12/21/14 7:00am

Christmas is next week, a holy and joyful day filled with memories of the past and dreams for the future. An early memory for me is midnight Mass in the convent on the corner of University Avenue and the Washington Bridge — long gone, replaced by public housing. It was a magical service, highlighted by the cloistered nuns, hidden from sight, chanting and singing in their high-pitched voices. I’m not going to dwell on religion, though, mine or yours. Joy is the theme, and the laughter that joy can bring.

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12/18/14 6:00am

Kelly Wooten and her friend Frank Ruskowski recently enjoyed an exciting and memorable trip to China. They toured the Leshan giant Buddha, carved into a cliff, and saw the terracotta warriors, over 8,000 life-size statues of soldiers and horses guarding an ancient tomb. They were able to hold a baby panda in Chen Gdu and did the plank walk on Mount Huashan, looking down 6,000 feet from a couple boards on a mountain. (more…)

12/14/14 2:00pm
12/14/2014 2:00 PM
Natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald of Cutchogue, wearing a shawl she made, demonstrates how she sets up the loom in her home studio before starting work on a new piece. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald of Cutchogue, wearing a shawl she made, demonstrates how she sets up the loom in her home studio before starting work on a new piece. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Time doesn’t exist when natural fibers artist Barbara Ringewald is at her loom.

“It’s hard to say,” she said when asked how long it took her to complete a double-woven reversible jacket on view at “Weaving My World,” her exhibit at Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library. “I have no sense of time at all.”

Patience, on the other hand, is something she has in abundance.  (more…)