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Three Generations

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by Viktoria Vidali on April 25, 2011

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What makes a visit anywhere especially memorable? The people.
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Why I Garden

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by Paul Rodman on April 18, 2011

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Why do I garden? I garden because there’s nothing better than being in the garden as the morning sun creeps over the horizon, the dew is on the leaves, and a lone cardinal calls out to its mate. A red-tailed hawk lands on a fence inches away from me, surveying the garden for its next meal. It’s about as close to nature as you can get. The only sounds heard are the sounds of nature.
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Through Wine-Colored Glasses

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by Steve Dryden on April 11, 2011

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Freedom is a question of perspective. And the border that divides Mexico and the United States is a prime example.
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To Be An Artist

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by Viktoria Vidali on April 4, 2011

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All things consist of carrying to term and then giving birth. To allow the completion of every impression, every germ of feeling deep within, in darkness, beyond words, in the realm of instinct unattainable by logic, to await humbly and patiently the hour of the descent of new clarity: that alone is to live one’s art, in the realm of understanding as in that of creativity.

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Message From Sendai

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by Viktoria Vidali on March 21, 2011

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This letter was sent by an American living in Sendai to her loved ones after the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan (March 11, 2011).
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The Patience of Ordinary Things

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by Viktoria Vidali on March 7, 2011

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It is a kind of love, is it not?
How the cup holds the tea,
How the chair stands sturdy and foursquare,
How the floor receives the bottoms of shoes
Or toes.
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Dish Flower Patterns (Part III)

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by Joyce Gladden on February 28, 2011

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The Cattail

The beautiful Cattail dinnerware design was sold by many companies in the 1930’s and 40’s, most notable Sears and Roebuck, Universal Pottery and Hall China. Its striking Chinese red-colored blooms on an ivory background made it a bestseller. Although collectible and used for display, what is more important is that it immortalizes a remarkable wildflower that has myriad uses along with medicinal properties.
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Sunset

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by Viktoria Vidali on February 21, 2011

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Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colors
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,
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Flowers: When/How/What To Cut

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by Orin Martin on February 14, 2011

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What better occasion could there be to introduce the art of the cutting flowers than Valentine’s Day?
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Dish Flower Patterns (Part II)

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by Joyce Gladden on February 7, 2011

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Blue Willow

Once upon a time … actually, this would be an ideal way to begin the story behind the Blue Willow design of dinnerware because it is an ancient tale. Its origins date back to feudal China. One version involves secret societies and invading marauders while another tells the tale of the early Buddhists who called heaven The City of Willows. The design, originally called Mandarin, features a great willow tree in the foreground, a bridge with three figures on it, and a walled temple in the background. Above a body of water are two doves eternally bound together.
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