Mighty Life List
Feb 27 2015

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy died today, and I’m sad about it.

My dad was a Trekkie, so Star Trek and the Spock character have brought me a lot of comfort over the years, and fostered my interest in space and technology.

Here’s Nimoy and his son in Vulcan makeup. My sympathies to his family, and appreciation for his work.

Feb 19 2015

What I’ve Learned Excerpts

Some excerpts from my favorite Esquire interview series What I’ve Learned. This month’s magazine is one of their annual editions that contains several interviews.

Kevin Hart, Comedian

I was in my house the other day. I just started laughing. I couldn’t believe it was my home. Literally, it was an emotional moment.

I saw Chapelle’s latest hour. He’s fucking good! So fucking good! I’m thinking, How do I get to be that good? How does that happen? Ball this shit up that you have? Throw it out. You’ve gotta start over. That’s what pushes me.

Danger Mouse, Musician

I don’t want to know the rules. I’ll just do what I do and I can always pay people who know the rules to come in and tidy up.

On overlooking the music of Pink Floyd because it didn’t seem cool: … A thought hit me, How many other things have I been missing because it wouldn’t have fit in with me socially? That moment changed the way I saw the world. What food had I not eaten because it looked a certain way? What people had I not hung out with because they dressed differently?

Ron Johnson, Captain, Missouri State Highway Patrol

Policemen are saying, “Judge us as individuals. Don’t judge us on that bad encounter you had with a policeman.” On the other side, we’ve got young black men saying, “If I’m walking down the street, judge me based on me and not what a hundred other guys may have done the day before.” We’re both asking for the same thing.

If you don’t know someone black, you need to meet someone black. If you don’t know someone white, you need to meet someone white. If youdon’t know someone Hispanic, if you don’t know someone who’s gay or lesbian… You need to go meet somebody that’s different than you. ‘Cause it’s those differences that are driving us apart.

Feb 18 2015

Paper Garments by Bea Szenfeld

Bea Szenfeld‘s work makes me feel like a little kid with a fresh pack of construction paper and some sharp scissors.

Feb 17 2015

Fishy Cupcakes

I made these for Hank’s birthday. I’m always on the hunt for cute cupcakes that require no ability to manipulate frosting.

I smooshed the Swedish Fish on with my fingers, and used tweezers to place the “bubble” sprinkles.

They’re a variation of this idea, which uses rainbow fishy crackers instead of Swedish fish.

Fishy crackers are not as delicious as gummy things. Love, Maggie.

Feb 13 2015


Happy Valentine’s Day! This is our heart window (Forgive the dust, we live up high and I’m not into riding my 90-year-old landlady on how often the outside windows are cleaned.) I cut the hearts out of semi-transparent Folia origami paper. Cheaper than vellum, saner than melting crayons between sheets of wax paper; recommended for all your glowy window project needs.

Fascinating Smithsonian Mag story of a family cut off from human contact for 40 years.

This vintage dress cracks me up.

This makes me all teary about kids.

A big board of amazing Sailor Valentines. I want to make one someday, but I don’t really want to own it afterward? Conundrums.

How the creators of Cards Against Humanity bought a private island, parceled it off to fans, and hid 250,000 one-of-a-kind sloth cards and a bottle of good scotch onshore.

My friend Sarah admired my scissors the other day, this is where I got them.

And speaking of Sarah, who is an interior decorator, she recently landed the most delightful gig on record.

This personalized baby rattle is such a cool idea.

This news about the Easter Island heads came out years ago, but I keep being surprised by how may of my friends don’t know. Cocktail party conversation fodder.

Some clean ($40), basic ($66) dresses ($93) on sale at ASOS.

Little bit of lux in the morning.

Solid Etsy fan art makes me happy.

Did you know you can buy balloons with LED lights in them? They light up when you pull a little tab out and blow them up.

Feb 11 2015

Science Party Favors: Expanding Soap Experiment

For Hank’s class party, we did the science experiment with the expanding Ivory soap that I’ve mentioned here before.

We did the experiment in class, and made favors for all the kids to take home with a bit of Ivory soap. The tent card has instructions on how to do the experiment.

This hits all the favor buttons:

Simple You chop a soap bar into fourths, pop it in a bag, and staple a card on top.
Cheap A ten-pack of soap was $3 at Target, which is enough for 40 favors.
No Candy Hank’s class doesn’t allow it.

Plus, it’s awesome and fun but only takes 35 seconds to use. Thanks, science.

Feb 10 2015

That Piece is Custom

Whither the lost art of a sweet hand-painted jacket?

Some updates I came across. Eh. We failed our youth.