El Dia de los Muertos (by Nancy Lopez-McHugh)

El Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday that is meant to honor and remember loved ones no longer on this earth. This important Mexican holiday has its roots in Aztec culture and is celebrated every 1st and 2nd of…

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Autumn Tea (a poetic pause by Biren)

Swirling leaves in the autumn breeze As summer’s laughter takes her leave Banish the thought of cold and freeze Refuge in a cup of tea ~ Ro-Ri San ~ The long dry summer in Minnesota this year was a time for ice cream and iced…

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Apple Festival at Waterperry Gardens

Living on a soggy island does have its advantages. One of these is that, when the weather decides to play nice, we appreciate the sunshine. Actually, appreciate might be a rather British understatement. We bask in it. We marvel at it and drink, soak, lap…

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Toys (an exhibit of paintings by Michael Sacramento)

By Michael Sacramento My paintings of toys are both an investigation of the intersection of formalism, Pop and realism as well as an amusing way for me to remember my childhood. My work is heavily informed by Wayne Theibaud, Edward Hopper, Raymond Stapranz and Mel…

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Snapseed in Seattle

Home from the holidays, kids back in school and finally enough time on my hands to get to my ever-growing list of THINGS TO DO. There are tasks on there like ‘sort out the shed’ and ‘book chimney sweep’, which I keep pushing aside, in…

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Happy 90th to Nan!

As the rest of Britain continues Diamond Jubilee festivities, my mind and heart turn to distant shores, where another blue-eyed, grey-haired English lady is also celebrating an impressive milestone. My grandmother, Mary, was born on 4th June 1922. She is 90 today. I had considered…

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A Walk in the West End

Stepping away from the kitchen for a day, we took the kids into London for lunch and a walk around the West End. This is where Hubby and I met, where we used to work and where, in its various cafés and alleyways (that’s a story…

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Cake Pops for the Cause

Baking a Difference with Frosting for the Cause.

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