Thursday, October 22, 2009

Diet Coke in Paris

Of course, Diet Coke is known by a slightly different name in Europe. The product is Coca-Cola Lite. The very recyclable glass bottle is used with this one posing in a cafe near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

It was nice to see the distinctive glass shape of the Coca-Cola bottle still in use.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Mottainai -- Thrifty Mind

Here is a rug on exhibit at the Carnegie Center for Art & History located at 201 East Spring St., New Albany, Indiana 47150, 812-944-7336. It is part of the Stripes: United States/Japan Traveling Hooked Rug Exhibit III 2009 on display till October 24,2009.

After viewing this rug, I learned something new about Japan. The term mottainai which translates to "don't waste". Recycling should be a big part of our society and this rug reflects this sentiment.

The description card reads:
"Thrifty Mind
Keiko Ito
Okszaki City, Aichi-ken Japan
The Japanese idea of mottainai ("don't waste") is now known worldwide. I hope the spirit of a frugal lifestyle of giving new life to a disused article and of thanking will always spread. The materials used for this rug were all recycled wool."

A close up of some of the stitching work.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Harvest Homecoming Festival - New Albany, Indiana

The Harvest Homecoming Festival has come and gone for this year. I volunteered with the Habitat for Humanity booth which seems to doing a good job at collecting donations for its 20th and 21st houses now under construction.

Below is a picture of the Corydon Dulcimer Society getting ready to play another song. My cousin is one of their members and I always look forward to hearing them play every year. Also her parents usually attend as well but due to a scheduling conflict I did not get to see them. Fortunately, I saw them later in the evening at a wedding.

Learn more about the Corydon Dulcimer Society at their website: