Artist Kadir Nelson who painted the New Yorker cover of young Nelson Mandela said that creating Nelson's portraint maid him feel "empowered and proud like the man himself." That's how seeing the cover makes us feel. As do Mandela's empowering words.
We've long admired this wonderful stacked block shelf we clipped years ago. It is made of scrap wood (salvaged from a lumbar yards garbage bin) that was bored, threaded and secured with thick rope, and hung from hooks anchored in the wall. Then we wondered: What if you didn't bother with the rope part and just screwed (and glued) pieces of scrap hardwood wood together to make "blocks" to hold up shelves; then screw the shelving to the blocks to secure them? [...]Read More 12.11.13 | 1:00pm
British Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent three years traveling to some of the most remote places on earth to document unique, endangered tribal cultures with his 4 x 5 view camera. The result is Before They Pass Away, a 12-pound, 400-page coffee table book as well as a stunning interactive website.
We never really understood the possibilities in yurts, the round nomadic shelter until we saw images of William Coperthwaite’s Yurt on the Blue Hill Peninsula of Maine. Windows all around, on 3 levels.
Here's a favorite homemade food that I can give as gifts AND serve to guests who come by for cocktails or dinner, or a bash. It evokes the sublime combo I first had in Spain many years ago: chilled bone-dry Manzanilla sherry with roasted Marcona almonds. I devised a "parallel" almond that has many of the same qualities for little work or cost.
Watching the evening news and the huge white swirl bearing down on the Eastern seaboard, we inhabitants of the West coast's eternal green dream of the joy of a new snowfall and the ways it can reconfigure our lives.
Sally shares her favorite holiday gifts on public radio's great The Splendid Table. All are charming, unexpected and inexpensive, and many can be homemade or bought. They will be appreciated by a wide range of folks whether they're serious cooks or not. A sheaf of poems is just one.