Monday, October 31, 2016

happy hosts

It cracked me up today when I walked by a tv and saw a contestant on The Price is Right dressed up as Drew Carey, brilliant!

give me something good to eat

yummy stuff from Susan Roseman

Saturday, October 29, 2016

happy national cat day

to my sweetheart pp xxoo

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

flea fidelity

These fleas were dressed as a bride and groom by prisoners at Prison San Juan de Ullua de Vera Cruz, Mexico.  Imagine how small their rings are harhar!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

lil piggies made with love

My mom, Jane Helgesen, made lots of toys like these adorable wooden pigs when I was little.  She had a shop called "The Loft," and I'm happy to still have some of her fun creations. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

paper goodies

 a fun hour at Ocean State Job Lot sorting through hundreds of odd postcards
Malcolm Tarlofsky
 Joseph Stella
 Ralph Ellison
 dance marathon 1933
 Adolf Karpellus

and a neat basket handmade from spun and woven Chinese newspaper

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

lost and found and lost

I traded seats with a man on a plane last week. By chance it was in the emergency exit row with nothing in front of it and probably the only one on the plane in which he could comfortably sit with his extremely long legs.  We chatted a good bit, and I learned he was one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.  When Majee (the phonetic pronunciation of his name) escaped the civil war there, he was ten years old and would never see his parents again.  He walked for six months with thousands of others to Kenya and saw many people die along the way from starvation, drowning, being shot, and being eaten by lions.  Majee stayed in a refugee camp for many years before being relocated to Atlanta, Georgia. He has since found his brother and sister, is studying at a technical school to become a car mechanic, and was happily visiting his girlfriend in Rhode Island.  Being from the countryside where no records survived, Majee doesn't know his real birthday or exactly how old he is.  He goes by January 1st and thinks he is probably 40 or 41!
This prompted me to watch the documentary Lost Boys of Sudan about two boys who came to the US to get an education and a fresh start in life.  They learned to use an electric stove, wear deodorant, and not hold hands with each other.  The difference between their previous and new lives was at first exciting, but as the film shows after following them for a year, they didn't find America to be the "heaven" they thought it would be.  More than their struggle, the alienation and absurd abundance that can be found here saddened me.  The boys seemed to have a richer life in the refugee camp where the community was close and struggled together.  I'd like to ask Majee more questions and hear if he has found enough meaning in his new life. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monday, October 3, 2016

pleasing presents

Thanks to Rhiannon Dionne for all her lovely handmade gifts!  These two are my favorite which she carved from wood and soap.

pretty crabby

Tancook treasures in October colors