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Kishik from Long Island of DK Pootie and Gardening fame and I met the Friday after Thanksgiving in the lobby of the Brooklyn Museum for the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. I live in Connecticut and had driven down with friends to stay for the weekend. Kishik and I also met last year and she is the only DKer that I have ever met. This is a photo diary as I thought those of you that cannot make it to the exhibit would enjoy it. Jean Paul is best known for creating Madonna's cone bra. All photographs are mine but not the youtube videos. I am by no means a fashion diva but did enjoy this.

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Morgan Platt, a fourth grader from Avon, Connecticut, is being treated for cancer at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Morgan was diagnosed with a brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme) in June of 2011.

10-year-old Morgan Platt has always dreamed big. After she was diagnosed with a brain tumor (glioblastoma multiforme) in June of 2011, she decided to fight back and inspire others along the way. Throughout her treatments, Katy Perry's song "Roar" has encouraged her to get back up and fight like a "champion." During one of her appointments at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, she decided to make a music video in hopes it would go viral and raise awareness about her condition and the other types of cancers being treated at Connecticut Children's.
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It's a cold Sunday morning and you're still waking up with your coffee or tea. I thought you might enjoy seeing a complete art exhibit that I ventured out to see in single digit temperatures one night this past week. I have always been fascinated by wood and anyone who uses it for their trade or craft. So the small paragraph in the Hartford Courant newspaper regarding a wood sculpture exhibit caught my eye. And best of all, it was free admission at the prestigious Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, Connecticut. Famous alumni included Jason Wu, fashion designer of Michelle Obama's Inaugural gowns. This exhibit titled "Memory and Metamorphosis" is by artist Joe Saccio and is being held on campus at the Richmond Art Center in the Mercy Gallery until February 6, 2013.

I love discovering new artists and I hope you enjoy Mr. Saccio as well. As an added bonus, I've included additional work by him at the bottom. So let's get started and I'll stay out of your way without commenting. I'll also let Mr. Saccio explain in his own words about finding the 20 foot section of an old hollow Black Oak tree trunk and making art from it.

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Welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blogging. This is Missys Brother filling in for Frankenoid. Today we will be making what I call dry and wet terrariums.

A terrarium is basically a sealed transparent globe or similar container in which plants are grown. The key word here is "sealed". The term "terrarium" in recent years has been used loosely on a wide variety of containers and their plants. Many are actually no more than dish gardens. As one who loves to push the limits of definitions, I personally use the term on anything that is grown in clear glass.  

Let's get started as we'll be making the two wet and two dry terrariums shown below. Ask questions and please stop me if I go too fast.

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Today at my company's Christmas party, I won one of the door prizes! Ticket numbers were given at the entrance door and my number was later drawn. After your number was drawn, you would go up front to draw a piece of paper from a bucket with a prize written on it. I won a 32" Coby high-definition flat screen TV!!!!!

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This diary is for anyone who wishes a place to mourn, reflect or express sympathy, not to debate firearms. It has been and still is an extremely difficult day for those of us living in Connecticut.

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Good morning. I've always been interested in the overhead of any charity where I make a donation. I have found that many of the better known charities have overhead as high as 25% plus. From a list of over 700 charitable organizations that I can contribute to through payroll deductions, I've narrowed it down to a list of just eighteen that have 1% or less overhead. I thought this list might be of interest to some here.

All of the federations and their agencies listed in this directory have gone through a rigorous application review process based on regulations governing the operation of this campaign. Percentages listed after each organizaton's name represent annual fundraising and administrative costs as a percentage of total income. Please visit the website: for financial information on the participating federations and charities.
Update: My only purpose in this diary was to highlight that certain charities apparently have very low overhead. As can be seen in the comments, many believe that this should not be the only criteria in chosing a charity and I agree 100%. At least this gave a forum for discussion. I've learned a lot and hope others have as well.
I'm home sick today with a very bad cold. Regretfully the first charity I listed had overhead of 1.4% and should not have been listed.  
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Good evening everyone! Three years ago today, I quit smoking. I was hoping to write a piece worthy of this group for tonight's diary but I didn't find the time. I hope you will settle instead for some rambling and a few of my garden photographs that I've posted recently on Saturday Morning Garden Blogging (SMGB).

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Good morning and welcome to Saturday Morning Garden Blog! I'm filling in for Frankenoid, who will be back next Saturday.

This is the time of the year that I lay down my garden rake and hoe. After working in the gardens and yard since March, I now let the weeds go and start enjoying the fruits of my labor. For the next six weeks or so, I will spend "the lazy days of summer" reading with the dogs until fall chores start knocking at our garden gate.

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h/t the yard

I thought it would be fun for us to discuss garden books today and share some of our favorites. There are many different categories of garden books so I will show some examples of mine below. You can easily tell that my interpretation of what constitutes a gardening book is very wide-ranging. As for the giveaway, you'll just have to read until the end.

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Mon May 28, 2012 at 01:15 PM PDT

serendipity in an artful way

by Missys Brother

Per Wikipedia -  

Serendipity means a "happy accident" or "pleasant surprise"; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful without looking for it.
I had guests from D.C. staying for the weekend that just left to return home by train. Yesterday, we were in the northwestern part of Connectiuct for a friend's brunch. On our return to my house, we were driving through Washington, Connecticut.

Per Wikipedia again:

Washington is known for its picturesque countryside, historic architecture, and active civic and cultural life. The town has strong ties to New York City, and is home to many cultural and business elites
One of the friends after reading about Washington on his iphone requested that I drive a bit on one of the side roads in town. I turned on the first road that I came upon. After about a mile, I ran across these white busts approximatley 10 to 12 feet tall set on a lawn by the road.

They were truly amazing and we all four got out of the car awestruck to take a few pictures. We had quite a discussion while returning home regarding the huge busts, who was the artist and who lived in the house. We finally decided that we would probably never know.

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I am taking a two day class in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance. I oversee Federal, State and Local funded projects and this class was something that I could use as part of my "continuing education" for maintaining certain certifications. I had no way of anticipating how this class would change me in awareness of sidewalk designs for the disabilities of 20% of pedestrians. One out of five Americans has some type of disability.  

As part of the class today, I was taken out on a public street and sent away in a wheelchair. No one was to assist me but I was observed from a distance. I absolutely couldn't believe all the obstacles that I encountered. From the sidewalk grades, narrow widths, street corners without ramps to pedestrian lights or push buttons that didn't work. After a few blocks, I was not only worn out physically but mentally as well.

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