettuce, but I think it’s beautiful. Perhaps for its ubiquity; for its symbolism of not being in a […]

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When a Drought Makes it Prettier

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Waterfalls inherently need water, right? Well, maybe not. Turns out seeing the barren gorge is quite…gorgeous. It’s an intimate glimpse of water’s power at carving a route; smoothing rock; moving tons of weight. I truly think this visit to Watkins Glen State Park in Upstate NY was more magnificent because of the drought. It was […]

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What’s 105 Years Old and Exactly the Same?

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The Kazoo! No need to improve upon perfection. It’s made the exact same way it always has been. And what is that process? No screws, welds, or glue–just metal crimping. Today, mentally disabled staff produce kazoos at the Original American Kazoo Company in Eden NY; it’s part of a skills-development program. Playing the Kazoo You […]

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