So I CAN Knit

For all the years I spent doing textile arts, I never did learn to knit. I tried to in junior high — got a pair of big chunky wooden knitting needles and some kind of god-awful acrylic yarn and tried to learn. It was a mess. I thought about trying to learn several times after …

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Sunday Adventures at Chastain

I’m really tired out after this weekend’s show, but I do have to share today’s unusual event. Andrea and I were interviewed on camera today by two students from the Holy Innocents’ School media program. They were interviewing some of the artists at the festival for a feature on the school’s closed circuit broadcast channel …

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What Makes an Art Festival Good, or Not

This weekend is our last art festival of the year, at Chastain Park. Even though I do find them stressful, I usually enjoy the art festivals (at least when I don’t have four in a row!). Of course, some are better than others. So what makes the good ones good? Easy load-in and load-out. Load-in …

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Writing tools

Since I spent much of today getting ready for the Chastain Park Arts Festival, I think I’ll take the easy way out and use today’s NaBloPoMo prompt: When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer? It depends, of course. For blogging, of course, I’m going to use the computer …

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After twenty years, a first

One of my students came up after class this evening and handed me an invitation to this month’s Phi Theta Kappa honor society induction, saying that I and my class meant a great deal to her and she wanted me to know that. When I read the entire thing, I was very touched, and quite …

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Why I haven’t been blogging

There are multiple reasons, of course. It’s not like I’ve been totally incommunicado. I do post a lot on Facebook and I Tweet fairly often. That isn’t blogging of course; much of it is just curating & sharing other people’s links & photos & articles. I have been busy doing things, just not blogging. Andrea …

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NaBloPoMo 2011 begins…

…and I’m at it again. Every November I do this, and every November, it seems, something happens. Oh well, better to try and not make it than to not try at all. Or, perhaps, I should say do || !do; !try; This year there are daily prompts, and a monthly theme, which will at least help …

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My tribute to Dad

I wrote this for Dad’s memorial service. Julian Whitfield Benson,Jr. May 1, 1932 – October 8, 2011 Dad’s Memorial Service October 12, 2011 Thank all of you for coming out to honor and remember my father. Most of you know of his many accomplishments over the years, so I’m not going to recap those. Instead, …

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And so it begins…

First things first – YAY Julia for starting this blog!! What a fun idea! A little bit about me. My posting name is Margali. I dreamed of dancing from a very early age.  But financial issues kept my parents from being able to enroll me in dance classes when I was young.  Later, I felt I was too overweight and …

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Fan Veils

Yesterday I took Mahtaab’s workshop on dancing with fan veils. I’ve done no veil work of any type before — when Irkosily Veil (the studio’s beginner veil choreography) was taught recently, I couldn’t take it because of scheduling. So this was my first experience with any kind of veil/fabric work in bellydance. If you don’t …

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