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Joan Larsen’s Travel: The World’s Most Spectacular Road – America’s Big Sur, Up Close and Personal

July 5, 2017

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By Joan Larsen We needed to have our breath taken away by an array of magnificent scenery, of stunning beauty that cannot be equaled – anywhere. We all seem to need beautiful “getaways” from the world we live in now.  And so, with a truly wonderful lifetime of adventures ‘round the world,  again we searched […]

All I Need to Know, I Learned From Comics: Baltimore Comic-Con This Weekend!

August 29, 2016

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This weekend, for anyone who can make it, is the Baltimore Comic-Con! Hubby and I were fortunate enough to attend the event a couple of years back.  It was apparently an enormous success and drew the largest crowds seen in… maybe the whole history of the event, at least up to that point.  The line, for […]

Easter Special: The Art of Ukrainian Pysanky

March 21, 2016

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Tired of the same old boring Easter Eggs?  Check out the art of Ukrainian Pysanky at Ann Morasch’s site, LearnPysanky.com.  This is the best website I have yet seen explaining how to make these elaborate decorations, with a great FAQ section for all of your questions. Pysanky are not like our boring, yet generally edible, […]

Cartoon Review: The Oatmeal

September 28, 2015

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Hello, all.  I had something deep and thoughtful in mind for today, and managed to get it sort of half-written, but… well, distractions.  Life intervenes, and all that.  So instead of my usual curmudgeonly rant, I will introduce you to The Oatmeal. Cartoonist Matthew Inman is the pen behind this hilarious, spot-on collection of comic […]

Joan Larsen Presents: The Unexpected Delights of a Painter and His Gifts

September 23, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Out of the blue – truly out of the blue – a gift of a short film arrived in my mailbox. The accompanying card – from my dearest friend – read: This is for you. Sit down, put in the film — and prepare to be enthralled by this rather young English […]

Bandshell (Maybe Forever?)

September 7, 2015

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By Lauriate Roly One of my greatest pleasures is hearing a band playing in an outdoor bandshell.  From earliest childhood days that I can recall, listening to music being played in the open air is just about the most beautiful feeling there is for me. The music is raw.  No enhancing sound devices involved and […]

Cultural Appropriation: I’m Drawing the Line… ALL the Way Back.

July 13, 2015

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I have traveled the world, and there is a lot to love. If I want to wear, eat, own, use, or display anything that takes my fancy, from ANYWHERE… I will. You can stuff your “cultural appropriation” right where the sun don’t shine. A friend recently pushed my buttons on this topic by telling me […]

Top 20 Film Performances of 2014

February 27, 2015

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By Luther Elmo As promised on Monday, here are the top 20 performances in film for 2014. Like the films themselves, there was a very strong lot from which to select, but unsurprisingly, most of these were drawn from films that I highlighted previously (proving that in most cases, it’s the characters we respond to, […]

The Top 20 Films of 2014

February 23, 2015

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By Luther Elmo   Once a year at Oscar time, I compile my own list for the best films of the previous year. I used to just pick from within the group that had actually received Oscar nominations; however, it soon became apparent that the Academy did not necessarily reward nominations based solely on achievement […]

Joan Larsen Shares: Amazing Food Art!

January 14, 2015

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  When I was a small child, I can remember “the vegetables” that were gathered in what seemed huge amounts on my plate. Like many of us in those early years, I “schemed” on how – that day – I was going to get rid of them — without actually swallowing the awful things. I […]

All I Need to Know, I Learned From Comics

September 9, 2013

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This past Saturday, Hubby and I attended the Baltimore Comic-Con.  It was apparently an enormous success and drew the largest crowds seen in… maybe the whole 14-year history of the event.  The line, for those of us who already had tickets, wrapped entirely around the outside of the building and it took nearly half an […]

The Molas of Panama

August 20, 2013

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There she was, walking ahead of me.  The unmistakable mola design on her shirt sang out.  “Did you get that in Panama?” I asked.  “Yes!” she said, pleased and surprised.  But I had known.  It could not have come from anywhere else. Panama holds a place in my heart.  I was there as a kid […]

Calling All Shakespeare Fans!

July 30, 2013

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Brooke McEldowney is at it again!  Get in on his artistic vision of Romeo and Juliet! You might recall that back in November, we reviewed Brooke McEldowney’s highly original and not-generally-for-kids comic strip, Pibgorn.  Lila is an unabashed fan; while the story arcs can move slowly, the artwork is a delight to the eye, and […]

The Story of Kensinger Studios’ “Father Christmas” Dolls

December 10, 2012

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By Jeannot Kensinger Eons ago, I was selling handmade Father Christmas figures in the style of the old German ones from the late 1800’s. The artist was Norma de Camp. She is still very busy and by now very well known. I loved them in my shop and sold them on consignment. Norma became more […]