Currently Crushing

Here’s what I’m crushing on this month…

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Japanese artist Tatsuya Tanaka creates microscopic vignettes that make you believe “A Bug’s Life” or “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” could actually be possible. Tanaka takes everyday objects and creates an everyday scene using tiny figures. Who hasn’t thought that broccoli was a great substitute for a tree? Follow him on Facebook or Instagram or Pinterest.

On the 100th observance, watch the absolutely terrific mini series about the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916. Narrated by the big guy, Liam Neeson, and underwritten by the University of Notre Dame, the series portrays the ill fated rebellion with re-enactments,  photos and reading of documents and letters, and riveting film interviews from the 50th anniversary in 1966. Outstanding, and in alignment with the proclamation of the republic, gives a lot of time to the role of the wives and sweethearts of the leaders and the women of Cumann na mBan, the women’s arm of the rebels. It will be on repeats for awhile on PBS. (Close listeners will recognize actor Alan Leech, from Downton Abbey, reading letters of the doomed rebel leaders before they face the firing squad)

I’m equally obsessed by the students of Griffith College in Dublin and their fashion exhibition commemorating some of the women of Cumann na mBan. They visualize bullet wounds, and tire tracks, and the sails of the Aasgard, the ship that smuggled guns from Germany. Here’s the link.
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It’s the balm! OK, so the color looks really dark, but I’m here to tell you that even fish belly white Irish girls like myself can wear this color. I usually have 2 or 3 of them hanging around in my car, my tote bag, a coat pocket and my travel bag. Universally flattering. Been wearing it for years, and forget to mention it!


Enough said in previous posts. Right now contemplating if I should try the French and Italian blends also…..King Arthur’s motto “Flour Matters” never proved more true than with this product.


I really hope this series gets picked up for season 2. Life in pieces is a hilarious half hour sitcom with 4 individual stories each week. Quick, funny, contemporary and featuring a wonderfully talented cast, including James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, and Colin Hanks (Tom’s son). Like Modern Family before it, this sitcom takes on the quirks and foibles of an all too realistic family. We all know a family just like them!



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