This is what democracy looks like!”

Women’s March January 21, 2017img_6608   Bronze statue of former mayor Richard S. Caliguiri looks out onto the Pittsburgh March

“This is what democracy looks like”

“Human rights are nonpartisan”

First- two weeks of preparation, knitting pink Pussyhats designed by Kat Coyle

My friends Ann in Pittsburgh  and Joanne in Florida texted and emailed and we knit and knit and shipped hats to various friends and relatives around the USA

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And from Colleen from Nova Scotia in Solidarity

Hats by Ann went to Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Colorado and Washington DC

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My friends Eileen and Linda (midwife who delivered my son Mark almost 41 years ago was knitting in Boston Massachusetts for their march to DC

Eileen knitting -Linda in her knitted hat ready for Washington DC

Hats sent to my teacher friend Jenn and her daughter Wylie by hat maker Kit Wojcik

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Thanks Tara

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Sign makers at the City County Building

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Nia on the left in charge of technology for the event   Ann and Ann on the right

From my blogging friend Stef- on her way to march in  Minnesota-  Her hat is crocheted

Below- March in Colorado contributed by Deb Beozzo and her daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Sean

Here is an excerpt from a poem titled  Knitting Activist my friend Roberta wrote about me

Over under the country unraveling

the old anxiety returning,

she sits and knits

pussy hats for a new generation of women on the march.

A sister, a daughter, some fortunate friends

take this gift handed down from grandmothers

and try to rebind the frayed threads of the republic,

arms linked over under.

Along with these daughters and mothers she has clad,

she rises and knits her way to mindful spirited communion.

Roberta Hatcher

January 2017

img_3025Roberta (in pink hat) sent this image from Washington march

Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

At least a year ago, my friend Connie W. from Florida, sent a newspaper article from an Ocala paper about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb Croatia.  Connie must have read it and thought of Matthew, my son who lives there.   I asked him one time about it and then another time and we didn’t talk about it or mention it for along while.  Then I said I hope he could take Flat Ruthie there as I thought it would be an interesting place to visit.  Then Flat Ruthie went missing. And besides Flat Ruthie  hasn’t really had any relationships to break up  that I’m aware of………….

Today in my email I received photographs of his visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  Here is what Matthew wrote:

 
My Blog-following friends- Sasha, Ana Maria and Tanja asked if I had taken Flat Ruthie to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  I hadn’t.  So we decided to go together and take some pics for the Blog.  Flat Ruthie was too busy exploring the remote reaches of my desk drawers, so she opted not to join us this time.  I bought a Bad Memories Eraser for Mom at the gift shop, but a few hours later ran into a friend who needed it more.  Her boyfriend has gone to NYC to play the drums.

 I wonder what she’ll donate to the museum: a pair of scuffed sticks or an abandoned ride cymbal?  Hopefully, she’ll update us when she decides –   Matthew

Welcome to Museum

It isn’t just the objects.  It is the stories behind the objects.

Boots

 

 

Biker Boots

the story behind the boots

 

Ana Sasha Tanja

Tanja, Sasha, Ana at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

 

 

 

 

A wisp of hair

 

 

 

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Axe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEdding Box

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Flyer

 

 

 

Keka Flyer

 

 

 

Chocolate

At the gift shop

 

 

Blog Followers

I am so happy you all encouraged MAtthew to go to the museum!!!

 

I am not sure to whom the credit should go to for the photo of  Matthew at the entrance.  Let me know and I can edit the post.

Museum of Broken Relationships

Photo credit to Sasha, Tanja or Ana Maria- Thank you

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Happy Groundhog’s Day as One Blog Leaks into Another

We haven’t really had a winter yet so at dawn, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, it won’t be surprising to hear there’ll be 6 more weeks of winter.  I heard that Punxsutawney schools are closed on February 2nd for Groundhog’s Day.   It’s a great holiday to celebrate.  No gifts.   Thursday night I will serve Groundhog Chicken from the NYTimes, late 1980’s recipe which is browned chicken in orange sauce with ginger, cinnamon, Tabasco and slivered almonds served with CousCous and some garlic green beans. I  own cooky cutters in the shapes of Groundhogs, a large and a small, but did not make time to roll dough and cut out cookies to bake.

If you want to watch the Groundhog News or see the Live Webcast, click HERE  and if I get a chance I will update what the furry prognosticator declares.    UPDATE    at 7:20 AM Phil the Groundhog saw his shadow.  Six more weeks of winter!!

There is such a wonderful Chicago tour written by Chicago John  on the Cardboardmetravels blog that I am not going to bump it off the other blog with today’s groundhog photo. You have read many of his comments on my blog and you may have clicked on his link from the Bartolini Kitchens to read his stories of childhood memory and the preparation of heirloom Italian recipes.

In 1990,  three years before Groudhog Day (Bill Murray movie) hit the theaters and everyone had heard about Phil the Groundhog in Punxsutawney, my sister flew out from NYC to Pittsburgh.  In the middle of a foggy night, we drove to Punxsutawney for the event.  Mary wrote postcards and mailed them so they would have the February 2nd postmark from Punxsutawney.  We had a fun day although it was freezing in the woods and all felt a bit strange. You’ve seen Nativity scenes and Santa in yards at Christmas?  Well, the residents have GROUNDHOGS on their lawns.  Big wooden cutout groundhogs.  We experienced the occasion and I guess it could have been something on a bucket list if we had one. Visit Gobbler’s Knob at least once in your life!

So a single post for Groundhog’s Day and here is my Groundhog Folkmanis Puppet  holding the original Flat Ruthie  in the backyard after school and I will take some license and say he is looking for his shadow? Only problem is the time of day.

Not screaming like Fay Wray did with King Kong

The Top Ten Hit Upon in 2011

As I look at the yearly summary, I found that only four of the most hit upon posts out of the top ten were actually posted in 2011.  I am not sure what this means except there are a lot of searches for disco balls, burnt almond torte, furry convention and city rooftops at night.

1.    Wordpress sent out a report on my 2011 year in Blogging and my top post of the year was the one I posted for my son’s birthday.  He’s a grown up man, married with four children of his own(see Zoo Lights post if you didn’t already)  but when he was a little boy he had a wish that remained unfilled until last May.  I can tell by his expression how surprised and delighted he was when he opened his gift.  Sometimes parents can’t realize how important certain things are to a child and I certainly felt bad when I would hear occasionally how he ALWAYS wanted this Millennium Falcon but didn’t get it, usually when he and his brother were together and they reminisced about growing up.

If you want to read the rest of the story click here                       

Thanks to Phil, who owns Where The Toys Are  Canonsburg PA!  

2.  The second most viewed post this year is those furries that show up every year for a big furry convention in Pittsburgh. I just happened to stumble upon them when I was going to a gallery in a downtown hotel.  This post was first posted in 2010 and yet it gets hits every week.

3.  And the disco ball image. Go figure.  Almost EVERY day someone hits on this disco ball/mirror ball reflection. I shot it at wedding (the couple now has a darling baby girl) and it looks retro but is not.  Here is that image.  Should I be concerned that some of my top hits are from different years than 2011?  This is from 2009!   Why do people search for disco ball“?

4. And the next most popular every week is New York City Rooftops at Night.

This was posted in 2009 as well.

5.  The Pug Guard Dog in a Shadyside store got linked and hit from Tina (Pug owner/lover) at Carrots ‘N’ Cake blog

6.  Copy Cat Recipe for BurntAlmond Torte gets weekly hits and adds up to the 6th  most hit upon for the year

7.  The Bookshelf (most controversial on reddit.com) single most hit upon in one day over 18,000 hits!!!

8.  And the Tenth Street Bridge lit up at night for the Tom Cruise Movie

9.  The ninth most hit upon post in 2011 is a tribute to my cousin Lori Lynn Baur Meli. She touched a lot of lives as her name still comes up in searches. She fought a valiant battle with breast cancer.  Her husband Fredi just became an American citizen recently.

10.   The tenth most hit upon post from this year was

Open Letter to Shiny Buick Man

My new project for 2012 is Cardboard Me Travels.  Hope you will consider checking it out and subscribing to see where Flat Ruthie travels this year.  Read the about page to see how Flat Ruthie can come and visit YOU.