Film and Fiber, October 2016

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Two weeks ago we went to upstate New York for the New York  State Sheep and Wool Festival, otherwise known as Rhinebeck.  Unbeknownst to us it was also the same weekend as the Woodstock Film Festival.  What luck!  Yarn, knitting, and film.  What more could you ask for but a crisp Fall weekend sporting hand knit sweaters and scarves, independent movies, good food and new friends.   I was in vacation heaven.

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I wrote multiple posts about Rhinebeck last year.  This year I’m just going to touch on some of the highlights.  We only spent one day at the festival this year.   My DH was not willing to go back for a second day.  Boo hoo.  I’m hoping to do a ladies weekend next year so I can fully enjoy all that Rhinebeck has to offer.  That means two days at the fairgrounds.  Woot! Continue reading

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Women and the workplace: the journey to full equality

Anyone who has been watching or reading the news knows that there has been a lot of talk this year about sexism and assault of women.  One event that is likely seared in many women’s minds was the light sentence meted out this year to the Stanford University student after being found guilty of sexual assault.   Most women have experienced some kind of harassment from men, sexual or otherwise.  We endure it, we tell our friends about it, sometimes we report it, and often it feels like the system is unfairly tilted against us.    I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what it’s like to experience harassment.  First I’d like to share my own story with you.

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A geological tour of Iceland

 

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Here is another guest blog from my husband, Larry.  When we got back from Iceland he said he wanted to write about the geology of the country.  His post is below:

Marla and I have been asked about our recent trip to Iceland.   In an earlier post, my wonderful wife described some of the dining and lodging we enjoyed.  I am going to talk about Iceland’s incredible geology.   When visiting Iceland, it is impossible to ignore the country’s dramatic vistas and unusual geologic formations.    Even the non-geological-minded cannot help to be impressed. Continue reading

Get out the vote 2016

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Deadline coming up soon in Pennsylvania. What about where you live?

Hi friends.  This is not going to be a post about my travels or my thoughts about work or my garden or friends.  This is about something much more important.  It’s about being a part of the democratic process and voting.

So today I want to urge all my readers who are American citizens to make sure they are registered to vote.  Here in Pennsylvania the deadline is next Tuesday, October 11.  While every state is different, most states allow you to fill out forms online.  Alternatively you can pick up a form from the friendly people who are out in your neighborhoods handing out forms.

We live in a democracy and are fortunate to have the protections of rule of law and freedom of speech, and the ability to elect officials to represent us.  Whether or not you believe that our political system is working the way it should it is my opinion that we have a duty to ensure that our system endures.   Each of us makes our voices heard in that most private of places, the voting booth.

Here is a link to registration deadlines by state, or go to http://www.rockthevote.com.