Sunday, August 31, 2008

New Thing & An Etsy Showcase!

Moda di Magno is featured in the Etsy Jewelry Showcase today - get on over for fabulousness! Any item purchased today & tomorrow (Labor Day) receives free shipping and a special gift of sassy earrings.

This item is not for sale, I made it for myself. Kilter:Off - Fine silver pendant with fresh water pearl on Sterling ball chain.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Are You F*ing Kidding Me? He Picked Who?

The maverickish John McCain after a vigorous(ish) vetting and selection process has selected the purportedly equally maverickish Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska as his Vice Presidential running mate. And the world said "WTF?" Many of the women of the world said "Really, this was the absolute tip top best you could do?"

Joan Venocchi of the Boston Globe wrote a piece called A Question of Judgment that managed to encapsulate some of my feelings (though mine involve a lot of swears, and hers are much more mature than mine.)

With regard to the question of whether the selection of Ms. Palin will attract the "disaffected Hillary voters" one of my favorite US Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz has a great answer: "Women don't vote for a candidate based on their parts." (Love that!) You are correct Debbie! The fact that the McCain campaign chose to recognize Hillary, Hillary and Geraldine Ferraro and "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" as part of the "Sarah Opening Ceremonies" made me gag. The raw cynicism, the gall, the nerve. Um, the outright balls.

I worked for the first female governor of Massachusetts, Jane Swift - a Republican, though I am decidedly not, and she is tough, smart and experienced. She went through her trials and tribulations, some made worse by her own (and her staff's) inexperience, but starting as a state Senator (the youngest woman ever elected to the Massachusetts Senate,) through her time as Lieutenant Governor (giving birth to her first child just days after the election) and succeeding Governor Cellucci (after he became Ambassador to Canada) on up to the terrible events of 9/11 and beyond - she is a capable leader.

Miss Wasilla 1984? Not so much.

I'm not going to harp on her hairstyle or her clothes or her Tiny Feyish face - I've already lived that game with Jane, I'm going to harp on the right-wing philosophies; the desire to absolutely outlaw abortion at any time for any reason including rape and incest - but totally for the death penalty! Doesn't know a lot about the Iraq war despite the fact that her 18 year old son is shipping out to Iraq this month. Perhaps a glimmer of concern will arise? The Huffington Post has a boatload of information and commentary on Governor Palin.

Please know I'm not dismissing her because she is a young woman - and McCain is old enough to be her father and all the photos of them and the families make him look even more grandpa than he is. The Politico has a great blurb on the Six Things the Palin pick says about McCain. I agree with all six.

I can't wait for the debate between Joe Biden and the hockey mom. (And I'm not picking on hockey moms either!)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Obama = The Candidate to Beat

Barack Obama gave a great speech in Denver tonight. I am truly shocked to see that many flag-waving Dems in Colorado.

I am totally swamped at the moment but in lieu of a real post my friend George sent a link to this video that gave me a chuckle, but also made me think about the myriad demographics that Obama is reaching. These seniors worked up a routine and put themselves on YouTube - how fricking cool is that?

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

You Say It's Your Birthday

Happy Birthday Goddess! Sorry to have embarrassed you in downtown Boston! (But it was totally awesome!)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Annie's Ring

The Goddess finally has a home on the hand of THE GODDESS! Happy Birthday Annie!

Friday, August 22, 2008

I Found Heaven

I found a slice of heaven on the Yucatan Peninsula last week. I'll write more soon, I'm still processing the images and trying to form words that don't sound like YOU CAN'T MAKE ME GO BACK...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Vacation (All I Ever Wanted)

From the hallway as I was explaining that I was going away on vacation:

"You mean you'll be out of the office during that time?"

Yes, away, on vacation, out of the office.

"Who will do the voiceover thing you do?"

Um, someone else I guess.

"What if we need your voice while you are gone?"

Well, you could save it for a week, or ask someone else to do it.

"You mean use someone else's voice?"


"Oh, okay, that's a good idea."

This is what I do people. I answer questions and I stifle it. All day.

I'm on vacation. Not likely to connect to the Interwebtrucknetstubesicle. No tweets either. Keep it together. See you next week.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Melissa's Scissor Pendant

For my friend Melissa, a pair of shears.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympic Fever

I have been enjoying the Olympic coverage a great deal this year (save for the supremely annoying opening ceremonies coverage, which I eventually muted thereby improving the opening ceremonies by 250%.)

Perhaps it is the availability of smaller video cameras and zippy editing and switching equipment, but NBC is broadcasting things in a fairly sensible way. My only wish is that more athletes get a moment of face time. I'm not sure what questions they could be saving for Michael Phelps (and I adore him,) but perhaps they could toss one to one of the other swimmers.

I'm not following the medal count, I'm just enjoying the moments as they flash by.

New Work & Another Showcase!!

It was a busy weekend at Moda di Magno World Headquarters. A bridal pick-up, an Etsy Alchemy completion and Olympic fever inspiring a new design.

I am featured on the Etsy showcase today and have selected the Harmony Pendant to lead. Go take a peek at the showcase to learn more or the shop to learn more.

The Harmony pendant (with the Chinese "harmony" characters for the "inner peace" kind of harmony.)

New! Special lotus packaging for the Harmony pendant.

The Goddess Pendant. The world needs more Goddesses.

Jody's custom pendants (an Alchemy Request.)

Lyn's wedding necklace - one continuous knitted loop of Swarovski glass pearls.

The bridesmaid's mixed pearls necklace.
The special clasp.

Saturday, August 09, 2008


I am featured on Etsy's Main Showcase page today!!! And I'm watching the Olympics and making pretty things. I just finished a friend's wedding pieces and will finish up a fabulous custom necklace for Etsy Alchemist Jody. (Photos to be posted soon!)

In between events, take a peek at what's Etsy-tastic today.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Best Line From A Meeting

"Hot dogs for ladies!" (The phrase the speaker was looking for was "meat eating moms" but - a hilarious paraphrase will do in a pinch.)

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Paris Has an Energy Plan? It's Kind of Hot Actually

Even if you don't like Paris Hilton, you have to admit, she's actually pretty good in this Funny or Die response to the wrinkled white hair guy who mocked her in a political ad.

Monday, August 04, 2008

I Love Presents!

My friend Mary Grace surprised me with a gift package from her cross-country trip from Boston to Los Angeles. Mary Grace moved to Los Angeles to start her fabulous new job with Yahoo! Thanks MG - I was tickled pink to receive my first new coin-purse in 20 years (I'm going to keep gum in it!)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

A Stupid, Stupid War (Inconsolable)

In 2006 many Bostonians learned about Rakan Hassan from the Boston Globe's Kevin Cullen through a series of stories and photos essays. In January 2005, Rakan was shot and paralyzed, and his parents killed when their car was hit by gunfire from a U.S. Army patrol in Iraq. The story of the miracle of kindness that brought him to Boston for medical treatment originally brought tears of joy to my eyes. The boy was going to receive the care required to restore (hopefully) his ability to walk. Senator Ted Kennedy and Ray Tye - opposite ends of the political spectrum joined forces to bring Rakan to Boston. My physician, Larry Ronan, was going to oversee his care. There was hope. After many months of treatment Rakan returned home to Iraq.

Today's story about Rakan has brought me to tears again, but for every wrong, stupid, stupid, stupid reason. Rakan is gone. Another life, gone - and for what? Every life lost, every person damaged physically or mentally is wrong. Every family member who struggles with worry about the safety of their loved ones serving overseas or has family living in the war zone should be counted as a victim of this war. And the doctors and nurses and therapists who make miracles happen should be counted too. To everyone who helped Rakan, to the Cullen family, to Dr. Ronan and staff, I'm sorry. I am so very sorry.

Read Kevin Cullen's story HERE.

Read the first series HERE.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Late; Later - lately that's all I get from the "T"

LATE LATE LATE. Delayed. Cancelled. All terms that apply to many a Bostonian's commute on the MBTA system. Bus, boat, subway, commuter rail or silver line (which, hello, is a BUS) everyone has had the delay story from the MBTA. This one is my personal favorite (drop down to the third photo & story.) I've started a Flickr Group called "mbta-lateagain" as a place for peeps to put their MBTA delay photos and comments. I'm leaving the comments open should the MBTA want to respond.

The odd thing for me is I gave up my monthly pass last fall when I began commuting with a co-worker that must drive in (I'm happy to be the carpool lane dummy) so I may ride only 3 or 4 times a month - but damn if they aren't delayed every time I ride.

So last night I arrive in time for the 6:25 only to have the sign say "Late 10 min" and then the sign changed to say "Late 15 min" with no announcement and North Station was left to ponder "15 minutes from now, or 15 minutes from 6:25?" GAH!

****UPDATED - I forgot the best part; Screamy blonde conductor lady had a total freak out about which doors would open at West Medford. Twice. And then she didn't come back to take tickets. So I'll forgive the T just this once since it didn't cost me $4.25 to be delayed and then crammed into the "Smelly Tube of Late©".