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Joseph Barbera: Italian of the Week


I hope you find this story as interesting as I did. Such a great presentation, of one man’s enormous talent. Enjoy.

Originally posted on Sons of Italy Blog:

“My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into. Middle-aged men ask me when we’re going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons…Parents look at me like I’m somebody pretty important, and say, We were raised on your characters, and now we’re enjoying them all over again with our children.”
Joseph Barbera


Joseph Barbera was born March 24, 1911, in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City. He was the son of Vincente and Francesca, both immigrants from Sicily. He grew up in Brooklyn and had many interests in high school. Joseph tried his hand at theater, drawing, and boxing. He even won the lightweight championship at his high school and considered it as a possible career. He had once said, “In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between…

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He died, so that we might live!


The impact of last week’s 9 Senseless killings, take me farther into a slump, than I ever imagined possible.  

People are coming to the defense of this murderer.  Hard for me to swallow.

Friends, who knew this young man, telling all, now!  Where were they, last week?  Why weren’t authorities contacted?

Why did the Father’s good judgement flew out of the proverbial window?

i want to say so much, but words won’t make anything better.  Heartfelt feelings, won’t bring these Martyred Souls back to their loved ones!

For now, I’ll stew in my anger and disappointment.  I’ll pray that no violence shows its ugly face.

My Polluted Heart


I highly recommend this Blog. I feel that you will be moved and inspired. I think it a fantastic read. Thanks for giving it a try.

Originally posted on tiberjudy:

It took me a while, but I finally read all of the Pope’s latest encyclical “Laudato Si”(“Praise be to You”) released this week. The one bit that I can’t stop thinking about is that the world we live in “out there” is a reflection of our hearts “in here.” If we see chaos and disarray and dwindling resources in the natural world, we can expect to find a similar poverty of life within our souls. This intimate connection between humanity and the world is a marvelous gift from God, Who created us to live in harmony with the world He made. As we breathe, so breathes the world. It’s marvelous because it means that we can make our world less disordered by restoring the proper order in our souls.

Popular media often presents the state of the earth as crumbling, overheated, overpopulated, and facing crises in multiple systems from water…

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There’s how to’s for African Head Wrap of People, but this is how to make the African Wrap Doll!


I’ve been making these for years. This presentation is indeed, excellent. Easy directions. You can make these your own, using just a bit of your imagination! Give these Dolls a try….you’ll be hooked.

Originally posted on Pictorial 4 the Photogenic:

Black sleepy-eye doll

Everyday I hear something new…There are African head wraps….
then there are African Wrap dolls. I heard of Black dolls
but not African Wrap dolls until now. It’s made in a very
beautiful image to compliment the
beautiful image black people walk around with.

Angela Briggs is the diligent young woman creating
these African wrap dolls to reflect her history and her
love for nature and recycling. She searches through outdoors
for branches,twigs, leaves,pods,etc. And we know how much
our fellow African peoples love wearing nature. But yes,
she uses those as acecessories for her dolls and gathers
beads and buttons from the nearest thrift store. We know
that thrift stores can carry the best stuff, both new and

She searches throughout fabric dumpsters for scraps and
remnants to be used as filler and also for the dolls’
clothing. Briggs teaches about her craft at an art center,

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Originally posted on treetop45:

Such an incentive, for this tiny little soul!  We can profit by his courage to keep on going. Such an incentive, for this tiny little soul! We can profit by his courage to keep on going.


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

– Emily Dickinson –

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Declutter Your Prose: Three More Phrases to Avoid


Interesting helpful thoughts!

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

In the spring, we noted some examples of phrases that might be distracting or unnecessary in your prose. Since many of you found these suggestions helpful, here’s another round of phrases to avoid:

1. In today’s blog…

Interested in more blog vs. post discussions? Read Slate’s take, Meg Pickard’s note on terminology, and Kristen Havens’ semantics lesson.

blog is your site, posts and pages and all. What you probably meant to write is: “In today’s post…” Or: “In today’s blog post…” Posts make up the content you create on a regular basis, while your blog is your complete online home, your site, on which you publish your posts.

That said, think back to other introductory phrases we’ve talked about: “In this post, I will explain…” or “Today, I will write about…”

This phrase, too, is unnecessary:

In today’s blog, I’d like to share some of the best…

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