Fannie Pie: December 2005

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Who Knew?

Wow... this may have been around forever, but I just discovered it (thanks to Bookish Wendy) and I love it. Pandora is a wonderful idea, and so far has been spot on for me.

It may just be me cuz I love Novelist and other services that try and figure out (guess) what books you'll like based on other things you've read and enjoyed. There are just so many different qualities to things like books and music, and you know, taste? totally unpredictable if you ask me! This coming from someone who likes Douglas Coupland, Janet Evanovich, Tolstoy, Fanny Burney and Defoe and Dashiell Hammet, just to name a few that don't seem to have any common thread. (for the record Amazon refers to Ms. Burney as Frances... but the library catalog lists Fanny, you know I'm going to be going with the public library... does anyone know if Amazon uses OCLC?)

Well, anyway, so far Pandora is some kinda voodoo mind reading thing... 6 tunes in and I've loved all of them... there were even a couple new ones to me. How did I not know about Tina Brooks? Seriously. True Blue's Up Tights Creek? How could I have lived with jazz musicians for the last 18 years and missed that?
Thanks Wendy!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Happy St. Lucia's Day!

For all of the Scandinavians out there....Happy St. Lucia's Day! for information about the day.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Happy Holidays

.... sometimes you just have to take things in the spirit in which they are offered.

Several years ago while teaching weaving I was approached about doing a private tutorial for a man and his wife. It seems that man had purchased a loom for his wife and thought she would get more out of private lessons than she would in a class setting. I agreed and both husband and wife attended lessons.

During the months I taught them he questioned me about the parts of the loom, the age and evolution of the technology, the origins of the techniques I taught them and seemed surprised that I actually knew the answers to the questions he asked. He also made it clear that he was not going to be doing any weaving, he was just here for the information so that when his wife had questions later he would be able to help her. She was actually a fairly quick learner, although not as curious as her husband about the background stuff, I felt she had a good start and could become a very good weaver.

On the last day of class when we were wrapping up projects and making sure they had all the information and equipment they needed to get going on their own the husband turned to me and said, seriously and sincerely, "you know, you're pretty smart for a girl".

And I said " thank you".

If someone is not trying to insult or belittle you, I think it's better to just take their good wishes in the manner and spirit in which they are offered.

Ditto wishes for happiness during a season of many holidays.

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