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telynor, I have ACCIDENTALLY found good pads with papers left in them at

yard and estate sales.   Auntie or grandma  painted and when they died, their art supplies were gathered up for sale. Yard sales have the most wonderful, inexpensive surprises sometimes.

I found a huge box of tubes of acrylics one time and each tube was $1.00. If you know the prices of the yellows and reds nwadays, you will know what a 'ganga' (fabulous deal, in Spanish in this area) they were for a starving artist like me. There were 50 tubes in the box and I got the seller to come down to $25, because the tubes looked old and some had been squeezed some, etc., but most were almost untouched!!!

Last month, a swap meet seller was going out of business in his own driveway at his home, selling off all of his artwork, framed prints. The prints were horrendous, cheap and had no value, I checked, mostly calendar pictures framed.....but he was selling them, from 5x7 to over 16x20, most had  glass, which I don't need, for one, two and three dollars each. I bought almost every one of them, about thirty-five of them in sizes that I could use for my acrylic paintings which I sell on eBay or paint for my son's barbershop walls.

Of course, I scrambled that week to grab money to pay the electric bill, can do it.

posted by benzinha on September 22, 2004 at 9:29 AM | link to this | reply

Thank you so much on your art supply advice -- I had no idea that frame stores and the mats -- I detest having to cut mats, mostly because of my vision problems, but J will probably do it. And yes, you're right, the supplies are investments, and as with cooking, the better your ingredients... I just wish the Arches blocks of paper didn't cost so much!

posted by telynor on September 22, 2004 at 6:30 AM | link to this | reply

telynor, Dorothy Dunnett, done !!! Lymond first, gracias!!!


posted by benzinha on August 30, 2004 at 10:28 PM | link to this | reply

Oh don't worry about the misspellings! I can quite easily understand what you are saying. Best to read the Lymond novels first, and then the Niccolo ones, as the author has quite cleverly put in some links, but you have to pay attention to find them. Enjoy!

posted by telynor on August 30, 2004 at 8:22 PM | link to this | reply

I've only used a few audio books, usually when I was working, so my brain could chew over something while I banged out advertising. One of my favorites was The Handmaid's Tale, which gave it an eerie twist, as in the original, the book was found as a series of tapes. RYN the O'Brian books, I'm looking forward to reading them. I've gone through several of the books/collections that give backgrounds so that I won't be helplessly confused by some of the jargon. Blame the film -- that's what got me interested in the first place! You might like the works of Dorothy Dunnett -- her Lymond and Niccolo series are very detailed, very historical, and quite an adventure.

posted by telynor on August 30, 2004 at 5:57 AM | link to this | reply

littlemspickles, audio books are a lazy woman's educational tool.

I am re-readin g all of the classics right now, to refresh my dying brain. Silas Marner and Great Expectations and The Great GAtsby, etc. reading westerns and Civil War History and  an incredible collection of all types of literature.

It takes getting used to. If you spend a lot of time on inner dialogue, talking to yourself, repeating phrases inside your head, worrying about bills out loud inside there, then  you have MUCHO difficulty shutting out those voices to listen to the story. Or, rather, I did...!!!!!

 Now, replaying some parts of the stories over and over to learn to concentrate on the reader's voice, I now tune out everything BUT the reader and love the books.  I was an avid reader who became a clay worker  and couldn't hold books anymore, but still wished to read.....thus, audio books saved me. The library's shelves fill up more each week now.

Try it, I think you'll like it.

posted by benzinha on August 29, 2004 at 11:51 PM | link to this | reply

I've never listened to audio books -
it might be time to sus them out.

posted by littlemspickles on August 28, 2004 at 3:13 PM | link to this | reply

To quote myself in my Victorian Lit class:
"Chuck is en fuego!"

posted by LadyKenobi on June 22, 2004 at 5:49 AM | link to this | reply

Tamara, so, can anyone answer my question? Did the Ebonics phrase come

out of a London ghetto possibly? There are educated people everywhere, even in tiny schooless villages, I've found.

There was a big exchange of expressions and language within the rap world between London and the Caribe and Africa in its early years, remember?

Who knows who first used the Dickens' expressions of crib and cool cash inside America and When ?!?!? HELP !!!!

posted by benzinha on June 21, 2004 at 1:16 PM | link to this | reply

What?  An educated person in the ghetto??  Say it isn't so ;)  Actually, that would be a cool thing to find out.

posted by Tamara99 on June 21, 2004 at 11:47 AM | link to this | reply

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