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Hi Pinky, Wonderful to hear from you! I am also so grateful to you for sharing the photos and information about Madrid -- Jerry's recollections are so vivid and so important to the younger descendants of Madrid wanting to know more about their relatives lives in Madrid. Spirit and Camraderie -- yes! I see it in the photos often. The musicians at picnics and outtings, the fourth of July events, the local boxing, the faces of the children (growing up over successive years) in the school photos, the photos of the baseball teams and the same faces in the group photos of the miners. All best, Midori
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2018 on Magpie Blogging: Redux. at In the Labyrinth
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A lovely Italian phrase which translates as " A small cask makes good wine" an Italian compliment to a short person. To which I reply stretching to my full height of 5' 2", Grazie! (Art: Philippe Mercier 1689 -- 1760) Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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This must be blue phase these days. I can't seem to get enough of these beautiful deep blues threaded with purple. This is a lovely hand-dyed sock yarn from Silkworm studios and I am so enjoying knitting it. It's has wonderful stitch definition and the color swirl is somewhere between... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I was happy enough with the results when I finished this shawl woven from Malibrigo Mechita yarn which I purchased maybe five years ago with no clear idea of what to do with it. It was sticky to weave as single ply fuzzy wool is probably not the best choice... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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My son in law is a competitor in the Highland Games and this weekend we trundled up to Estes Park, Colorado ( 7,500 ft altitude) to watch him perform amazing feats of strength, from throwing huge stones, the seemingly impossible... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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When it comes to writing novels, I am tortoise, but occasionally, a subject surprises me. Two days ago I wrote a first chapter, and then a day later, in a frenzied moment, the last ecstatic chapter of what will be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
Hi Sarah -- I have actually updated this post as it appears there are indeed used and affordable copies of the book at Amazon, in case you are interested.
Hey Mo and Kraw! Kraw! Chuck! Chuck! to you too! Hope all is well in your part of the world. P.S. Your latest work looks aaaamazing!
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Many years ago in a moment of inspiration, I wrote a little short story called "King of Crows." It is till one of my personal favorites as it has threaded throughout a song or a tune humming beneath the narrative.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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There are moments in writing that feel so spontaneous that it is hard to believe they have come from oneself but instead are descended in the form of writerly-grace. When Jane Yolen and I wrote Except the Queen, we began... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Although written back in 2009 when the Datlow/Windling anthology Black Swan, White Raven was first published, I only recently and quite by accident discovered that Colleen Mondor gave my short story, "The Reverend's Wife" a rather nice review -- which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Punto in Aria ("stitch in the air") is one of the most beautiful forms of needle-made lace. It is a elaboration of the Italian Reticella, another form of needle lace where threads were removed from the ground of the fabric and then lace was worked in the opening provided by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Since our move to Boulder, we have managed to get ourselves up into the mountains often -- and oh what mountains there are in the Front Range of the Rockies. Here is last Sunday atop Sugar Loaf, elevation 8,917 ft.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I have respect for authors who manage to write incredible long, complicated sentences -- but with such consummate skill and daring that I inhale deeply and then read it aloud, trying to see if I can make it to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
I saw your tweet about her and was planning to stop by and spend some time looking at her work. I admit, I have a fondness for the sorrowful, I think I trust it more than happiness (though I welcome it as well.)
Hi Marly, I totally agree with you as we seem to live in age when one is either "acceptable" or pick your favorite insult. There seems to be only a "present" and if you fail to represent in this moment, you are deemed unworthy. Yes, the old stories we need them more than ever.
This is a astonishing project by poet Jen Bervin, who travels to different countries to learn about the traditional methods of silk cultivation, from the trees to the spinning worms in their silky-sticky cocoons -- and then home again to see the remarkable cutting-edge technologies made with silk. Discovered to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Tucson's very old inner city neighborhood, The Barrio Viejo, has some of the best murals painted by residents over many years on the exterior of the houses. When my daughter and future husband were in town a number of years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I have had a number of skeins of Malabrigo Mechita fingering for a few years -- not sure what to do with it, but in love with the blue and purple colors of two of the skeins and the deep rusty fall colors of the third. Feeling pretty good about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I finished the "sampler" piece out of the blur and white warp, and then decided to use up the rest of the warp for something straight forward -- a simple dish cloth. I rather like the way it turned out and it has me wanted to do a lot more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
Hi Trish, thank you for your kind words about my blog! I am afraid I don't know much about any remaining untranslated stories from her collections. There are so many translations out there available from Surlalune's selections to the few that Jack Zipes references. I would say this however, that when it comes to reading in translation, there is a wide range of skill and emphasis in the translators. I have three separate translations of my father's poetry books from French to English -- and it is amazing to read the subtle differences in the text which reveal a lot about the translator's relationship to my father and his work. This is a long way of saying that new translations are always welcomed.
Here's another one of those mysterious family photographs -- this one of my maternal grandmother (the one in the back-left squinting from the smoke of her cigarette) sitting at a small table in an even smaller kitchen with a group... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Here is a wonderful fiber arts artist, Dorie Millerson who uses the Italian Renaissance technique of "punto in aria" -- "stitch in the air" -- to produce amazing contemporary art pieces. The technique calls for laying down a heavier thread over a parchment design (that is laid down over a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I would absolutely knit shawls for chickens. They wear them well. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I have been knitting these little hats for my coming grand daughter because they knit up fast and I love the little trim of lace. But -- I was worried about the size, how would they fit her? So I went to the store and bought a grapefruit, put a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft