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...winter Storm Warning Remains In Effect Until Noon Edt Saturday... * What...heavy Wet Snow Expected. Total Snow Accumulations Of 6 To 12 Inches, Except 12 To 16 Inches Across The Southern Green Mountains. Winds Gusting As High As 45 Mph. * Where... Bennington And Western Windham Counties In Southern ...Read More.
Effective: March 22, 2019 at 4:23amExpires: March 23, 2019 at 12:00pmTarget Area: Northern Berkshire

February 23, 2019

The Immortal Material

Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials
Smith College Museum of Art

Aurora Robson, Isla, 2014; Plastic debris (PET + HDPE), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic, and mica powder; [Source: Aurora Robson].
Aurora Robson, Isla, 2014; Plastic debris (PET + HDPE), aluminum rivets, tinted polycrylic, and mica powder; [Source: Aurora Robson].

Plastic. In most cases it is imperishable, non-biodegradable, and close to everlasting. It is so ubiquitous in our life that we barely notice how much we use. According to the New York Times article, The Immense, Eternal Footprint Humanity leaves on Earth: Plastics (7.1. 2018) by Tatianna Schlossberg, 5 – 13 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year, and since the 1950s, 4.9 billion metric tons is in landfills or spread throughout the environment. With these facts in mind, it is well worth a trip to Smith College Museum of Art to view, Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials organized by Pennsylvania State University’s Palmer Museum of Art.

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A Magic Ingredient

If I were to name one ingredient that influenced me the most, it would have to be balsamic vinegar. If the key to good cooking is to add flavor to ingredients, this ingredient can perform magic.

I have a vivid recollection of the first time I was introduced to it. My friends took me out for my birthday to a restaurant in Cherry Valley, near my home in Stroudsburg, PA. I had an appetizer of portobella mushrooms in a balsamic reduction. It was heaven on a plate.

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