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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Be Still My Heart





Midtown shop owner protests what he sees as a diminishing support for the printed word.
By DAVID TWIDDY
The Associated Press


The flames rose Sunday as Tom Wayne burned used books at Prospero’s Books at 39th and Bell streets. He hopes to make this a monthly event.
Photo gallery: Book burning at Prospero's Books
In the 10 years Tom Wayne has operated Prospero’s Books, a used bookstore in midtown Kansas City, he has amassed thousands of books in a warehouse.


Ranging from best sellers such as Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October and Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, to obscure titles such as a bound report from the Fourth Pan-American Conference held in Buenos Aires in 1910 and a textbook on beginning Polish, the books won’t sell. Wayne said even local libraries and thrift stores have told him they were full.


On Sunday, Wayne began putting them to the torch, tossing scores of books into a burning cauldron to protest what he sees as society’s diminishing support for the printed word.


“This is the funeral pyre for thought in America today, Wayne told spectators outside his bookstore as he lit the first batch of books.


The fireblazed for about 50 minutes before the Kansas City Fire Department put it out because Wayne didn’t have a burning permit.


Wayne said he would get a permit for next time. He said he envisioned monthly bonfires until his supply — estimated at 20,000 books — was exhausted.


He said he had noticed a decline in customers and perceived more people getting information from television or the Internet. He pointed to a 2002 study by the National Endowment for the Arts, which found that less than half of adult respondents reported reading for pleasure, a decline from almost 57 percent in 1982.


Dozens of customers took advantage of the event, scouring the pile of books waiting to go into the fire, looking forlast-minute bargains.


Mike Bechtel paid $10 for a stack of books, including an antique collection of children’s literature.


“I think given the fact it is a protest of people not reading books, it’s the best way to do it,” Bechtel said.



Did anyone see this on the news?


Next question: Did you nearly have a coronary?


At first, I nearly choked watching this man burn books!! My thoughts went to: is he crazy or what? Did the word "SALE" not enter his mind???!


Or is this man really smart? It did bring to the attention that reading books is on the decline. (very sad, but true) It also gave him national coverage that will possibly send him many offers to take the books off his hands. Hmmm.. I hope he chose books he really expected would never sell before piling them into the trash to burn!!


It makes me wonder why teachers don't promote reading anymore? I mean, they MAKE KIDS READ the standard school books, but you never hear of any promoting the individual reading of books each kid may actually enjoy. I wonder why that is?


Trying to think back to my school days, things really haven't changed. I can remember the "assigned books", (few if any were anything that drew me into them) but, I can't ever remember a teacher giving the students an assignment of reading a book of their choice and then making a report on it. Possibly asking "why" they liked it and "why" they would recommend the book to others....


... and then they blame the fact that kids have no imagination anymore because of television and computers. Duh.. well.. it needs to be promoted at a young age and repeated throughout their youth to give them the opportunity to understand that reading is fun too!


I just hope this was a way to make more people want books... if it's not, then it's sure a sad state of affairs.


I wish I had been there! I woulda made a killing gabbing books for almost nothing!


...'till next time...

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Katharine Hepburn

Had she lived longer, Katharine Hepburn would have been 100 years old this month.

My girlfriend Ann, reminded me of this fact, and the fact that John Wayne would have been 100 also.. Annie posted about one of her favorite actors, John Wayne, right " here "

Katharine Hepburn is one of my all time favorite actresses, so I thought I would do a little post about her here.

Birth: 12 May 1907, Hartford, Connecticut, USA more
Date of Death:29 June 2003, Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA. (natural causes)

Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. (I would say her parents were most successful!)

Kate Hepburn (as she was often called) made 52 movies... starting in 1932 in A Bill of Divorcement and ending with One Christmas (made for tv) in 1994.

In between were such movies as:

Little Women (1933),

Mary of Scotland (1936),

Stage Door (1937),

Bringing up Baby (1938),

The Philadelphia Story (1940),

Dragon Seed (1944),

Adam's Rib (1949),

African Queen (1951),

Pat and Mike (1952),

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967),

The lion in Winter (1968),

Rooster Cogburn (1975),

On Golden Pond (1981),

and The Man Upstaris (made for tv 1992).
Some, if not all of those, should ring a bell with you. If they don't .. well.. You've missed out on some really great movies and a fantastic actress.

Kate began her long career doing plays. In 1928 she first appeared in a play called "The Big Pond" and went on to appear in some 20 plays, including "The Philadelphia Story", later to become the movie.

Though many books are written about her, Katharine wrote her own Biography, called:
Me : Stories of My Life

(She also wrote: "The Making of the African Queen". )

Young or old-er... she was one hellava'n actress!

I will always stop to watch a movie with Katharine Hepburn in it. I'm never disappointed.

There are a number of Kate's movies grouped together for sale, if you are interested, check them out. Here. Here. and Here. (the last one being the Tracy/ Hepburn movies) and lastly an A&E Biography of Kate.

If you've never watched her... maybe it's time that you did.

And if you have seen her before... maybe it's time to see her again.

....'till next time....

Monday, May 28, 2007

Books



Well.. another book bites the dust.



I picked Here there be Dragons, from the new books that came from Amazon.com because I thought it was a stand alone book.



(Note: "I thought!"... and was wrong once again. sigh)



The author, James A Owen has a second book (the sequel? or will there be a third??) due out this coming January called, The Search for the Red Dragon (Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, the)... so much for stand alone!



However, I will say this about book one, Here There Be Dragons, does come to a conclusion so that it could be a stand alone book... one need not read farther to enjoy this book.



Three Oxford men, become companions on a voyage through the Archipelago of Dreams .. and there begins the Story (stories?) containing Legends, Myths, and Fantasies.. which pop up all through the entire book.



Travel with these men, aboard the Indigo Dragon, through the Archipelago of Dreams and encounter many heard of, Legends and Myth's (good and bad) along the way. You will find yourself trying to guess "who's who" before you actually find out.



I quite enjoyed reading this book, although I will say the building of the 3 main characters was not the best. (I believe he was trying to protect the identity of these men for the end of the book) But still, this book was a fun read, and I'm happy to find out another such book will be out in January.






Reading level: Young Adult ... It actually said.. from 8th grade and UP.



(I'm about as "up" as it gets and I enjoyed it)



Hardcover: 336 pages
Publishing (September 26, 2006)
ISBN-10: 1416912274



At the end of the book there is a page of Author's Notes... and I quote:



"Suppose the worlds of make-believe had a basis in reality. Suppose that we could, in the right circumstances, visit them. And suppose that the proof of their substance was strewn throughout both history and fiction, if only we knew where to look...... "



.... 'till next time...

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Ah... well.. make that 2 books bite the dust! I started this post on Saturday, planning to put it up on Sunday, which I didn't.... now, it's Monday and last night I finished reading Fablehaven by: Brandon Mull.


I have to say, that the young adult books I've been reading have really all been very good. I am beginning to think the authors of these books are better then most!

Fablehaven was a fun read. Kendra and Seth (sister and brother) get dropped off at Grandpa Sorenson's home while their parents go on a cruise. Their expectations of a "fun time" are at an all time low... but what happens there is surely a visit to remember!
It's a fast and enjoyable read ... and I hope that anyone who's already read the book found the "secret message" at the back of the book! Drink the Milk!














Hardcover: 368 pages

ISBN-10: 1590385810


Today I will begin to read the second in the series (the third due out next year)... Fablehaven: Rise of The Evening Star

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Myrtle's Tribute to Star Wars

As a final Tribute to 30 Years of Star Wars... Myrtle wanted to add her special little something....


Friday, May 25, 2007

...And a Good Morning To You

Pamela allowed me to use a photo of her's of a male quail on her fence.... (thank's again Pam!J)



....'till next time....

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Star Wars 30th Anniversary

Friday, May 25th is Star Wars 30th Anniversary! Can this really be? Where the heck did 30 years go?? (being an old woman, I actually have the answer to that: 30 yrs all showed up in my butt, hips and stomach!)

I remember well, seeing Star Wars in the movie theaters. I had my sons with me, and they were entranced. ... while I sat there with a drool bucket that filled every time Hans Solo appeared! Hello? I wasn't blind!

Along with the most amazing movie I had ever seen, came an amazing artist .. Drew Struzan. If you didn't know him before, you know him now. Click on his link to see some other posters he's made... I'm sure you will recognize many of them.


Although I like the original first 3 movies more then the last three.. I'm glad George Lucas told the beginning of his story. I had hoped he'd do the ending but, hey, I'll take what I can get!

I hear there are a number of conventions and special events going on around the country to celebrate the 30th Anniversary... the only one I'd like to be at is one that Lucas would be at! (heh.. ok so there's a crush going on there). I don't know that he will be at any, but maybe that's something I should look into? hmmmm. (I did see Lucas, live and in person, once at the Director's Guild in Hollywood once. Whew...I'm not sure I breathed the whole time he was on stage! He's fascinating to watch.. you can literally SEE that his mind works faster then his mouth can talk !

Anyway... I did manage to get some of the posters by Struzan (not originals!) and I also collected a few autographs ......

Warwick Davis was the Ewok.

Sir Alec Guinness: Obi-wan (absolutely perfect casting!)

And the man who first dreamed it, then wrote it... then gave it to us! George Lucas.

And of course I will always be grateful to George Lucas and Star Wars for being so popular that it brought back Kirk, Spock and McCoy, and gave them a shot at the big screen!

Thanks again George, and Happy Anniversary Star Wars!

ps: did I mention that when I boot up my computer part of the Star Wars theme plays!

....'till next time..

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Mailman Only Rings Once

Oh how I love to get packages in the mail!

Today Amazon finally caught up on my "past" orders! Just look what arrived!!

...and in a separate box came the illusive 3rd book to the Dragonlance series!!! You don't know how glad I am to get this one! I envisioned myself mailing the other 5 back because I could not find this book anywhere! I hugged it strongly before I gently set it up by the other hard back Dragonlance books!

Now that I finally and caught up with Amazon... or rather, they have caught up with me! I am going to try like heck not to buy any books for a bit and read what I have. Will this truly happen? heh.. heck if I know! I have a fairly good size Wish List at Amazon, I just hope I can resist for awhile!

But I really have to cut back.. not only don't I have the money... I don't have space for anymore books !! They are piled all over my room! I'm beginning to feel like Elinor (you have to have read Inkheart to know Elinor).. nobody better touch my books and I no longer loan them out! (lost too many that way)

You know it's bad when: just looking at your books makes you smile!

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Dancing With the Stars: AND THE WINNER IS..........

Apollo, Apollo, Apollo!!!! (such a cutie!)

....'till next time....

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I've Been Reading Again...









I just finished reading The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.





  • Hardcover: 352 pages
    Publisher: Atria (November 7, 2006)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0743298853

  • I don't like to give things away ( so I won't) but I will say it's was an enjoyable read.
    It begins: Once upon a time-- for that is how all stories should begin-- there was a boy who lost his mother.

    After a few chapters, 12 Yr old David finds himself in another land, where things aren't so nice. There are battles to be fought, and lessons to be learned.
    It's a book that, as you read it, you quickly figure out what is going on. But the author writes in such a way that you find you want to keep reading anyway.
    I think anyone picking up this book will, in the end, have to admit that they enjoyed John Connolly's writing; I know I did.

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    Last night, (after Dancing With the Stars) I read this little fairy tale by Anne McCaffrey, An Exchange of Gifts.







































    I scanned both sides of this little book because I thought the artwork was so nice, by Pat Morrisey. I haven't read any of McCaffrey's sci-fi books... but I think I've read ALL the Pern related books.
    This was different from either. As I said.. it's tiny... only 92 pages, so I read it in one sitting, and found that it was very enjoyable. I would catagorize it as a romantic fantasy. I will say, that more then likely, I never would have even considered this book had it not been by McCaffrey. (just not into romance as much as adventure) But I am more then happy I read it and that I can now add it to my "collection" of books.
    Hardcover: 92 pages
    Publisher: Roc Hardcover (November 1, 1995)
    ISBN-10: 0451455207
    Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches (I told you it was tiny!)

    Oh! and just FYI for those McCaffrey fans out there... she and her son Todd's next book will be out in December, called: Dragon Harper. You can already pre-order it at Amazon for 17.13 ... if you are so inclined.
    Here are the specifics on it:
    Hardcover: 384 pages
    Publisher: Del Rey (December 26, 2007)
    ISBN-10: 0345480309









    ....'till next time...

    Monday, May 21, 2007

    Monday Photo Shoot

    Well, John Scalzi posted a cute idea. It's to make a poster out of some favorite photo's, so I decided to give it a go.

    It's simple to do. John has a link on his post of where to go to make the poster. If you'd like to join in please visit John and when you've posted your poster (little tongue twister there) go back and leave your link for all to see.

    I chose two of my old animal photo's from when I helped at Shambala Preserve...



    .... and I couldn't leave out Myrtle!...



    .... 'till next time....

    Saturday, May 19, 2007

    ...Of Turtles and Books

    In case you like to follow Myrtle, and haven't discovered her personal blog , here are the two latest installments.

    I love Patches.. Patches is Helen's dog. She posts photo's every so often of her and she is so animated that I asked permission to use her.. obviously Helen said yes! (thanks again Helen!)




    I finally had some good news from Amazon.com.! Sheesh, lately I've had some problems with them, but they seem to FINALLY be coming together again. Two months ago I ordered 6 books (2 trilogies) of Dragonlance series in Hard Back. I am replacing my paperbacks, where and when I can due to my eye never really clearing back up..I found hard back books easier for me to read. (and yes, more expensive!) Anyway,.. I ordered them.. and of the 6 books.. 5 appeared at my door. The third had said 1-3 weeks for delivery.. ok, I can live with that. 9 weeks have gone by, (not a happy camper) when finally I see on the web site that the book in question is being prepared for shipping! Glory Be!!!!! I was even searching anywhere I could to find this last book. I didn't want 5 new ones and the last one to be a beat up used book. Not that I have anything against used books! Heck no! I get those when I can too! I'm not in a position to always have nice new books.

    So.. I am kinda happy right now! I was really thinking I was going to get stuck with only 5 of the 6.. and the books run in order so having 5 would mean you don't getto read the ending! duh. These are some of my favorites by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I love the characters from these books or I wouldn't have bothered to replace them... once I finish a few new books I have here I am going to get into re-reading my favorites again.. I enjoy going back and knowing all those characters can come alive for me over and over.

    There are a number of other books I need desperately to replace. My paperbacks are so old they are turning brown. I realize most of the ones I need (IF they ever were in hard back) will be used.. many are even way out of any range of money I can afford!

    It surprises me no end how expensive some of them are when you consider that Fantasy Fiction is so called not the most popular of books, and that the authors of these books are still alive and writing. It's not like there's no way you won't get more of their books. So.. what makes them so expensive??? If you know, let ME know!

    Well.. I have to put a match under my butt and get moving. My brother and David are having company later. That means I have work to do!

    Have a good weekend !

    ...'till next time....

    Friday, May 18, 2007

    2 fer 1

    8 Things About Me Meme..

    Here are the rules:

    1: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves.
    2: People who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 random things, and post these rules.
    3: At the end of your post you need to tag 8 people and include their names.
    4: Don't forget to leave them a comment and tell them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

    1. I love reading fantasy..

    big surprise huh? I just love Sorcerers and Dragons and adventure (doesn't have to be "high adventure).. and.. . On the occasion that I don't read fantasy I enjoy books about the original astronauts and now and then I read a Biography of someone who interests me.

    2. I love movies and like to own them.

    If I want to see a movie, then it's the same as saying I want to own the movie! I hate renting movies and I can no longer get out to go to the movies when I'd like to. There's also the fact that if I like a movie I do watch it more then once! (more then twice.. more then...)

    3 I still miss DeForest and Carolyn:

    Another no brainer here. There are times I miss them so much I begin to dream that they are still with me. They made such an impression on my life, I can't let go of them.

    4 I love animals:

    I love just about all animals. A highlight in my life was doing volunteer work for Tippi Hedren with her lions and tigers and cougars (and elephants) I had a special bond/ love affair with a (then) young Cougar named Daisy, and even as time passes I think of her.

    5 I collect autographs:

    I guess I'm not giving away too much new information with this meme! But there's not much about me that I haven't mentioned at one time or another in my journal! (sorry 'bout that)

    6 Don't ever take me to either: a book store, or an art supply store or a computer store

    These are stores that I can't walk out of without spending money that I don't have! So PAHLEEZE, never take me into one of them!

    7 I cry alot and often:

    Ok, that here's one you may not know, and at the same time, it's more then you'd want to know!

    8 I used to daydream alot... I miss it.

    When I was younger my "handle" for my old CB base was DayDreamer. I was disappointed when I came to aol that the name was already taken so I resorted to DesLily, which many know was originally De's Lily, from when I first met DeForest.

    I tag anyone who would like to participate!...

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    I finished Bridge to Teribithia... all i can say is: I wasn't prepared for it!

    (I'm glad I didn't see the movie before reading this book.)

    It's a small book..

    most can likely read it in one sitting... but don't.

    Read it slow.

    Read it with heart.

    It's a book you won't soon forget.... 'nuff said.


    ...'till next time....

    Feline Friday

    BooBoo Kitty posed nicely at the kitchen window yesterday... so that's who you get for Feline Friday! "Da Boo!"



    As always, please visit Steven's kitty and leave a link to your own Feline Friday!

    Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    Indy! Indy! Indy!


    Hello, you Sexy Thang!...

    Have a good look !.... Indy IV begins filming in June and will be released next year!!!

    (doing the happy dance!.. yeah, yeah, not a pretty sight but hey...I'm gunna dance anyway!)

    AP ConnecticutIndiana Jones sequel to shoot scenes in New Haven
    May 15, 2007, 11:06 AM EDT

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Some star power is coming to downtown New Haven, where scenes are scheduled to be filmed next month for a sequel to the popular "Indiana Jones" movie series.

    A spokesman for director Steven Spielberg confirmed Monday that the fourth installment of the action series will include a car chase set to be filmed on Chapel Street between College and High streets.

    A preproduction crew visited the city last week and Monday to check locations and talk with merchants, one of whom said they were told that filming would occur June 28 and 30, the New Haven Register reported Tuesday.

    "I really have no details on it at all, except to say that there will be some filming there," Marvin Levy, a spokesman for Spielberg, told the newspaper.

    The movie starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery is set to open May 22, 2008. It will be the fourth in the series, which began with the 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

    That movie was followed by two sequels: "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" in 1984 and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" in 1989.

    The new installment is tentatively titled "Indiana Jones IV" and, in addition to Ford and Connery, is slated to feature actors Cate Blanchett and Shia LeBeouf.

    Several New Haven merchants said their storefronts will be transformed to capture the 1950s-era look of the film, which centers on the adventures of fictional archaeologist and professor Indiana Jones.

    The last Hollywood visit to the Elm City was in September, when Uma Thurman filmed a scene for the thriller "In Bloom," planned for release later this year. That also was shot on Chapel Street.

    The Board of Aldermen must approve the street closings and other details before filming can occur.

    Alderman Nicholas Shalek, who represents the city's downtown area, said he had not heard the names Spielberg, Lucas and Ford in connection with the project, but that city officials were told the movie would be "big."

    "Generally, I think its a terrific thing for the city," he said. (anyone want to take a ride to Connecticut? .. well, it was a thought!)
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    In a press release Monday, Lucas, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford confirmed that the long-gestating fourth installment in the Indiana Jones saga would begin production in June. Lucas will produce via Lucasfilm, Spielberg will direct and Ford will dust off the fedora for one more go-round as the globe-hopping, adventure-seeking archaeologist.

    "George, Harrison and I are all very excited," Spielberg said. Lucas chimed in by saying, "These films are such great fun to make. I'm looking forward to reuniting with the team and starting this new journey."

    And Ford, who will be 64 when cameras roll, added, "I'm delighted to be back in business with my old friends.

    "I don't know if the pants still fit but I know the hat will."

    There was no immediate word on the official title or plot points. Also unanswered is whether Sean Connery will return as Indy's father. Lucas has previously said that he wanted the semi-retired actor back and would be writing him into the story line.

    Paramount Pictures, which released the previous installments, will distribute the fourth, which is reportedly targeting a May 2008 release.


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    IMDb: Director:Steven Spielberg

    Writers:David Koepp (screenplay)
    George Lucas (characters)
    more
    Release Date:22 May 2008 (USA) more
    Genre:Action / Adventure more
    Production Notes/Status:
    Status:Pre-production
    Comments:Script is ready, filming is expected to begin in June 2007.


    Shia LaBeouf

    Cate Blanchett

    Harrison Ford ... Indiana Jones

    Sean Connery ... Dr. Henry Jones (rumored) confirmed!

    Ray Winstone

    Karen Allen ... Marion Ravenwood (rumored)

    Man! I can't wait!... next year is shaping up nicely for me and movies!.. First Inkheart in March and now Indy!!!! Oh yeah, oh yeah, Happy dancin' here!

    (if you didn't see them before... there were 2 new Myrle cartoons on her blog)

    .... 'till next time...

    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    Moondust


    I just finished reading Moondust: The Search for the Men That Fell to Earth


    I sent for this book because the write up said the author was in search of the "Moonwalkers" to try to understand those years better and to see what became of the very few that actually walked on the moon.

    He delivered that and more.

    In between finding the Astronauts, he would discuss what was going on during those years here on earth, and with the young man he was at the time. In the very least, he was most interesting. He did find the "moonwalkers" and found out what they did after walking on the moon and how life changed for each of them.

    I felt something within the author that I related to.. namely.. he saw them as amazing individuals as I do. Once he wrote: Not for the first time, I want to laugh at the sight of everyone else going about their business.. chatting and checking/ asking directions or buying drinks or waiting in the lobe for traveling companions to show.... unaware that standing quietly in their midst is someone who lived on the Moon for three days. Most of the time I forget how strange what I'm doing is, but every so often it hits me like an Arctic wind. It does now..

    And he noted: Twenty-seven left, nine landed, all came back. Something I've said before: the more you consider what Apollo did in so little time, the more unbelievable it seems.

    Myself, well... I've already said it... they are my heroes. Yes, it gripes me that after all they did that NASA stepped back and didn't keep going forward. But I also know the reason is "politics". If it were up to NASA, I doubt they would have stopped in their tracks and doggie paddled for so many years, making it look as if those brave men went for no particular reason. But that doesn't blind me. It takes a special kind of man to sit atop that rocket and go to the moon, only "thinking" he could get back. That much will never change.

    The book wasn't ALL I thought it would be, but I definitly enjoyed reading it, and found times I wanted to keep reading when I was too tired so I'd put it down not wanting to "miss something from a foggy brain".

    I learned a few things about some of the Moonwalkers that I didn't know.. and I stay steadfast and loyal... they ARE my heroes.

    Since the one time I got to meet and be in the same room with some of heroes of mine (breathing the same air even!!) I've hoped they would do the show again here in NJ but.. each year they are somewhere else.

    I did find two Shows that many of them will be at though and I'll put the links here in case you are interested in the Original Astronauts and happen to be in the vicinity that you might want to go.

    Spacefest 2007 will be held in August at the Mesa Convention Center in Phoenix. (click the link to see who all will be there)

    The 2007 Kennedy Space Center Florida Convention and Autograph Show will be in June at the Kennedy Space Center! (eating my heart out here!)


    ...'till next time...

    Monday, May 14, 2007

    The Cost of Stamps Just Went Up!

    I guess it comes as no big surprise that today the US Post Office is once again raising the price of stamps. I thought I'd better remind y'all so you don't mail an important Bill out and it gets returned!

    Sometimes, it seems incredible to me that they have gone up so much in price during my lifetime. (I know I'm Old.. but gimme a break!)

    Back in my day this is what stamps looked like. (note: the price!)

    Granted you had to lick the stamp, but hey, considering the prices now.. it was well worth the yucky taste!

    When I was searching for "old" stamps, I remembered the Postcard. I'm not sure anyone uses them anymore .. but ..back in my day this is how the corner of a typical post card looked. ONE CENT! Hello?!

    Here is today's new stamp... .41 cents! (good grief!) I think they are trying to make a letter a thing of the past!

    book of 20.... 8.40

    They've also issued a Forever stamp. They are self adhesive... which makes me wonder if they will still be self adhesive a year from now if someone actually bought enough to last that long... or longer.

    The Postal Services new 41 cent "Forever" stamp is now on sale. The stamps can be used to send first-class mail from now until forever, no matter how much postage rates may rise.

    The cost of a first-class stamp will increase from 39 cents on May 14.

    The forever stamps are available online at usps.com, by calling (800) STAMP-24 (782-6724) or at your local post office.

    For those of us unfortunate enough to have a flat or two of the old 39 cent stamps this is the 2 cent stamp you need to get to be able to use up the ones you have.
    Navajo 2 cent stamp

    It seems the Post Office needs a way to get the young folks to write letters instead of emailing so they've issued a flat of Star Wars stamps!

    Star Wars sheet of 15 ....6.15 They are pretty cool looking... it may work!

    Seeing all of those stamps, and especially the Star Wars sheet made me remember I had something (related) with a stamp on it and dug it out.

    It's a commemorative cachet envelope from Star Trek.... 1991

    Check out a close up of the 45 cent stamp on it! Pretty cool huh?

    The artist is Keith Birdsong.. one of the very few artists that could actually paint DeForest right!


    This Cachet was given to me by DeForest.. he signed the back.

    It's one of those things I saved, but have no idea what to really do with it! Ah well.. I'm betting the 45 cent stamp isn't worth 45 cents anymore!

    Saturday, May 12, 2007

    Feline Friday

    Well, it's Feline Friday.. a day late again! *sigh* And I had these pictures of BooBoo Kitty and Princess sleeping on the back porch in the sunbeam. BooBoo doesn't usually sleep by any other of the cats except Peanutchew so finding her with Princess was a surprise!

    I left the flash off since the sunbeam was so bright.. i like the shadows too. BooBoo woke because I walked out on to the porch for the second photo.. but Princess slept through the whole ordeal.

    If you want to share a kitty picture be sure to visit Steven and leave a comment with "Pickle"!


    (fyi: myrtle posted for anyone interested)