Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Autumn Oak Leaf

I beaded this piece and donated it to the Park People of Milwaukee for them to auction off at their silent auction last Saturday. In attendance was Jane Kaczmarek, star of Raising the Bar and Malcolm in the Middle.

Imagine my immense pleasure when I was told today that Jane Kaczmarek had purchased the piece, and said that it was stunning. I am still excited and pleased as punch.

Today's quote comes from chemist Marie Curie - Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Hope everyone got a chance to get out and vote today. No line when I went and I was voter 603 at my polling place. I don't want to sound preachy, but it is something that I strongly believe in.

This election was so different for me and people who live in my state. Last time the race was so much closer and my state was a battleground state, so we had both Kerry and Bush less than a mile apart on the same day! It was crazy.

I got robo calls from all sorts of politicians and stars - more than 26 different people asking me to support their candidate. This time only Rudy Guliani called. And John McCain and his running mate also called.

Can you pass the test that immigrants take when they are studying to become American citizens? Here it is.

Today's quote comes from William E. Simon: Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Fascinating Fractals

I have a friend who is unbelievably intelligent, especially in mathematics, and have always found it more than a little humorous that one of his favorite magazines was called the Journal of Recreational Mathematics. That, to me, is an oxymoron.

Math has been described as the language of science. Makes sense to me. I do find some math fascinating, such as Fibonacci numbers and Fractals. Watched the Nova episode about Fractals and Benoit Mandelbrot and loved the images I saw.

The pictures shown here are created by a series of equations that feed on one another. I like math as long as I don't have to do it - the complicated stuff, anyway.

Fractals shows up in nature and I really like the patterns that the equations create. Reminds me of the frost pictures I took last winter.

To see an animation of a fractal, click on this link
to Nova.

Here is a cool animation from YouTube. Makes me think of posters promoting rock concerts from the 60s on acid in the twenty-first century.

I find myself inspired by all things natural.

Today's quote comes from Albert Einstein: Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.