Jul 31, 2010

In Memory of Carroll

Carroll and Harold Wilson

Carroll Wilson died 2 yrs ago today of Colon Cancer. He was only 56 years old the same age I will be this November. I also had the same cancer in 2006-2007 but survived and am coming up on my 3 yr anniversary of being cancer- free. Carroll and his twin Brother Harold are friends of mine. Carroll is on the left in the picture above.
Growing up in Dixfield, there were many things that are fundamental to Dixfield. One of them are the Wilson twins. Everyone knew them...To think of Harold with out his brother does not seem natural. So I will never think that way. But the point I am trying to make is how awful this cancer is. It causes too much suffering and heart break. It takes our family and friends away from us too soon. I do not want people to forget this. I was very lucky. So let me be a voice for Carroll as well as myself and ask everyone of you who reads this......

If you are 50 yrs old and up, GET your Colonoscopy. It could save your life. It could catch it before it starts. In my case, it caught it before it reached a stage too late. It is a test that takes about 15 mins and is painless. Believe me, it is worth it....

I do not want to see anyone have to go thorough what Carroll and I had to. I consider myself so lucky for still being here...So in honor of Carroll Wilson, PlEASE do not forget him and the disease that took him too soon....Lets honor him by passing this message along to your family and friends who you know should get this test....Lets save some lives...

Rest in Peace Carroll, you will never be forgotten.

Carroll L. Wilson

LEWISTON - Carroll L. Wilson, 56, of Dixfield, died on July 31, 2008 at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston surrounded by family and friends. He was born, July 8, 1952, in Rumford the son of Carroll and Olivine McDonald Wilson. He graduated from Dirigo High School in 1970 where he played baseball and was a captain of the basketball team. Carroll worked for the Maine Department of Conservation as a Mt. Blue State Park Ranger. He loved to hunt, fish, snowmobile and watch the Red Sox. Some of his most beloved time spent duck hunting with his black labs, Shaver and Jackson from his camp in Stueben and fishing and mingling with guests at Tim Pond Camps in Eustis. He was a member of the Webb River Sportsman's Club in Dixfield and the Mystic Tie Lodge #154 AF & AM in Weld where he was a Past Master. He is survived by his siblings, Betty Calden and her husband, Harvey of Jay, John Wilson and his wife, Wanita of Peru, twin brother, Harold Wilson of Dixfield and Richard "Rick" and Celeste Wilson of Dixfield; special nieces and nephews, Shelley Wilson, Wendy Hall, Bill Calden, Becky Smith, Lisa Cote Matheau Wilson, Ronnie and Bobby McDonald; grandniece, Hailey Wilson; special friend, Steve Drury of Canton. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Robert "Bob" McDonald.

Thank You

Jul 25, 2010

Lace Trim Flowers

This is such a fun and easy thing to do that I had to share it. I found this in a magazine ( can't remember which one) a long time ago. This week I was going through my closets and came upon a basket with lace trim pieces in it. Lace is so beautiful and delicate that I decide the time had come to try this. I love bringing in the elements and textures in Nature. If you look around you will see the same lacy textures such as Wild Carrot.

The list of required items are minimal.

Stiffy fabric Stiffener
Pieces of lace some at least 6 inches long or lace doilys.

First thing to do is to soak your lace in Stiffy. When throughly saturated, squeeze out the excess and flatten out. It can be a little messy so have a wash cloth by to wipe your hands.....

Begin on one one end and roll up. As you work your way down you can pinch the lace towards the bottom of the flower, accordion style, to get a fuller flower. If you are using a lace doily, just fold it in half and roll it up the same way, the only difference is you will be rolling it in an arc.

I tried one with three different lengths to make a thicker middle. It is a good way to use up the short tiny pieces.

After you have made your roll, tie the middle with a piece of string this will hold it in place while you work the edges out to make the flower form.

I punched some holes in a box to hold my flowers upright while I worked the edges out. Stiffy dries pretty fast but not so fast that you can't mold your flower to the way you like it.. I let it dry for five minute intervals then work on it. When you get it to the look you like, let it dry completely over night so that it becomes very hard.

Add a piece of wire and trim the string.

What you end up with is some beautiful lace roses to decorate with in your home.


Jul 21, 2010

Wednesday Women- Edna St Vincent Millay

Edna St Vincent Millay was born on Feb 22 1892 in Rockland Maine to Cora Lounella (Buzzelle) Millay and Henry Tollman Millay after her mother divorced her father, the family finally settled in Camden Maine.This is where she wrote many of her poems that would become famous.
She had red hair and gray-green eyes..and insisted on being called Vincent.

Vincent and her sisters, Norma and Kathleen, were encouraged by their
mother, Cora, to indulge in many artistic genres..and as well as childhood freedoms.....
fueled the artistic imaginations of the girls in literature, music and theater.

At 20, she entered a poetry contest with her poem, Renascence. At first, the poem was discarded for being too simple but after a second look by a
judge was awarded 4th place in the contest. Some of the winners even offered her their prize money because they thought the poem was the best Caroline Dow, a wealthy woman heard Vincent recite some of her work, became her benefactor and paid for her education at Vassar College

It was during her college years she won the Pulitzer Prise for Poetry for the
Harp-weaver and other Poems...the first time for a woman...
Renascence and other Poems and Then a Few Figs
from Thistles along with the Harp-Weaver were all
published while she was at Vassar.

She moved to Greenwich village after graduation. She live her life as a Bohemian in the same way she had at college . She was open sexually having affairs with both men and women.
Eventually her Bohemian lifestyle caught up with her and she struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction.

Her marriage to Eugen Jan Boissevain was an open one.

Vincent and Eugen moved to farm in New York which they named
Steepletop and this is where they lived out their lives.

I read it one night many years ago
while sitting by the wood stove on a very cold night in Maine...
It was the poem that began my interest in Vincent. '

Her most well-known poem though is
First Fig:

"My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends,
It gives a lovely light!"

Protesting a death sentence in Boston

Eugen died of lung cancer in 1949 and Vincent in Oct 19 1950 of a possible heart attack as she was found at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck. Some think she died from a broken heart and loneliness after the death of Eugen. ....but no one knows for sure what really happened to Vincent in those final moments.

The statue of Vincent located in Camden, Maine.

My husband and I rode up to Camden one day to see it and after looking for it quite a while, we finally asked what happened to it. One of the locals told us the statue was moved to the far back of the park. Some of the out-of state residents, who come up for the summer, thought it was ugly.....so they town moved it. Much to the dismay of the locals. This was a daughter of Camden who made Maine proud... It should have never been removed.
I did not find it ugly and I was thrilled to see it.

I have posted some websites and the book on Vincent's life which is an excellent read...Once again I hope I have tweaked your interest in the talented woman...

Thanks for joining me for Wednesday Women.

Jul 13, 2010

Beautiful Talented Frida

Frida Kahlo was born on July 6,1907 as
Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón.
Her father was German,
her mother Metizo, which is Spanish and Indian.

She three at the start of the Mexican Revolution
in which my Great Grandfather General Felipe
Angeles fought as a revolutionary. She told
people she was born in 1910 so they would
associate her with the Revolution.

She died July 13, 1954 the year I was born. So
55 years later I would like to honor this
remarkable woman in a small way.
She is one of my favorite artists.I hope that
this short biography will inspire you to read
more about her and enjoy her paintings.. There
is so much to her life.

She has always been one of my favorite Folk Art
painters. But it was not just because of her
beautiful self- portraits but also what her life
entailed. She was a free-spirit bohemian who was
her own woman. As a teenager, she enjoyed boxing
and other sports. She was closer to her father
than her mother and dressed at times in her
father's clothes. Along with being bi-sexual it
leads me to believe that Frida enjoyed having
options that were afforded for both sexes. She
also dressed in the indegenous dress of Mexico
even after most had given it up. One reason was
to hide her bad leg which was thinner than the other.

Her strength and perserverance through many
physical hardships is an inspiration to me. She
had polio at age 6 and was in a bus that
collided with a trolley car. She suffered from a
broken spinal coloum, collarbone, ribs,pelvis,
11 fractures in her right leg and crushed right
foot, a dislocated shoulder and a iron handrail
punctured her abdomen and uterus damaging her
chances at having children. She suffered many
miscarriages and would undergo 35 operations
over her life becuase of this accident also
having relapses which rendered her bed-ridden for months.

"I paint myself because I am so often alone and
because I am the subject I know best."

Frida Kahlo

It was during this time that she changed from
medical studies to painting. Her paintings were
mostly self-portrait in which we can see her
life. I think of it as her journal in which you
can see the physical wounds and the hidden
personal pain that she endured through her life.
Somehow I would like to think that her painting
was theraputic for her.

She was married to Deigo Rivera a famous Mexican
painter. She considered him the greatest painter that ever lived.
They had a very tempestuous marriage as
they both had tempers and extrmarital affairs.
Frida,with both men and women.

She and Diego were also Communist sympathizers
which lead to her friendship and subsequent
affair with Leon Trotsky, who was there in
Mexico seeking asylum from Stalin.

She died on July 13, 1954 after a year of
suffering setbacks with her leg being amputated
to her knee becuase of gangrene. It is said she
died from a blood clot to the lung but some
suspect it may have been a drup overdose,
whether by choice or accident no one will ever
know if this is true. Her ashes are in a
Pre-Columbian urn in her home which is
now a museum.

The Blue House

Some of her pictures include monkeys which
according to Mexican mythology symbolizes lust,
but Frida painted them as protectors.

In 1939, she went to Paris where had an
exhibition of her paintings.
The Louvre bought this paintingthat was shown at
the exhibition. It was the first work by a 20th
century Mexican artist ever purchased by a
famous museum internationally.

"The Frame"

She has been honored in many ways . The list is long
but a couple I would like to mention happened in the United States.
She became the first Hispanic woman to be honored
with a U.S. postage stamp in 2001.

Her painting, Roots, sold for 5.6 million at
auction becoming a record for a Hispanic work.


I like the painting "Borders".
I find this picture significant in light of the fact
that there is an element in this country that are
currently targeting Latinos for coming to the US.
This was painted in 1932 and seems to be applicable today.
Most of them are just looking for a better life.
This painting shows the vast difference between the two.

I have included some websites that I found interesting and informative on Frida.
I hope this has inspired you to find out more about Frida and her art.
It is the art of a wonderful artist both for the artistic work
and for the psychology behind them.



Jul 12, 2010

The Dirty F@#*ing Hippies Were Right!

Daily Kos is a wonderful political blog for liberals...So many times I hear negative innuendos about hippies and that culture...most of the time from right-wingers... always about what we did wrong...Well maybe we did a few things wrong as did all generations but the message we were sounding was loud and clear....Daily Kos defends that...This is an excellent read and I guarantee you won't be disappointed!!! Enjoy!!

The Dirty F@#*ing Hippies Were Right!

Jul 8, 2010


Some friends of mine, Jon & Sue Holmes, took a ride up around the Rangeley Lakes area this past hoilday weekend. They got some nice pictures of moose.I love the ones of the Mama and baby.

This is Maine at it's finest...wild, natural and beautiful. People vacation here to see this. So why do they want to change it. Citify it....Drive this very thing away. Our wilderness area should be left alone. Will future generations have a chance to see these majestic animals in their natural habitats? I hope so.

"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Rangeley Lakes


"There comes a time in life when you have to walk away from all the pointless drama and the people who create it, and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus on the good. Life is too short to be anything but happy."

Have you laughed today?????

I have!

Jul 7, 2010

Happy Birthday Ringo
Many Many More

~~~~~Peace and Love~~~~~

Jul 6, 2010

Feliz Cumpleaños Frida

Today is Frieda Kahlo's birthday. She would be 103 years old. As so many people have honored her today I am going to wait and honor her on the anniversary of her death on July 13, 1954... the year I was born. So until then......

Happy Birthday Frieda!

Bohemian Kaleidoscope

One of the greatest things about the internet is the inspiration from other bloggers who are like-minded. Over the past few years my life has changed for the better. Be it life experiences, artistic expertise or decorating skills, we all inspire each other. I have been inspired by Bohemian Bloggers and one thing that has inspired me to change is the colors of Bohemia.....
They are still earthy colors but are much bolder than what I usually favor. A kaleidoscope of colors......Purple, Burgundy, Pink, Turquoise, Green, Blue. They are colors I adore and am implementing them more into my home. The only colors I do not like are yellow and orange...these colors you will never see in my home unless it is carrots or bananas...

One color I have always enjoyed is turquoise. Usually it was a color I only used as jewelry. I plan to use this as an accent wall in one of the bathrooms. Along with wrought iron and macramé.( I am a fanatic about black iron...I love it and use it everywhere.)
I have come to the conclusion that the trick to this style
is to inject some of everything. I also like to create the unusual,
discarding the conventional...it tends to be too boring....
It is not me!

So here are some of the pictures that have inspired me..


I am excited about using this color and
I will post pictures of my turquoise room when it is completed....

Peace, Linda :)

Disclaimer: I do not claim ownership of these pictures. Their use is to express my thoughts and inspirations only.
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