Thanks for the compliment, Lois. The doilies did turn out nicely. I finally got off my butt a couple of weeks ago and cut down a section of the extra foam insulation board (from the time we put up my design board on the wall) to form two drying and stretching boards. I can dry two 24 inch doilies at a time now. In keeping with my resolution to do smaller pieces I did not want anything bigger than that. I still have a 2 foot by 4 foot section of board we haven't yet found a use for.
I didn't know that Budo is an author. Tell me how you like the book. I don't yet do e-books though I have been thinking about it. My niece has a Kindle and my brother (her father) is thinking about getting one. If I went to e-books I think I would go to either the Barnes & Noble Nook or to the iPad. Those would overlap more with my usual vendors and equipment. The iPad is more expensive and has more computer features than I need but then I can download the Barnes & Noble software onto my MacBook and dispense with the separate reader. Decisions, decisions.
I have been slogging through This Time Is Different by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff. I say 'slogging through' because my eyes tend to glaze over now-a-days whenever I see pages of graphs and economic statistics. They write very well, thankfully. I think I can boil down their argument to a few key points. First, institutional and governmental financial crises of the past have always been, at bottom, a debt crisis. That is to say--too much debt. Second, the crisis is not related to the actual amount of debt but rather to the confidence creditors have that the debtor will continue to pay the debt. When the confidence evaporates the crisis comes on--often with breathtaking suddenness. One country, city, or bank can have much more debt on its books than another but will remain stabile while another with much less debt will go into a crisis. And no one can really predict when the confidence will disappear. Third, when the crisis appears very few will have foreseen it because 'This time is different.' This time we (whoever we is) will have taken steps after the last crisis to prevent a new one. This time we are smarter and know more about such crises. This time we are better prepared. The most dismal aspect about this study of historical financial crashes is--we don't really learn from history.