Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Shaker Eldress and Her Dye Journal

Eldress Hester Ann Adams
March 17, 1817 - Sept. 22, 1888

General Statement Holy Laws of Zion

"Let it be plain and simple, and of good and substantial
quality which becomes your calling and profession,
unembellished by any superfluities,
which add nothing to its goodness or durability."


For Coloring Scarlet

For 20 lb. of wool or cloth, take 2 lb. Alum, 2 lb. Cream Tartar. Boil these & wool for two hours. Then take out the wool, and add 26 oz. cochineal, and 12 oz. Tartar; add 1 lb. solution of tin and boil ten minutes, or more; when cool down to hand heat then put in the wool again boil and turn till deep enough.

For turning it a crimson. Fill the kettle again with clear water, heat again till about hand heat or 100 degrees, dissolve 20 oz. pearlash then put in the wool and keep turning till deep enough.

(Note: Pearlash is another name for potash. Potash is potassium carbonate from wood ash.)

Prussian Blue.

For 10 lb. of yarn, 1 lb. prussiate of potash, 1 lb. Aquafortis. Put the yarn in cold water and bring to boil.

(Note: "Aquafortis" is nitric acid.)

Dove or Slate Color.

Boil a tea-cup of black tea in 3 quarts of water, in iron, and grate a teaspoonful of copperas; boil the purple sugar paper in water with a piece of Alum.

(Note: Copperas is ferrous sulfate, a green crystalline compound. Sugar paper?)

Excerpts from Purple on Silk by Nan Thayer Ross
Introduction by Brother Arnold Hadd
United Society of Shakers
New Gloucester, Maine

Thursday, February 24, 2011


When Background Checks Don't Apply

Ex-Offenders Question Background Checks In Job Applications

Click Here for Article by Solomon D. Leach

Non-Bonus Round:

The Truth About Federal Loans and For-Profit Schools

When For-Profit Schools Collect, It's Entirely At The Taxpayer's Risk

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On This Date In History

On Feb. 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of children against polio with the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh.

On Feb. 23, 1868, W.E.B. DuBois, the American sociologist who co-founded the N.A.A.C.P., was born.

On This Date:

1685 - Composer George Frideric Handel was born in Germany.

1822 - Boston was granted a charter to incorporate as a city.

1836 - The siege of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.

1847 - U.S. troops under Gen. Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican general Santa Anna at the Battle of Buena Vista in Mexico.

1848 - John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, died at age 80 in Washington, D.C., two days after suffering a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives.

1861 - President-elect Abraham Lincoln arrived secretly in Washington to take office after an assassination plot was foiled in Baltimore.

1870 - Mississippi was readmitted to the Union.

1965 - Stan Laurel of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy died at age 74.

1991 - President George H.W. Bush announced that the allied ground offensive against Iraqi forces had begun.

1997 - Scientists in Scotland announced they had cloned an adult mammal, producing a lamb named Dolly.

1999 - A jury in Jasper, Texas, convicted white supremacist John William King of murder in the dragging death of an African-American man, James Byrd Jr.

2000 - Carlos Santana won eight Grammy Awards for his album "Supernatural," tying the record set by Michael Jackson in 1983 for "Thriller."

2003 - Norah Jones won five Grammy Awards for the album "Come Away With Me."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Presidential Medal of Freedom


President George H. W. Bush
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Congressman John Lewis
John H. Adams
Maya Angelou­­
Warren Buffett
Jasper Johns
Gerda Weissmann Klein
Dr. Tom Little (Posthumous)
Yo-Yo Ma
Sylvia Mendez
Stan Musial
Bill Russell
Jean Kennedy Smith
John J. Sweeney

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

"Good Wishes From The Ethersphere"

Good Day

I am Mr. Issa Mohammed, manager in charge of audit and account section of Bank international bicia-b, Ouagadougou branch, here in Burkina Faso.

I have an obscured business suggestion for you. I am here-by seeking your service in helping me receive a large amount of money and in giving a clear research and feasibility studies on areas i could invest on. Your services will be compensated with 50% of the amount you are receiving, and you will be a Partner, if your recommendation is accepted.

As a bank employee, I cannot operate any personal investment till i am retired and with the Anti-corruption Bill passed in Burkina Faso; it is risky for a fixed income earner to own any huge amount of money in Burkina Faso or any foreign country. It is then advisable to invest in any foreign land secretly and patiently wait retirement.

Contact me immediately for further confidential correspondence through
My dearest regards

Issa Mohammed

Last Wish

This is Rev. Jonathan P. Daniels, the spiritual counselor to late Mr. Mathew P. Allen.

I wish to notify you that late Mr. Mathew P. Allen made you a beneficiary to his Will and it obviously stated in his Last Will. This may sound strange but it is only the truth and I do not want anything from you in return. Please, reply for more details. Remain blessed.

Rev. Jonathan P. Daniels

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Grammys

Lady Gaga vs Bob Dylan

Lady Gaga wins cause her ass is so fine looking.

Had a dream Sunday night where I slowly approached a room on the second floor. The door was open and when I looked in, there was Bob Dylan. He was seated before a table, back to the door, alone by himself. Was sort of surprised by the scenario.

On the table, laying on its back, was an electric mandolin. Bob Dylan was playing and picking the strings as if he was playing a slide guitar. The music was a combination of notes and extended feedback.

He was singing over it in a gruff and brusque way. A new song. Don't know whether he had recently recorded it or whether he was still working on it.

Listened to Bob Dylan for awhile and Decided not to say anything.

Then I woke up.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spring Training Countdown

Philadelphia Phillies

Pitchers & Catchers Report:

Today (Feb. 13th)

First Workout

Tomorrow (Feb. 14th)

Position Players Report:

Fri. Feb. 18th

First Workout

Sat. Feb. 19th

Friday, February 11, 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


Black History Month

Thought for the Day

"White folks have always had the choice of whether they wanted to acknowledge race - or not. Blacks seldom do."

-- Annette John-Hall


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

No Smoking

Haven't been successful in my attempts to quite smoking. Have an appointment with my Doctor today (re: general checkup/cholesterol levels) so will ask about the patch option, a method I had wanted to avoid.

Appointment cancelled due to inclement weather conditions. Has been re-scheduled for Feb. 22nd.


Not Covered

Comment II:

Not Covered