What is tattoo Tuesday about?

September 3, 2019

Conceived as an idea to coverup unwanted tattoos, artist Esther Garcia creates floral tattoos on rich black backgrounds.  Beautiful, but that’s a lot of ink.

from Colossal


What am I sappy dog blogging?

August 30, 2019


What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 23, 2019


What am I recycling?

August 21, 2019

Suzanne Jongmans is an artist who uses packaging materials that we throw away to recreate portraits reminiscent of renaissance art.  Her photographs recall the images of the Old Masters.  She says,” “The idea of making something out of nothing changes our look on reality…Most people throw that [foam] away. I make clothing out of it; foam is my textile.” see more of her work here

Something else to do with your bubblewrap.

from Colossal



What am I sappy cat blogging?

August 16, 2019


Just because

August 14, 2019

also Sting and the Chieftains

and Mary Black


Rest in Peace, Dorothy Olson

August 13, 2019

Dorothy Olsen, WASP pilot in World War II, dies at 103

Reposted from the Associated Press

“Dorothy Eleanor Olsen, a member of a group of civilian volunteers who flew planes across the country during World War II, has died. She was 103.

The News Tribune reports that Olsen died July 23 in University Place, Washington. She flew about 60 missions as part of the 6th Ferry Group of the Women Airforce Service Pilots.

WASP members hauled targets for shooting practice and performed other flying duties. WASPs were not recognized as veterans until 1977 under President Jimmy Carter.

Olsen flew about 29 different aircraft. Her favorite was the P-51.

“Mom said the P-38 was an old woman’s plane. She said anybody could fly that,” said her daughter, Julie Stranburg. “She said that the (P-)51, you had to stay on top of that.”

Debbie Jennings, friends with Olsen since about 2003 and developer of a WASP exhibit at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, said her friend preferred the fighter plane because she was by herself and could do whatever she wanted.

Jennings said Olsen would get a kick out of scaring farmers on their tractors and fly right behind them.

Olsen was stationed at Long Beach Army Air Base in California from 1942-1944 and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009.

Stranburg said her mother didn’t fly after she and her brother were born and didn’t even think of flying commercial or private planes.

“She said, ‘Why would I want to fly a Cessna when I’ve flown a P-51?’” Stranburg said.”

Don’t miss a tribute to the WASPs in Fannie Flagg’s, The All Girl Filling-Station’s Last Reunion