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One of my favorite photos ever came from the Festival, and I've had it at the top of my LJ for years.  A dance troupe from San Francisco was performing an interpretative dance about man's relationship with fire.  So, if you've wondered about that photo, now you know it came from the Festival. 
What's going on over there? )
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What I find appealing about our Festival is that the art is made accessible, interactive, and fun for a wide variety of ages.  Of course, the Fine Arts tents would frown on excessive touching, but there is so much more to do, especially for children.  An entire section of the park is devoted to the wee ones (far away from Fine Arts!), along with their own entertainment tent with performers brought in just for them.  When Bojojr and Bojoette were small, we spent most of our time in the children's section, where tent after tent catered to them.  
Make a Fuzzy Wuzzy or a Whimsy Doodle. )
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I've been going through piles of paper--boxes and boxes of the stuff.  Before computers, I saved clippings, and I've obviously had this one since 1996.  It still makes me smile!  Now, it is scanned and saved on the computer, and the clipping has been trashed.  Much cleaner and more accessible!

I love this poem especially because it reminds me of an incident early in our marriage.  Mr. Bojo approached me, offering me a sock.  I was perplexed at what he wanted when he complained that the sock had a hole in it.  At the confused look on my face, he explained that his grandmother always darned the holes in his sock.  Ah!  He thought I could darn his sock!  I did.  I took the offending sock, walked it to the trash, and as I dropped it in, I theatrically exclaimed, "Darn sock!"  And then I laughed hysterically at the shocked look on his face!  When I explained that any darning I would attempt would leave him hobbled and hirpling in pain, he joined in the laughter.  I've been "darning" his socks the same way since then.   
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The snow was beautiful on Monday, and I could appreciate it for I knew its time was short.  Just three days later, it is gone, and our forecast is for sunshine and a high of 82°F/27.7°C. 
More wintry goodness. )
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"Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world; but here the earth was the floor of the sky. The landscape one longed for when one was away ... the world one actually lived in, was the sky, the sky!"  Willa Cather

Ad Astra Per Aspera )
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Photo by Bumberjean

We weren't expecting anyone to come home this weekend, but Bojojr and Bumberjean decided to.  We should have a bunch of fun!
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"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen..."  - Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee

For his was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quiet and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example. . . . These are my opinions of General Washington, which I would vouch at the judgment seat of God, having been formed on an acquaintance of thirty years. . . .I felt on his death, with my countrymen, that 'verily a great man hath fallen this day in Israel.'  - Thomas Jefferson

An homage to my favorite red-headed president... )
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Kansas celebrates her 150th birthday today.  She's a young state but has a rich history.  Our motto (on our state seal above), Ad Astra per Aspera, is "To the stars through difficulties," and she certainly has had her share of difficulties but never stopped reaching for the stars.

Auntie Em, there's no place like home! )
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Bojoette took me to Hobby Lobby in order to frame a few pieces of artwork (that I'd had lying about for roughly forever), and the store had their Easter things displayed.  0_o
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1.  Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
2.  The Highlander’s Last Song by George MacDonald
3.  Prospero Lost by L. Jagi Lamplighter
4.  The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
5.  Cat Stories by James Herriot
6.  Mean Streets by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green
7.  Photos from Around the World by Dale K. Cole, O.D.
8.  My Antonia by Willa Cather
9.  In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
10. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
11. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
12. Changes by Jim Butcher
13. Holes by Louis Sachan
14. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
15. Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer
16. Thornyhold by Mary Stewart
17. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
18.  Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
19.  Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
20.  Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
21.  The Serpent’s Tale by Ariana Franklin
22. Father Brown Mystery Stories by G.K. Chesterton
23. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
24. Shepherd of the Hills by Harold Bell Wright
25. Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb
26. Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
27. Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb
28. Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris
29. Prophecy of the Bane by Suzanne Collins
30. Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb
31. Forest Mage by Robin Hobb
32. Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb
33. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
34. Gregor and the Marks of Secret
35. Gregor and the Code of Claw
36.  Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (5/5)
37. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins (4/5)
38. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (4/5)
39. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (4/5)
40.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (2/5)
41. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (5/5)
42. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (4/5)
43. Way Down Deep by Ruth White (5/5)
44. The Potter’s Field by Ellis Peters (4/5)
45. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane (3/5)
46. Lamentation by Ken Scholes (4/5)
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Ala Tiny Tim, Briscoe would like to say,"A Merry Christmas to us all; God bless us, every one!"
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We're back home after a long whirlwind weekend of moving.  Bojoette has a great little apartment in a wonderful location, but more on that later.  On our way to Kansas City, Mr. Bojo pointed out the large cargo on the semi in front of us.  He laughed as I tried to see something, and then I saw what had amused him.

A truck driver hauling a Caterpillar: )
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Our dinner didn't start with dessert, but I like the memory of this berry creation so much that I'm starting with it here.  Our waitress told us that the berries hadn't been grown on school grounds as some of their produce is, but the students did pick them at a farm about 15 miles away.  The milk for the whipped cream came from the school's dairy, and the flour for the cookie would have been ground at their mill.  She told us that Dobyns Dining tries to grow much of their food and get as much as possible at nearby farms.

Let the drooling commence: )
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Branson has so much to offer.  Not only does it have ample entertainment opportunities, but it has many recreational outlets, also.  Branson is situated by two large lakes:  Table Rock and Lake Taneycomo.  Cabins clustered around the lakes offer attractive views and access to fishing and watersports. 

Sparkling blue waters... )
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Okay, name that tune!  It's from the '60s, is pure Motown sound, and was sung by a girl band. 

The answer:  "Stop! In the Name of Love."  You knew that, didn't you?
You Keep Me Hanging On... )

Book Plug

Aug. 3rd, 2010 11:07 am
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I received an e-mail from Amazon that [ profile] arhyalon 's new book will be available soon.  Original fantasy served with Shakespearean characters.   

Dear Customer,

As someone who has purchased or rated books by L. Jagi Lamplighter, you might like to know that Prospero in Hell (Prospero's Daughter) will be released on August 17, 2010.  You can pre-order yours at a savings of $8.84 by following the link below.

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Release Date: August 17, 2010

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I posted this in a "Where I Live" community and wanted to keep it for my journal, too.  It's long and photo heavy. 

"It is a well-known fact in regard to the state of Kansas that we never know what she is going to do next,” stated Cyrus Northrup in a  speech at the University of Kansas in 1894.

Rather than localize my post, I thought I'd share the love I have for my adopted state of Kansas.  Kansas is like a beautiful young woman:  full of energy and dreams, brimming with accomplishments, sweet and wholesome--while wearing a pair of pink stilettos.

We ARE in Kansas, Toto. )
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When Bojoette lost her name tag, her supervisor told her to come up with something.  There was no point in ordering her a new one, as she hopes to get a nursing position soon and will be leaving them.  Bojoette dug around in a box in the break room and came up with a discarded name that suited her fancy:  Rex.  Her real name--and I know some of you will be disappointed that she doesn't have Bojoette on her birth certificate--starts with a 'T' so she added that to Rex and went on the floor to start her day.  She wasn't the only one with an assumed name:  Kevin was Jose', and young Brittany was Ethel.  It was a red-letter day, too, as the high muckety-mucks were visiting.  One struck up a conversation with my darling daughter.

Muckety-muck:  And what are your suggestions for making our guests have a more enjoyable shopping experience, uh (looking at name tag), um, Rex.
Bojoette:  (helpfully)  It's T-Rex.
Muckety-muck:  Oh, T-Rex. 

He went on without batting an eye.  Of course, when Bojoette got home, we laughed ourselves silly  and walked around roaring and slapping one another ineffectively with our tiny T-Rex appendages. 


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