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Thursday, April 30, 2009

(whispering) smart

The thing is, you'd never know walking in. You'd see the smile, you'd see the fun lettering, and the ice creams and gelatos and such, and you'd never know.

But then you'd ask for a sample of something, and she'd happily hand you the little, loaded spoon, and you'd taste it and think to yourself, "Wow, this is delicious! Ridiculously so!" But unless you tried five or six and realized every single flavor danced on your tongue, the mere possibility of it wouldn't even cross your mind.

And she wouldn't tell you. Because what I've noticed is that the people who are really so, so good at what they do are quiet. They don't throw out letters or qualifications. They don't have to -- their work speaks for itself.

So you'd probably never guess the ice cream lady had a doctorate in Food Science and Technology. But you'd taste it.

next meeting: May 4th

The Piedmont Photography Club of Winston-Salem, NC is an active, growing organization with approximately 60 members currently participating.

We meet twice a month, usually on the first and third Mondays, at 7:00 PM at SciWorks, on Museum Drive just off Hanes Mill Road.

At program meetings guest speakers provide hands-on, how-to demonstrations or other interesting and educational presentations. In the past we've had published professionals give slide shows on subjects such as action, landscape and nature photography. Some of our very talented members have also conducted workshops on macro photography, digital photography, studio lighting, Photoshop techniques and the business of photography.

Piedmont Photography Club

Robinhood Road

This bulletin board is amazing. There are fliers on it going back to 1995.

They're holding up much better than I am; perhaps I should look into getting a protective, plexiglass cover.

Winston-Salem Forsyth Greenway, Silas Creek Trail


Entries for the True Blue contest must be received by 5 pm EST tomorrow to be considered.

If you haven't scrolled down thataway in a few days, you really should. There are some beautiful photos.

Bring your brogue

"All contestants must be kilted."

Historic Bethabara Park Celtic Festival & Highland Games

May 9, 2009 - Games begin at 9:00

Old and new this year will be lots of great Celtic food, Celtic dancing, border collie demonstrations, Celtic crafts, and Highland athletic competitions. Also there will be Scottish clan tents, marching pipe bands, the annual Parade of Tartans and the colonial NC Highland Regiment.

Free admission. Food and wares available for purchase.

more info
Historic Bethabara Park

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Family Filmfest

The boys and I have the calendar marked with six upcoming movie release dates. We may not make all these opening day, but we're almost certain to see them all at the Grand.

PLEASE NOTE: movie links leads to previews, with sound

MAY 22: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
MAY 29: Up
JUNE 5: Land of the Lost
JUNE 12: Imagine That <---school gets out same day
JULY 4: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
JULY 24: G-Force

ATTN: Traveling Citizenry on Reynolda Rd, near Robinhood*


I'm sure that your soccer practice, dress fitting, yoga class, or other appointment-based destination is very important, but when you see a police car** flying up in your rearview***, lights flashing, siren sounding, PULL OVER.

I guarantee you someone else's world has just gotten a smidge more complicated than yours, and yes, yes, you are very, very important, but NO, ACTUALLY YOU AREN'T, SO PULL OVER.

A refresher course from the NCDOT Division of Motor Vehicles

* Or anywhere in town.

** Or firetruck. Or ambulance.

*** Or coming toward you on most types of roadways.

Local Window Shopping

ridiculously pretty matchboxes
Designed by Snooze, 535 North Trade Street

Oh, dear


Although to be fair, mine have certainly sported an unfortunate 'do before.

To be even fairer, so have I.

<-- imagine, if you will, a photo of me at age ten with a Dorothy Hamill* here

* which was SUPPOSED to be a Lady Di, for the record

Beginning May 5th (mark your calendar)

City Market
Locally grown fresh fruits and produce
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-2
Downtown, on the corner of Sixth & Cherry

Please note: The Downtown School will have their annual fundraiser at the opening of City Market on May 5th. They will have a great lunch deal on a pizza, drink, and dessert combo to help the children raise funds for their Sound-to-Sea annual field trip.

The Downtown School

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Know what I heard?

All over town today I listened to conversations between people who clearly were getting their info from the CFSIHFSG. While snagging a wrap from Fresh Market, I overheard one deli customer tell another there were multiple North Carolina swine flu fatalities already. I looked over to see her nodding like she'd just personally delivered the gospel truth. I resisted the urge to scream, "Stop it!", but only just barely.

What's the CFSIHFSG? Watch this.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10c
The Last 100 Days
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Economic CrisisFirst 100 Days

better information: NC Department of Health and Human Service

The 'new library downtown' petition

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previous discussion
Forsyth County Public Library

Bring the fam

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WFU Museum of Anthropology

Lowes, Hanes Mall Boulevard

Lovely, isn't it? I'm finding lots of lovely. And lots of tomatoes. Lots of peppers. What I am not finding anywhere, and I've been to about ten places now, is ANY ZUCCHINI SEEDLINGS. And I rather need them, if Sarah is to bake.


Lunch at the launch


Wednesday, April 29 at 12 NOON
Trade and 4th Street
Downtown Winston-Salem
Rain Location: The Millennium Center

Live Music by: Matt Kendrick, John Wilson, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Dianna Tuffin,
Herb Stephens and Josh Tillman
Free Food: Hot dogs, Cafe Prada gelato, Kernel Kustard popcorn and
Dewey's pink lemonade cake squares

The ECHO Council invites you to celebrate the launch of the StoryLine project with a street-party in downtown Winston-Salem. A dramatic unveiling of the StoryLine Bus, the project's mobile recording studio, will be the climax of the event.

"For the past two years, a dedicated group of over 100 community volunteers have been working to bring this exciting community project to life," states Gail Fisher, ECHO Council Member and Lead StoryLine Volunteer. "It is our hope that by listening to the stories of others, we will nurture a spirit of awareness, respect, and connection in our community."

The ECHO Council

Monday, April 27, 2009

ATTN: Glassy-eyed types

On Saturday, May 2nd from 11 am to 4 pm, Village Smith Galleries in Reynolda Village is having a show for two of North Carolina's premier glassblowers, John Geci and Cameron Reed.

In addition we are also unveiling the Spring jewelry collection by Alexis Bittar.

Call 723-3653 for more information.

Reynolda Village
John Geci
Cameron Reed
Alexis Bittar

image: John Geci, with permission

Trade Street

Not the foggiest. Anyone?

7th floor Ardmore Tower WFUBMC

As always, the otolaryngologist is running late, so the oldest is amusing himself with the nature music video clips on demand.

Your input needed

Forsyth Education Partnership (formerly Community Alliance for Education), a local educational foundation, is in the process of planning programs focused on the 2010 Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools’ Board of Education election. Your participation in a five-question survey will enable us to provide programs that are tailored to the needs of Forsyth County citizens. Please note that all responses are confidential.

We need to compile the survey results by Thursday, April 30th and appreciate your participation. Since we would like to have a broad survey, please also encourage your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A PARENT TO PARTICIPATE. You need only be a Forsyth County voter.

Use this link to complete the survey

Esbee note: Y'all, I took it. It was maybe all of two minutes of my time.

Forsyth Education Partnership

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Home Depot, Hanes Mall Blvd

We're going to Kernersville today, to a party for my cousin's son, to celebrate the fact that he was baptized last week. We didn't attend the baptism. Frankly we didn't even know of it until they called to ask us by this weekend. Religion can be a curious thing; add in family, and it gets even more curious.

My father and his twin brother (my cousin's father) converted from the Methodist church to the Episcopal at the ripe old age of six, because they wanted to join the boys' choir at St. Paul's just up the street from their house. I came up Episcopalian. Occasionally I wander into a Methodist service, and I feel at home there as well. Both denominations are what I call "baby sprinklers", which is to say typically baptism occurs young and with a drizzle.

Today we're off to my cousin's, to celebrate the submersion of a nearly eleven year old, in what denomination I do not know. And I've frankly been at a loss as to what to take the child. A toy? A gift certificate? Neither seems befitting. Neither necessarily does a cactus, but a cactus is what he's getting. At least it's biblical.

Three Time Auntie

Once again, I'm a baby bird auntie. The occupants this year ( nest recyclers!) aren't nearly as defensive as last year's, which means I haven't had to have long conversations with my mailman about alternative delivery locations. This is good.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lowes Foods Sherwood Plaza

I've never really paid attention to the quotes in the meat department before. Now I'm all confused, wondering how this is supposed to affect my meat purchasing decisions.


How exciting! This is paul! paul with a lowercase p, who comments here regularly! (More excitingly, he came in first in his age group in the hospice run and now has a Village Tavern gift certificate to show for it. I'm wildly jealous.)

Hospice Hope Run

Happy birthday, Mom. God, we miss you.

Hospice Hope Run

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hanes Mall Blvd @ Silas Creek Pkwy

I wonder if it takes longer to sell out these days.


My favorite color is blue. Always has been. My childhood bedroom was sky blue. Is that why? Who knows? In any event, from any scene blue has always seemed to jump out, pleasingly, to mine eye.

Your mission:
Take a photo of local blue. It can be any shade. The photo can be of anything. The photo can be taken using any kind of camera including phone.

  • Email me the photo, and I will upload it to this post so all can enjoy.
  • Your entry constitutes a one time use grant. You retain ownership of your work.
  • Life in Forsyth is not responsible for any damages arising from your entry.
  • Entries deemed as inappropriate by yours truly will not be considered.
  • Do not add a signature or watermark to your photo.
  • Contest entries must be received by 5 pm EST on Friday May 1st 2009.
An esteemed judge or two will select one winner. Not a consideration: photographic skill. Your entry will be judged solely on that intangible quality we call je ne sais quoi. (That's a fancy way of saying "Whichever wind blows the judge's skirt up.")

One (1) coffee travel mug from simplyummy in your choice of color, depending on availability. Options include green, orange, purple, and blue, which would of course be my choice.


EDIT, 1:20 PM:
ONE MORE THING: You can enter as many images as you feel so inclined.

my image: door handles, simplyummy