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Grandpa’s home

This satellite image of the Fertile Soils of Serbia reminded me that my paternal grandfather came from what is now the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

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satellite image of the Vojvodina area of Serbia

The Vojvodina region has changed hands many times. Once it was among the most ethnically diverse regions in Europe (that’s a whole story in itself!). After Prince Eugene of Savoy conquered the Ottomans in 1699 and grabbed a lot of  Eastern Europe in 1699,  the Habsburgs resettled people from the rest of Europe.  My ancestors migrated from Alsace-Lorraine, now in France. My grandfather remember that his grandmother still spoke French.

My German-speaking grandfather came from the town of Begaszentgyörgy, as it was called when the Vojvodina region was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Begaszentgyörgy is a Hungarian name: confused yet? In Serbian, the town is known as Žitište.

I enjoy putzing around with ArcMap, a map making tool from Esri.  The satellite image inspired me to create a map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia:

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Map of the Vojvodina region of Serbia

This map of the Vojvodina region is scaled with respect to its location in Serbia. You can view the course of the Tiza River, which was shown in the satellite image above and where the Tiza River joins with the Danube River. I’ve also shown Žitište. My paternal grandmother came from Biled (also shown), a town now in Romania.

Eight reasons why I didn’t support the #WomensMarch

  1. Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour has links to Hamas and supports Sharia law.  If “intersectionality” involves finding common cause with Sharia, I don’t want any part of it.
  2. Modern feminism objectifies women as female sexual organs. But wait, that’s unfair to people who self-identify as women but don’t have vaginas!
  3. Using young children as props is child exploitation.
  4. Young children shouldn’t be exposed to vulgarity and obscene language.
  5. Pussyhatters are not worthy to be heirs to the legacy of Susan B. Anthony and other first-wave feminists.
  6. Abortion is not a reproductive right.
  7. While I support birth control and the freedom it has given to women, its unfortunate side-effect has meant sex without commitment.
  8. Today’s feminists conflate womens’ health with funding of Planned Parenthood.  I refuse to accept that Planned Parenthood is the only game in town for services such as pap smears, mammograms, and contraception.

 

When should we throw away #makeup? | Byrdie

When is it really time to toss a beauty product? Look no further than this ultimate guide to makeup expiration dates.

Pay attention to the tips, not the shelf life, in this guide.

I often think that the shelf life is a ruse to make you buy makeup more often.  I’ve had some makeup for years, and they haven’t gone bad.

And be sure to clean your brushes and applicators often!

Source: Save or Toss? The Truth About Makeup Expiration Dates | Byrdie

#Canada Day again


I’m taking a different tack on Canada Day this year. On Facebook, I attributed the massacre at the Pulse night club to the killer’s professions of Islamic ideology. A prominent Canadian beauty blogger subsequently ripped into me:

It’s time to examine why your country [emphasis mine] gives guns to people who are mentally unstable. Especially when the FBI knew about them, and had been following them. Who cares about whether or not it was an American who decided to use ISIS to focus his hatred? Your gov’t knew all about him, yet he could still get guns. Stop talking about Islamic hatred and start talking about why your country discriminates against the gay community, which gives people like this shooter a reason for his own hate. IT DOESN”T MATTER that he was with ISIS. The US has had 7 mass shootings this week. Get your head out of the sand.

or did she really mean to say, get my head out of my ass? 😀

It’s time to examine the ideology of your country [emphasis mine] that went to war in Muslim countries, destroyed entire countries, armed rebels and basically created ISIS. Jesus. Read a book.

I felt that her references to your country reeked of contempt for the good old United States and that she regarded me as yet another contemptible  illiterate American ignoramus.

Jesus. Read a book.

I don’t know if she had any particular books in mind, but here are some books that I’ve read:

  • The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (in fact, I’ve seen Margaret Atwood read from her works in person)
  • Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
  • Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  • The Deptford Trilogy by Robertson Davies
  • The Tin Flute by Gabrielle Roy
  • The whole series of Anne of Green Gables books (six books) by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I can tell you why Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside are the worst books of the series. I’ve also read Rainbow Valley and Rilla of Ingleside, but these are not considered as part of the Anne canon, as they deal with Anne’s children.
  • The three books of L.M. Montgomery’s Emily series

Notice a pattern here?

Happy Canada Day.

It’s Canada Day again, and time to revisit this article Canada Day.  Happy 148th Canada!

Source: #Canada Day | The Style Page | The Style Page

#MusicMonday I Feel Alright

In order of appearance: Eric Burdon, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry (you’ll understand why he was called “Long John” when you watch the video), Julie Driscoll, and Rod Stewart, before a bird’s nest landed on his head. Check out Rod’s moves! Lots of great R&B shouting and energy all around.

One Reginald Dwight took half of his stage name after Long John Baldry; the other half he took from saxophonist Elton Dean. He, of course, became Elton John.

Julie Driscoll is probably best known for singing Ab Fab’s theme song This Wheel’s on Fire.

It Cosmetics secures shelf space at Sephora HT @globalcosmetics

It Cosmetics is going places! QVC initially sold It Cosmetics, and then Ulta picked up the line. I knew that It Cosmetics was going upscale when Beautylish  picked it up.  Now “It Cosmetics has secured a coveted spot on Sephora’s shelves.”

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Sephora picks up It Cosmetics

My first introduction to It Cosmetics was its Bye Bye Pores HD Silk Micro-Powder, which I described as The Most God-awful product that I’ve tried.  Marcia at beautyinfozone.com loves Bye Bye Pores, which she applies with a fan brush to diffuse the powder.

I revisited It Cosmetics after Paula Begoun raved about its Hello Lashes mascara; however, I didn’t think that Hello Lashes was that great a mascara.

I really got turned onto It Cosmetics when I tried its YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+.  Its LE holiday Naturally Pretty eye shadow palette was terrific too.  I bought it through a private sale on It Cosmetics’ web site and it was helpfully discounted to $25.20 to qualify for free shipping (the threshold is $25).

My latest love is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Melting Balm: cleanser, makeup remover, and serum in one.  I like wiping it off with a warm damp Makeup Eraser plush cloth.

It Cosmetics has secured a coveted spot on Sephora’s shelves, according to a report published by WWD. The US Indie brand has been sold through QVC and Ulta to date, and is currently sold in Sephora’s Australian stores, but will be stocked by the US branch of the LVMH-owned perfumery from September.

Source: It Cosmetics secures shelf space at Sephora

William Schallert, 93, Dies; Prolific Actor Was Father on ‘The Patty Duke Show’ HT @nytimes

William Schallert died on May 8, soon after Patty Duke died. He played her father on her eponymous  TV show.

Before that, he played Dobie Gillis’s teacher Mr. Pomfritt on The Many Loves of the Dobie Gillis.

Patty Duke and William Schallert

In both roles, Mr. Schallert played wise paternal figures, the kind that you don’t see anymore.

For me, his death marked the end of an era.  I enjoyed watching old TV shows in syndication and then on Nick at Nite and TV Land, as they are quaint, charming, and dare I say, funnier that what you find today.  You didn’t have to feel embarrassed about laughing at sexual innuendo or more blatant sex jokes.

For a time Mr. Schallert seemed to be everywhere on TV, usually as an authority figure, as he was in the popular “Tribbles” episode of “Star Trek.”

Source: William Schallert, 93, Dies; Prolific Actor Was Father on ‘The Patty Duke Show’ – The New York Times