Archive for 08/10/2013


When I was five, I had an experience that marked me for life. Pathé News sent a photographer from New York to Savannah to take a picture of a chicken of mine. This chicken, a buff Cochin Bantam, had the distinction of being able to walk either forward or backward. Her fame has spread through the press and by the time she reached the at­tention of Pathé News, I suppose there was nowhere left for her to go—forward or backward. Shortly after that she died, as now seems fitting.

If I put this information in the beginning of an article on peacocks, it is because I am always being asked why I raise them, and I have no short or reasonable answer.

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I went to Applefest thinking I’d get a ton of pictures of the festival and all that makes these early fall events so special.  Instead, I ended up snapping a large amount of architecture pictures.  They closed several streets off for the festival and allowed pedestrians to meander down Main street and so forth.  As I was wandering down these streets that I normally drive on, I was able to get a whole new perspective of local buildings.  That turned out to be more interesting to me then the masses of folks around me.   Don’t fret, I did grab a few shots of the fest.  Hopefully though, you’ll find the buildings as equally interesting as I did. What do you think?

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101 Books

Maybe. I might have a liberal interpretation, but you be the judge.

You guys know I’m a big fan of the Art of Fiction Paris Review interviews. We’ve focused on a few in the past with EM Forster, Robert Penn Warren, Vladimir Nabokov, Evelyn Waugh, and Ralph Ellison.

The interview with Henry Green is really intriguing. In fact, I’ll probably make a couple of posts out of it.

I love what Green had to say about how developing technology affects the written word. Keep in mind, this interview was conducted in 1958, long before blogging and social media. Long before television sitcoms really blew up. Long before authors began to adapt their stories into all kinds of new media.

At the time, films and TV were the issue.

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Come with me, a big oak we will be.  Let’s explore the world through the eyes of a tree.  Imagine the scenes that pass as time goes by and we go up. We are the living history books.

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101 Books

This is a kids’ book.

I don’t even know what to say.

Is this a thing?

What’s going on in our kindergartens? Do we have some kind of freaky, sexual Lord of the Flies situation in our preschools?

Lord help us parents.

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M&J Blog

New York City is not only the Mecca of fashion, the city of the best talk shows, and the best place to get Italian food this side of the Atlantic, it’s also the home of Spiderman and the inspiration for Batman’s hometown.

If you’re a fan of comic books, video games, or superheroes, you probably know that the New York Comic Convention is just around the corner! One of the most prevalent aspects of Comic Con is “cosplay”, an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to rep your favorite superhero using some of our favorite trims and decorations!

Wonder Woman Stars and Stripes | M&J Trimming
Catwoman Chic
Spiderman Style

Looking for more comic-inspired ribbons and trims? Check out our Superhero Inspiration Page!

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101 Books

I love the brutal honesty in Henry Green’s answer to this Paris Review interviewer’s question.

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M&J Blog

Anyone can spot a French girl from a kilometer away. She looks put together without trying. She is effortlessly chic. She’s a master at layering, and her style exudes romance. You might think that sweet sentiment was embraced during Paris Fashion Week SS2014. Well you would stand corrected because this year the power players played with power as a theme.

Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week SS2014

Those dark headdresses at Louis Vuitton made the models look showgirl-chic. The feathers, the embellishments, and the attention paid to the tiniest decorative detail really show how skilled this fashion house is at its craft.

Valentino Paris Fashion Week SS2014

While we may never be royals, we can always pretend with Valentino’s collection. It featured heavy embroidery, and silhouettes worthy of a queen. We loved that the looks were paired with simple, flat Grecian sandals. Who says queens need to be subjected to the hazards of heels?

Chanel Paris Fashion Week SS2014 Pink Tweed Jacket

Coco Chanel once said, “The most courageous act…

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On my lunch today, it was a soothingly warm 30 degrees.  Likely the warmest day in about 5 months.  Please take a look at what was lurking in the gardens!

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