I hope you all had beautiful weekends. Here in Portland, Maine, it was all about local crafts, local food, and great local shops. The highlight for me was attending the Picnic Holiday Sale. Click here for links to many of the amazing craftspeople and artisans who were selling their wares. Most of them have online shops where you can buy their glorious work.
I also wanted to share a little of my own publishing and photography news with you. Have been meaning to for ages, but as Mr. Magpie will tell you, I stink at self-promotion.
A piece I wrote on Polish Gypsy poet Papusza was published online in The Gypsy Chronicles. If you head over to read it, you'll learn a bit about this fascinating woman. She was very much the center of my academic research and work for an important period in my life, and I'm thrilled to be able to share some of her story on such a fantastic site. Thank you, Alison Mackie, for publishing this essay.
And finally, I just wanted to let you know that one of my photographs, "Peonies," is available for purchase at Fine Art America. Prints start at $22.00, but you can purchase a greeting card for $4.95, a pack of 10 cards for $2.45/card, or a pack of 25 cards for $1.75/card. I'm thinking it might make a nice holiday gift for peony lovers. :)
Thanks for reading along with me, and for offering such wonderful comments, here and via email and face-to-face. I love this online community of ours, especially when it spills over into our snail mailboxes and our everyday lives. Blogging has changed a great deal since many of us started back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, but as we redefine ourselves and our blogs in relation to the onslaught of social media, I'm finding that the true blue friends I've made along the way are just that--friends--and this makes me happier than I can possibly say.