Friday, March 27, 2015

Sketch Pad

Also on my book blog:
"Do What You Can Do"
Many years ago, in my art appreciation class, I conceived of this futuristic device for suspending one's book aloft and thus being able to read without the need to prop up awkwardly. So much more relaxing than cramped elbows and smashed pillows and bulky headrests that never really work very well. Also perfect for reading in the tub: no more soggy pages or leaning over the edge or having to dry your hands just to turn a page!

Remember, this would have been years before remote controls for channel - changing or garage - door - opening were in daily use, yet notice the stick-man's hand held page - turning device that somehow works in conjunction with the magnetic (?) levitating reading lamp! In retrospect, I'm kind of impressed with my ability to tell the future!
Next day . . . this just in: Little Supergirl Scouts impress Obama with device similar to mine! My friend Marguerite writes to tell me of the amazing coincidence that a troop of six-year-old Girl Scouts, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, have created an amazing variation on my concept, using Lego pieces to design a battery-powered page turner for people who are paralyzed or have arthritis. Better yet, they took their invention to the 2015 White House Science Fair (on Monday, March 23rd) and demonstrated it to President Obama:
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
(and video of "Supergirls" from the Tulsa World)


Here are a few more pages
from my college sketch pad:

Title Page

Jim Thomas

Dorm Room Window

"How can we know the dancer from the dance?" ~ Yeats

"Surprise and Wild Connections"

Geometric Candle

"The Pursuit"

" . . . They've known it for a thousand years . . . but never changed the pattern . . . yet . . . not yet . . . but some day soon . . . "

Tongue in his cheek, Youth climbs the path
That leads atop the hill Success,
Too well aware that he will find,
When he has reached the crest

A crazy, topsy - turvy world,
With people fighting bout on bout
For everything they do not want
But dare not do without.

~ poem by Helen Doremus ~
opening remark by Ted Malone
found in his American Album of Poetry (p 137)


  1. Marguerite Chapman writes: Kitti, This is not quite as creative as your book suspension device, but a Tulsa scout group made national headlines last week when they came up with this prototype of a battery-powered page turner:

    Loved your last couple of blogs,

  2. Marguerite: What an excellent coincidence! I'm going to find a way to tag these links onto the blog post! Thanks for sending! xoxo, Kitti

  3. Photographs taken in Kodak Pix 2014 - 10 - 26