Friday, September 04, 2015

Petunias at the Bookshop Door


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  1. Howard primus inter pares est!

    listener--an old tip for those who would school their children at home and teach them to use nib pens. This came from the old school teacher in the hamlet where we lived when I was born. Instead of ink, she put Mrs. Stewart's Bluing into the ink wells at the students' desks--it was far more economical.

    --Alan

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    1. How cool is that?!

      I wonder what the bluing was made of.

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    2. listener--you can read all about Mrs. Stewart's concentrated liquid bluing (whitening whites saftely since 1883) at the

      company web site [Click]

      and also (in much less detail) at

      Wikipedia [Click]

      It is colored with

      prussian blue. [Click]

      I can remember my mother making one of the crystal gardens described at the company web site for me.


      --Alan

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  2. Did I just hear Kim Davis' husband say, "We don't hate nobody."?

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  3. Oh--and I found where I can get blotter paper! I have looked repeatedly in the local stationery and office supply stores for blotter paper to replace the long worn-out sheet in my desk pad, to no avail. But I found it (in large sheets) at dickblick.com. The young store clerks don't know what I am taking about when I ask for it. The sheets from dickblick.com (an art supply store) are white rather than the traditional office supply colors of green or brown, but that's all right.

    Off to the Bay Area in the morning for a triple-occasion lunch with Naomi--her birthday, my birthday, and our anniversary.

    --Alan

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