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Creative Restoration of Atlantean Lampshade

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The story of this lampshade begins at my wedding, when we received two lamps as a wedding present. They had mustard silken lampshades, mounted on a wire structure and held into shape by a cardboard lining. It was the wire structure that became the lead in this salvage project, because the old model from 1982 was of such design involving a wire circle to be mounted directly on the pear-shaped glass lightbulb and be held there in balance by the force of gravity - outstanding technological innovation, wasn't it? Unfortunately that meant no chance of finding the same ridiculousness nowadays. (We had more fun than due accidentally knocking those things over for the better part of the '80s, however.) These lamps had a very long and happy life, even though I was beginning to learn what consumer society was like, I still couldn't conceive of throwing anything away just because of its age (and much less because it had "gone out of style"). Until one day, when due to the ma

In those days, I didn't understand anything

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  "In those days, I didn't understand anything. I should have judged her according to her actions, not her words. She perfumed my planet and lit up my life. I should have never run away! I ought to have realized the tenderness underlying her silly pretensions. Flowers are so contradictory! But I was too young to know how to love her." (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,  The Little Prince , 1943)

Etiology of Viral Hepatitis

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  Doodling during the conference.  (Suceava, October 2000)  

Vintage Bluebell Fairy

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A delicate, diaphanous flower fairy from 1982.