I mostly think of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as a mental exercise. There is a lot of truth in it, but it is more food for thought and discussion.
The National Archives of the United States is worth a trip in person, if you can. But if you can't, their website is a treasure trove of information, history, and jaw dropping resources.
From an early age I've been interested in genealogy. My paternal grandmother had so much information about where and who she came from. I remember seeing a huge, handwritten wheel that was made with her at the center and her family branching out from there. I was struck by it all. And, when she died, I volunteered to be the caretaker of all of the family history documents, letters, photos, and memorabilia.
If you don't have the time or the means to travel to England, you can pretend, with a Bristol Box full of English goodies. Disclaimer: I have yet to actually set foot in England, so these might be a bit stereotypical for "tea time", but hey, it's all in fun.
I’ve recently backfilled in a bunch of posts from my old blog, so scroll down to see some interesting new old content!
I took Spanish in school. It made the most sense, since I had already had some Spanish in elementary school, and I had a couple of Spanish-speaking people in my family. I'm glad to have learned what Spanish I did, and living here in Arizona, it really does come in handy. But I always kind of wished I'd learned some German.
Jane Austen Mad Libs*. Because why not. If I run out of other ideas, I may make this a semi-regular feature, at least making it through her six major works. And maybe some other public domain works. Let me know if you have any requests!
When I was a kid, I heard about the Seven Wonders of the World on a semi-regular basis. But, other than the Great Pyramid at Giza (though I always thought the Pyramids were in Cairo proper because I knew nothing of Egyptian geography), I had no idea what the other six wonders were.
Imagine a museum of the highest caliber. Imagine there being no admission cost. Now imagine that there are almost a couple dozen of them, each specializing in a different topic, all within the same general geographic area, most reachable by public transportation (though hard to park at). That... is the Smithsonian.
There are at least three different kinds of people. Those who can just naturally draw, those who can't and don't care, and those who can't but want to improve. I'm speaking to that last group in this post.
I've had a love hate relationship with yoga for a decade or two. I mostly love it, and, once I've been at it a while, I'm pretty good at it. But I have a few problems.
Wherein I give my take on the many characters of 'Winnie the Pooh'. The ones that "everyone" likes I don't necessarily like. And the "universally" reviled characters, well, sometimes I understand where they are coming from.
What does General Delivery mean? How has it been used? Can you still use it today?
In residential architecture, I love Craftsman, Tudor, Gothic, and more. Including Mid-Century Modern. This love of Mod transfers to things other than architecture, as well. I love the style in furniture, shapes and patterns, advertisements, movie intros, and, yes, houses.
We jump right into our first Bristol Box with toys and items you can build with your hands. Whether you like to create from scratch or closely follow included instructions, almost everyone likes to build something. I've included many options for this box, so people can pick and choose what works for them.
These days, subscription box services are quite the rage, but they are all very focused on one interest, such as food or superheroes, and require a costly subscription, often with an obligation for a certain number of months. You're also stuck with whatever comes in the box, regardless of quality, your taste, or whether it fits into your life. Bristol Box is different.
After my legal name change last year and then almost a year of impatience waiting for a certain web hosting company to have a serviceable product, I've decided to stop waiting. So here we are.