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Uber can’t be fixed—it’s time for regulators to shut it down.

A new book examines how the upper-middle class has enriched itself and harmed economic mobility.

The rise of the 21st century Victorians.

Brooklyn’s famous Green Lady explains her lifelong devotion to the color green.

The far-out sci-fi costume parties of the Bauhaus school in the 1920s.

It’s the end of the shopping mall as we know it.

How to deal with a 4Chan troll. There is some information that’s useful for anyone who’s dealing with any kind of online troll regardless of whether it involves politics or not.

Low-income workers who live in RVs are being chased out of Silicon Valley streets.

Feminist publication makes history by appointing black trans woman as editor-in-chief.

The sketchbook of drawings done in ballpoint pen by Nicolas V. Sanchez.

A look at the female pioneers of the Bauhaus art movement.

The fight for health care is really all about civil rights.

23 ways to treat yourself without buying or eating anything.

Glow-in-the-dark “toonie” coins celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

These bosses share the worst interviews they’ve ever seen and the results are stunning.

Browse a collection of over 83,500 vintage sewing patterns.

Bid on old computers, speakers, radios, and other junk from the bowels of RadioShack.

This transgender doll is making huge strides in teaching children about gender roles.

She took on Tesla for discrimination. Now others are speaking up.

A new kind of tech job emphasizes skills, not a college degree.

Women in tech speak frankly on the culture of harassment.

Over decades of poverty, Detroit’s have fostered a resilient informal economy based on trust.

GoFraudMe is a blog that exposes fake GoFundMe campaigns.

Rural America is the new “inner city.”

3 ways to be seen as a leader in your field.

Artist repaints mass-produced dolls to make them look realistic and the result is amazing.

Every Sega game ever made is coming to iOS and Android for free.

Edvard Munch’s famous Scream painting animated to Pink Floyd music.

Despite serving time in a Russian prison under Vladimir Putin, a member of the punk rock group Pussy Riot is still defiant.

This 106-year-old cooking show host is YouTube’s oldest creator.


Friday the 13th


Planning a night garden party once the weather warms up for the spring? Here’s a free tutorial on how to make glow-in-the-dark jars that only costs 20 cents each.

This free tutorial on how to make weathered-looking signs includes instructions on how to transfer anything printed on an ink jet printer to the surface of your project.

Here’s a free tutorial on how to make your own Raggedy Ann-style doll.

Here’s a video tutorial that shows how Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls takes used thrift shop dolls, removes the original factory paint, and re-paints their faces. She especially has a talent for taking Bratz dolls and making them look less like overly made-up tarts and more like real people.

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Still haven’t found anything appropriate for your Valentine? No problem. Here’s a free tutorial on how to make a DIY Confetti Painted Heart Mug that you can quickly whip out in about an hour or less.


Here’s a map of the United States that emphasizes the most iconic movie filmed in each state. It’s kind of cool that The Blair Witch Project is considered the iconic movie for my state (Maryland) since I thought it was an interesting film. (Avoid the sequel at all costs—it totally sucks.)

How the anti-domestic violence organization, No More, is more focused on branding and feel-good corporate marketing than on actually helping domestic abuse victims.

Here is a cool stop-motion animation showing artist Jon Rolph recreating a Piet Mondrian masterpiece with Legos

Here’s a realistic looking midcentury American town that is actually made up of 1/24 scale miniatures.

A fascinating story about a novelist named Barbara Newhall Follett who published her first novel to major critical acclaim at 13 only to mysteriously vanish without a trace just a few years later. (By the way, you can now download for free her first novel that she published at 13, The House Without Windows & Eepersip’s Life There, right here.)

Another fascinating story about a man known as Australia’s oldest man, 109-year-old Alfie Date, who spends his days knitting small sweaters for penguins injured by an oil spill.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which is when the much-hyped movie is finally unleashed to the world that I like to call Fifty Shades of Twilight Fan Fiction (because Fifty Shades of Grey originally started as Twilight fan fiction—all this “writer” did was to turn the vampires and werewolves into human beings, made the female character just a few years older than the teenaged Bella, and included lots of sex and BDSM). Instead of shelling out money to watch this in the theaters, here are some cheaper—and far more enjoyable—ways of experiencing the movie for yourself.

Last fall at my church’s annual auction, I purchased a tour of the Franciscan Monastery that was given by a fellow member who was once a seminary student at that monastery because he once had an ambition to become a Franciscan monk. But he eventually quit his studies then later he switched his faith from Roman Catholic to Unitarian Universalism. He offered the tour from a onetime insider’s perspective. I bid a modest amount and I found myself on this tour, which took place a couple of weeks ago.

I’ve been to the Franciscan Monastery before. The first time was when I was around seven or eight or nine when I was being raised in the Roman Catholic church and my CCD class took a special Sunday trip to the Franciscan Monastery where we attended Mass in the monastery (which I wasn’t thrilled with) followed by a guided tour through the monastery’s replica of its catacombs (which I thought was really awesome and way more memorable than that Mass I attended).

Years later I tried to upgrade my professional skills by taking a series of professional level classes that were offered through George Washington University where I ultimately got a certificate in Desktop Publishing. My assignment for one of my classes was to create a newsletter that included writing and pictures. I decided to do a newsletter that focused on touring the more macabre places in the Washington, DC area, which included the grave site of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and other such places that featured death. I revisited the Franciscan Monastery as part of my research for that project, even though I had since left my childhood Catholic faith behind and joined a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

It has been a number of years since I last visited the Franciscan Monastery so it was a real treat for me to tour the place with other people from my UU congregation. I had long forgotten how stepping into that place is literally like stepping into another world. Looking at the pictures I took, you’d have a hard time believing that this place is located just a few miles away from the White House and the Capitol Hill. Here’s what it looks like on the outside.





I even found a relief of a unicorn near the main entrance to the monastery.








There were numerous mosaics everywhere, such as the one in the photo below.



The next photo shows a close-up of one of the decorative pillars on the grounds.


The inside of the monastery is just as impressive as the outside. There’s eye candy everywhere you look from the ceiling to the walls to the floors.





























The high point of the Franciscan Monastery is a guided tour through the bottom level of the building, which includes replicas of ancient catacombs and various places in the Holy Land.



The monk in the photo below was our tour guide for the first part of the tour where he gave an overview of the Franciscan Monastery. Once the tour continued down the steps, a younger monk took over as the tour guide. The man with the monk in the photo is named John Gaffney and he’s the person in my Unitarian Universalist congregation who organized this trip for the annual auction and he is the one who’s a former seminary student at the Franciscan Monastery.


Here’s another shot of the monk who did the first part of the tour.


The next photo shows the beginning of the basement part of the tour. This is a relief of the Virgin Mary receiving a visit from the Angel Gabriel who told her that she would be pregnant with God’s child.


The next photo is one of the hallways that was designed as a replica of the ancient Roman catacombs.



This next photo shows a box that contains the 500-year-old remains of an actual saint (whose name I’ve since forgotten).




This next photo shows a female saint (whose name I have since forgotten) who was punished by the Roman authorities for being a Christian and was thrown to some hungry beasts only to have the beasts lay at her feet.


The next few photos show some wall paintings and interesting patterns that I found eye-catching.




The statue in the next photo is a replica of the body of St. Cecelia, whom I remember quite well since she’s one of the more popular Catholic saints. (My mother chose her Confirmation name after St. Cecelia.) There’s a mark on her neck which indicates how she was struck three times on the neck with a sword but her executioner wasn’t able to behead her. She lived for three days after that failed execution attempt until she died. Her body was later found to be incorrupt (meaning that it had never decomposed).


There was an actual incorrupt body at the monastery. It’s of a six-year-old boy who’s known only as “Innocente” and he was declared a martyr for the Roman Catholic faith at such an early age. The boy was executed alongside his parents when his family refused to recant their Christian faith. The boy’s body has a mask over his face but you can still see his hands and feet.




Sometimes I wonder how a scientist would have a rational theory on why some bodies become incorrupt long after death. Or if it’s just one of those things that can’t be easily studied scientifically. The next photo I took is a replica of the Infant Jesus of Prague.


The tour ended with a replica of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, which was built over the stable where Jesus was born.




After the tour we visited the gift shop, where there were all kinds of fascinating items on sale, such as these figurines resembling the current pope, Pope Francis, and the late Pope John Paul II.


I liked this statue that was on sale in the gift shop. Too bad it was out of my price range because I would’ve felt tempted to buy it on impulse otherwise.


I saw these large rosaries that were on sale for children. They were even color-coordinated for boys and girls.


I purchased a couple of items from the gift shop. One is this chocolate candy bar that had images of the Franciscan Monastery on the wrapper. There were even embossed images on the chocolate itself but I had purchased this candy bar on a warm sunny day and the bar was partially melted by the time I arrived back home.



The other item I purchased because of the pure kitsch value. This is a plastic crucifix that actually glows in the dark. Yes, it sounds pretty hilarious. I’m definitely going to brandish this about during Halloween.


We also did an extensive tour of the gardens outside. A lot of flowers were in bloom, which made for a lovely sight everywhere we turned.
















The next few photos are of a replica of the Grotto of Gethsemane, where Jesus and his disciples held their Last Supper just a few days before Jesus was crucified.








The next few pictures are of the replica of the Grotto of Lourdes where a young girl named Bernadette Soubirous received a total of 18 visions from the Virgin Mary.









Below is one of the Stations of the Cross that were placed throughout the gardens.






The tour ended with a visit to a place where few visitors go. Like I wrote earlier, John Gaffney, the guy who hosted this tour was once a seminary student at the Franciscan Monastery. During his student days he stayed in this dormitory that was located next door to the monastery grounds. Since his time, the monastery has sold the dormitory to Howard University’s School of Divinity.








Since this building is used as a dormitory, we were only allowed to go to the chapel on one of the upper floors where the seminary students in John’s day spent a lot of time in prayer. The chapel was named for Howard Thurman after the building was sold to Howard University.



There used to be the Stations of the Cross in this chapel. Since the building was sold to Howard University, the Stations of the Cross were replaced with African-themed art.








Our brief tour of the dormitory ended with this splendid view of the road leading to the dorm.


The tour ended after the visit to the dorm. It turned out to be a busy Saturday because after spending a few hours in the morning and early afternoon touring the Franciscan Monastery, I rested for a couple of hours then headed out to a spring picnic that was held in the home of a couple that I know from my church congregation. Yes, I was pretty exhausted when I arrived home that night.


When I learned that I would have to go into the hospital to fix my misaligned hip replacement, I knew that my options during downtime were going to be limited since I wouldn’t be able to move around too well. Sure there’s the TV but they aren’t usually connected to cable and my viewing options would be limited to the broadcast networks. My plan was to pack one big bag that would be full of various arts and crafts that I could do in a hospital bed without taking up too much space or making mess.

As I walked around A.C. Moore’s, I found boxes that contained rolled-up blank canvas tote bags in small and medium sizes. The idea is to take a blank tote bag and customize them however you want using whatever medium you want. I figured that if I have to go to the hospital, I might as well make it fun by buying a blank tote bag and customizing it. I purchased the largest size that was on sale (which turned out to be a medium sized bag) hoping that it would be more than big enough for me to pack my arts and crafts.

When I got home, I opened the box and found two things I didn’t expect. One was that a medium-sized tote bag was still too small to hold everything I wanted to pack. Two, I found that the box didn’t have just one bag. I didn’t read the box closely and found that this box had three blank canvas bags—two more bags than what I intended to purchase.

I decided to go through with my idea anyway and I would customize two bags instead of one. (Given the size of the bags, I needed two bags in order to be able to cart everything I wanted to pack.) I’ll put away the third blank bag for a future project that I’ll start working on once I return home from the hosptial—I would draw a Unitarian Universalist flaming chalice and put it up for auction at my UU congregation’s annual auction night. (My husband was the one who came up with that idea and I thought it was an excellent idea.)

For the first bag I decided to try a fantasy-themed design. I used stencils to draw outlines the fairies, dragon, princess, and frog prince. I colored the figures inside the lines using metallic pens and glitter gel pens.

Fantasy Tote Bag
Fantasy Tote Bag

For the ground, I decided to do some experimenting. Lately I’ve been teaching myself how to draw Zentangles using books that I’ve recently purchased. I decided to use Zentangles for the ground. So I divided the ground up into sections and drew a different Zentangle pattern in each using green and brown pens.

Fantasy Tote Bag
Fantasy Tote Bag

For the record, I didn’t use any special fabric pens that are sold in many arts and crafts stores. I purchased some high-quality pens that were made by manufacturers like Pentel, Sakura, and Staedtler. These pens are more expensive than the usual pens and markers that are marketed to children but the results are worth paying a little extra for them. These pens last longer and they don’t dry out very fast. In addition, you can use these pens on a variety of surfaces including fabric, paper, vinyl, and ceramic. I’d rather buy an expensive pen that I can use on a variety of surfaces than a cheap pen for paper, a cheap fabric marker for fabric, a cheap magic marker for a vinyl surface, etc.

But I didn’t stop there with just using pens. I decided to paint a green aura around the fairies on both sides of the bag.

Fantasy Tote Bag

I used special glow-in-the-dark paint for the fairy aura. If you hold the bag up to a light source for a few seconds then go into a dark area, the fairies seem to glow. I attempted to take a photo of this effect but my hip is bothering me too much to go through the hassle of digging up my tripod and attaching my camera to it so I just pointed and shot, which is why this photo is blurry. At least you can get a general idea of what the glow-in-the-dark effect is like.

Fantasy Tote Bag

Sun and Flowers

This necklace was made entirely out of glow-in-the-dark polymer clay. I have necklaces like this one currently for sale in my Etsy store.

Starry Night

This necklace was made entirely out of glow-in-the-dark polymer clay and knitted sparkle yarn. I have necklaces like this one currently for sale in my Etsy store.

Study in Light Blue, Orange, and Black Necklace

This necklace was made entirely out of polymer clay. I have polymer clay necklaces like this one currently for sale in my Etsy store.

Santa Claus
Sweet Dreams in Orange and Light Blue

This necklace was made entirely out of polymer clay. I have polymer clay necklaces like this one currently for sale in my Etsy store.

Jack O'Lanterns Necklace

This necklace was made entirely out of glow-in-the-dark polymer clay. I no longer have this necklace in stock but I have other jewelry currently for sale in my Etsy store.

Moon and Stars Glow in the Dark Necklace

This Moon and Stars was made entirely out of special glow-in-the-dark polymer clay. For best results, the wearer needs to put this necklace in a light source for at least one minute before going into a dark area to see it glow. For more unique handcrafted items made by me, visit either my Etsy or Zazzle stores.

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