Monday, January 21, 2013

It Goes On!

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on!" (Robert Frost)

Yes, it does... life continues whether you decide to make the most of it or not. So give this some thought: You can dwell on the past or you can take delight in the future. You can march forward with confidence or you can stand still. You can accomplish great things or you can think small thoughts. You can make the world a better place or you can make the world a bitter place.
Realize your potential, fulfill your dreams, and the focus will move away from yourself and onto others. Indeed, life goes on - so get out there and make every moment you have count!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Prince of the Parking Lot

Over the evergreen parking lot edge a huge green old tree towers. Day and night it bounds with the Prince of the Parking Lot, the Frog. He jumps to the right and sings a ditty, he jumps to the left, and tells a story sitting at the giant routs of the tree. What marvels there! Little birds are resting and nesting high in the tree enjoying the afternoon sun rays. Insects, midges, mosquitoes, ants from  swamps and valleys found their perfect home coming from far away. Over the sandy beaches creep, and from the clear and shining water pond to the lovely warm south under the tree, to the evergreen parking lot. There were no any nice warm swamps, but the fat worms were fat. The frog, with all her four paws is jerking at the water sprinkle flopping luckily into little hole at the edge of the tree in the cement. The man's eyes would not see the home of His Majesty. His new house was without a door, without a window, and near the huge green old tree, where I like to sit at my lunch break and drink a sweet mead at my leisure, recounting tales from my past and using the pleasure here and now that will be shared with you all ...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Books about Burlap

There are very few books about burlap and jute.

For children, I would recommend the book entitled "Uncle Hubbard and the Burlap Sack" by Mary Smith Hardy published in 2012.

For adults, there are few current books. The most current is "About Being able to Look GOOD in a Burlap Sack" by Ida Tomshinsky that will tell you about history of jute and burlap, burlap sacks, and other burlap applications. The book will be appreciated in hard economic times as it reintroduce by the author as an affordable textile that could be use in both fashion and interior design.

This book just became available. It is published by Xlibris in the first days of 2013.
ISBN 978-1-4653-8809-4
Order Today!
Call 888-795-4274 ext 7879, order online at,,, or visit your local bookstore.

Where Burlap Comes From?

Burlap comes from minor vegetable fibers that are generally composed mainly of cellulose: examples include cotton, jute, flax, ramie, sisal, and hemp. Cellulose fibers serve in the manufacture of paper and cloth. Minor natural vegetable fibers can be further categorized into the following  description: seed fiber, leaf fiber, bast fiber, fruit fiber, and stalk fiber. The most used minor vegetable fibers are cotton, flax (linen) and hamp, although sisal, jute, kenaf, bamboo and coconut are also widely used.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Bible Quotes

Bible Quotes: "When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with loud and bitter cry; and came even before the king's gate: for none might enter into the king's gate clothed with sackcloth." It is difficult to say if he looked good in sackcloth from the quot, but it was unusual and perhaps brave for the culture of this period, and, who knows, maybe he was setting a new fashion trend for his admires and followers.

The Flour Sack

"In the long ago time when things were saved,
When roads were graveled and barrels were staved.

When worn-out clothing was used as rags,
And there were no plastic wrap or bags.

And the well and the pump were way out back,
A versatile item, was the flour sack."

"The Flour Sack" by Colleen Hubert