February 10, 2013
Recognized as one of the world's preeminent fiber artists, Lenore Tawney (1907-2007) also had a magical touch with paper. Her collages, assemblages, and postcards are being displayed side by side with her fiber-art pieces at the University of the Art's Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery in one half of the two-venue exhibition "Lenore Tawney: Wholly Unlooked For. " It's a tandem effort with the Maryland Institute College of Art, which is showing Tawney's drawings, weavings,...
February 3, 2013 |
Thirty-four years and what looked like a century ago, I traveled inside what was then known as Red China. With official United States recognition approaching, the People's Republic opened its doors. Having studied in Taiwan, I received a limited visa and missed the Great Wall and other sites. After teaching Chinese culture for 30 years, I returned in November. What we saw on my return was more contemporary than I anticipated, and being there was inspiring. Here were 12-lane highways intersecting modern, crowded cities; stores with merchandise aplenty; and a fashionably dressed, vibrant people.
February 2, 2013 |
February, the most fleeting month of the year, will offer four sales featuring paper ephemera, including autographs; historical and political correspondence; postcards and greeting cards; and a bird's-eye view of Manhattan by Currier & Ives. The autographs, including signed books and photographs of theatrical figures, such as Spencer Tracy in Army uniform, will be included in Freeman's sale at 2 p.m. Feb. 12 of books and manuscripts. The sale is being billed as a prelude to Freeman's much bigger sale on April 4 and 5, which will offer two major collections.
April 22, 2012 |
As we were leaving the temple of Angkor Wat a boy who looked to be about 10 years old sidled up alongside us. It's hard to guess someone's age in Cambodia, where the people are slight, even by Asian standards. His little legs matched our stride as he walked with us and offered to sell 10 postcards for a dollar. After touring Asia for two months, we've grown accustomed to aggressive hawkers, so we usually put on our game face and stoically work our way through the throngs selling everything from T-shirts to ginseng to who knows what.
April 8, 2012 |
William B. McNamee told his grandson a secret about memory, even as he was losing his own memory to Alzheimer's. One day, we'll be strangers . . . but you can remember the way we held hands when the wind moves through your fingers. McNamee, an orthopedic surgeon from Drexel Hill, died in 2003. Six years later, as Matthew Ross Smith drove along the Schuylkill - with a hand out the window in the early-spring breeze - his grandfather's words came back to him. Thus was born the Spaces Between Your Fingers Project, which offers people across America a chance to connect by tracing their handprints on postcards.
December 30, 2011 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On people who see therapy as an admission of weakness: I'm a guy. I'm also someone you might have met at a Mensa meeting years ago when I was kind of an elitist, arrogant toe rag. Going to a therapist is something I just would not have done; so much of my self-worth was wrapped in being smarter than people that admitting I needed help thinking through something would have been unthinkable....
November 13, 2011
Postcard apps are getting better. Many send real postcards from smartphone images; with this app, though, postcards are created so quickly that you can spend more time taking the perfect photo. Name: Postcard on the Run Available for: Android and iPhone What it does: Helps you turn smartphone camera images into real postcards that can be sent anywhere in the world. Cost: The app is free, but mailing the postcards starts at $1.49. What's hot: Don't sweat it if you don't have a person's mailing address.
October 17, 2010
Nowadays, it's easy to become too dependent on wireless communication gadgets. Apostcardaday.blogspot.com reminds us of times when life was simpler. What's hot: Readers get to view a postcard each day from a different part of the world from the collections of Sheila Milne, of Dover, England, and her father. Some listings add notes about the card's significance or a quotation from its back. Scroll down the right side of the home page to find an archive by destination or topic, or click on the interactive map to see recent postcards by geography.
July 15, 2010 |
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland ? So, let me see if I've got this straight? I'm staying in a dormitory room at St. Salvatore's Hall that dates back to at least the Stone Age. And sleeping on a bed that I'll fall out of if I roll over. Without a television to call my very own, even though if I had one it would only get maybe two channels remotely worth trying to watch. There's no bathroom, either. My living quarters only contains a sink. The good news is, the communal bathroom/shower that you're sharing with who knows how many others is right next door.
July 14, 2010 |
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - OK, so I'm a little more than halfway through my 2-week sojourn across the British Isles, and my tummy is beginning to think that maybe my throat got slit. And it's perfectly understandable. I've experienced this before. It's not pretty. There are many, many things to like about this country, most of which have to do with trying to hit a little white ball around gorse bushes and over burns, through 40 mph winds. It's what they probably do best over here.