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2008 in Photos

Friday 19 December 2008

This site has some incredible photos from 2008. Each picture tells a story and gives us a glimpse of the incredible diversity of the natural world, the peoples that live in it and the daily lives of those people.
Congolese displaced people2008 in Pictures

HT: Paul Merrill

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Bookplates

Friday 16 May 2008

My neighbor and I share the same taste in fiction novels and she readily lets me into her bookshelves to borrow till my heart’s content (thank you Dolores :~). When I opened the recent book I borrowed from her, out fell the most adorably simple bookplate. I had never laid eyes on one before it dropped from the pages. My heart soared and I decided that I would make my own. According to Wikipedia, bookplates overtook book rhymes in the 19th century. I decided to combine the two and wrote up a rhyme to accompany my name.

Bookplate with leafy branch and short rhyme

My first attempt at a bookplate

Jane Patterson\'s bookplate

A more elaborate sample given by Wikipedia

words to inspire

Friday 4 April 2008

Alexander McCall Smith‘s The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency has captured my fancy – and routed my thoughts toward Africa, most delightfully, once again. I have laughed aloud at Smith’s permeable wit and authentic characters in this story set in the African country of Botswana. One line brought very welcome feelings of home, liberty and peace, as it reads,

I am just a tiny person in Africa, but there is a place for me, and for everybody, to sit down on this earth and touch it and call it their own.

It spoke to me also of freedom and space. No constraint, nor barriers. The words inspired my imagination and my creativity – and below resides the byproduct. Because I am not a trained artist, it may not be so pleasing to your eyes as the process of bringing the colours and shapes alive with my fingers was to me. But alas, here it is…

Botswana mama in open bush, in Oil Pastels