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A New Hobby?

Plinky asked, “What new hob­by would you like to try out?”

Camille Sil­ver­man — warp and weft

I would love to try weav­ing. I mean the great big loom sort of weav­ing, done with hand­made fibers — maybe even with fibers I spun myself. The entire idea of weav­ing has always been so very attrac­tive to me, and I adore all man­ner of fibers. The idea of hav­ing anoth­er way to play with col­ors and tex­tures that would lead to big tapes­tries or rugs is so entic­ing that if I knew any­one with a loom they’d prob­a­bly find it impos­si­ble to get rid of me.

Bar­ring a big loom, I’d take even a lap loom, just some­thing to get me going on it. I went to town mak­ing those pothold­ers back in Girl Scouts!

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If I Could Be a Magazine Editor

Plinky asked, “If you could be an edi­tor for any mag­a­zine, which would you choose?”

News­stand

Oh, that’s a dif­fi­cult ques­tion. There are mag­a­zines like Wired, that have enor­mous dis­tri­b­u­tion with­in a cer­tain demo­graph­ic and cov­er fas­ci­nat­ing sub­jects. Then there are lifestyle mag­a­zines that have the poten­tial to be very influ­en­tial among women, such as Real Sim­ple (the only one I per­son­al­ly ever read). I’m afraid I’d be bored pret­ty quick­ly with their con­straints, though. More seri­ous­ly, there are mag­a­zines like Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can (and Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can Mind) or Skep­tic. That would be chal­leng­ing. Do you think Nation­al Geo­graph­ic edi­tors get to trav­el much? I haven’t even touched the online mags, like Salon, yet. They count, right? Then there are all the lit­tle niche pub­li­ca­tions, like the mag­a­zines for var­i­ous sorts of col­lec­tors, or needle­work­ers, or cross­word enthu­si­asts and so on. Is there a mag­a­zine about mag­a­zines, oth­er than Writer’s Digest?

I keep com­ing back to the breadth of mate­r­i­al Wired cov­ers. Tech­nol­o­gy, books, music, sex — that sounds pret­ty good to me. If I got to play with the lat­est tech toys, it would be even better!

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Mmmm, Chocolate!

Plinky asks: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

Dark Choco­late

My favorite is dark choco­late! The high­est cocoa con­tent around, please! I do try to go with the green, fair trade brands as much as possible.

Milk choco­late is for chil­dren whose palates haven’t been edu­cat­ed yet, and white choco­late (while yum­my on straw­ber­ries) isn’t even real choco­late. We call it that for the sake of those poor souls who are aller­gic to any­thing con­tain­ing cocoa.

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Why I’m Thankful for Caller ID

Leaf

I’m not avoid­ing my moth­er, but I get tense when I see her on my caller ID lately.

We tend to stay in touch by email more than by phone, and if she calls it usu­al­ly means that there’s some­thing that can’t wait on email. We’ve lost five mem­bers of our extend­ed fam­i­ly since Octo­ber 2. We had absolute­ly no warn­ing with two of those peo­ple. One was a young teen.

So as much as I love my moth­er, every time I pick up the phone to talk to her now I’m expect­ing bad news.

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‘Partners in Necessity’ by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

ETA: This oth­er­wise cryp­tic post was a response to a Plinky prompt that asked what book I’d take if I were called to jury duty today. I can’t imag­ine why their “share with blog” func­tion doesn’t include the prompt!

I wouldn’t wor­ry too much, as I can be fair­ly sure that I’ll nev­er be PICKED for jury duty. Last time, they asked, “Does any­body here have any prob­lem with uphold­ing ANY law?” I said yes (there are some real­ly stu­pid laws on the books!) and was imme­di­ate­ly dismissed.


Part­ners in Neces­si­ty is long, and it’s good “com­fort read­ing” for me (one of the few books I ever re-read).

If I were ever actu­al­ly put on a jury, though, I don’t think I could pos­si­bly car­ry enough books with me unless I had a Kindle.

Plinky: Three Songs I’d Sing at a Karaōke Bar

Their text actu­al­ly says, “If you pay me enough, I’d sing these songs.” I wouldn’t have to be paid, though. I’ve nev­er actu­al­ly been in a karaōke bar, but I love to sing, so there are plen­ty of songs that I would be will­ing to sing!