Monday, May 17, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Monday, April 19, 2021
We are still at it; making plans to move the rest of our cases and rearrange what we have. Beginning to cut lumber for the cases to be enclosed in glass. Also, began landscaping with lovely black mulch and blooming flowers.
After six weeks of being ill and out of commission, I am bouncing back, and have attended and set up at our first doll show of the year. Still need donations; we have many expenses and can't open to the public yet. Building maintenance is expensive, and coming out of my pocket.
Thinking outside the Doll House, a Memoir is selling well. It is available on Booktopia, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Austin Macaulay. There are three formats; eBook is around 4.50.
Enjoy the pictures, and Happy Collecting!
Saturday, April 10, 2021
From our guest blogger, Dr. David Levy; sorry for the delay in posts on all my blogs. I have been very ill, but am recovering.
Skyward for April 2021
David H. Levy
Shortly before noon, on our television set a news ticker appeared. It announced that two buildings in Library of Congress (LC), the James Madison, and quickly afterwards the Adams and Jefferson buildings, were being evacuated. That news sent a chill through me. The LC is one of the finest libraries in the entire world. It contains more than 170 million books, of which more than thirty are books I wrote entirely or at least a foreword. It also includes all of the more than two hundred “Star Trails” columns I wrote for Sky and Telescope magazine between 1988 and 2008, and dozens more I wrote for other magazines and journals. Only the British library, with over 200 million books, is larger than the Library of Congress.
This event was personal for me. A few minutes later, when the entire Capitol complex was stormed, it was personal for all of us. All of us had reactions to this, but in addition to the feelings I shared with most of you, I had an additional feeling– specifically about the library.
How many books does it take to make a library? When I was a child in 1963, a teacher gave the best answer I’ve ever heard: “two books.” For me, a library– any library– is every bit as priceless as a dark sky. The wisdom of the ages is contained in each library- from the LC to a child’s collection. I have never gone into a library without feeling better when I exited. The idea that this magnificent collection was threatened that day was terrifying.
I have read many books over my lifetime, from The Cat in the Hat to my boxed set of Lord of the the Rings. One small treasure, Jene Lyon’s Golden book Our Sun and the Worlds Around It, began a lifetime of stargazing. That gem, by the way, also lives in the LC. What is more, I have never encountered a really bad book. When an author places her or his thoughts on paper in a book, that book immortalizes those thoughts.
hope that Capitol Hill and the Library of Congress are never threatened
again. They belong to we the people, and
stand beautifully in
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
In honor of the doll Festival, and of my Uncle Tom, who bought me so many Japanese and Asian dolls, and who died on May 2, 1982, I'd like to showcase some of my recent Japanese Doll Purchases. Enjoy!
|Courtesy, Jason 72|
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Or not. Working on a new miniature scene or a doll house is calming. The mini world puts everything into perspective. Sometimes, I work strict to scale. Other times, I arrange for effect. Early Victorian and 18th and 17th c Doll houses inspire me. Im what I don't have, I study my books for more ideas. In a big world gone mad, it's good to have the small one where we make our own world and forecast our own destinies.