Monthly Archives: February 2011

Following Friederika from Sanssouci to Adena to Livingston Avenue

After-school piano lessons with Mrs. Andrews, a kind lady who was also my cousin, are one of my favorite childhood memories. It was fun to practice using the sheet music she decorated with colored-pencil notations and foil stars for a job … Continue reading

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Friday Field Trip: Visiting Kara and Frank at Franklin Art Glass Studios

Pleasant Corner is getting a new kitchen soon, but the first big improvement has already arrived. If you’ve been to Pleasant Corner, you know that it lives up to its billing as a Cape Cod-style home. A door knocker looks … Continue reading

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“What a Horse! What a Traveller!”

Some visitors to Lexington, Virginia seek out a penny-decorated gravestone behind Lee Chapel and a stable-turned-garage with great big doors. These sites commemorate Traveller, Robert E. Lee’s horse. I’ve liked Traveller for a long time. In fact, I liked him … Continue reading

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Forget the Android, Give Me My Needlework!

In a world where it seems like everyone is constantly checking those little black rectangles that they can’t live without, this old-fashioned girl would much rather be making progress on her needlework. My first needlework project was embroidering a map … Continue reading

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Cutting My Stress with Yoga and “Chicken Fat”

Although I’ve received consistently high marks in both the classroom and the workplace for my ability to offer a calming influence in stressful situations, I have trouble following my own example. Often, I’m quietly stewing internally over any number of … Continue reading

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Visiting Abe Lincoln’s Home in Springfield

After a winter when six Lincoln letters and two Lincoln fingerprints became the focus of my work, Springfield, Illinois was the logical destination for a spring getaway in April 2008. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum was first on … Continue reading

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Jim and Paul’s Trip to California: “A Lifetime of Fond Memories” for Two Best Friends

Eighty-three years ago this month, a 1920 Model T Ford arrived back home in Columbus. With “COLUMBUS, OHIO” painted on the back of the car, a wool blanket covering the passenger door, and lots of tourist stickers on the windshield, … Continue reading

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