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Monday, November 30, 2009

Local List

an itemization of the supplemental diet upon which Pep gorged herself whilst we were away
  • A nutcracker
  • Beaker's head
  • an unopened box of pencils
  • my childhood Christmas ornaments
  • Connect-4
Please note that this list should not be considered complete. Additions may be made as discovered.

(Don't look at me like that, Jose. I'm appalled, too.)

I'll have the Mayberry Delight, thanks

Apparently we'll be enjoying Comp-Rehab for 60 minutes every week for the next six months. The youngest suggests that since he'll miss lunch during that time, we enhance these outings by visiting the nearby Mayberry on Miller Street.

Mayberry

Comp-Rehab

Nothing like a complete turnaround from Disney magic!

WFUBMC Pediatric Therapy Center

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Today's gift: Art-o-mat® patches! Each set contains 2 patches ready to be sewn on and worn with pride all over town, country, and universe. Your gift receiver will celebrate local awesomeness in style. Shown is my personal favorite, the Space Set, but other equally amazing sets are available.


$10 a set, available at the Art-o-Mat® Online Store or wherever fine Art-o-Mat® patches are sold. (I know SECCA stocks them when they're open, but I know not where else.)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Another fortnight has passed

Accordingly some new Local Etsy Love went up in the lefthand column today. Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Shop Local


Today's gift:
a brightly colored ball! Their festive hues are certain to bring a smile to even the littlest curmudgeon's face, and they bounce spectacularly. Available in a fantastic rainbow of colors and patterns.


Small $7, large $9 at Rolly's, Thruway Shopping Center, 272 S. Stratford Rd, Winston-Salem

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bippity Boppity Boo, Nice to Be Back with You

Note small, happy feet in hammock

I'm back! We skedaddled down to Orlando for some restorative Disney magic. It worked; we all feel much better, including the children who hadn't the foggiest idea they were even going.

(We lied* and told them my husband had an unexpected, unavoidable business trip to a small town called Pig Hill, Georgia, a town so swampy that to get to it necessitated our driving south into Florida, heading west, then doubling back north into Georgia.

I wish you all could have been there last Saturday night when I told them to stop watching their movie for a minute and hold their breath** because we were finally crossing back into Georgia. You would have seen their eyes light up when instead we drove underneath the huge Welcome to Walt Disney World banner, both of them still holding their breath, scared to exhale and be wrong. It was puppy-under-the-Christmas-tree fantastic.)

Anyway, missed you all. Off to sleep like a dead woman now.

* Yes, I am fully aware that this makes me an awful person.

** This is something we do on road trips when we cross state lines. No idea why, but I grew up doing it all the way to Maine, so there you go.

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Today's gift: small bowls! These lovelies are intended for use with sake, but they could easily serve a myriad of other bowl purposes: one to hold change, one to hold earrings, one to hold paper clips... Each is individually handcrafted by Winston-Salem artist "Frumpy".


$8 apiece at the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem gallery, 301 W. Fourth St, Winston-Salem.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Once again, it's time for...

Shop Local!

Seemingly everyone is still adrift in the same boat again this year - the leaky one called No Money, Honey. Accordingly, between now and Christmas I'll be profiling gift ideas, all of which will be

a. available in locally-owned shops

b. for ten dollars or less.

Every gift idea may not strike your fancy, but hopefully they will get you thinking - about supporting local businesses, about giving smaller but still personal gifts, about shopping smarter.

As always, there's a list of local stores' websites in the righthand column. If you know of any I've missed, email me, and I will happily add to the list.

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Today's gift: Give your favorite fancy chicken fiend this fancy chicken stapler, and make his or her fancy chicken stapling dreams come true!

A mere $7 at Designed by Snooze, 535 N. Trade St, Winston-Salem.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Eat Local

Bulletin Board, Lowes Foods, Sherwood Plaza
click to enlarge

Maple Springs UMC

Lowes Foods

I feel like these pumpkins

(And what's going through my head is, "More rain. Awesome.")


I'm feeling very discombobulated and like my juggling isn't up to par. I'm ready for it to be December, when it will, oddly enough, be much calmer.

The room full of shoes

That's where I went over the edge, my thought process slowing to a trickle to try to make some sense of the horror and the sheer magnitude of it.

The room was full of shoes.
There were no people to go with the shoes.
The people took off the shoes.
The people were discarded.
The shoes were useful.
The shoes were saved.

But as many times as I recalculated it, I could not make it add up to anything other than pure, heartbreaking evil. I left the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in tearful shock, in a fog of sorrow and outrage that didn't lift for weeks.

I think everyone needs to stumble around in that fog at some point.

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On Saturday, November 21st at 3 PM, Margot Lobree will discuss her experiences as a Holocaust survivor in conjunction with the ALBAN ELVED Dance Company's performances of INERTIA: Remembering the Holocaust.

This event is FREE and will take place in the Drama Workshop, Salem Fine Arts Center, Salem College.


more information: 336-917-5313

map of Salem College
Salem College
Alban Elved Dancy Company
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Local Puffy Coatage

If anyone has any feedback re: Caring Hands and/or other local pediatric OTs, I'd love to hear it.

Email if you prefer.

title: the youngest adores this type of down-filled, winter garment and refers to it as a "puffy coat". He is especially pleased with this orange one because he believes it makes him look like a pumpkin.

Rana Loca

My friend Sharon's empanadas seemed to be smiling up at us. My creamy chicken, mushroom, and rice soup with applewood bacon wasn't nearly as photogenic, but holy, was it delicious.

Rana Loca

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for... EXACT

I'm running around town today. It is cold and gray, and I am fighting the urge to be dramatic and pretend I feel homesickness for London. Accordingly, let's play a game, shall we? Specifically, let's play EXACT.

To recap the one rule: First person to correctly identify the location in comments wins bragging rights. Or, if he/she insists, something useless currently lying about my house, the nature of which is yet to be determined.

(But delivery would have to wait until the week after Thanksgiving, because I'm mulling over taking a week off the internet. With the exception of prewritten, regularly scheduled Shop Local holiday gift items, of course, set to begin the day after Thanksgiving. We'll see.)


Anyhow, in regards to the above phonophoto, WHERE AM I?

Fresh Market

Anyone ever tried this? I love the tin, but I don't know that I would love the contents.

Local Listen and Learn

On Thursday, November 19th and again on Friday, November 20th, Lt. Col. Jefferson will discuss his book, Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free, which discusses his military service and imprisonment in Nazi Germany during World War II.

The Thursday talk will be at the Southside Branch Library and the Friday talk at Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center; both talks will be from 4-6 PM.

Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson grew up in an America with deeply engrained attitudes toward race.

As a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, he challenged these attitudes and was on the forefront of racial integration in the military.

He and the other Tuskegee Airmen protected our country with valor and distinction for which they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.

Lt. Col. Jefferson is also the recipient of the Purple Heart.

This event is FREE.

Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free

Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson
Tuskegee Airmen
Southside Branch Library
Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center

Monday, November 16, 2009

And the winner is...

(of this contest)

First, meet your judge! Deb Britton is in her eleventh year as Fair and Membership Coordinator at Piedmont Craftsmen. Prior to that, she attended the Fair for almost 20 years as a shopper, a volunteer, and an Exhibitor's significant other. She has redeemed her non-Southern nativehood through her achievement of an MFA in Poetry from UNC-G and the cultivation of a firm belief that grits are best when made from the type that have to be soaked overnight, then served "cheesy".

Her decision is as follows...

Honorable mentions:

Ginger for the Party Apology Card ("gut rumbling" - snerk)
Tom Faucett for Black Arrow ("I've been busy...")
and Julie for the Voodoo Wedding Couple (that's a friend I'd like to have)

And the winner is...

Sarah Franzheim!

Sarah, email me about your tickets to the Piedmont Craftsmen Fair. Congratulations!

Everyone, contests will resume after the holidays.

In! 20! 10! (God, I love how space-age that sounds...)

The Pink Lemonade Song is awesome!

Robinhood Plaza

Forsyth County Holiday Store locations (open November & December only)
Kernersville:
Southside Square
1030-G South Main Street

Winston-Salem:
Hanes Mall
3320 Silas Creek Parkway

Harper Hill Commons
100 Vinegar Hill Road

Robinhood Plaza
3456 Robinhood Road

Oak Summit Shopping Center
416 East Hanes Mill Road

Parkway Village
3521 Parkway Village Circle

Dewey's

The kind with spikes if you have them in stock

I'm at Discount Tire on University getting new tires. I asked for a set with crazy impressive traction, since again this year all the Boovs in the hood have raked their leaves into the streets, and they get really slick when the leaves get tamped down and rained buckets on.

Local Etsy

New local etsy love went up in the left column yesterday. Thank you for supporting local artisans!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Local Newcomer

Please join me in extending a huge Welcome to Winston to Sally, who joined the Yarddawg family today from a shelter a few counties over. I look forward to seeing her sweet face peeking into Buena Vista Garden photos for many years to come. Congratulations, 'Dawgs!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Reynolda Village

I stood on the sweetest little bridge inside the village to take this phonophoto. The bridge on which I stood runs parallel to the one on Reynolda you cross just before you come to Wake Forest, which is the bridge you see above.

Anyway, it's lovely out. Go explore.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Local TeeVee Stars

This evening, the oldest was watching reruns on some random channel when he yelled, "Mom! We're on Cops! Hurry!"

No, we weren't really on a crime show (thank God), but officers from our fine Forsyth County Sheriff's Office were.

Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

Fresh Market

The candy with the little flower inside it is the type that was in my stocking every year. I love it madly. No idea what it's called, though.

Sea Monkeys or Aquasaurs... Sea Monkeys or Aquasaurs...

Operation Finish Christmas Shopping Before Thanksgiving continues apace.

I admit it

I have some Kanye West on my iPod. "Stronger" keeps me moving when I'm on mile kablillion of my walk. And that song is the first thing that came to mind when I saw this upcoming local Science Café. (Sadly it would be wildly inappropriate as a Science Café theme song.)

On Tuesday, November 17th, at 7 PM, Michael Tytell, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology & Anatomy at WFU School of Medicine will lead an informal discussion on The Biology of Stress:"That which does not kill us makes us stronger" (Friedrich Nietzsche).

This event will be held at the Winston-Salem Big Shotz Tavern (109 S. Stratford) and is FREE.

Local co-sponsors: SciWorks and Reynolda Gardens


Science Cafés
Michael Tytell
Big Shotz
SciWorks
Reynolda Gardens

Local Dietary Staples

"Let me show you her x-rays," Dr. Taylor says, and so I pass Pep's leash off and follow him back to the lightbox.

Pep's heart, which is the focal point of the scans, looks fine. There's nothing to show why she's developed a murmur, the reason for the x-rays in the first place. But lower down, there's a bright spot.

Pep has got a hold of a staple somewhere, I know not how or where since we don't even own a stapler, and being Pep, she has eaten it.

Another perk of being Pep: she is also completely unbothered by this ill-advised consumption. No vomiting, no diarrhea, no abdominal tenderness.

I add follow-up x-rays to my schedule for next week and go home to wait.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ladies Luncheon @ River Birch

For monsoon days, I heartily recommend the white bean chili.

River Birch Lodge (opens with sounds of nature)

Game On

This Saturday, November 14, the Teen Central department of the Central Library will compete in an online national Super Smash Brothers tournament, the largest, simultaneous national video game tournament ever held.

Kids will be able to compete against players at other libraries and track their scores while playing.

In addition, local libraries will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the entire family.

This is all part of the second annual celebration of National Gaming Day @ your library, a national initiative supported by the American Library Association.

National Gaming Day schedule:

Central Library 10-5pm
Carver School Road Branch 10-2pm
Clemmons Branch 12-5pm
Kernersville Branch 10-5pm
Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center 12-2pm
Rural Hall Branch 12-2pm
Reynolda Branch 12-5pm
Southside Branch 10-5pm
Walkertown Branch 12-5pm

Teen Central @ Central Library
Forsyth County Public Libraries
American Library Association

Wonderful nicknames found in today's obituaries

Chicken Man (male)
Ooie (female)

I especially love Ooie, as it reminds me of many completely bereft of consonants Scrabble "tile hands" I've experienced.

Glad V. still wins for best LiF Reader nickname story, however. (See comments here.)

The Winston-Salem Journal obituaries

Local Sweets

Intriguing options for Thanksgiving desserts abound...

From Blue Ridge come pumpkin ice cream pies. Swing by for a sample of the pumpkin ice cream and all the other seasonal flavors, then place your pie order.

And Du Mexique, who made my husband mewl from gastronomical happiness, is offering a whole slew of yum. See below for details. As always, click on image to enlarge.

Blue Ridge Ice Creams
Du Mexique

Local Contest Reminder

You have a mere 34 hours to get your entry in for this, the last LiF contest until after the holidays.

Please note that this contest is NOT limited to entries from inside Forsyth County.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Local New Media

Robinhood McDonalds on twitter

Alas, I cannot

I want to change into my pajamas, make a mug of Ovaltine, and curl up under a blanket on the loveseat with my book.

...FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RALEIGH HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS...ALAMANCE...ANSON...CHATHAM... DAVIDSON...FORSYTH...GUILFORD...HOKE...LEE...MONTGOMERY... MOORE...RANDOLPH...RICHMOND...SCOTLAND AND STANLY.

* FROM 7 PM EST THIS EVENING THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

* UP TO 3 TO 5 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE THROUGH THURSDAY. MOISTURE WILL CONTINUE TO STREAM NORTH INTO CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA AS A LOW PRESSURE STORM SYSTEM DEVELOPS OFF THE CAROLINA COAST. RAINFALL WILL BECOME HEAVY ACROSS THE AREA OVERNIGHT AND UP TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN IS POSSIBLE BY WEDNESDAY MORNING. PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN WILL CONTINUE WEDNESDAY AND WEDNESDAY NIGHT...POSSIBLY PRODUCING FLASH FLOODING IN URBAN AREAS AND ON SMALLER CREEKS AND STREAMS. FALLEN LEAVES AND OTHER DEBRIS WILL LIKELY CLOG STORM DRAINS AND SEWERS RESULTING IN ADDITIONAL FLOODING.

* HEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT WILL MAKE DRIVING HAZARDOUS...AS IT WILL REDUCE VISIBILITY...AND POSSIBLY FLOOD DITCHES AND POOL IN LOW LYING AREAS ON THE ROAD. THE HIGHWAY 74 CORRIDOR...WHICH RUNS THROUGH WADESBORO... ROCKINGHAM...AND LAURINBURG...WILL BE PARTICULARLY PRONE TO FLOODING TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. SOME OTHER LOCATIONS PRONE TO FLOODING INCLUDE CREEKS IN AND AROUND ALBEMARLE...LEXINGTON...THOMASVILLE...HIGH POINT...WINSTON- SALEM AND GREENSBORO. LOCATIONS IN AND AROUND THE UWHARRIE FOREST ALSO ALSO VERY PRONE TO FLASH FLOODING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

MOST FLASH FLOOD DEATHS OCCUR IN VEHICLES. DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROADWAY OR DRIVE AROUND POLICE BARRICADES. RISING WATER CAN ENGULF A VEHICLE AND ITS OCCUPANTS. IF YOUR VEHICLE STALL IN WATER...ABANDON IT IMMEDIATELY AND SEEK HIGHER GROUND. BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT SINCE IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGEROUS OF FLOODING.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.

YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.

Raiders of the Lost Yard

First Annual Reagan Raider
Community Yard Sale
Saturday, November 14th
7 AM - 1 PM

Indoor and Outdoor!
Reagan High School Cafeteria
3750 Transou Road, Pfafftown

Biscuits, Doughnuts, Coffee
and Home Baked Goodies for Sale

50/50 Raffle
You need not be present to win


Drop off donations for the Yard Sale:
Tuesday through Friday, November 10th-13th
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM


Thank you for your support.

Reagan High School

Boredom, Shmoredom

It's supposed to be awful, weatherwise, of course. Tomorrow, I mean, when local students have a midweek day off for Veterans Day but many parents do not. Across the area, parents will schlep offspring to work and beg them to "just sit quietly" while Mom or Dad tries to work. I went to work with my father a few times - I know the drill.

Nuh-uh.

Tomorrow, have supplies on hand and tell them to do this:

Contest Deadline Draws Near for Piedmont Parent’s Young Authors Contest

The Young Authors Contest gives children in grades K-8 the opportunity to write and illustrate an original storybook for a chance to win prizes and have their work featured in the magazine. The contest deadline is Friday, Nov. 13. The contest is perfect for children who love to write, draw or tell stories.

Children in grades K-8 may submit a book within the following guidelines:
  • Hand write and illustrate an original storybook appropriate for a child 4 to 8 years old
  • 20 pages maximum (no computer media accepted)
  • Staple, stitch, bind, clip or insert into a folder
  • Include a title page: Book Title, Author’s Name, Address, Phone, E-mail, Grade and School
  • For complete rules and drop-off locations, visit www.piedmontparent.com/Events/YoungAuthor
All participants and their families are invited to a reception at the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, and all young authors will receive a certificate of participation to commemorate their day.

Winners will be featured in the January 2010 issue of Piedmont Parent and are encouraged to give a reading of their work at the reception.

For further information please contact Piedmont Parent magazine at 336-983-4789 or e-mail editor@piedmontparent.com.


Piedmont Parent Magazine
Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

I call this The Bulletin Board of Sad

I just dropped off Pep at Reynolda Veterinary Hospital for a day of intensive grooming and spa treatments. She'll no doubt show her appreciation by doing what she always does: when she gets home, she'll jump out of the car and run under the first bush she sees to lie down for a while. Then she'll find a puddle.

Reynolda Veterinary Hospital

Monday, November 09, 2009

I think I'll call her Dot

MPB foretells a winter's severity by the acorns. Others use the wooly worm's colors as a predictor of a winter's snowfall.

Someone folksy look at this photo and tell me what the heck this many spots on a ladybug means for local winter '09-'10.

Meh

A.D. and I jaunted off to Concord Mills today. For the record, we were sorely disappointed, with the exception of the Lego store.

Eerily realistic, too

MPB and I whipped through Casual Furniture World on Hanes Mall Boulevard yesterday. I've driven past a kablillion times but never before darkened the door.

I adored this incredibly breakable, faux nachos plate. Sadly, it was Not For Sale.

As far as their furniture went, well, I'm more of the old wooden bench type. Paint it a faded gull gray and give it a few years of smoothing by Northern Atlantic ocean breezes, and I'm even more of a fan.

But if you're in the market for something simultaneously swishy and outdoorsy, this seems like a fine destination.

Casual Furniture World

Lego my lungs, my heart, my eyes


As far as I'm concerned, they can take whatever they need from me when I die. This is denoted by a small, red heart on my North Carolina Driver's License.

Now in North Carolina you can also designate your willingness to give the gift of life ONLINE.

Donate Life NC
Carolina Donor Services (opens with video)
The North Carolina Eye Bank, located here in Winston-Salem

Sunday, November 08, 2009

If you're reading this before sunset...

You! Out! It's too beautiful to be inside! Shoo!

In Local Tattoo News

For those who admire them:
Now through January 30th, the Tattoo Archive (618 W. Fourth) is hosting a show entitled Sailor Tattooing. Centuries ago Captain Cook and his crew encountered the tattooed native peoples of the South Pacific. Cook's sailors were looking for the perfect souvenir for their travels, and tattoos fit the bill. Thus a tradition for seamen was born. The exhibit showcases tattoos from navies around the world.

For those who have them and love them:
The Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology is compiling tattoo images for an upcoming exhibit. If you are interested in having your tattoo included, either stop by the museum or email an image of your tattoo to moa@wfu.edu.

For those who have them but wish they did not:
On Wednesday, November 11th, the office of Anne L. White will perform free laser tattoo removal for veterans. For complete information and to schedule an appointment, call 659-2663.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Shop Local, Support Local Women

In 1998, community leaders came to the realization of a sad truth. Many women and children in the Forsyth County area had been beaten, terrorized, and sometimes tragically killed. The truth of the matter is that no woman should have to live in an environment where she consistently fears for her safety. Neither should she have to fear for the well being of her children.

Community leaders recognized that a battered woman and her children need a place of healing and security. They envisioned a place where victims of domestic violence could go for food, shelter, guidance, and safety. This is how Next Step Ministries was born.

Next Step Ministries operates a wonderful thrift store (serious awesomeness, check out the virtual tour!) at 1116 E. Mountain Street to help meet these needs. Please consider popping up the road fifteen minutes to Kernersville and having a poke-about. The Christmas Room is now OPEN.

Store Hours:
Thursday 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Friday 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5:30 PM

Please tell everyone you know about the shop. Local domestic violence is very real and knows no societal boundaries.

Tour the thrift store (opens with music)
Next Step Ministries

Friday, November 06, 2009

At the Grand, of course

We just saw A Christmas Carol in 3-D. It was... odd. Liberties were taken, yet not in the form of uptempo musical numbers, and yet the whole thing felt very Zeffirelli if Signore Z. made all his actors wear apple doll masks.

A Christmas Carol (opens with preview)
The Grand Theatre

LAST CONTEST OF '09: Treasure

This is the last contest until after the holidays. This one is a little different, a little more personal. The prize is ridiculously awesome.

Good luck.
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Your mission:
Show us something, i.e. an item - not someone - that is yours and that you consider treasure. Then tell us why, in three sentences.

(Obviously loved ones, including the pet kind, are to be treasured above all items, but for the purposes of this contest, they are disallowed.)

Specifics:
  • ALL PHOTOS MUST BE ORIGINAL WORKS.
  • You MAY enter more than one photo.
  • Email me the photo(s) and accompanying description(s), and I will upload it/them to this post so all can enjoy.
  • You may submit a previously submitted, non-accoladed photo.
  • Your entry constitutes a one time use grant (two if you garner judge praise). You retain ownership of your work.
  • You are solely responsible for any damages arising from your entry, as well as any tax concerns should you win.
  • 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, November 13th 2009.
Judging:
An esteemed judge (or two) - sadly, not a pirate - will select one winner. Not the only 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.")

Prize:
A pair of 1-day passes for Piedmont Craftsmen’s Fair, where items to treasure abound. Tickets can be used either Saturday or Sunday and are valued in total at $12.

my phonophoto: a small piece of art that sat on a corner table in my parents' room while I was growing up. I used to sit in my mother's rocking chair and look at it while my mother finished dressing for church or dressed up to go out in the evening with my father. It's not by anyone famous nor an "important piece" or any such, but because art is highly personal, it reminds me utterly of her.

Entries:

This bookcase was made by my grandfather, an ironworker, as a gift to my father to take to college (the first one in the family to attend). I inherited it when I was young because I always love to read and owned so many books. It's traveled with me from my girlhood home to college, and every house beyond.

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This is Gertie, my 1972 BMW 3.0CS. My Father had the 4 door version (same color) when I was a kid and ever since I was ten this was my dream car. After three years in the restoration shop, I will get her back next month and along with my memories of my Father.

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After my Nana died we found fashion sketches that she had drawn as a young woman. These drawings of hats, dresses and skirts allowed my imagination to take me back to Nana's younger days when everyone seemed so glamorous and "va va voom" as I like to say. I adore these sketches and keep them framed to remind me that I get my love of clothes and fashion from the original fashionista... my Nana.

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This sweet little holder of warm liquids used to be water bottles. I love to recycle and repurpose things with new life. Would it be weird to say it makes me happy to seeing my green little mug in the kitchen in the mornings?

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"I have something for you," my Mom said on a recent visit, handing me this 1924 copy of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Black Arrow." Opening it, I found a beautiful, tear- inducing three paragraph long inscription from my grandfather, dated three months after my birth. When I pointed out he'd inscribed it 37 years ago and he'd been dead for 14, and she was just now giving it to me, she simply replied, "I've been busy."

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This is my eye; a gift from my mother to her daughter. The greens and browns surrounded by lashes are beginning to show time, but I do not worry. My mother’s eyes shine when she smiles, and it is my treasure to see her beauty in me.

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Our latest treasure commemorates our recently departed family pet. It was given to us by two even greater treasures called friends. We are overwhelmingly humbled and deeply thankful for friends.

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A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to get to go visit my best friend in New York City. The only thing I insisted on doing was to go to Mood, the incredible fabric store that the contestants on "Project Runway" almost always go to. It was love at first sight for me and this embroidered nylon, so I got a swatch of it as a souvenir!

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The girl who had been my best friend since the Cradle Roll was living in New Orleans at the time I got married. The night before my wedding she gave me this wooden box, full of poems she had written for me and other little goodies, including this wedding couple that had been tied together and blessed by a voodoo priestess. I secretly love it that the bride is a little bigger than the groom!

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My maternal grandmother made quilts for all 23 of her grandchildren when they were born and when they got married, and the Little Dutch Girl quilt was my baby quilt. By the time I got married (I'm #22 of the 23), she was unable to quilt anymore, so I was surprised and extra-honored by the strawberry quilt she had made in advance. Both she and my grandfather passed away while I was pregnant with my first son, and I found the blue and white baby-sized quilt in a closet in their house; my whole family agreed it should go home with me.

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After my grandmother died, my mother gave me her recipe book. The recipe for "Judy's Fudge Cake" (called "Gram's Fudge Cake" in my mother's recipe file) was our favorite for birthdays, celebrations, or for no particular reason except that it was cold and gloomy outside and my mother (Judy) thought we needed cheering up with chocolate cake frosted with a blend of cream cheese and melted chocolate chips. I love having the recipe in my gramma's handwriting, because it reminds me of the years before her penmanship grew shaky, and of how she always signed her letters "Gram," with the tail end of the "m" curling up and crossed with an x for a kiss.

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My treasure is a bear; made completely from the night gown and dressing robe my beloved grandmother wore almost every night for thirty years. These articles of clothing kept my grandmother warm while rocking three fussy grandchildren to sleep, traveling through Europe, and plain 'ol cold nights in Boone where she lived; there simply isn't a time where I can't remember her not wearing this ensemble—at night of course! Her unexpected death two years ago devastated our family, but the bear is a reminder of the love and impact she left on our lives—and continues to keep my grandmother alive, at least in my heart.

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This card was found over 20 years ago, after my grandmother passed away, and I feel sure it is from the 1920's and belonged to my grandfather, who lived his whole life in Winston-Salem. Every time I read it I imagine some sort of scandalous bathtub gin party or the such during prohibition. I love it because it shows a bit of naughtiness incorporated with humor for that era, and do treasure having it.

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Everyone treasures their Christmas tree, right? Especially the ones that happen to be 72 feet tall? When my uncle, who was my namesake and godfather, died of cancer, we went to his funeral in New York, and this sight cheered me up while I whistled Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, Oh, Christmas tree... Merry Christmas!

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