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January 5th, 2006

Website Updated

I've updated my website - I hope you'll stop by! (And yes, shockingly, this makes three months in a row where I've updated in the first week of the month!)

You can click on the link at the top of this page to get to my website, where you'll find news from the past month, a list of all the books that I read in 2005, summaries of my quilting projects, etc.

Psssst! (It's a Secret!)

Last night, I went to the PostSecret exhibit, at a gallery in Georgetown.

PostSecret is one of the blogs that I read religiously. It's updated each Sunday (actually, usually Saturday night). People send their secrets to PostSecret; they create postcards that reflect things that they've never told anyone. Some of the postcards are very simple; some are incredibly ornate. Some make me laugh, and more than one has made me cry. When I read them, I feel like a voyeur; the entire project reminds me of the Griffin and Sabine books by Nick Bantock (although, of course, these postcards have been created by real people.)

Depending on my mood, I sometimes accept the project as completely real (I believe every card posted); other times, I'm skeptical, and I think that the cards have been created by hormonal teens with too much time on their hands.

The exhibit showed hundreds of postcards in different settings - some were posted on plain white walls, some were displayed in transparent envelopes (so that viewers could see the fronts and the backs), some were hung from the ceiling on string, so that viewers walked through them like a forest. Envelopes were displayed, and some of the postcards had been "blown-up" into 4' x 6' posters.

I was surprised by how many cards I recognized from my weekly visits to the blog. I bought the book, even though it does not contain all of my favorites - I think that art projects like this should be encouraged and supported.

And as I walked home, crossing the Key Bridge high above the Potomac River, I contemplated what secret I might create on a postcard...

Mindy, who realized that most of her secrets are shared by other people

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