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Happy birthday, L. Frank Baum!

Posted: May 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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Happy Lost Sock Memorial Day!

Posted: May 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

May 9 is Lost Sock Memorial Day. In solemn remembrance, let’s take a look at a tribute one sad person put up for his or her lost sock last year. Keep your eyes peeled for lost sock posters today!

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Movie magician

Posted: May 7th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Master special effects artist Ray Harryhausen passed from this world to the next today. He excelled in the animation technique known as stop motion, where physical models are moved very slightly and photographed many, many times, so that when the film is played back, the models appear to move on their own. Mr. Harryhausen’s creations never failed to steal the show. Here he is at various stages in this career with a few of his stars.

And here is a wonderful compilation of the master’s movie magic. Thanks for showing us that anything is possible, Ray Harryhausen!

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Yuri’s bears

Posted: May 4th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The wonderful illustrator Yuri Vasnetsov was born in Russia in 1900. He studied modern art but found his greatest inspiration in traditional Russian folk art and his love of wildlife. Animals of all kinds spring to life in his drawings and paintings with much humor and sometimes a touch of dread. Bears were a favorite subject. Here are some terrific examples.

Mr. Vasnetsov was able to give all his animal creations a strong and distinct personality. Despite having lost a leg and trekking in deep snow, this bear seems to be looking on the bright side of life. It’s good to be home!

⌃Here are the famous Three Bears in a happy daytime woodland scene.

⌃And a different trio in a nighttime setting.

⌃This bear has found a  reluctant sailing companion, who also serves as a boat!

 

⌃And this painting shows Yuri’s love of bears is shared by all.

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Would you like to live in a nest?

Posted: April 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

California artist Jayson Fann created this wonderful human-sized nest and many others like it. He calls them “spirit nests” and looks to the bird-created variety for inspiration. Strong, safe, and cozy, they are the perfect place to relax and contemplate the beauty of Nature.

A spirit nest is a wonderful spot to nap or read a book…

or simply watch the stars. I am picturing myself in a peaceful spirit nest by the sea and loving it!

Photos (c) Jayson Fann

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It’s the first day of Spring!

Posted: March 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

IT IS STILL WINTER

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted: March 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

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Happy birthday, Mr. Gorey!

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Edward Gorey is one of my all-time favorite writers and illustrators. Celebrate his birthday by checking out his awesome art!

He created the cover of one of my all-time favorite books. Celebrate his birthday by checking it out of the library!

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The strength of the Wolf

Posted: February 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The Law of the Jungle
(From The Jungle Book)

by Rudyard Kipling

Now this is the Law of the Jungle —
as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree-trunk
the Law runneth forward and back —
For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

Read the rest of this awesome poem!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: | No Comments »

It’s that mushy time of year. Mush on, everybody!

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