Oh this is going to be fun. Makeuseof.com included a mention of MagMyPic, which allows you to create fake magazine covers with your own photos. You can choose from an array of covers -- Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, Fortune -- so there is sure to be something appropriate for your family and pals. That's Chuck and myself below enjoying the sunrise at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Update: This year's gingerbread entries are well under way, but not yet finished. Fondant babies are in the nursery, while Santa and reindeer approach outside. Almond paste pigs lost some legs and tails, but are undergoing repairs for the gingerpig scene. Trees and bushes still need to be fashioned from Rice Krispie treat recipe. Meanwhile, kitchen table is a mess and will remain so for one more week. Watch for more pix.
An eBay search for vintage ornaments just yielded 13,137 results. Although the Christmas decorations from my past are long gone, I've had some luck finding similar -- and in some cases identical -- items at practically giveaway prices at thrift shops all across the country. We had ornaments just like this one on our tree in Terre Haute in the 1960s. The ornament below is part of a set. Notice how the silver faceted interior reflects the light.
Jessica, my stepdaughter, wins a ribbon in our town's local gingerbread competition every Christmas. Nobody comes close to her creative, unique designs. This holiday season, I'll post some photos so you can see for yourself.
Way out in the country you will find Tranquility Pike. An actual road, it intersects the Southern Ohio Appalachian Highway just outside Athens and (for real!) a town called Coolville. But more importantly, Tranquility Pike is a state of mind.
I gave my son Jay a goodbye squeeze outside Ohio U’s Wray House, jumped in the car and steered onto the Appalachian Highway. This was in May, a couple years ago. My drive would lead to Cincinnati for a visit with my eldest son, Rory.
For fun, I found the campus radio station on the dial. Did the DJ know I needed a good soundtrack for this drive? He must have reached into some dank corner of my mind because he threw on Highway 61 Revisited. And he played the whole album! With Bob Dylan along for the ride, scenic barns, farms and foothills whizzed past while I enjoyed my Perk’s latte. Rustic farmhouses. Hawks glaring from telephone poles. I was the only car on the road for most of the journey … a real treat since my everyday driving is in Chicago. Glorious solitude.
I could have named this blog after another street I encountered that morning … Tater Ridge Rd. Or one I whizzed past a few years ago along upper Ohio's I-80, called Fangboner Rd.
Tranquility Pike. I don’t live there, but I know how it feels.
Way beyond the traditional holiday gingerbread house, this retrocool structure is available from red envelope. It's an edible take on the vintage modern deco that many of us experienced years ago, first-hand, and long for again. If you like the real thing, check out Lotta Livin', your ultra guide to "Atomic Age and Mid Century Modern Living." It's filled with current listings across the U.S. along with great photos.
Traveling to Ocracoke Island this summer, I lugged a handful of heavy books around in my carry-on for about a week. It was great to have the chance to re-read Stephen King's On Writing, plus a few other books, but fairly backbreaking to tote these volumes everywhere.
Now I see a product that hints at the future for book lovers. It's the Kindle, Amazon's new reading device. Wireless, with an "electronic paper display" screen, it enables readers to access books via one lightweight device. Free sample chapters are accessible via the Kindle, as well, so that you can peruse as you would in the bookstore. Not being an early adopter, I won't be buying one yet. But future generations of this product will significantly change the way many of us we buy and read books. Will the bookstore eventually go the way of the music store? I for one would miss the thrill of stepping into a vast, soothing, book-lined space with the familiar welcoming coffee aroma.
Not long ago, we had virtually no crime in our neighborhood. Today we are singing a different tune. Neighbor Kathleen Savio's "accidential drowning" death is now considered a homicide by a leading forensic pathologist. She lived across the street from us, just a few doors down. On this same street is the home from which Stacy Peterson disappeared. Many from the neighborhood participated in the candlelight vigil for both victims on Saturday, 11/17, pictured below. Hope the responsible individual is held accountable soon, along with any accomplices. Many thanks to Bolingbrook Police Chief Ray McGury for doing the right thing throughout this tragedy. Please note that he was not Police Chief when the earlier episodes -- widely discussed in the media -- took place.
While living in Los Angeles for a couple years after college, Rory had a free-flap transfer procedure. Tissue was taken out of his back and put into his cheek in a procedure that took something like 12 hours. What an ordeal, but he handled it like a trooper!
At his follow-up appt. to get the drain taken out of his back, I asked Rory to pose in front of the sign at the hospital.
One afternoon the following week, we took the short drive to Long Beach to see the Queen Mary, where we were convinced that we had photographed ghosts. Took some pics with blurry white spots, but later found out that they were the result of the flash bouncing off dust particles. Will find those pictures and post them here one of these days! If you want to know more about Parry-Romberg Syndrome, take a look at this excellent website.