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Saturday Show & Tell – 6th Edition

Photo by Paula Puffer
Photo by Paula Puffer

Now that the Blog Carnival site has recovered, I received a bunch of interesting submissions for Saturday Show & Tell. The first one, as you can see at the top of this post, is a photo from Paula Puffer. As she explains:

“It was taken a couple weeks ago at Armand Bayou Nature Center here in Texas. I love the contrast of the colors and the newness of the leaves on the tree. Spring has definitely sprung!”

To see more of her photography, writing and other projects, check out Paula Puffer and her blog, Don’t Be a Pickle Bump. While I agree with Paula that spring has sprung here in Texas, it’s been way too bouncy for my taste. Today the mercury is pushing 90, while yesterday, I ran the wood stove and sipped hot tea to stay warm.

Speaking of chilly weather, Pam Mandel recently returned from Antarctica. She brings us a beautifully written travel essay entitled, On Amazement:

How do you write about places that are “indescribable”? Well, you have to try, at least. In this post, blogger Pam Mandel tackles the difficulties of writing about Antarctica.

Not only does Pam do a great job of describing the indescribable, she includes stunning photos, as well. If you never thought of visiting Antarctica, Pam’s piece may change your mind.

While we’re down in the southern hemisphere, C. in Oz, submitted a post called The Utopia Myth, which she describes as:

“…a piece I wrote about what I call the “utopia myth,” that we can somehow run away from what we don’t like about our home country by moving elsewhere. Ah, if only it were that simple!”

I especially like the part where she compares the USA to “your crazy Aunt Tilly.”  After living in both Belgium and Italy, I know that feeling very well.

I nearly forgot to toss something into the hat this week, but C’s post reminded me of my own expat experiences, which made me think of, Chuck Norris and a Morphed Sense of Home, in which I muse about the meaning of home as well as a close encounter I had with Mr. Norris:

Have you ever looked Chuck Norris in the eye? It was kinda scary, at least until he smiled and gave us a wave, realizing that we had simply recognized him from afar and were not people he actually knew.

Next up, Katie Sorene dives into the subconscious with the intriguing, What Your Travel Dreams Mean:

“Do you remember your dreams? Where do you go in your sleep? Travel dreams specifically have a lot of meaning for you and what’s going on in your life.”

I’m a big Carl Jung fan, so I really enjoyed Katie’s take on the symbolism of travel dreams. (As an aside, vitamin B6 really helps with dream recall.)

Kyra Dosch-Klemer shares her Mighty Life List with us, which includes such diverse desires such as:

“See the Northern Lights (in person), ” “Donate bone marrow,” and “Own a pair of blue cowboy boots and rock them!”

While I have noticed more and more bucket lists out there, I  resist making one of my own – I’m not sure why.  I like how spontaneous Kyra’s Mighty Life List feels, however; have you made one for yourself?

Jennifer Miner joins us this week with, Kids’ Choice Awards Gifting Lounge’s Eco-Friendly Travel Gifts , which, as she explains:

It was an unusual day for this travel writer to be invited to Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards’ pre-show gifting lounge, but there were some interesting, unique eco-friendly travel gifts there, with great back stories.

I see gift ideas there for all ages, actually. My favorite is the gum wrapper purses – so snazzy looking and cleverly made.

Our last submission, called simply, 3/14/11 comes from Kurt Kland. Since we started this edition with an image, I figure we can end with one, too. Here is what Kurt had to say:

My blog is purely visual based on doodles I draw during staff meetings at the office. This one is a self portrait.

I wonder if the other staffers think he is diligently taking notes during those meetings? Are you reading this, Kurt? If so, clue us in.

That wraps up this week’s edition of the Saturday Show & Tell blog carnival. Thanks to all who participated this week, either by submitting a post, or by leaving comments below. See you next time!

Speaking of…

Would you like to highlight your blog on an upcoming Saturday Show & Tell? If so, here are 2 ways to submit your post. Either send the link directly to me via tui [at] mentalmosaic [dot] com, or submit it through the Blog Carnival site via this link. If you have any questions, shoot me an email, or ask in a comment below.

Speaking of comments, if you enjoyed this week’s post, give us a shout out. If you didn’t, well, just remember what your mama told you about doing when you don’t have anything nice to say.

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  1. What a great assortment of posts here, Tui (if I do modestly say so, myself). nnI love the doodles – it reminds me of the time I spent teaching playwriting to students at an art college. At first, it made me crazy the way that they were all doodling away all the time – during lectures, group assignments, breaks – they were always locked in what looked like half attention, drawing away at their sketch books. Finally, though, I realized that this was their means of processing information, of paying attention. After that, I was at peace with their doodling, and knew they actually were listening (much more than the students who were trying to slyly write text messages during class!)

    • Anonymous Anonymous

      Thanks, Cristin! Interesting about your students and the doodling. I remember getting in trouble for that in class, but – like you said – it actually helped me to focus in on what the teacher was saying. ~Tui

  2. Thanks for these posts! I love getting to peek into everyone else’s lives. Show and tell is always fun.

    • Anonymous Anonymous

      Thanks, Krya! Hope you will join in again soon. :) ~Tui

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