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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

Pix live on Flickr. I toss links out on Twitter when I feel like it. I'm still not sure what to do with G+ but I kinda like it.


MMP: Red dZi Bead

magpie01.jpg You never know what is going to work! This necklace front (a Magpie's Magnificent Piece, or MMP) has at least two elements that are definitely not my favorite things: red beads and a big clunky kinda primitive-looking bead. However, it turns out that this goes with a lot of my clothes (who knew!) and is really comfortable (amazing!) and has turned out to be one of most-worn recent pieces. I am really astounded.

I don't really have anything against red beads per se. I have lots of them. I just never can figure out how to use them in jewelry. And big beads are similarly difficult for me, and generally speaking, I just don't like the ancient worn look. The centerpiece bead here reminds me of the dZi beads I've seen in articles over the years, and is not terribly appealing to me on its own. But somehow, all together, I like the way this came out.

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