Timely nuggets of information and ideas we want to share with you.

If anyone missed 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s reading of her poem ‘The Hill We Climb’ at the inauguration, here is a link to it.  She is the U.S. Youth Poet Laureate, and her poem was amazing for many reasons.

Note:  Amanda Gorman wore a ring of a caged bird given to her by Oprah to symbolize Maya Angelou’s book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The Avery Classic Ring is designed by the fabulous mother-daughter-daughter jewelry company Of Rare Origin.



“Sea shanties have become a thing” my husband told me early last Saturday morning. He was right, sea shanties are trending.  They debuted on TikTok when 26-year-old Scottish postal worker Nathan Evans shared a video a month ago of himself singing a shanty called Soon May the Wellerman Come.  The internet went wild and it became a viral sensation.  His video has millions of views and the song has been performed by choirs, artists, even an imposter Kermit the Frog.  Why the social media frenzy? Maybe we’ve been indoors too much?  Sea shanties were popular in the 18th century. They remind people of the good old days of fresh air and the open ocean, and  freedom.  They are easy and fun to sing for all ages and a nice way to pass pandemic time. Check out this recording of Nathan Evans.  By the way, Evans has been signed to a three-record record deal.


Speaking of things relating to the sea, I love sailor knots and Mystic Knotwork in Mystic, CT has everything you could think of that can be made from them.

These sailor bracelets were the rage when I was a teenager. Basic Sailor Bracelet, $6Sailors Bracelets with colors.  $10.

and now I like Turk’s Head coasters (set of 4 is $24.00) and 10” trivet/place mats for $31.00 each.

I also like the monkey-fist key chains ($8.00 ea.) and the bottle stoppers for $18.00.

We know how to take care of ourselves, but sometimes we need reminding.

                                                                                                                            Check out this poster and more here.