July 31, 2007

Video transformation of female faces

Women In Art - 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art
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From the Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's fractals of a face, this video swirls.

July 26, 2007

Henna/mehndi examples

July 24, 2007

Mother of the Year

"In a zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs. Unfortunately, due to complications in the pregnancy, the cubs were born prematurely and due to their tiny size, they died shortly after birth

The mother tiger after recovering from the delivery, suddenly started to decline in health, although physically she was fine. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. The doctors decided that if the tigress could surrogate another mother's cubs, perhaps she would improve

After checking with many other zoos across the country, the depressing news was that there were no tiger cubs of the right age to introduce to the mourning mother. The veterinarians decided to try something that had never been tried in a zoo environment. Sometimes a mother of one species will take on the care of a different species. The only orphans that could be found quickly, were a litter of weaner pigs. The zoo keepers and vets wrapped the piglets in tiger skin and placed the babies around the mother tiger. Would they become cubs or pork chops?? Take a look........ you won't believe your eyes!!"

Link to article

Poem for mothers

The Reading Mother
By Strickland Gillilan (1869-1954)

I had a Mother who read me things
That wholesome life to a child's heart brings –
Stories that stir with an upward touch.
Oh that every Mother were such!
You may have tangible wealth untold
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be.
I had a Mother who read to me.

From the Web site Fun with Words


Mom is a person who is there for you

through good times as well as bad.

She's there to hold your hand when it needs to be held

and to help you when you need help the most.

And without even asking she is there for you

forever and always she will always be there for you!

July 20, 2007

Babysitting Resources

A song for babysitting siblings from the children's book Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs written by Alan Katz and illustrated by David Catrow.

Stinky Stinky Diaper Change
(To the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")

Stinky stinky diaper change
Boy, my brother smells so strange
He made something in his pants
Sure hope it won't attract ants
Stinky stinky diaper change
Boy, my brother smells so strange!

It's okay, don't hold your nose
Now he's clean and in fresh clothes
All his stuff is often stained
Can't wait till he's potty trained
He's so cute in his playpen
What's that smell? Oh...not again!

One of the chorus verses from

The Yogurt Flies Straight From My Brother

(To the tune of "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean")

Food fight! Food fight!
There's food on the counter and chairs! And chairs!
Food fight! Food fight!
There's tons of meat loaf in my hair

An exerpt from I Have a Baby-sitter Here with Me

To the tune of "I Have a Little Baby Bumblebee")

My baby-sitter's gonna raid the snacks
Cookies, candy, a box of Cracker Jack
She chomped so fast that right before my eyes
She...ate the pizza!

For Sale from Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends.

One sister for sale!
One crying and spying young sister for sale!
I'm really not kidding,
So who'll start the bidding?
Do I hear a dollar?
A nickel?
A penny?
Oh, isn't there, isn't there, isn't there any
One kid who will buy this old sister for sale,
This crying and spying young sister for sale?

July 19, 2007

Remember Harry Potter ...

as a baby...

as a boy...

and now...

July 18, 2007

Practical advice for Rubber Stamp lovers

Have you ever made a stamp? Would you like to use your thumbprint as a stamp on the Fauquier County Public Library Letterboxing scavenger hunt? Or try working with unmounted rubber stamps. If you decide to purchase or make your own rubber stamp, this video will give you tips on how to store them. Have fun stamping all over the county!

Rubber Stamps
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"This video demonstrates three ways to store your unmounted rubber stamps. The video discusses using CD cases, laminated storage panels and plastic baggies."

July 16, 2007

Working with Unmounted Rubber Stamps

Time = 6:42

Watch this video to "learn how to use EZ Mount foam and double-sided tape to adhere your unmounted rubber stamps to acrylic blocks."
Attend the library's free teen stamping program for alternative techniques of rubber stamp making. You can read more about this program on the Library News and Events blog.

July 14, 2007

Poetry riddle by another Bealeton poet

The smoke of a thousand guns
Hovers in the air
The yells and chants of sailors
Ring about your ears
Hark! A shot is fired!
The cannon fire roars
A ship appears alongside
You know not what's in store
As musket fire encircles
You strain and squint to see
Through the smoke and flashes
That send men down to ME
For I have eyes like any man
I have arms and ears
I have a temper that at times
Will justify men's fears
You know so much about me.
And as you sink into my depths
You know. I AM THE SEA.

July 11, 2007

Death's Staring Eyes:

a personification of that which we all fear.

Written by a Bealeton teen

Yellow and gleaming
Slits that are seeming
to pry open my heart's
iron door.

Lo! It is open and the deathly soldiers
throw tokens,
of ill-fated omens
through my soul's writhing core.

Then the grief, it starts flowing,
like a foul wind that's blowing,
carrying a scent that is
murky as mud.

The unmoving stare,
that one constant glare,
shall always be there,
lest it miss my despair.

The ever staring eyes
both deep in my cries
and never leave me alone.
Death's staring eyes,
look away.

Death's staring eyes brought to this poem courtesy of Van Dyke's Taxidermy

Order of the Phoenix in theaters now!!!

July 10, 2007

Harry Potter quizzes

What would you rather do?
What is your favourite subject?
What scares you the most?
What pet would you pick if you went to Hogwarts?
What is your favourite spell?
Who or what do you dread battling the most?

This Fun Quiz created by Brendan at BlogQuiz.Net

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trivia:

Chapters 1 through 10 = Part 1
Chapters 11 through 21 = Part 2
Chapter 22 through 30 = Part 3

Which Hogwarts house will you be sorted into?

July 9, 2007

Harry Potter Countdown

July 6, 2007

Play in the sand on vacation!

By Patti Mitchell with Leap ...Imagination in Learning
Hitting the beach this summer? What would you build if you had enough sand to fill a dumptruck? Unbelievable sand sculptures! Read this books for some grandiose ideas!

Sand Animation of Animals
Time = 55 seconds

"Sand animation "animal". Made by Sigrid Astrup (http://www.blogger.com/www.sigridastrup.com) during spring 2005."

July 3, 2007

The Rhinestone Reef

by a Bealeton poet

In a jewelry box ocean
The gems of the sea
Shimmer and dance
In harmony
Golden gills
And silver scales
Sapphire sails
And topaz tails
A necklace of noodle fish
And diamond dace
The jasper jellyfish
Who lacks a face
Peridot perch
And ruby remora
Dance with bixbite betas
In an anemone aurora
Amethyst anchovies
And opal octopi
Watch crystal crabs
Scuttling by
Guppies of garnet
And pearl pufferfish
To see these beautiful creatures
Would be a whale of a wish!

July 2, 2007

Images of India