The Friday Bulletin February 23, 2024
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by Nancy
1d ago
Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you. The Superbowl is over, and there is some good news from Hellmann’s, one of the advertisers and a long-time supporter of combatting food waste and food insecurity. The Superbowl is one of the largest food waste occasions of the year, every year.  At official events at the stadium alone, 140,000 pounds of extra food accumulates. The Superbowl food that does get eaten at all the watch parties, bars and restaurants results in food comas that causes an estimated 16.1 million U.S. employees to miss work on the Monday following ..read more
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Stars and Stripes and States
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by Sharon Lorenzo
3d ago
Sharon Lorenzo’s Observations on the Origins of the Names and Flags of our Fifty States. Affectionately called “Stars and Stripes or Old Glory” by a French soldier, Marquis de Lafayette, who fought with George Washington, there is great debate about the design of the original American flag.  Betsy Ross has been credited by some for the first flag with the 13 stripes and circle of 13 stars recognizing the first colonies. Another theory gives recognition to a flag designed by Naval Officer, Francis Hopkinson.  As more states joined the union, the number of stars grew by leaps and boun ..read more
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Ballet flats are back!
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by Nancy
5d ago
Ballet flats are timeless. For the past twelve months or so, all the fashion magazines, even The New York Times and The Atlantic magazine, weighed in on the resurgence of the ballet flat.  Some claim that it has never disappeared from the fashion landscape and that’s certainly true in my case.  If you are tall and loathe high heels, the ballet flat has a lot to say for itself.  Some reporters blame what they call Gen Z’s reverence for everything Y2K for the resurgence of the ballet flat. Designers like Chloe, Ferragamo, Miu Miu and Tory Burch added new touches and bling to the s ..read more
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The Friday Bulletin. February 16, 2024
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by Nancy
1w ago
Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.   To remember where you parked your car, use the Google Maps app on your phone.  Open Google Maps and tap the little blue dot to drop a pin in your current location.  You will see some options below the map and one of them is to save your current parking location.  Click on that option and you’re all set.  You can even set a timer to remind you to move your car.   ASE reader Kathy C. gave us an article in the New York Times last December about the environmental costs of cheap cashmere.  Before ..read more
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Sandra Day O’Connor (1930—2023) – a Tribute by Oscie Thomas
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by Oscie Thomas
1w ago
“I tried to decide each case based on the law and the Constitution” -Sandra Day O’Connor Our Guest Writer, Oscie Thomas, worked with her husband, Evan Thomas, on his biography of Justice O’Connor, First, for which they had exclusive access to her personal papers and interviewed her clerks, other justices, family, friends, and doctors. She was the first.  For over 200 years, the Supreme Court had been a male bastion.  Then on July 6, 1981, President Ronald Reagan announced his choice for the seat on the Court left vacant by Potter Stewart: Sandra Day O’Connor, a woman.  The TV ne ..read more
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BirdCast: “Showcasing the Spectacle of Bird Migration”.
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by Nancy
1w ago
Real time ‘birds-eye’ views of the continental U.S. Ornithologists didn’t realize the magnitude of migration that occurred in the fall and spring until the turn of the 20th century. In 2018, after 20 years of research and planning, the BirdCast program began to feature migration forecasts that could predict how many birds would be flying over the continental U.S.  and when. They also posted live migration maps that had the number of birds that had actually taken flight. The BirdCast tracking technology has had three core partners. The Centers are at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Colorad ..read more
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The Friday Bulletin. February 9, 2024
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by Nancy
2w ago
Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you. These whimsical glasses are Ichendorf tumblers by Alessandra Baldereschi.  The fish series is their latest edition.  Each glass is 3.35” W x 3.15” H. They are made with borosilicate glass which is completely non-toxic. It has low thermal expansion and high resistance to thermal and chemical stress.  It can still break or crack if exposed to excessive force or extreme temperatures. Glasses must be hand washed only. They are $20.00 each or $120 for a set of 6.   If you need to turn ginger or garlic into a pas ..read more
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Valentine’s Day, 2024
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by Nancy
2w ago
Spread the love. I love Valentine’s Day.  To be honest, I love any event that involves candy, but who doesn’t have affection for a day that celebrates love? Several years ago, NECCO candy company closed, and with it went the iconic Sweethearts candy hearts with a saying on each one. Fortunately, the Spangler Candy Company brought back Sweethearts in 2020.   Amazon has Sweethearts in many different quantities.  6 oz. for $10.99. Brach’s has also come out with conversation hearts this Valentine’s Day and a special edition of sayings from the “Friends” sit-com. This special ed ..read more
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The Friday Bulletin. February 2, 2024
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by Nancy
3w ago
Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you. Tineye and Foto Forensics are sites that provide image forensics. TinEye  is a reverse image search engine that uses image and pattern recognition to deconstruct the history of an image.  Users submit an image to learn where it came from and how it is being used.  To see some of their interesting searches and results, click here. FotoForensics is a free public website that provides researchers and investigators information about the particular image they have submitted for analysis. For example, was the image edi ..read more
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Anatomy of the World of Art Fairs
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by Sharon Lorenzo
3w ago
Sharon Lorenzo takes us shopping for art. Gallery Owner Bill Acquavella and Client at Miami Basel Art Fair.  Art Fairs worldwide are now a very big business for collectors and visitors throughout the year.  Each one is different with dealers and galleries participating as they can to provide a wide variety of art work from antiquities to contemporary art and furniture.  From January in New York with The Armory Show to Art Basel in Miami in December, there is a chance for viewing and purchasing if you are interested in decorating a home or investing in art as an asset class for a ..read more
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