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happy easter!  

what an odd little easter card.  i love blanche’s address just as much as the card—blanche on e. 78th.  what was the story between joe and blanche anyway?  isn’t his message sort of terse?  did they have a romance and break up?  were they kids and his mom made him send her the card?  what’s up, joe?

"Greetings from Joe"
Brooklyn, NY
Postmarked 1909

(Source: gladyourenothere)

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Michigan Ave, 1948, Chicago

Michigan Ave, 1948, Chicago

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Battling the wind on N Michigan Ave, 1947, Chicago.

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what i just made:  a shrowl!

i loved this pattern as soon as i saw it!  stephen west’s shrowl can be worn as a cowl or as a shrug.  (that’s him above wearing it as a cowl.)  i think the back of the shrug is cool and the whole thing is knit in one piece like a big scarf so it’s super easy.  i really love super easy.

i used malabrigo worsted yarn in olive—a gorgeous yarn.  i may block mine to make it looser and stretchier looking but right now, i’m liking the fit at the waist.

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what i’m reading now…

i bought this last summer and am finally getting around to it!  when 7,300+ readers rate a book 4 1/2 stars on amazon, one should take note.  i’m not far along but am enjoying it very much.

from amazon.com:  “Liane Moriary is probably doomed to be forever labeled a writer of “chick lit.” But despite its dopey name, her new novel, The Husband’s Secret, is better described as a comedy of manners and one with a serious undertone. You can’t help but laugh along with the small observations—“And there was poor little Rob, a teenage boy clumsily trying to make everything right, all false smiles and cheery lies. No wonder he became a real estate agent.”  This is a deceptively rich novel that transcends its era and place at the same time that it celebrates same.” —Sara Nelson

from entertainment weekly:  “Moriarty ultimately can’t resist wrapping up her story lines with a bow that will probably feel too shiny and pink-petal neat for some. But you don’t need a husband or a secret to feel for her characters’ very real moral quandaries, and to want that shiny bow for them a little bit, too.

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this is embroidery, people!  these portraits blow my mind.

St. Louis, MO-based artist Cayce Zavaglia creates photorealistic portraits that look like paintings but are actually made using painstakingly detailed embroidery.

The process, which she refers to as a “renegade approach to embroidery”, begins with a photo-shoot consisting of 100-150 portraits from which she selects the best image and then moves to the canvas where she works with one ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen to create each piece which is often not larger than 8″ x 10″.

Visit Cayce Zavaglia’s website to view more of her artwork.

(Source: archiemcphee, via craftdiscoveries)

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i know cool whip is fake and bad for you but it really is delicious every once in a while…this looks worth the negative health points.

Quick and Easy Dessert with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.
Get the recipe here » http://bit.ly/1l1sjKP

i know cool whip is fake and bad for you but it really is delicious every once in a while…this looks worth the negative health points.

Quick and Easy Dessert with COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.

Get the recipe here » http://bit.ly/1l1sjKP

(Source: chefthisup)

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"This Is Your Brain On Yoga"

"We all know that yoga does wonders for the mind. Even novices of asana, pranayama, and meditation report feeling increased mental stability and clarity during and after practice. Now, thanks to sophisticated brain imaging technologies, neuroscience is proving what teachers and practitioners have known for ages—that yoga and meditation can literally change your brain. But what exactly is going on up there? Take a peek inside—a basic understanding of brain anatomy and function can serve as a handy road map for your inner journey.

I love this article by Kathryn Heagberg in Yoga International.

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passwords and the heartbleed bug

here’s a listing of the passwords you should change:  websites affected by the heartbleed bug.

here’s how to construct a solid password: