|Coffee house painting|
|Ali and Matt head off to the hospital.|
Yes folks, it's the vernal equinox, the solar eclipse and the new moon all in one day! Never mind the snow, it's spring! It's also my stepson's birthday. And Max's birthday! Yes, Matt and Ali had a baby with all ten toes and a lot of hair at 3 ayem-ish. It's all about new beginnings.
But, there's more! It's International Day of Happiness, too!
So share the love.
Oh and if you missed the eclipse (which I bet you did), you can watch it here.
A very, very rare (maybe never before) total eclipse of the sun occurs on the vernal equinox beginning at 4:30 ayem tonight. You can only see it from Northern Europe, but you can live stream it here. What this means in astrology, hell, I can't figure it out. But here's one take. And another.
Also note that corned beef has gone on sale.
Kilkenny Irish Soda Bread Doroʼs favorite (and only) ISB recipe
Pre-heat oven at 375 degrees 4 cups unbleached flour 1/4 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, pinch of salt
1 T caraway seeds Toss all that together
Crumble in 1/3 cup room temperature unsalted butter and work in with your hands or a pastry blender until the consistency is like cornmeal. It doesnʼt take long.
Add 1 cup raisins, light and dark or all dark - whatever your preference.
In separate bowl, combine 1 1/3 cups buttermilk, 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 egg. Mix it all up.
Pour buttermilk combo into the well of flour mixture and combine. I donʼt like to kneed too much - just until you have your dough formed.
Now you have two options.
Leave dough whole and make one large bread or split in half to make two. I always make two and sometimes three from one recipe.
Handle with floured hands and place one, two or three breads in buttered pyrex or glass casserole. Cut a criss cross on top, and bake at 375 for about 30 minutes. Test by inserting knife in center and gently picking up out of dish to see that bottom is golden - you know.
- St. Patrickʼs Day, 2015
For female journalists who have an international project in mind, there are a few more days to apply for a large sum of money.
Sorry, Chien-Chi, you can't. But as consolation prize his was picked as one of the top 10 booths to see at Art Basel Hong Kong.
And speaking of planes and Hong Kong, watch your stuff on the way. Apparently, on long trips thieves go through your hand luggage in the overhead compartment when you're not looking. Traveler, beware.
|Annie and wife Nancy|
|Ed and friend Tommy|
|The remains of winter.|
And speaking of trash, here is a Smithsonian film about out own Aymar's project to make art out of the trash choking Lake Titicaca.
If you are looking for a project, perhaps you'd like to enter an essay contest about why you'd like to run an inn in Maine. The woman who had it won it years ago and is ready to pass it on. Entry fee is $125.
Some interesting photos from former People photo editor Joyce Seymore.
And in case you believe you are one in a million, you can check "how many of me" on this link. I found there were something like eight Claudia Dowlings in the U.S. Now, I do have several addresses, so some of them could be me. . .
And anyway, I know YOU are one in a million!
|I know you all will deplore this photo program, but it's so fun!|
Investment opportunity awaits for Calm-A-Mama (above, spokesgirl not included). Hannah wants to go wide and is looking for investors.
"Duang," a word Jackie Chan invented some time ago has apparently gone viral. In China, anyway. Here is the shampoo commercial where he first used the word, which appears to mean something like voila or ta-da.!
If you haven't heard enough about the weather, you can read about gardening in the Ozarks in a blog by an acquaintance of mine who appeared as herself, a musician, in the film Winter's Bone.
Enjoyed this story about NYC buildings that become dormlike since I've been living in one since 1977. Now, if everyone didn't want to be my roommate. . .
A podcast from horror screenwriter Wesley Strick.
A nice bunch of portraits for International Women's Day from some National Geographic friends.
Word on the work of Molly Price, actress and Block Island resident, with storytelling by foster children and the elderly.
A link to Chien-Chi Chang's moving picture oeuvre on Magnum in Motion.
OK there's more, but that's enough from Claudia's Clip Service for the moment.