Category Archives: collections

Museum Musings: Dutch Masters & Dinosaur Dung

In between snow shoveling and cross- country skiing, we managed to get to two museums. Each couldn’t have been more different. Friday, we had booked tickets in advance to the Frick Museum’s  blockbuster exhibit, “Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of … Continue reading

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101 Objects That Made America & My 10

The American buffalo.  Polio Vaccine.  Marian Anderson’s fur coat.   The Predator drone. Singer sewing machine.  The AIDs Quilt. These are among the 101 objects selected by Smithsonian Magazine editors and featured in its special collector’s issue. Curators culled these from the … Continue reading

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Cordials, Anyone?

“Do you want my crystal cordial glasses?” My mother asked me this morning. “I have 16 of them.” No, I said. I have plenty of my own. Two sets in fact. Two sets hardly used. I have simple glass ones … Continue reading

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New York Public Library: Why Children’s Books Matter

Children’s books are important. Any parent, teacher, librarian, children’s book author, and child can vouch for the role good literature plays in creating lifelong readers and shaping young lives. The exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter at … Continue reading

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New Uses for Old Filing Cabinets: Libraries Changing with the Times

The libraries, they are a changing. Most public libraries are offering much more than reading material these days.  While music and movies have been attractions for decades, libraries are adding more and more items patrons can borrow to their stores … Continue reading

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Cleaning My Old Desk Drawer: A Slide Rule, Kilt Pin & Peace Now

Remember these? This was my first record player.  Perhaps I’ll try to find a needle for it and play some of my old records. I cleaned a couple cupboards and my childhood desk drawer when visiting my parents. No, the … Continue reading

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Ninja Turtles, Hoola-Hoop Bags: What’s the Next Big Thing?

They’re back! Those four nunchuck- wielding, anthropomorphic reptiles named after Renaissance artists. Yes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are returning, determined to lure a new generation of (mostly) boys into their three -fingered grasps.  First introduced in the late ‘80’s … Continue reading

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