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City of the Future: Second Class at Tam High
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Our after-school students at Tam High are building a City of the Future together, using arts and electronics to make a model of what our world may be like in 100 years.

In our second class, they designed the city they envision for this project and took turns discussing their ideas with each other. In their post-apocalyptic scenario, the rich are separated from the poor, who mine the sea floor and are oppressed by a government run by machines.

They also picked characters and objects for their city — some of which will be laser cut and printed in 3D. Next, they learned to solder stick figures out of copper wire, then made light circuits with LEDs and batteries. Finally, they added these lights to their futuristic homes, which they continued to decorate with gift wrapping paper, art supplies and everyday objects.

We have a great group of eight middle school students, ages 12 to 14, in this after-school class. Through this course, students will develop a range of skills, from creative expression to science and engineering (STEAM). And they will learn to create their own interactive art with simple electronics, in a playful way that makes learning more fun.

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Noadi’s Art Packaging – Boxes
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Some examples of the packaging I use for my jewelry and ornaments.

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Visitors Pass, “Wanna Be”, MOMA
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Image by Tony Fischer Photography

"…The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, on 53rd Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It has been singularly important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an unparalleled overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artist’s books, film, and electronic media.

MoMA’s library and archives hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, as well as individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The archives contain primary source material related to the history of modern and contemporary art. It also houses an award-winning fine dining restaurant, The Modern, run by Alsace-born chef Gabriel Kreuther.

The idea for The Museum of Modern Art was developed in 1928 primarily by Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (wife of John D. Rockefeller Jr.) and two of her friends, Lillie P. Bliss and Mary Quinn Sullivan.[4] They became known variously as "the Ladies", "the daring ladies" and "the adamantine ladies". They rented modest quarters for the new museum and it opened to the public on November 7, 1929, nine days after the Wall Street Crash. Abby had invited A. Conger Goodyear, the former president of the board of trustees of the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, to become president of the new museum. Abby became treasurer. At the time, it was America’s premier museum devoted exclusively to modern art, and the first of its kind in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism.[5]

Goodyear enlisted Paul J. Sachs and Frank Crowninshield to join him as founding trustees. Sachs, the associate director and curator of prints and drawings at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, was referred to in those days as a collector of curators. Goodyear asked him to recommend a director and Sachs suggested Alfred H. Barr Jr., a promising young protege. Under Barr’s guidance, the museum’s holdings quickly expanded from an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing. Its first successful loan exhibition was in November 1929, displaying paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Seurat…."

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The Decline of 63rd and Halsted #2
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Looking west from 63rd and Union, just past Aldi (the former site of the Southtown Theater). The red-brick buildings of Kennedy-King College are at the left and right, the Halsted Green Line Station is to the left out of the picture. The fabled 63rd and Halsted intersection is in the near distance; the beige three-story building on the southwest corner was once home to Kresge’s, a Woolworth’s competitor and the ancestor to K-Mart (it was gutted by fire over the night of August 27-28 and will likely have to be torn down); beyond it, past the tall building with the flag, was the Englewood Wieboldt’s department store. Sears occupied an Art Deco building on the northeast corner, which, by the way, opened in 1934, in the middle of the last Great Depression.

In the 1950’s 63rd and Halsted was the second-biggest shopping district after the Loop. Sear’s, Walgreen’s, Kresge’s (a Woolworth’s 5 and Dime competitor and ancestor of K-Mart), and Wieboldt’s anchored the intersection, and dozens of smaller stores radiated in all directions. A few blocks east of the intersection was the elegant Southtown Theater, which had swans swimming in a pool in the lobby and where my mom’s 1936 Englewood H.S. graduating class saw "Mutiny on the Bounty" as their class outing. Next to Sears was the Englewood Theater; Hillman’s grocery store was in the basement of Sears, an Art Deco jewel whose giant clock had a minute hand that stayed stationary and then visibly moved to mark the minutes.

Decline came with the building of Evergreen Plaza and Ford City. Store owners responded by turning the shopping district into a mall, complete with awnings over the sidewalks, creating huge parking lots by tearing down houses and stores, and routing car traffic around the intersection and making it a pedestrian and bus only mall.

These Band-Aids failed to arrest the decline. Sears and Wieboldt’s closed in 1976, and most of the other stores followed. Today, the new buildings of Kennedy-King College rule this intersection, but you can’t buy a lawnmower or a flat-screen TV at Kennedy-King College. A few rickety sidewalk awnings remain, the stores whose entrances they sheltered having long since been demolished.

I doubt that this shopping district or the Englewood neighborhood can ever be revived; the tipping point both with housing and retail has been reached. It’s over.

The giant shopping area west of the Dan Ryan between 83rd and 87th has brought a new player to the game. Among the big names: Jewel, Food 4 Less, Home Depot, Lowes and at 83rd and Stewart… Wal-Mart, the Sears of the 21st Century.

Interestingly, the Sears stores in Ford City, 61st and Western, 71st in South Shore and on State St. in the Loop have all closed for lack of business. Sic transit gloria?

UPDATE: I wondered why this pic suddenly had 109 views on September 4 after months of 2, 3, 4, 5 views a day. Turns out the city has this cockamamie idea to open a Whole Foods. In Englewood. Englewood! I’ve seen Whole Foods’ prices, and they’ve got a loooong way to go to equal Fairplay, Food-4-Less and Wal-Mart Market in the low-priced department.

Perhaps this is the city’s appeasement gift, after taking a chunk of Englewood’s eastern edge (and several hundred homes) to expand a railroad intermodal yard. Or maybe it’s the city’s way of telling Englewood that gentrification is imminent. In any case, Englewood residents would be wise to examine this gift horse’s teeth. Closely.

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Obama Poster Orange
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Here’s a fresh batch of homemade Obama posters for you. Download free printable posters here.. Five color combos and three sizes to choose from. Show your pride. Spread the word.

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Christmas in the Garden
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For Christmas my nieces & nephew made me mosaic stepping stones for my garden. I’ve been waiting for the weather to be nice enough to put them out. Since it looks like the hard freezes are over, I put them in the garden yesterday. One of the stones has their names on it and the other is a small flower shaped stone. Both are jeweled with colorful pieces of glass.

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“Bad Ass” Aggie Ring Goes to the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”
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Can YOU find the adorable little Aggie Ring in this photo?

I could tell that Aggie Ring was impressed. After several moments of silence he spoke out and said, “If my Eyes of Texas aren’t deceiving me, that’s the biggest damn lightbulb I’ve ever seen! I guess it’s true… Everything IS bigger in Jersey!”

The Aggie Ring woke me up early this morning. In fact it was even before 11:30 a.m. so I knew he wanted to do something. I asked the Aggie Ring, “What do you want to do Aggie Ring?” The Aggie Ring replied, “I want to go see the lightbulb!” I wasn’t sure what he was talking about so I said, “What lightbulb?” The Aggie Ring said with emphasis, “Let there be LIGHT!” Then it hit me. Aggie Ring wanted to drive him up the Parkway to the site of Thomas A. Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory so he could see the Art Deco Edison Memorial Tower and “Big Ass Lightbulb!”

Other than the time he told me that he thought Elvis took our change in a tollbooth on the New Jersey State Turnpike, Aggie Ring has great ideas. It’s only about a 20 to 25 minute drive up the Parkway from our house so Aggie Ring and I set off to see the Edison Memorial Tower. The last time we’d been there it had been in horrible shape and they were beginning work on restoring it. That was a bit over a year ago so I assumed that Aggie Ring figured out that they would be finished with the conservation work on the historical site.

When we drove down the little side street where the tower is located the Aggie Ring was overwhelmed with awe at the restored site. Aggie Ring was truly “speechless!” It’s just as beautiful as the day it was built. They did an incredible job on the restoration. After a few moments sitting in the car just looking out the window Aggie Ring broke his silence and asked me, “Did you bring a cigar? Edison loved his cigars and I think he’d have wanted you to smoke a cigar while you’re looking the place over.” Unfortunately I had left my cigars at home so the Edison “smoke out” will have to happen on a future date.

The laboratory building is no longer at this site but it’s still impressive to think of not only the electric lightbulb, but all of the other great inventions that Mr. Edison invented here. Aggie Ring said, “Imagine. He did all this stuff without the help of an Aggie Ring!”

The Aggie Ring and I walked around the tower and took some photos of the “Big Ass Lightbulb” and the historical plaques at its base. The Aggie Ring and I are planning on going back some evening when the lightbulb is illuminated. Aggie Ring said, “It would be cool if you could get a photo during a thunderstorm when there’s lightning behind the tower.” I told Aggie Ring, “You’re crazy! I’m not standing out in a field during a lightning storm with an Aggie Ring on my finger! Maybe if we can get a VMI grad to come with us. Their rings are so damn big a lightning bolt would hit one of them before us!”

Aggie Ring said, “It’s a good thing Edison invented the lightbulb or there’d be a lot of Waggies drinking their tequila shots by candlelight!” I told the Aggie Ring, “True… Those Waggies love their tequila the invention of the lightbulb makes it a lot easier for them to pour the tequila and do body shots!”

Aggie Ring asked me to provide some info on the Edison “Big Ass Lightbulb” Memorial Tower for your educational enlightenment (“Get it?” Aggie Ring said):

Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Tower and Menlo Park Museum, New Jersey

"Let there be light." Thomas Alva Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and Memorial Tower. Those of us on the Jersey Shore call it the "Big Ass Lightbulb!”

The Edison Tower, located on the site of the original laboratory at Menlo Park, New Jersey, to which Thomas Alva Edison moved in 1876, was erected in 1937 as a monument to the great inventor. The Tower is the gift of William Slocum Barstow to the Thomas Alva Edison Foundation Incorporated in behalf of the Edison Pioneers. It was dedicated on February 11, 1838, the ninety-first anniversary of the inventor’s birth.

Rising 131 ft. 4 in. above the ground, the tower looms as the highest discernible object for many miles. Surmounting the 117 ft. 8 in. concrete-slab structure is a 13 ft. 8 in. replica of the original incandescent lamp which, when illuminated, can be seen for a distance of several miles. It once served as an airplane beacon. The Tower is designed for pressure of wind at a velocity of 120 miles per hour. In its construction, which consumed slightly less than eight months, approximately 1200 barrels of Edison Portland cement and 50 tons of reinforced steel were used.

The large bulb on top of the Tower was cast by the Corning Glass Works. The replica bulb contains 153 separate pieces of amber tinted Pyrex glass, 2 in. thick, set upon a steel frame. The bulb is 5 ft. in diameter at the neck and 9 ft. 2 in. in diameter at the greatest width and weighs, without the steel frame on which it is placed, in excess of three tons. Before the restoration, inside this Pyrex glass bulb were four 1000 watt bulbs, four 200 watt bulbs, and four 100 watt bulbs. A duplicate of each was arranged as automatically to cut in should its companion bulb fail.

The Edison Tower has been completely restored and when complete, the bulb is now illuminated with modern Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Mr. Edison would be pleased with this, I’m sure.

While we don’t have any records of exactly what was said when Mr. Edison perfected his invention, I suspect one of his workers shouted out something like this: “Holy Mother of Baby Jesus on a Donkey!” “Mr. Edison, You’ve done it!!! You’ve perfected the Electric Light!!! You truly are King of Kings!!!!”

The tower is located on a mysterious plot of land and exactly at midnight on the night of a full moon, it would be a perfect site for the ritual sacrifice of virgins. Too bad we don’t have any of those in New Jersey! 🙂


Aggie Ring says, “The Road Goes On Forever, and the Party Never Ends!”

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Secret Santa Gift: Flower Pens
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My Secret Santa liked gardening and funky pens, so what better way to combing the two than with flower pens? I was quite crafty and made these myself. They went over quite well at the Secret Santa Gift Exchange. Yay!

Side by Side
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black sesame and lemon ginger marshmallows

Staff Appreciation Day (Supportive Living Week 2014)
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As part of Supportive Living Week, Staff Appreciation Day was held on Wednesday, April 23rd. Executive Director, Nancy McCaffrey, held a chili cook off for the staff. Eight employees entered the contest that was complete with homemade cornbreads, all the fixings and 3 different cakes for dessert. Everyone voted on their favorites and after lunch, the winners were announced.
1st Place: J’Nice J.
2nd Place: Veronica L.
3rd Place: John R.
Each prize came with a gift card to a western themed restaurant. All staff were allowed to wear jeans and western wear to help get in to the spirit of things.

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Handmade by Little Hands
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Handmade gifts I received from my nieces & nephews (ages 3-10). They really got into the handmade/homemade spirit for Christmas this year.

Each of the oldest nieces & nephew decorated a terracotta pot for me. Most likely my sister found these pots at a garage sale and kids painted them for me. They will certainly look fabulous this summer on my back porch filled with a few succulents. I might seal them with some sealer to make sure the paint doesn’t come off or wear away.

They also made me a batch of paint swirl ornaments. My sister said even the three year old picked out which colors of paint she wanted in the ornaments my sister helped her make.…

Festive Bulgur Mix
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Nutty-tasting, wholesome bulgur wheat gets jazzed up with herbs and spices, dried fruit, almonds and pumpkin seeds for a vegan pilaf fit for any king’s (or queen’s) table.

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Kenworth – Kenworth World’s Best Cap
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The Kenworth Merchandise Collection ( recently added more than 25 new officially-licensed merchandise items to the retail website of more than 300 items for drivers and trucking operators interested in purchasing products that represent Kenworth and The World’s Best® trucks. To order, visit, or call 877-705-3314 toll free from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT). Those ordering from outside the United States may call 425-286-1551 during the same time period. Kenworth dealerships in the United States and Canada also offer officially-licensed Kenworth merchandise for sale.

Gift from the food “mafia”
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The Portuguese writer Miguel Esteves Cardoso has written about what he calls the Portuguese Gastronomic Underground.

The idea is that the best food and wine is from small producers. They keep the best of what they produce for themselves and for family and friends and perhaps favored restaurants.
The result is that what gets exported out of Portugal, if anything, is far from being the best stuff. A bit better is what you’ll find within Portugal, served at restaurants and shops.

But the truly good stuff can only be obtained through connections. To get access, you need to have contacts into this food "mafia" as he calls it. Miguel’s biggest regret is that he doesn’t – his parents came from England not the Portuguese countryside.

These delicious chouricos were handmade by members of Claudia’s extended family in Alentejo. They arrived Saturday. Shipped direct from the food mafia to London (I dont even know if this is legal!)

Bookbag Gift
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Great gift idea for the book-lover on your list. A bookbag from the Salem Public Library in Salem, MA.

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2010-12-13 – Fruit Leather – 0003
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Homemade fruit leather for criFSMas gift baskets.

Blogged here: criFSMas 2010: The Big Fat Saucy Vegan Food Post.

Handing out Some Christmas Cheer
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Image by Chiot’s Run
Growing up my mom always made tons of Christmas cookies, caramels and other goodies and sent a big plate full to each neighbor. We’ve done something similar since we moved in here. I’m not much of a cookie maker when it comes to the holidays, I prefer chocolates and other things like caramel corn. We also don’t stop at the neighbors when spreading delicious holiday cheer. We take goodies for everyone at the Post Office, the library and our small town local bank. Of course we live in a small town, so each of these place only has 4-7 employees.

Coloriffic Swap-o-Rama – My First Ever Swap!
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Here’s my first-ever "Coloriffic Swap-o-Rama" swap package. The theme for the month of December, 2006 was rich buttery yellow and cocoa brown. The stipulations of the swap? The colors have to match, at least one item has to be homemade, and the gifts should come from the heart. I made my gift-ee the "String Bag" from and a homemade card (using Stampin’ Up products, of course!). Because she likes to crochet and make homemade cards, I threw in some cute yellow eyelets, a package of Stampin’ Up cardstock in "Chocolate Chip." a rubber stamping magazine, and five skeins of yarn (two of Paton’s Classic Wool Merino in "Chestnut Brown" and three of Garnstudio Karisma in color "20.") My gift is going to Europe, and I hope my new swap friend has as much fun with it as I had buying it for her!