Today's postings

  1. [Baren 33325] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V39 #3891 (May 4, 2007) (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 33326] Re: Baren Digest (old) V39 #3890 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 33327] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  4. [Baren 33328] Re: Baren Digest (old) V39#3888 (John and Michelle Morrell)
  5. [Baren 33329] New Year cheer ("Maria Arango")
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Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 16:31:27 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33325] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V39 #3891 (May 4, 2007)
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Charles Morgan, the King of Alternative Printing Tools and Processes,
also has a kazillion or so printing devices. All are made of easily
accessible materials meant for many divergent purposes, none having
to do with printmaking. My personal fave is the appliance roller
baren. I'm sure he will be speaking up soon and giving you a web

Cheers ~
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 15:48:40 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33326] Re: Baren Digest (old) V39 #3890
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This is about our new years cards. I got an email from a member. I will
not reveal this persons identity as that is not right but this is part of
what was said in the email.

"When I see all the cards that have been sent out displayed on the website
and read the differing views of what an 'exchange' means to some people, sad
to say that I feel even more disappointed."

There are over 40 cards displayed on the year of the card site for the year
of the dog and this person received only 19. I myself got around 25.
Interesting. I mailed to everyone on that list, seems some just mail to
their favorites.
Not fair is it???
Marilynn Smith
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Message 3
From: Blog Manager
Date: 5 May 2007 03:55:14 -0000
Subject: [Baren 33327] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (32 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter
Item: "VAMOS A GRABAR!" ("Let's Print!") is the title f...


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 4
From: John and Michelle Morrell
Date: Fri, 04 May 2007 20:51:10 -0800
Subject: [Baren 33328] Re: Baren Digest (old) V39#3888
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The past two days have been really draining, and trying to mail the boar prints for the new years exchange is very much a contributing factor. I think I am understanding why so many new years cards don't make it to their destinations.

I blame it on postal clerks. If you've ever taken a postal examination, you know you really have to distort your psyche to do that sort of thing. Those that score high enough, over 95% I'd guess, to actually get a job with the postal service are zoned someplace I never want to go.

That said, those of you in the exchange should know that I really did mail my pigs yesterday. They accepted most, but sent back 17 today for additional postage (all 62 were identical in packaging and weight). I had to get permission from the station postmaster to send out the overseas cards when I went in to have them weighed for postage. The postal clerks did not like the plastic I enclosed them in (I've received many that way, and thought it was a cool idea) and wanted more money to send them.

The returned ones require 24 cents per card. This is not a matter of weight but packaging. The returned ones are domestic and I had dumped them though a letter slot, so they had not gone through the same process of getting postmaster approval. I mailed a whole bunch more than that so maybe they'll come back tomorrow or maybe they'll wind up on Lower Slobovia.

We've depended on the post office for the 25 years we've lived in Alaska, and they've always treated us well. Now I am considering going postal and spray painting obscene curses on the building, but of course, I won't. I will save my energy for more important battles and simply pull the stamps off of all my returned clear plastic envelopes and put the prints into conventional ones.

Michelle Morrell
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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Fri, 4 May 2007 22:19:57 -0700
Subject: [Baren 33329] New Year cheer
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Marilynn, we get it, okaaaaaaaay?????? You're pissed, you feel used...we get
it. Life's not fair, there is no Easter Santa Claus---the Three
Kings is the one I was most upset about, sigh (where did all the cookies go?
and the milk for the camels?)...but life must go on.
You are vehemently protesting that you haven't received all your cards and

Can we let it go now?

Maria Arango