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Debbie Sharp Loeb, teacher by training but full-time mom to a disabled son, craftsperson, bead artist, great cook, creative homemaker & terrific spotter of cool new products for everything under the sun, presents Hodgepodge: recipes, household hints, stories about children, friends & relatives, cool stuff, music, & much more.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Academic Earth

"As more and more high quality educational content becomes available online for free, we ask ourselves, what are the real barriers to achieving a world class education? At Academic Earth, we are working to identify these barriers and find innovative ways to use technology to increase the ease of learning."

"We are building a user-friendly educational ecosystem that will give internet users around the world the ability to easily find, interact with, and learn from full video courses and lectures from the world’s leading scholars. Our goal is to bring the best content together in one place and create an environment in which that content is remarkably easy to use and where user contributions make existing content increasingly valuable."

Check it out:


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A Way To Sharpen A Knife

Check out the How To Video Here:


Thursday, September 22, 2011


Now that it's back to school time, here's something to help with studying. Quizlet!

What can you do with Quizlet?

Make or Find Flashcards
Create flashcard sets with your own terms and definitions
Or choose from millions of flashcard sets created by other users

Use Powerful Study Tools
Flashcard Mode lets you familiarize yourself with the material.
Speller Mode uses audio to have you type what you hear.
Learn Mode is the most powerful study mode, keeping track of your scores, and retesting incorrect answers.
Test Mode generates customizable tests with short-answer, matching, multiple choice and true/false options.

Share & Study with Your Friends
Create a group to share or discuss flashcards with your friends or classmates.
Edit and improve sets created by other group members.

Play Competitive Study Games
Scatter is a fun matching game which lets you drag and drop questions and answers with your mouse while racing against the clock.
Space Race is the ultimate video game study simulation. Racing the clock, you type in answers to questions flying overhead before they evade your grasp.

Study on the Go
Never leave home without Quizlet!
Choose from over 50 mobile apps on iPhone, iPad, and Android.

Use Quizlet in the Classroom
Teachers, give your students a free study tool that's both powerful and fun.
Host a group where your students can create and discuss study materials for your class.

Check it out here:


Monday, September 19, 2011

Pennsylvania Quilt Show 2011

Just some of the many that were on display this year.
(Click on picture to make it bigger.)


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pictures To Go With eMo

Click on link to see addition to old posting:


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hot Sand Glass Studio

You can -
Blow a Bubble, Drinking Glass, Ornament, Heart,
Apple, Pumpkin, Paperweight
Make a Quick Cast of your design in molten glass
Design a Sun Tile by Arranging pre-cut glass pieces
in your unique composition

Yes, that is Madame Marie's you see right next door.
Immortalized in the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen's 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).


Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Prayer For 9/11 Survivors

By Alden Solovy. (Please excuse the commercial that precedes the video prayer.)


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Quilts for the Twins


Monday, September 05, 2011

Where Children Sleep

"Mr. Mollison’s new book, “Where Children Sleep,” had its origins in a project undertaken for a children’s charity several years ago. As he considered how to represent needy children around the world, he wanted to avoid the common devices: pleading eyes, toothless smiles. When he visualized his own childhood, he realized that his bedroom said a lot about what sort of life he led. So he set out to find others."

To read more and see some pictures from the book go to:


Friday, September 02, 2011

Observations On Living Without Electric For 5 Days

• You feel like you are living in a parallel universe
• You note how busy the breakfast trade is at the local Wawa - is directionally proportionate to those who still don’t have electric
• You begin to develop night vision
• That garden solar rock light makes a swell reading lamp
• The tea lights last long enough until you decide you may as well pack it in and just go to bed
• You finally give up and throw away the food in the fridge and freezer and in doing so find stuff you never even knew was in there
• You buy that small overpriced container of milk because it’s easier to keep chilled with that bag of ice you’re going to have to replace the next day anyway
• After having dinner at Chick-fil-A you order 2 chicken salad sandwiches to go with ice and they say no problem
• You have electric toothbrush power until the last person has brushed their teeth on the morning of day 5
• At least you’re finally saving some money from that huge electric bill from the AC being on all summer
• The laundry is piling up to the point where you’re actually considering breaking down and going to the Laundromat
• You think if you wash all the dishes in the dishwasher by hand that that will make the power magically come back on
• You ride with the sunroof open to dry your hair
• You run the car just to charge your cell phone
• You’re wondering why the Optimum guy is sitting in his truck with a generator chained to the pole with the cord running up it, when no one has electric
• . . . . even the dog is bored . . . . .


I'm Back!

It's a little after midnight and I just got home from a Stevie Nicks concert to celebrate my friend Diane's 50th birthday AND finally having electric after being without it for 5 days. More about that later. I'm off to bed. Oh, the concert was GREAT!!

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