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New Cats

In January we adopted two new young cats who fit right in with our senior cat, Conor. One was 3 months and one was 6 months. They are a constant source of inspiration and always racing around the house, playing or squabbling and occasionally getting into trouble. We adopted them from a wonderful cat rescue. Animal rescues save pets from high-kill areas of the country and transport them to places where they will have a much better chance at finding furrever homes, as they say. So, a shout-out to FURRR! Thank you! We love our newest family members, Pigeon and Pilot!

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Library Fines


I’ve been working in libraries for 15 years or so and love being part of the staff and helping patrons check stuff in or out, find materials and, my favorite thing, recommend books and movies etc that I love to people I know will love them, too! There’s one thing that often separates the patrons into two categories: payment of fines. Our fines are .20 a day. Patrons have a grace day to bring back materials and not be fined. They can also renew and that way, get another whole check-out period to finish whatever it is and bring it back in plenty of time. If something is on hold for someone else, they can’t renew. Anyway, I always tell a patron whenever they have a fine. They appreciate knowing this, for the most part. We have patrons that will happily cough up $20.00 without a complaint, but then there are others who say “.40? How come? I always bring everything back on time!” and will argue with you even though you show them “how come”!
So, we love all our patrons and even those cranky ones are delighted when they see the new movies and TV series on the shelves. Your over-due dollars made that happen!

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Women Represented in Art Museums

Back in the 80’s a group of activist women artists came up with the concept of becoming “Guerilla Girls” and created brilliant posters calling out museums and galleries for their lack of representation of women artists as well as the racism and gender-bias in the art world.
This cartoon is a shout out to this inspiring group and their work. This quote from Wikipedia was eye-opening when I first read it:
“During its first years, the Guerrilla Girls members visited institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and counted artworks’ male-to-female subject ratios. Data gathered from the Met’s public collections in 1989 showed that women artists had produced less than 5% of the works in the Modern Art Department, while 85% of the nudes were female.”

 

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Smart Phones, Stupid People


Phones! They are everywhere! An electronic device that has sneakily been taking over the world! And the people who buy these ultra super do everything devices are allowing them to take over their personalities, like those giant pods in Invasion of the Body Snatchers. People sit at a table all looking at their phones and not interacting. They might even be texting each other which is so much easier than actually looking at your boyfriend and talking to him. No awkward pauses. And the phones are laughing behind your back (or in front of your face) about all this!
I have a smart phone. It’s a Tracphone. It basically does everything an iphone does but for much, much less. Even so… it tries to work its siren call on me! Subtly buzzing. Wait… it’s buzzing now! Is someone trying to contact me? Someone interesting? More interesting than writing this post? No, I won’t look… STOP it! Um, one minute. I’ll be right back……………………………………

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Sustainability

Tarzan and Jane are doing all the right things living organically and shopping locally. We, too, try to live organically with 34 raised garden beds and a greenhouse. We never use pesticides or anything so… the word is out that is you’re any kind of a garden eating bug or insect or whatnot to head on over to our place! It’s a battle every year to see who is going to win. Sometimes it’s a tie. Other years we are victorious. Of course, then there are several kinds of blight waiting in the wings!

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Creating Monsters: 200th Anniversary of “Frankenstein”


It’s the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelly’s creation, “Frankenstein”! I did the above cartoon in celebration. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for her story in 1816 while staying in Geneva with Percy Bysshe Shelley, her poet husband, and his buddy, Lord Byron, who came up with the idea, one evening, that they each write a ghost story. The rest is horror writing history. And the basis for some classic horror films, James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein”.

I recently read a great new graphic novel based on Mary Shelly’s life “Mary’s Monster” by Lita Judge that was added to the collection at the Library where I work. Here’s a link to this fascinating work: “Mary’s Monster”.

 

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Another Great Day!


It’s Saturday and rainy here in NH and I have to work at the Library today, but, hey! Things could be a LOT worse! As anyone who grew up on Nuclear Disaster, Post Apocalyptic and end of the world movies can tell you! Just be glad giant ants aren’t beating down your door, or space aliens kidnapping your parents and returning them just a bit different… and, of course, there are no pods in your basement ready to hatch your replacement. So, grab an umbrella and get out and enjoy your weekend!

 

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Jane Eyre Retake


This cartoon takes poetic license with Charlotte Bronte’s classic, “Jane Eyre” by adding a twist to the story… and borrowing one of my favorite closing lines, shared by Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart, as they walk off together at the end of Casablanca.

 

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E Devices


I have a friend who loves everything new in the way of technology. And he loves to share. So when he gave us an Echo dot I thought, “Yay! It will keep me informed of when my favorite TV shows come back on the air and remind me what channel and time because when these stupid networks bring back my faves like “Star” and “Walking Dead” I seem to never see the notices of when they return for the second half of their seasons unlike in the old days when a season ran from September to June and you always knew what channel. Anyway… no matter how I tried it refused to do what I wanted. So, eventually, as word got around that these things were spies or something equally sinister, like informing marketers that you like stripey shirts so you get all these targeted ads,, it got unplugged and put into deep sleep until a time when I can download a program that will make it do something useful, like remind me to watch
stuff!

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Portraying Women in Ads


This cartoon was based on something  I learned about women in print ads.
My husband was a multi-award winning newspaper editor and journalist for many years. As part of his work he once went to a seminar on how women were portrayed in print media. This was nothing new, but when he shared what he learned with me I really started looking at newspaper and magazine ads. There were lots of ads for women’s undies but also women in many other ads were often crouching, bent over or otherwise minimized as opposed to how men in ads were portrayed. Anyway, things have been changing for the better with more women editors, photographers, film-makers and company Presidents (not to mention cartoonists!). Still, who doesn’t love a good sale on all cotton undies?

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