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thank you

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.

– Henry Clay

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milgrain jewelry

I was shopping online for an affordable band ring. I have always been attracted to things, such as wooden furniture or photo frames, that have a rope design or beaded borders. Thus it was no surprise that I chose a ring that has bead-like borders on the outer edges.

In the process, I also discovered a new word – milgrain. Milgrain refers to a row of tiny beads along the edges of a piece of jewelry. It often refers to the row of beads seen along the outer edges of a ring.

The word comes from the French ‘mille-grain’, which means “thousand grains”.

The use of milgrain for decorative enhancement has had a long and global history – used in jewellery in Asia, and also during the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. While historically, the milgrain beads were created by hand, today tools make the process an easier one.

I think “milgrain”, with the artistry behind it, has become one of my favorite words.

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pots fountain palm spring

A unique fountain in downtown Palm Springs.

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lunar beauty

The moon. Radiant, bright, so far away, and yet it belongs to everyone.

The moon. It has been put to both practical and poetic uses in the history of humankind.

Before clocks were invented, people used to tell the passage of time by the moon. In ancient Malay lands, people calculated the journey of the months by purnama, the cycle of the full moon.

During the Chinese Mooncake Festival, people savored mooncakes filled with lotus seeds and sipped tea under the light of the moon.

Each time I look at the moon, its beauty is afresh and anew. Maybe it’s telling me, telling humanity, this is how we should see each day.

The moon. A luminous beauty, shedding its radiance on every pair of eyes that sees it, and asking nothing in return.

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january images

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cat elevated platform california

Pet hotels in California must provide elevated platforms for cats.

dDenim official fabric california

Denim is now the official fabric of California.

 

I read an article about the more than 800 new laws that will take effect in California this year. Two particularly caught my interest.

1. Kennels and pet hotels are required to check on the animals once a day. They must also provide elevated platforms in cat enclosures. I guess this is to ensure that kitty gets its share of perches each day.

2. Denim is now declared as California’s official fabric. This is a recognition of the fabric’s role in the history of the state.

In 1853 Levi Strauss journeyed to San Francisco to make his fortune in the California Gold Rush. He became a businessman. The turning point came when the miners needed strong durable pants. In 1873, Levi and his partner invented the blue jeans.

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