Saturday, August 30, 2008

Don't misunderestimate these folks

I'm a big believer that there are very real issues that we need to focus on in this campaign. Both sides are prone to taking a few words out of context and then misinterpreting the intent of the speaker for political benefit.

A careful listen to Sarah Palin's interview on CNBC reveals that she was asking what the job was because she was not interested in being Vice President if it was not going to be a serious position with real influence.

While she certainly appears to disagree with me on pretty much all issues, she certainly seems to be a well spoken, smart woman whom we would be foolish to laugh at or ignore?

John McCain is also disagrees with me on pretty much everything, but he certainly does not want to be still fighting in Iraq in 100 years. Sarah Palin knows perfectly well what the VP does, but doesn't want to spend 4 years attending funerals and ribbon cutting ceremonies. Don't misunderestimate her. She looks like a pretty tough cookie who has accomplished a lot in just a few years!

We have a real election .... with two very different worldviews to choose from. I certainly have my opinion and will work hard to promote that view, but I will not demonize those with different views.

The world will go on whether the Republicans or the Democrats prevail this time. It will go on better if we all listen to each other instead of going to work on our rebuttal after the first seven words.

Friday, August 29, 2008


A wonderful week, a wonderful year. Thank You to whoever works these things out?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Linden view

Anne asked me to take this one. She wants to create a tile from this image. Thanks to Anne for making me notice....... I had missed this one!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Jennifer's Shower

Maeve and Anne, all dressed up for neice Jennifer's wedding shower! A great day. And Joe Biden joined Barack Obama to help secure our future. Wyatt and I created Obama - Biden pins while the women celebrated the coming wedding! A day to celebrate - as are most days!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sankofa for Obama

I think it must be safe to show this now.... We entered the above piece in a art for Obama contest. I don't think we won. The 5 winners get shown at the convention.... the next 30 get sold on Ebay to raise $. I think we will sell this ourselves for $300 - all proceeds to the general election Obama/??? campaign. We will make a maximum of 7 pieces, signed and numbered. This is #1.

Sankofa is an Adinkra symbol from West Africa. Adinkra symbols are mainly printed by hand on cloth, but also decorate homes, and public spaces. The various Adinkra symbols are visual expressions of the history, religious beliefs, ethics, politics, and aesthetics of the Akan people of Ghana. The Sankofa is a bird - going forward, but looking backward, with an egg - its future - in its mouth. Sankofa is transliterated in the Akan language as "se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki." Literally translated, it means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot.” Let us not forget to learn from our past as we proceed toward our future.
We feel Obama/???? embodies the true meaning of the Sankofa symbol.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Nothing quite like it!

Family reunion food. A lot of the same colors from the sunset, and like Anne's soup, nourishing for the soul as well as the body!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Two kinds of soup?

My reward upon returning Wyatt to the southern tier! Many of the same colors, and certainly similar warm feelings...... above - Anne's soul warming vegetarian corn chowder! Below, mother nature's sky chowder ---- sunset over Wayland, NY. For the whole story of Anne's soup, including a link to the recipe, and info on the best soup pot choice - - go here.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A new figure in the "Blessed be the Ties" series

I won't post all of these, I promise. But I am still excited by them, and by the large collection of really cool ties I've already accumulated! I think I have a design in my head for a smaller figure made from the small end of the tie..... maybe a Mother/Daughter series. I'm thinking about a guy too! If you really need to see more of these - keep checking back here. This one is temporarily available. Mention this blog post for a 10% discount.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Dad's Front Porch

Picture by Mel Olney --- flowers by Mel Olney and Mother Nature ---- new porch and steps by Dave Halter and company!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Maeve - even if Maya did get more attention!

Extreme left - clockwise - Anne, Chris, Maeve, Wyatt, Don, Peg, Mel, Casey, Deanna, Maya, Lisa, Cheryl, Steve, Jennifer. A wonderful time was had by all! I'm still amazed at all the wonderful folks who comprise my family ---- and I even like all of them! My direct relatives are all very special, and they have all chosen really great folks to hang out with (or be related to)!!!!! A great big thank you to all of them, and to whatever powers are in charge of such things!

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Hill Reunion

Off to the Hill Family Reunion --- I'm not sure of the origins of this reunion, but we are all descendants of Sarah Hill Olney - wife of Henry Cadmus Olney, and my great great grandmother. Actually the reunion is pretty much decendants of two of her 11 kids -- Bart and Omar. Another generation in our our line will be there today - Maeve and Wyatt will be meeting a bunch of the relatives!
I was hoping for more when I went to my images of Sarah's diary from 1885 to see what went on today. Raising 11 kids limited Sarah's diary entry time I'm sure. A couple of the kids seem to have used the pages for August 8 & 9, 1885 to practice their signatures! Quite a few pages of her diary suffered this fate. Probably not much spare paper around the house in those days.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

A new generation of customers?

A photo from a customer --- a gift for the Mom was claimed by her daughter!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Philly wiildlife

A couple of wildlife pictures ---- bottom side of a black swallowtail butterfly - above - and the bottom side of a friend on the outside of our 11th floor hotel room!

Monday, August 04, 2008


Here is a 2 year old picture - These ladies were actually a revised version of some of our older yet Black & Tan figures. Their latest version - as "Blessed be the ties" - has debuted at the show this weekend, and all three of them sold. Guess I'll have to go home and make more?

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Is bigger always better?

Just exactly how can the future be bigger? I can sort of understand a longer future, and I think I'm all for it. Bigger? I'm not convinced!

Speaking of the future ---- I'm attempting to actually publish this in the future - 12:01 pm tomorrow if this works.... on the other hand if you are reading this, it is not the future for you? I'll be clicking on the publish button at 8:34 PM yesterday?????? This is just plain weird!

Friday, August 01, 2008

On the road again

Here we go again --- pretty much set-up and ready to go. We've got several new things, and hope we can sell some stuff! Wish us luck!