Celebrity Chefs: USPS Forever Stamps

celebrity chefs Forever Stamps USPSLike most people, I buy stamps a lot less than I used to. Most bills are paid online — and even though I love to write letters and send cards, I don’t do it as much as I used to. Since stamps tend to hang around for a bit, it makes sense to buy Forever Stamps.

For me at least, buying stamps now is like buying costume jewelry. It’s a fun accessory and an inexpensive way to show a bit of  personality and individual style.

Looking at the website, I see that there are Farmers Market Stamps. I love these! Maybe I need to start ordering all my stamps online, because my local post office usually never has fun stamps like these. At least when I go to get them.

In case you will soon be buying some stamps, I just learned that next week, there will be a new set of Forever Stamps making their debut on September 26th. More stamps for those of us who love all things food and cooking!

Next Friday, Celebrity Chefs Forever Stamps will be issued! They’ve picked a nice group and I appreciate the diversity as well.

The five chefs honored on these stamps—James Beard, Julia Child, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis, and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi—revolutionized our understanding of food. Seeing cooking as a source of delight, they invited us to feast on regional and international flavors and were early but ardent champions of trends that many foodies now take for granted. As they shared their know-how, they encouraged us to undertake our own culinary adventures.

Looks like the the United States Postal Service has very good taste!

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Photo Credit: USPS

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

The Roosevelts

Have you been watching the latest Ken Burns production The Roosevelts? I am absolutely enthralled.

It’s a seven-part, 14 hour film that has been on PBS for two hours every night since last Sunday night. Tonight is the last episode, but it’s also available to watch online. Probably for a limited period of time.

If you haven’t been watching, I really recommend it. This film pulls you back into the past in such a big and complete way that I haven’t felt in a very long time. Maybe since Roots.

What’s interesting is that the more I understand and learn about the past, the more I feel like current events are so similar. That cliche the more things change the more they stay the same is so true!

I’m looking forward to the last episode of The Roosevelts tonight. Will you be watching?

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Photo Credit: PBS

This Weekend: The Big Tiny House Festival

the BIG tiny house Festival

More people are starting to become aware of the tiny house movement. I wrote a magazine article about it a few years ago. This summer I watched a movie on Netfix called TINY: A Story About Living Small. It’s a great movie by the way.

If you don’t have Netflix and you live near Somerville, Massachusetts, you can see a screening of the film on Saturday, September 20th from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.

The screening is taking place at The BIG tiny house festival this weekend. People of all kinds who are involved in the creation of tiny homes to those just interested in finding out more will be gathering to discuss this more simple lifestyle. On Sunday, there will be workshops. Learn more about the festival by clicking here.

Have a great weekend!

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Photo Credit: Somerville Arts Council

Park(ing) Day 2014 ~ Wollaston Theatre

parking day 2014

Have you heard of Park(ing) Day? It’s an annual event that takes place all over the world, where “citizens, artists and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places.”

The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!

I think it’s the coolest thing and have seen pictures from events in different cities. Yesterday on Twitter, I saw that there was going to be an event in my neighborhood. So today, I took a break and walked down to the Wollaston Theatre.

On my old blog, I’ve written about how it’s such a shame that the Wollaston Theatre has not been open for many years. When I first moved to Quincy in the early 90s, it was open and I saw a movie there.

While I was at the Wolly Park-(In), I spoke to Kara from the Quincy Planning Department. She said that the event was a way for them to get into the community and talk to people about what they would like to see in Quincy. She gave me a slip of paper to write my wish for Quincy and to hang it on the Wishing Tree, which she said was a Chinese tradition.

I’m not sure if I’m supposed to share my wish, but it did have to do with the Wollaston Theatre opening up again. The current owner is Michael Fang. I hope that he considers it, because it’s a beautiful place and they don’t make theaters like that anymore.

Above are scenes from Park(ing) Day 2014 here in Quincy. Enjoy the pictures!