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Madison, Wisconsin.  Fifteen thousand people were expected for Saturday’s march, but official police estimates put the numbers at between 75 and 100,000 citizens, rivalling the crowd sizes from the Act 10 protests in 2011.

Yes, your friend Wabi Sabi was there as well, wearing her pink cap lovingly knitted by a good friend, but not carrying a sign. (I learned during the Act 10/Walker Recall marches that carrying both a camera and a sign is unwieldy and I’ll opt for a camera any day.) The Women’s March, like the 2011 protests, was a happy, polite, helpful and thoroughly civilized gathering, filled with singing, chanting and a great deal of laughter and talk. And, while billed as a Women’s March, there were plenty of men in the crowd as well.




A selection of faces in the crowd:

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Six images. No idea why WordPress is featuring the You Tube embed from the end of the post.

Life at the Abandoned Sawmill was fraught with danger.









The destination for Sunday’s flash-bang trip across the equator of Wisconsin was the city of Menomonie. Arrived early (could have spent TEN minutes at the ethanol plant!) and cruised the downtown looking for any potential photo ops.


Please insert swirling pinwheels and music to indicate that we have fallen through a rip in the fabric of time.


My very first job ever: carhop at an A&W.  This isn’t the same building but the old-time root beer stands were obviously built to a certain design.


I can’t say it was my dream job, but I did have a couple of take-aways that have lasted me through the years.

     1. I learned to count change. No one had ever taken the time to school me in that fine art and after my first shift, I counted out the cash in my apron only to discover that doing the math in my head was not the best plan. I had broken exactly even and six hours worth of tips had vanished.


     2. The combination of draft A&W and Ruffles Potato Chips is such an exotic taste sensation that it can make me swoon to this day. 

Good morning!


A shot of pure unscripted HAPPY to jump-start your week.


Bay Shipbuilding: Welding area.


These rows of neatly-coiled multi-colored hoses are physically beautiful with their various sizes and textures, but I also find their careful storage to be a thing of beauty as well.

Wabi Sabi’s default setting is Chaotic Swirl, so I am in awe of organized workspaces of any kind.  I’m not saying I can’t do it. I’m saying these are not natural instincts for me.


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I am going on holiday for two weeks! I will only say that the view from my bedroom window will involve gargoyles and I have been carefully studying an article on “How to Order Coffee in France.” But that is all I’m going to say.

Going away for awhile does mean that I am going to put the Wabi Sabi blog in “sleep” mode for two or three weeks. I will be back at the end of May.

You KNOW I am going to miss everyone…but I will miss you most of all.