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Carhenge not Stonehenge by fleur_de_lis

On the high plains of western Nebraska is a town called Alliance (pop. 8,959) and 2 miles north of Alliance on Hwy 87 you will find Carhenge. Carhenge is the brainchild of a man called Jim Reinders, and he and his family built it in 1987 as a memorial to his father, who once lived there on a farm. Carhenge is a faithful full scale reproduction of Stonehenge (including astronomical alignments). It is made with 38 autos; some held upright in 5 foot pits( trunk side down), some welded in place to create arches, and all spray painted gray. A '62 Caddy has been placed in the honored position of the heel stone. When it was initially created many residents of the community wanted it torn down and state officials classified it as a "junkyard". Today it has become a tourist attraction drawing thousands of visitors each year. It even sports a paved parking lot, picnic tables and an educational display board. Signs on Nebraska highways point in it's direction, t-shirts, postcards and other memorabilia...
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Dale Chihuly...astonishing. by fleur_de_lis

The first artist I would like to bring to your attention is at the top of my favorites list for current American artists. His name is Dale Chihuly and his works are astonishing. Dale is a unique glass artist/sculptor who uses teams of workers to create huge multipart sculptures and installations of colorful blown glass worldwide. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of pieces of blown glass are assembled on steel frameworks to create breathtaking assemblages of monumental proportions--I'm talking of up to 50' high or more for some of his towers. http://www.chihuly.com/installations/genre/towers/64.html Other pieces are suspended and lit from above to create chandeliers http://www.chihuly.com/chands/chand002.html or ceilings. http://www.chihuly.com/installations/bellagio/01.html He has floated pieces down canals, http://www.chihuly.com/installations/genre/water/65.html rivers, http://www.chihuly.com/installations/genre/water/72.html and placed them in boats http://www.chihuly.com/installations/genre...
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R. S. V. P. by fleur_de_lis

I have always been interested in words, phrases and their origins. English is such a wonderful language, full of words taken from other languages and incorporated into our own. As a lover of all things French, I have always been fascinated at how much of that language has crept into our own. For instance everyone is familiar with croissant, camouflage, souvenir and rendezvous. Other French words that we are familiar with have French meanings that you might not know about. Some fun ones are: sabotage--a word that originated from disgruntled factory workers who threw their wooden shoes (sabots) into the machinery in protest of working conditions r.s.v.p.--(repondez s'il vous plait) which actually means answer please m'aidez--(help me) which became our distress call Mayday! Mayday! (and a truly offbeat one) defenestrate (to commit suicide by throwing oneself from a window) which comes from the French word fenetre which means window. Do you know any interesting foreign words or phrases...
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What the heck is Christmas blend? by fleur_de_lis

The tree is down, the poinsettias are tossed, and the Christmans cards have been put away, but the Christmas holidays are still with me. Seasonal scents and flavors....we all see them, buy them, use them, but this Christmas seemed to generate more than my fair share under the tree. I love flavored coffees, but what the heck is Christmas blend? And who in their right mind wants to drink Eggnog or Gingerbread Man coffee? I've gagged my way through a few cups of Butter Rum but I think I'm ready to call it quits and go use up some of my new shower gels. I have a nice assortment of Hot Chocolate, Candy Cane, Blueberry Muffin, Strawberry Twist, Lemon Bar, and the ever popular Fruitcake.
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The Junk Drawer by fleur_de_lis

Hello everyone! I am so happy to be part of this community with my new blog The Junk Drawer. I am a retired teacher, part time artist, Christian wife, mother, and grandmother. I live in a small town in the Midwest with a population of just over 1,000 and I hope to bring a small town perspective to this site as well as random thoughts, bits and pieces of topics that interest me, especially art related ones. I will definitely be including information on some of my favorite artists and art sites (and no, it's not going to be like those boring art history classes and slide shows you fell asleep in, I promise)! I have enjoyed reading (and commenting on) all of the blogs on this site and I look forward to sharing with you in The Junk Drawer.
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