To the nines

Nbpt

Newburyport yesterday, not yesteryear. Just thought I’d try sepia.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

sepia

NOUN: 1a. A dark brown ink or pigment originally prepared from the secretion of the cuttlefish. b. A drawing or picture done in this pigment. c. A photograph in a brown tint. 2. A dark grayish yellow brown to dark or moderate olive brown.
ADJECTIVE: 1. Of the color sepia. 2. Done or made in sepia.
ETYMOLOGY: Middle English, cuttlefish, from Latin spia, cuttlefish, ink, from Greek spi, cuttlefish; akin to perhaps akin to spein, to make rotten.

We found Anna’s prom dress at Pure Bliss in NBPT – a gorgeous full-length dark red satin strapless number that makes her look a little like Jessica Rabbit, but without the enormous bosom.

I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.

We’ve having the shoes and clutch dyed to match. Pricey, yeah, but not fall-off-your-tuffet pricey. And great service – we needed help, and a little alteration.

The prom cost payback deal is that she will get a 4 or 5 on her AP US History exam (still time to study by Friday!), or wash as many windows as I want washed.

I think we’ve agreed to host an apres-prom bonfire at our house for a few (?) couples. Should be memorable.

I spent most of the rest of yesterday learning to edit in iMovie, making a short indie (heh) film of the Chamber Singers trip to Disney. I’m kind of obsessed with this new medium of creative expression.

Happy Walpurgisnacht.

National Donate Life Month

I attended this talk last week and my article appeared in last Tuesday’s Hampton Union.

Jen was a good speaker and the old folks in the audience were intelligent, attentive and refreshingly matter-of-fact about body parts, life and death.

Odd to say, but it was a great night out!

Organ donations are the gift of life

Each day 74 people receive the gift of life when they receive organ transplants. But 18 die waiting because of a shortage of donated organs.

Jen King, of North Hampton, a volunteer for the New England Organ Bank, recently spoke to a group of residents at RiverWoods in Exeter. She shared information on organ and tissue donation, and pending state legislation that could make donation easier.

Her talk was timely, as April is National Donate Life Month.

King also had a personal story to share.

www.organdonor.gov
New England Organ Bank

Mr. Elliott

Amazing. Good. Listen now.

NPR Commentary
“O Mr. Elliott, My Mr. Elliott”

All Things Considered, April 25, 2006 · Commentator Heather King has the story of a teacher who takes pride in his students for decades after they have left his classroom. King, who lives in Los Angeles, is the author of Parched: A Memoir.

Wayne I. Elliott was a seventh-grade North Hampton School teacher and Heather King one of his students 40 years ago.

I read and loved this piece by King in The Sun last summer: Paradise Found. I had no idea she was from North Hampton.

Home again

TinkerbellJust back from Disney World!

Five-day trip as a chaperone with a high school singing group. Lots of fun but my feet are killing me from all the walking.

More tomorrow after a good night’s sleep…

Our lawn

Dandelion

dandelion

[Eng. form of French, = lion’s tooth], any plant of the genus Taraxacum of the family Asteraceae (aster family), perennial herbs of wide distribution in temperate regions. The dandelion has a rosette of deep-toothed leaves (the name is usually attributed to this) and a bright yellow flower followed in fruit by a round head of white down, an adaptation for wind distribution of the seedlike fruits. The common dandelion (T. officinale) is native to Europe but widely naturalized. Although it is considered in the N United States chiefly as a lawn pest because of the easily dispersed seeds and the deep root, it is also cultivated both for medicine and for food. The young leaves resemble chicory and are used for salad greens and as a potherb, especially in Europe. The roots may be roasted and used as a coffee substitute. The flower heads are utilized for dandelion wine and are good forage for bees. In medicine the roots have been dried and used chiefly as a bitter tonic and laxative. The Russian dandelion (T. kok-saghyz) has been cultivated for the milky juice typical of the genus, as a source of rubber. Dandelions are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.

– The Columbia Encyclopedia