My first adult coloring book has just been released. It’s called Burlesque Beauties: Putting the “Adult” in Adult Coloring Book is for those who want to add a little bit of spice while coloring pages to ease tension and release stress. For just $2 you’ll get a .pdf format with uncensored pages (meaning you won’t get those “Censored” boxes over your images) featuring hot burlesque performers in various states of undress. You can order it now for immediate download at Etsy and Gumroad.

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Every now and then I mention an online discussion forum that my then-husband and I were active in at the same time. He doesn’t post on that forum as much as he used to since he left me. Sometimes I go through periods where I’ll post something but there are days when I don’t bother at all. Since I joined that forum I’ve seen two of those online members die. One of them, who was known online as Polyestre but her real name was Julie, was someone whom I met in real life and she was brutally murdered by her boyfriend a year and a half after I met her my one and only time. The other, Magatha, died two years ago and she was someone whom I had never met in real life.

Yesterday I happened to be visiting that forum when I got word of another death. Her name was Sister Whozit and she lost her battle with cancer. She died last month but the forum didn’t learn about this until yesterday when one of the members happened to go on Sister Whozit’s brother’s Facebook page and she saw posts about that death.

I never met Sister Whozit in real life mainly because she lived in Maine and I live in Maryland. I’ve always enjoyed Sister Whozit’s insightful posts and I will miss them.

I’ve always liked the avatar that she used on the forum so, in her memory, I’ll end this post with her avatar.

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I happened to be walking around Mount Rainier, Maryland a few weeks ago when I took a couple of pictures. The first one is of an art piece that’s on display in the lobby of an apartment complex that has been especially set aside for working artists.

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An empty lot has been set aside for the future construction of what will be a Net Zero Energy House, which already has its own website.

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This post is dealing with a technical issue regarding Mac OS X and Time Machine. I normally don’t write technical posts like this but I’m only providing it because I recently had a problem and trying to use Google to find a solution was a total bitch.

Sometime back in 2009 or 2010 I purchased a Time Capsule from the Apple Store because my then-husband and I wanted to make backups of our MacBooks and we wanted something that was big enough to accommodate the content of both of our laptops. But then life intervened with making numerous trips back and forth to Phoenix in the aftermath of the sudden death of my mother-in-law in March, 2010 followed by going through two falls in 2011 that knocked my hip replacement out of alignment so I needed hip revision surgery to fix that replacement followed by my husband’s sudden walkout three months after my hip surgery that resulted in a separation and divorce.

When my husband walked out, he left a lot of things behind. At one point he returned to the house we shared a few times to retrieved his stuff but he still left a lot of things behind. Among them was the original Time Capsule that I purchased for the two of us a few years earlier. When I found it during one of my house decluttering efforts, I was thrilled. (Due to tight finances stemming from the separation and divorce, there was no way I could afford to buy another Time Capsule unlike before.) I started using the Time Machine software to make backups from my own MacBook on to the Time Capsule and things were fine for several months.

One day, about two or three months ago, I attempted to make the usual backup only to find that the Time Machine software decided to demand a password. This floored me because I had never set it up with a password mainly because I’m the only person who’s using it. So I tried using the password that I have set up for my MacBook and it rejected it. Then I tried the password I use whenever I need to log on to iTunes, the App Store, or Apple.com in general and it rejected that as well.

So I tried a Google search to a bunch of forums and websites and the big suggestion that I read at many of these places was to try the Reset button on the back of the Time Capsule. I did this and Time Machine still asked for the password. In desperation I upgraded the operating system from Yosemite to El Capitan (which had been out for a couple of months but I didn’t get around to upgrading it) and the Time Machine software was still asking for the password.

Finally I posted a note on the NCA-MUG e-mail list about my problem and someone came through with this answer. This person said that Apple has a default password for its Time Machine software and when it asks for the password, it means the original default password, which is not the same as whatever password you have for your MacBook.

Here is Apple’s default password for its Time Machine software: public

That’s right, the password is: public

No, seriously, the password is this word: public

So I typed that password and, lo and behold, the Time Machine software worked again and, once again, I can make backups on to the Time Capsule.

So if you’re ever into a similar situation where, out of the blue, the Time Machine software asks you for a password when you haven’t set one up and it doesn’t use the same password as your MacBook log-in password, just remember to type this default password and things will work fine:

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Free Tutorials

Are you a knitter? If so, you can now download 300 free knitting books filled with patterns that were published from 1849-2012.

Are you more into crochet than knitting? Here are 20 crochet tips and tricks that will make you a better crocheter.

Here’s a free tutorial on how to make a Native American teepee for an American Girl-sized doll that could be easily adjusted for other kinds of dolls as well for non-doll uses (such as a pet).

Here are some cool and creative ways that you can recycle plastic bags into reusable items.

Browse other free tutorials previously mentioned in this blog (along with pictures) right here.

Miscellaneous Links

Check out some rare color photographs of the old Russian Empire that were shot from 1909-1915 before the Russian Revolution.

See the first extensive photos of the Pyongyang Metro subway system (most of which were previously closed to foreigners) that were shot by a Westerner. Each station is decked out with so much art that it looks like a mini art museum.

How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library.

There was a time when the late Prince changed his name to this symbol, which was impossible to pronounce. Prince’s record company sent a special symbol font on floppy disks to various media outlet so they could refer to him by that symbol in their print stories. The media responded by referring to him as The Artist Formerly Known As Prince (or TAFKAP for short). Eventually Prince ended up reverting back to his original English name and dropping the symbol (with the exception of these two special custom-built electric guitars). Thanks to the Daily Dot, there is now a way of getting that symbol font for your computer absolutely free so making your own digital Prince tribute will be a piece of cake.

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Benjamin Franklin

A rich rogue is like a fat dog, who never does good till as dead as a log.

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For the past few Throwback Thursdays I’ve been uploading some early childhood drawings I did a long time ago. I was told that I started drawing once I learned how to hold a pencil in my hand. At one point I event attempted to write my own stories which I would also illustrate. I found a few fragments from what looked like one of my many attempts at writing my own storybook. Unfortunately these were the only two pages I found (they were written and drawn on the front and back of the same page). I only wish I could remember what kind of story that I was telling. It’s obvious that involved animals since the characters looked like animals. Since these samples involve writing, I probably did them sometime between the ages of 5-10.

The text in the next drawing says “Hi. Ima [sic] a Duck named Harry. He said.”

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The text in the next drawing says “Fred was mad. He said What are you doing here Harry? What are you Doing in the egg?”

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I’ve been messing up on my New Year’s resolution to create new drawings in this tiny sketchbook on a regular basis. I’ve gone from doing a new sketch every day to doing one once a week to now only doing one when I realize “Oh, shit, I haven’t drawn anything new in my little sketchbook in ages!”

How bad has it gotten? I only did a total of two sketches in March. This one I did while I was at a church retreat and I had previously posted about it in this blog.

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The other March drawing was one that I did after I played around with the dice from Rory’s Story Cubes until I found the inspiration for this drawing. (Yes, it’s a monkey wearing a jeweled necklace and carrying a whip riding on the back of an elephant through a field of mushrooms outside the big top tent where they perform in a traveling circus.)

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As for doing anything for April, I ended up not getting around to it until the middle of the month. It was a warm and sunny Saturday when I decided to hang around at Roosevelt Center in the historical section of Greenbelt, Maryland. I decided to try my hand at sketching the large Mother and Child statue that’s on the plaza. I did the outline in black ink and colored it in using a pencil.

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Here’s a photograph I took of the same statue recently so you can compare my drawing with the original.

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And, finally, here’s a drawing I did as a tribute to the recently deceased Prince.

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I did a two-page spread just like I did for David Bowie when he died a few months earlier. Of course I used purple as a dominant color because it’s Prince. As for the words on the page, they were taken from the song “Strollin’,” which can be found on the Diamonds and Pearls CD.

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Since today is Primary Day in Maryland, I’d thought I’d devote this post to some of the pictures I’ve taken of the Bernie Sanders campaign office that’s currently located at 9066 Baltimore Avenue in College Park, Maryland.

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The office is currently in a space that was once occupied by a family-owned florist shop known as Woods Florist. (That florist, now known as Woods Flowers and Gifts, is still in College Park in a store that’s located a block away from its former place.)

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Amenities include a greenhouse that has plenty of empty pots and brown plants that look like they have been dead for a very long time.

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Aside from the dead plants in the greenhouse, the other rooms are pretty nice and clean. There are all kinds of festive Bernie decorations up.

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There were plenty of drinks and snacks available for the volunteers.

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The office doesn’t have a television set but it has the next best thing: online streaming where the broadcasts are projected on to a wall from a projector attached to a computer doing the streaming.

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Watching the last Democratic debate on April 14, 2016 between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton before the New York primaries that were held on April 14.

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For phone banking we volunteers were loaned what were called “Berner Phones” which were basically flip top cell phones.

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The tools of the phone banking trade: a Berner Phone for calling, a Chromebook for doing the virtual phone banking (where we had to record the results of each call), and a bell that we would ring every time someone we called said that he/she is willing to volunteer with the Bernie Sanders campaign in order to get out the vote for today’s Maryland primary.

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Sometimes a volunteer is given a Chrome tablet instead of a Chromebook.

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A couple of volunteers hard at work on phone banking in an effort to get out the vote and win the state of Maryland for Bernie Sanders.

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One night, on April 19 (a week before the Maryland primary), the office had gotten a hold of two Shell gift cards (one was for $20 and the other for $10) so they decided to award them to the two volunteer phone bankers who were able to recruit the most new volunteers. I won second place that evening because I managed to get two people to sign up as volunteers. (The person who won the $20 card managed to recruit three or four people.) That $10 gift card definitely came in handy the next time I needed to put gas in my card.

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The office usually had drinks and snacks (mainly crackers and candy) available for the volunteers to consume. Sometimes a generous person with plenty of money might make a nice purchase for the volunteers. One night when I was at the office a really generous person decided to buy carry-out pizzas from the nearby Pizza Hut along with some a plate full of fresh fruit and vegetables.

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On Tuesday, April 19 a group of volunteers did either door-to-door canvassing or phone banking until 9 p.m. Afterwards everyone hung around waiting for the returns from the New York primary while socializing with each other. (Hillary Clinton won the Democratic primary while Donald Trump won on the Republican side. They both had home court advantage and pollsters had predicted their victory so it wasn’t a major surprise.)

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I have to admit that there were times when it got tiring doing drudgery like phone banking, especially when I managed to get a woman who belligerently asked me how much will Bernie Sanders raise her taxes, which kind of floored me because the list we were using were all supposed to be at least sympathetic to Sanders. I remember telling the woman that people who made more than $250,000 per year would see a tax increase and she didn’t believe me. (I didn’t make up that fact. I got my information from numerous articles like this one.)

But then there were the times when I felt that it was all worthwhile whenever I managed to recruit a new volunteer to Sanders get out the vote campaign in Maryland. There were also some pleasant surprises. A couple of nights ago the Berner phone I was using suddenly announce an incoming text message. I was pleasantly surprised with this.

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It was based on that now-legendary incident when a bird appeared at one of Bernie Sanders’ rallies.

Sure the technology available could’ve enabled me to do phone banking in the privacy of my own home. I never took advantage of that because I would’ve felt very isolated, especially if a certain call turned out to be less than pleasant. At least doing it in the office I could commiserate with other volunteers over the less-pleasant phone calls.

The best thing about working in that office is that I got to meet a variety of people whom I would have never met otherwise. I saw college students, young professionals, middle-aged adults, and senior citizens of all races and ethnic groups go in and out of that office. Some of the volunteers came from other states but the vast majority were Maryland residents like myself.

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I’ve taken a few miscellaneous photos recently that I’d like to share with you. These photos are a further reminder that spring is really here at last.

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Azalea Bush

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Spring Flowers

Bleeding Heart Fuchsia

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Despite the fact that it’s spring now, Anna and Elsa from the hit Disney movie Frozen are still going strong years after the movie was released. I recently saw those two sisters on bags of Pop Chips at a local Giant supermarket.

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