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Masks made by local group, Home Sewing Central PA

Recently, I joined a group called Home Sewing Central PA, Defending the Front Line Defenders, on facebook. You can view group here. Organized by Steve Elfelt, this group was started as a response to the great need for getting face masks out to the public, and especially to medical ...

Art in stressful times

During this time of covid-19 shutdown, I hope this finds you well and practicing safe habits. Staying home, washing hands, washing shoes, don't touch your face and all those good basic practices to keep you and all of us safe. I have to admit I got very scared about all of this and could only ...

Poem to help us through these scary times

I'm glad to see people taking COVID-19 seriously. I'm sorry there has been panic and I feel it too. We need to do what is best and practice social isolation as best as we can. It is a little unsettling and maddening all this is happening. I am going to share a poem about the lock down. It was ...

Teaching art to our youth

It's a wonderful feeling teaching a subject you feel passionate about to your community. I'm lucky to get to substitute a varity of students and subjects but feel especially lucky when it comes to teaching art education. I recently got my Art Education certification and when I get to work with ...

Koalas need donations in Australia

If you have been following the news, you know about the fires in Australia. Today there is a call for donations of mittens and blankets. If you have some to spare, follow their guidelines and please consider mailing them some aid. You can contact Morgan Leigh from Bryon Bay: ...

It’s not quite winter but don’t tell that to the weather

Hello! It's been a cold beginning to November! Climate change has certainly made things interesting and very dangerous for many out across the globe. This holiday season, if you have any charities you would like to promote, please let me know and I will share. I will also share info about any ...

Happy Fall!

It finally feels like fall has arrived! The leaves are turning beautiful hues of reds, yellows and browns especially when the sunlight makes them glow. I've been reading about people seeing the sights on their travels around Blair county. We're very lucky to have these scenes. When I lived in ...

Art yard sale!

If you're in the area today, we're having an art yard sale! Paintings, wood carving and fairy chalk boards. Really great prices and lots of variety. This is in Altoona on 25th Ave up the street from Father Kelly Hall. Stop on by!

To mural or not to mural, that is the question

Recently, a local business was in the news paper for creating a mural on the side of a building they are using. I would assume they had the building owner’s permission. This being said, they went and put a mural based on an actor from a film, Scarface and will be adding Italian themed foods. ...

It’s Summer Solstice!

Happy Summer Solstice! Today is the longest day of the year as the earth has it's maximum tilt towards the sun. If we lived in Fairbanks Alaska, we'd get 21 hours and 49 min of sunlight! Pretty amazing. I hope everyone who has planted a garden, is watching it grow in leaps and bounds. Today ...

Sci fi valley con is on!

I'm writing live at the con and have had a great time meeting different vendors, artists, crafters and of course cosplayers!

Spring has arrived!

I thought I'd share this pithy meme for this time of the year. Shared from Women of Appalachia

Valentine’s day is coming!

Have you made your plans yet? Are you doing a traditional valentine's celebration or a galentine's day? And if you don't celebrate, why not make someone else's day or if you have a pet or plant, special by doing random acts of kindnes? This makes others happy at very little expense on your ...

Staying warm and making rice hand warmers

With the cold weather fully upon us, I thought I'd share an article on staying warm. Here's the actual list of warm tips here. The ones that stand out is putting hand warmers in your pocket, starting a compost in your home and wearing a hat. Sometimes, the basics seem the most obvious, such as ...

Have to toot my horn!

The local author, Deb Hockenberry and I worked on a book, Where can we have the party! Recently, I was awarded the bronze placement for best cover of 2018 at Author's Database! You can purchase the book for free kindle use at amazon or contact Deb directly to buy signed copies at sasha1119 at ...

National Art Honor Society at the Altoona Area High School

Being a student art teacher at the Altoona Area High School comes with some perks. One of which is getting to see and work with budding local artists in our area. I was lucky enough to be a part of the induction ceremony for the newest members of the National Art Honor Society. Additionally, I ...

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Brian Miller, local poet, publishes 2nd book

Recently, Brian Miller, a poet from Altoona Pennsylvania, published his 2nd book, The Cosmic Tour with Finishing Line Press. I got a chance to look at the poems and was pleasantly surprised at the modern day contexts ranging from the perils of online dating to connections with spirituality and ...

UPMC Blair Medical Sixth Annual Art in Common art show

The annual exhibition at UPMC Blair Medical Associates Exhibition is underway! Include this in your local arts rendezvous. This makes a great place to take a date and get some subs next door. The show will run Nov 1 - Dec 28. I'm attaching an online album of some of the work displayed as well. ...