In this week’s newsletter: blackberries, embracing each decade,  grocery store sushi, and some of my favorite things
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I've been playing with ink! I think Bee* and I have found our groove in our new work space. It amazes me how well made these antique presses are that they can become fully functioning once you find the right missing parts and clean them up a bit.  If only we were still making objects to last 100 years or more.

*Bee is my wee Kelsey 3x5 letterpress
My living room studio is taking shape. The natural light is one of my favorite things about this room. It was important to us to keep the space cozy and not all work space. It is such a great couch to plop down and read, or write this newsletter. I may, or may not, be doing this right now.

I've had a few people ask me about the large paintings.

We bought these years ago in Navasota from father and daughter artists Leon Collins and Molly Bee. Below is a better shot with a full view of the larger painting, Soap Box

Read more about Leon and Molly's work:
Party Like it's 1999

I know it's so 1999 to love sun dried tomatoes, but I still do. If you're a woman (or man) of a certain age you will love this read from
I spent the better part of my the 1990's working in the restaurant business in Washington, D.C. This collection of stories brings back fond memories... and a some bad waitress dreams. 

My favorite subhead? A decade ruled by anti-fat hysteria got the cookie it deserved.

Twist off a cap on a Snapple and read The 90's Issue here.

Pick Your Own Blackberries...

Saturday, May 11 9-12

Down Home Ranch is having their annual Spring Plant Sale + Pick Your Own Blackberry Event

There is no admission fee for berry picking and you only pay for what you pick! Come early for better berry availability and be sure and wear comfortable closed toed shoes and clothing that will protect you from the prickly plants. 

As always, all proceeds go towards empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

Call for availability and other questions.

My favorite things this week:

Look at these houses! No really, click on this link

Joshua Prager talking about his new book 100 Years: Wisdom From Famous Writers On Every Year Of Your Life on this podcast

I'm certain that whatever your political flavor you can get behind the message of the power of service to a community in this Netflix documentary.  Also, check out my blog post about my own experience in public service, as small town as it gets. Not as revolutionary, but Read the post.

Next week... an art studio tour and a shop update.
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