Sunday, August 4, 2019

Old computer files

What do you do about old computer files?
 My husband said - in the 1990s - why do you print everything out? It's on your computer so save it on your computer. 
Well, now I've lost a lot of stuff that I 'saved' on the computer because digitalization keeps changing format. Recipes are gone. (unreadable files) Manuscripts that I didn't print out are gone. 
I'm now going through my (new) computer and testing each file and deleting things that I no longer can open. I did print out everything from college, so now I'm trying to find that stuff on the computer and delete it. (also so much college email I need to delete, because I did print out the important stuff. 
When I moved from the east coast to the west coast, I looked at all the 5 inch and 3 inch floppy computer disks that I had saved, shook my head, and tossed them.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Slight Accident at Storytime


In a discussion on Facebook about Eric Kimmel's books, I offered this story:
 I used Hershel in a story time at my library, and bought myself a menorah to light as the candles were mentioned. Unfortunately  having little money, I bought a little one that used birthday candles. 
So, I'm holding the book, telling the story, occasionally lighting the candles when all of a sudden a mom yells, "It's on FIRE!" I thought - okay. yes. the candles are on fire. She kept yelling and pointing so I looked down and -- one of the candles had tipped out of the menorah and was lying on the rug, still burning. 
Hmmmm. 
I quickly put it back in it's proper place and continued with the story. 
You can bet that the next year I paid the money for a larger menorah that used larger candles in larger holes.  😀

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Just a reminder

GOOGLE will give you thousands of results --
most of them wrong.
A trained librarian will give you the one right information that you need.




Monday, July 22, 2019

Early bills from magazines

Just got a bill from Time Magazine saying my subscription payment was overdue.
 Which is strange because the mailing label on the current magazine says that my subscription doesn't expire until June 2020.  

So - are they so desperate for money that they are harassing readers a year in advance?


I do think that they are the premier news magazine and will continue my subscription, but I'm a bit insulted that they are being so pushy. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

How to grow an artist

An Artist’s life (as seen from her older sister’s point of view-me)

            It’s not easy being the youngest of four children.
(It’s not easy being the oldest of those same four children either, but I digress.)
            Nor is it easy being the child of parents who move every 2 – 3 years. Which meant that those children had to say good-bye to old friends (and enemies). And suddenly were faced with the chore of exploring a new neighborhood (fun) and finding new friends (not so much fun.)
            But this was the life that my baby sister,Marion, was born into.
            Now, you might have noticed that her name was not spelled right.  Girls are called Marian, and boys are called Marion. Boys!  But there was nothing she could do about her name. It wasn’t hers in the first place.  It had been her Grandmother’s name.  (In the hopes that she would inherit something from her grandmother – which she eventually did. But not until after many years and after having enjoyed the company of her grandmother and the stories she told.  
Oh, the stories she told. But again, I digress.)
            All of the other children loved this new addition to the family.  Who couldn’t love her?  She had her mother’s blue eyes.  She had blond, curly hair. (who knows where that came from – some German aunt from her mother’s side, or maybe the Jewish side of the family) And a smile that could melt the hardest frozen heart.
            There were always books in the house. And, with so many people in the family, there was always someone around who would read these books to her.
            There also was always pencils, paper, crayons, and even sometimes – paint. Since there were several famous artists in the family, every child was encouraged to make crafts or draw and paint.  Television had recently been invented.  The family owned one of the first of these new machines – because Dad worked for Sylvania.  However, it only worked in the evenings.  During the day, Sylvania’s broadcasting company only sent out a Test Pattern.
            Because there were famous musicians in the family, musical instruments also traveled along with the family moves, carefully packed. Usually Violins (a great uncle had been a child prodigy) and rhythm instruments. And, if the parents thought the family was going to stay in one place for a while, they’d get a piano. Each child was encouraged to learn an instrument.  
            Her older sister, Sandy, became quite a good violinist.  But dropped the violin when the family moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia in favor of learning to paint. (She eventually decided she couldn’t do people’s faces, so every person in her portraits had their back to the viewer.)
            Her oldest sister, Wendie, gave up the piano for the bassoon and singing in the choir.  All of them, including Dad, would pound on the piano – especially around Christmas Time – singing Carols. 
            Her brother Don, collected snakes.  Played drums until his parent’s couldn’t stand the noise any longer and convinced him to pay trumpet (badly).

(Marion replied)
I remember living in Glen Ellyn, IL. Falling out of the window in the house in Pottstown, PA, is a family myth to me, although I have no doubt Don pushed me...  (me= I actually saw her fall, being in the room right below the children's bedroom.  I rushed out and found her in the bed of ivy. She missed the sidewalk by about a foot. After a night in the hospital, the doctors declared her fully recovered )

 (Marion says)
My art aspirations began in Vienna when Mom sent me to Dorothy Decker for painting lessons. In junior high I decided that being a portrait sketch artist on the boardwalk had to be the most glamorous job in the world. I started practicing drawing famous people in the 8th grade. I never did get that job though. As an adult I did work an art fair as a sketch artist & discovered I just wasn't fast enough. I was distracted by my friends too much.
 I discovered I had a talent for painting dogs in 2001 quite by accident. I was working on a painting of Jamie & one of our dogs & noticed that it quickly became "Dog with Girl" instead of "Girl with Dog".

I don't remember much about our dachshund , Dachel (sp?), except being very sad when Dad gave him away to our milkman after the rotten Kelly boys teased him so much he bit one of them. 
(me= the Kelly boys lived next door, and they were really rotten.)

My husband Rob is a cat person. Since college I've always had both dogs & cats. Currently we have 2 cats & one dog. For well over 10 years we had two cats & two 40 lb Portuguese Water Dogs (like president Obama). We had them way before he did though.
             Just a taste of our family memories. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Weeding filing cabinet and finding treasures

I'm weeding my filing cabinet. It's just as difficult to weed my home filing cabinet as it was to weed my workplace ones. Mainly, I want a drawer to file new projects in. Which means something has to go.
I have two drawers full of stuff from my earning a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine arts a few years ago. Surely I can toss most of those papers and put the papers I want to save into a plastic tub in the garage,
Meanwhile, I began searching for a certain story I had submitted for a workshop.
The core story.
The picture book story that the faculty advisor told me was Not a picture book, but perhaps it was the outline of a novel.
The Picture book story that morphed into the novel that became my creative thesis during my last semester there and is now completed and circulating out into the publishing world.

I found it. !!!
It now has been transferred from the grad school file to the file where all my versions of this story reside.
This makes me happy.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Summer is a coming

Summer is supposed to come next week. Not this week. 
No. 
This week it will still be cloudy and in the 60s. (cold to me)
 But next week - when July starts - it's supposed to be in the 70s. Yay! I can then get out the skirts and short sleeves. 
The interesting thing about San Diego weather is that summer lasts into October. 
But I'm looking forward to the beginning of summer next week.