A Passion for Sewing Machines

On a recent road trip we got to see part of Cindy Peters’ collection of antique sewing machines. Clearly this woman had a passion for these old machines and we wish we had been able to get to know her before she died. These are some of the very first electric sewing machines.   Most…

New Research on the Benefits of Play

As one who takes playing with my grandchildren very seriously, I was glad to see new research supporting the importance of play in the development of children. Research conducted by Olga Jarrett, a professor emeritus at Georgia State University, shows the importance of recess. Dr. Jarrett draws on her experiences as a mother, civil rights…

Emotional Expression Wall Show

Artist Kathy Mommsen’s Emotional Expression Wall Show is showing now at the Owatonna Arts Center. For this show the artist used live models and sculpted directly on clay wall pieces to show the essence of people in action. Moving Through the Texture of Water   Over, Under and Through   This one is called Garden…

Spain’s Remarkable Cave Paintings

Fourteen years after he died they officially apologized. The experts thought he just made it all up. Accused him of forgery. But till his dying day, Marcelino Sanz de Sautuola maintained his integrity. Led by his eight-year-old daughter, Sautuola discovered the polychrome cave drawings of Altamira, Spain in 1879. He enlisted the help of Juan…

Napoleon at the Nelson-Atkins

On a recent visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City we took in the Napoleon: Power and Splendor exhibit. The exhibit does not focus on Napoleon’s exploits as a military conqueror but on the majesty and significance of his imperial court and household. Napoleon all decked out in his royal attire. Napoleon’s wife, Joesphine. An…