Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Snap -Apple Night

Snap-Apple Night, painted by Irish artist Daniel Maclise in 1833. It was inspired by a Halloween party he attended in Blarney, Ireland, in 1832. The caption in the first exhibit catalogue:

There Peggy was dancing with Dan
While Maureen the lead was melting,
To prove how their fortunes ran
With the Cards ould Nancy dealt in;
There was Kate, and her sweet-heart Will,
In nuts their true-love burning,
And poor Norah, though smiling still
She'd missed the snap-apple turning.

On the Festival of Hallow Eve.

Monday, October 29, 2007


13 Signs of Burnout and How To Help You Avoid It
By Henry Neils

In some ways it was a typical breakfast meeting. The waitress was pleasant, the eggs were average, and the restaurant was full of busy people. We shared a cup of black, coffee-like substance, and the first few times my client took a sip he managed to spill quite a bit of it. His trembling hand was just one of the symptoms of his burnout. That’s why we were meeting. He wanted to know if I could help him.

I picked up a fork and explained that as long as I used it for eating, the fork would last indefinitely. However, if I began to use it to drive nails or dig trenches, it would soon break. The key was to use it for what it was designed to do.

The look in his eyes told me he got it, but I still went on to say that people are like the fork. When they do what they are not designed to do, they eventually break.

Sure enough, his MAPP showed that he was designed to work on projects where there was a definite goal. He derived immense satisfaction from reaching goals. He also needed to work by himself about half the time. He was a scientist and enjoyed lab time, doing calculations, and interpreting test results.

What his job required on a day-to-day basis was another story. His primary task was to supervise a dozen people and maintain operations. No goals. No projects. No time alone. Consequently, his job was sucking the life out of him.

Much credit for his recovery goes to his boss who was willing to change the job content to fit the design of a valuable employee.

So how do you know if you, a loved one, or someone who reports to you is suffering from burnout? Here are the early warning signs.

1. Chronic fatigue - exhaustion, tiredness, a sense of being physically run down
2. Anger at those making demands
3. Self-criticism for putting up with the demands
4. Cynicism, negativity, and irritability
5. A sense of being besieged
6. Exploding easily at seemingly inconsequential things
7. Frequent headaches and gastrointestinal disturbances
8. Weight loss or gain
9. Sleeplessness and depression
10. Shortness of breath
11. Suspiciousness
12. Feelings of helplessness
13. Increased degree of risk taking

Fight burnout. Do what you were designed to do. If you (or you know someone who does) fit this description have him/her take the MAPP Assessment.

Take a close look at what is said about you in your MAPP, and what you are naturally motivated toward with regard to your work. Sometimes a simple change at work can help you avoid many (if not all) of the early warning signs of Burnout.

Henry Neils

Henry Neils is President and Founder of, the leading online career assessment company focused on helping employees and employers work together for their mutual benefit. Millions of people have gained personal insight into their careers by using the tools, such as MAPP™ (Motivational Appraisal of Personal Potential), provided at

Ypres 1917

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Museum of Make Believe

well here is the link for the Museum of Make Believe. they have Miss Muffet's Tuffet, Jack and Jill's pail and so much more.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Lets be Geese

Of all the creatures that I can see in this landscape, the geese best represent the communion of saints. They depend on one another. The lead goose does the most work, but when it is tired, it falls back and another takes its place...The geese fly in the wake of one another's wings. They literally get a lift from one another. I want to be with others this way. Geese tell me that it is, indeed, possible to fly with equals.

~ Gunilla Norris

Thursday, October 18, 2007

something new

after a long day watching the gallery



Wednesday, October 17, 2007

found a great blog

I'm always happy to see another creative mommy and artist. who seems quite organized and productive. wow. something to aspire to.

here is her new book:

The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections (Paperback)
by Amanda Blake Soule

Monday, October 15, 2007

the Dutchman's Grade Train Wreck in 1918

I am always surprised and interested to find out things about Nashville i didn't know before. so this really takes the cake.

when your mom works at a museum

Mt Olivet cemetery tours

My dear friend Liz Streight took some photos on our latest adventure. Liz came with some friends and I to Mt Olivet cemetery here in Nashville where we took part in this years tour. here is her photo blog..... ...THANKS LIZ!!!!! from all those living and dead and the ones in between..

the drawing room

Dante Gabriel Rossetti reading proofs of Sonnets and Ballads to Theodore Watts Dunton in the drawing room at 16 Cheyne Walk, London; gouache. from Pamela Todd, Pre-Raphaelites at Home, Watson-Giptill Publications

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Golden Age

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

to make up for the last post

the Yard Dogs Road Show

this is so bad , ....but i like it

Monday, October 08, 2007

a stitch in time

Sublime stitching is a website where Artist Jenny Hart has made embroidery cool again. Some of us knew that all along.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Emilie du Châtelet

the goose girl knew the story of Peter Pan

it would have been popular when she was a child and at Ward - Belmont. ...of course. it was a new story then :)

second star to the right

Thursday, October 04, 2007

just because we like waffles doesn't mean that we are waffling

May things have been fixed recently. the door, maybe the floor will be fixed . there is a new ice machine which is quite nice. The waffles are not broken though. I think we should make them the way they have always been made even if it's not very fast it's still good. no pre made mix . gosh, i'm glad i think that no one reads this .Because debating waffles from scratch vs. store bought mix waffles at 4 in the morning by myself is just crazy.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Teresa of Avila was born 425 years ago this week: October 4, 1582.

Ecstasy of St. Teresa
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1647-1652
Marble, height 150 cm
Rome, Santa Maria della Vittoria

one of my favorite Mystic Saints :) I visited the church where this sculpture is in Rome on my visit there. one of the metals on my necklace you may have seen me wearing is from the church.

suggested musical listening: Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, song: Radio Cure

Monday, October 01, 2007

sorry for lots of posts

Apparently my brain is very full . Here it goes leaking out on to my blog , i guess that is what blogs are for. All of these posts are of things i find interesting in my own scattered way. they are a precursor of interesting things we do here at the little pink house i think :)

Jasmine is downstairs Baking banana nut bread right now. two new webkins came in the mail today and both the girls are quite excited about that. Fabric has been ordered for the girls new Belmont dresses and mine has started being worked on again thanks to Alexia.

goose girl ..the early years, before the beak

today at work

the darjeeling limited

The Wordy Shipmates

I'm very excited about Sarah Vowell's new book ......

Sarah Vowell is the acclaimed author of four bestselling books and Her fifth book, The Wordy Shipmates, a history of American Puritans, will be published in 2008.

Her book Assassination Vacation (2005) is a hilarious and haunting road trip to tourist sites devoted to the murders of presidents Lincoln, Garfield and McKinley. She is also the author of the essay collections The Partly Cloudy Patriot (2002) and Take the Cannoli (2000), and Radio On (1997), a diary of a year spent listening to American radio. Her intricately produced audio books feature the voices of Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Tony Kushner, Brad Bird, Norman Lear, Stephen Colbert and Catherine Keener, as well as the music of Michael Giacchino and They Might Be Giants.

except from an interview about the book...

Well, good, that leads me to my next question which is what are you working on now? Well, a couple of things. In the short term I’m working on a piece about the painting American Gothic for the Harvard Guide to American Literature. That’s what I’m doing today. But mainly what I’m doing right now is writing a book about the Puritans, specifically 17th century Boston and Rhode Island…Fun!

Have you named the book yet? Yeah, it’s called The Wordy Shipmates.

How did you get interested in this topic? I have my favorite Puritans and they’re all so different from each other, bickering with each other and banishing each other from Massachusetts. The stars of Puritanism always seemed like such interesting individuals to me; especially their writings. I mean, I love a good sermon where devils are walking the streets in chains and there’s a lot at stake. I always found them so much more interesting than people give them credit for. And the two things that interest me most about them are sort of the two things that interest me most about life, which are words and, for lack of a better word, community. They have this incredible communitarian ethos that was both really idealistic and incredibly strangling, probably. And they were just so obsessed with words, especially the Bible, but they were incredibly literate. Words and other people were two of their biggest concerns. I have all these ideals about community but I’m a really individualist loner type person and so I’m fascinated by other people and also completely repelled by other people. That all may sound incredibly high-minded but I also have things in the book like the Mayflower waterslide and a trip to the Mohegan Sun [casino].

Eye Heart Waffle Shop

waffle shop does the production of the cheese wafer

1 stick margarine
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne
1 cup rice krispies
8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese

bake at 350 12 min........or course you remember that they need to be
frozen or at least chilled for several hours so that they can be cut
(if you make logs) or formed into balls.....

the doctor

Radiohead In Rainbows

the new album will be out in ten days!!!

New Blade Runner

i see a film club gathering in the near future.