Heart of Glass - Blenko Glass

Blenko Glass is a West Virginia treasure that spans generations. Nothing symbolizes the state of West Virginia better or more beautifully than Blenko Glass. We will discuss current and former craftsmen and designers and how important it is that Blenko and West Virginia glass be appreciated and valued by the younger generation.

Monday, December 31, 2007



Today I'm going to post the remainder of the 'Photos You Sent'
and just ramble.

1. Recently I had coffee with my Blogger Guru Chris.
When the Herald ask me to Blog, I ask for names of blogs to read, and Chris' blog was one of a dozen suggested. In the last year,he has listen to me complain, solved most all my
problems and become a good friend. (note: thanks to his very cute and wise girlfriend
( Kay ) he has become a BLENKO collector. I was gonna post a photo, but - Chris has one
posted so visit his site today!

2. ERIC EYRE - my neighbor and an award winning journalist, has another informative article
in the DEC 31, Charleston Gazette- Section D. WEST VIRGINIA 47th in Dentist Visits . Eric Eyre not only writes like a Pulitzer prize winner, he immerses himself in the topic and becomes
an expert on the subject. He is AWESOME. You will find yourself awaiting the next ERIC
EYRE series. Eric has tackled the subject of Dental Health and West Virginia.
Recently I saw an announcement that the WEST VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE was going to
make ORAL HEALTH a major topic this session. Perhaps due to the publics awareness being
raised by Eric Eyre articles. http://wvgazette.com/section/News/200712303

3. The Blenko Project Board is now up and almost running - we have a great group of
professional men and women who generously are volunteering to assist. http://www.blenkoproject.org/

4. My Christmas baking is scheduled for Jan 3rd - I'm running behind this year! Who said 'better late than never?'

5. This Holiday has gone much too fast! I started to study for my Part II National Boards -
this visiting friends, finding new places to eat, taking care of the dogs, and having family visit
was the main components in my Holiday.

6. SOUTHERN KITCHEN - did anyone get to the Mountaineer Auction House for the auction? My friends and I have spent many evenings in the corner booth playing board games, & or
desserts etc. after dance shows. If you were lucky enough to purchase a 'piece' of the
Southern Kitchen send a photo.

7. My Dad's Mercedes Benz (actually the story is he bought the car for my Mom) - but anyway
my Dad's E- 350 Capri blue Blue Tec arrived on 12/28 and he has been very excited. My Mom
says: he was sure Janis Joplin was singing to him when she sang "won't you buy me a
Mercedes Benz" and he's wanted one for about a decade. His current ride is almost a
decade old. I think he was determined to drive this car until he could .
afford the Benz. IF he lets me drive the car, I'll post a photo of car with BLENKO! Two great
items - BLENKO GLASS and Mercedes Benz! Everyone should have both, I prefer lots of
BLENKO! http://www.mbusa.com/

8. THANK YOU for sending your photos - some were lost when I had the accident - I am today
posting all the photos I have from my READER FILE. Thank you for reading and for sending
the photos. if the photos aren't up come back - they'll be posted before days end.

9. This is actually a PS. Dr. S wants to have his glass identified - if you know anything about the
glass please send an email. He is offering 2 rewards. http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/blenko/2007/12/blenko-identification-deadline-dec-26th.html Deadline is changed to 1/8/02.

10. Ms. B and I are off to look for SNOW!

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Matt Carter - Blenko Designer 1995-2002


Yesterday we inadvertently caused quite a stir by accidentally posting the above photo along with an article about former Blenko Designer Hank Adams.

The piece is actually a of a one of a kind free form head vase done by Matt Carter (Blenko designer from 1995-2002) in 1994.

One of the first substantial non-birthday Blenko pieces I purchased was at Elder Bearman, when while waiting in line for my WV Birthday piece I fell in love with a Opaline Yellow & Cobalt Designer Series vase by Mr. Carter that was on display. I was lucky enough to get it signed by Mr. Carter and Mr. Blenko -both on hand that day to sign the birthday pieces.

You can find more beautiful images of Matt Carters work at the Blenko Museum or Blenko Collectors Website.


Friday, December 28, 2007

Blenko Glass - Hank Adams.

Hank Murta Adams

Hank was a student of Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a B.F.A. in painting in 1978, and continued his education at Tennessee Technological University, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and Pilchuck Glass School in Washington. Continuing to work as an independent artist, Hank also served as head designer for the Blenko Glass Company for six years.
Hank has also worked consistently over the years as an educator at schools and universities ranging from the Toledo Museum School; UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY; U. of Hawaii; the Center for Creative Studies, in Detroit; the Ox-Bow School, Chicago Art Institute, in Saugatuck, MI; and the Pilchuck School, in Stanwood, WA. Adams has been awarded three Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a recent recipient of a fellowship award from the New York State Arts Council. Hank also currently sits on the Creative Glass Center of America Advisory Board.
His work has been featured in numerous one-man exhibitions ranging from J&L Lobmeyr Glass in Vienna, Austria; Remnant: Hank Adams , at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy, NY; the Elliot Brown Gallery in Seattle; Dorothy Weiss Gallery in San Francisco; Heller Gallery in NYC; Marx-Saunders Gallery in Ohio, and the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI. Adams’ work was also selected for Creativity and Collaboration: Pilchuck Glass School at 30 in Seattle, WA, in 2000. Other group shows range from the triennial traveling exhibition, Americans in Glass , to World Glass Now , held in 1988 at the Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan; and the Glass Skin , a traveling exhibit organized by the Corning Museum of Glass. Hank also worked on Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America in 2001.
http://www.marxsaunders.com/ (for photos of his art).

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Hoping You and Yours had a Wonderful Holiday!

Hoping You and Yours had a Wonderful Holiday!
photo courtesy of Tim and Karen Alonzo


Blenko After Christmas Clearance Sale!
Visitor Center Gift Shop
December 26 - January 31, 2007
Selected items discounted 30% - 60% off
Daily specials!
After Christmas Coupon Here!
Making handmade glass since 1921, working towards the 22nd century with timeless design.
phone 304 743 9081

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Today is December 25th. My uncles and my Pop paw and my Cousin Julia are at our home. It is the first time in a decade that this family has celebrated Christmas on Christmas Day together. I think it will be the last celebration to include my Pop Paw.
My family is a very loving family, sometimes they embarrass me with their behaviors but nevertheless I love everyone one them too much. I'll bet its the same for each of you. This year I am determined to let the people I love know how much I care about them. Its my New Years Resolution. I'm learning life is fragile and not always long.
I hope you are with loved ones today, eating, talking, laughing and enjoying the day. Or perhaps checking out the newspaper for tomorrows day of shopping (not me!).
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2007


Not long ago we announced a BLENKO IDENTIFICATION with REWARD!

A Blenko Blog reader recently purchased vintage BLENKO at an estate sale. In an effort to identify his purchases he has offered a reward if we will assist him in identification.

Remember, you do not need to be an expert on BLENKO - anyone with a computer, access to the library, or online reference could identify the glass and receive the reward!

There are 4 ash trays, 1 lamp, 4 pitchers, 1 large goblet with twisted stem, a decanter with stopper,a vase with color design. The owner wishes to know who designed each, and as much information about each item as possible. We now have pictures of ALL the items for you to identify (see below).

On his behalf we are offering 2 gifts. Both signed BLENKO .... one for the first correct response before December 26thand the other for the email with the most information about the items and correctly identifying the items. Please email responces to THEBLENKOPROJECT@AOL.COM . Thank you in advance for your response.








Sunday, December 23, 2007

Small Paws Rescue - Make a Donation in the name of a loved one

How Much Is That Doggy In The Window?

Christmas Puppies? Are you purchasing a puppy this year? Ruth Ginzberg says it all so eloquently - all the reasons NOT to purchase or give a dog or cat for Xmas in her article entitled: NO CHRISTMAS PUPPIES, PLEASE!

Copyright © 1993, Ruth Ginzberg

My Family was introduced to SMALL PAWS RESCUE by Debra Graham an attorney who works with my Dad. It was over 6 years ago - I don't know how many dogs we have transported, vetted, played some small part in their recovery - even if it was just being part of a prayer chain. I know Debra Graham has personally been responsible for hundreds , she is on the board of directors at the Kanawha Animal Shelter and donates all her free time to animal rights issues. At this time of year the Animal Shelters, and the Rescue Groups such as SMALL PAWS need donations. If you are looking for a charity or just have a few extra dollars consider helping those in need. All donations to SMALL PAWS are used for the direct support and care of the animals. The staff is mostly made up of volunteers like my folks and Debra Graham. People who care deeply about Animals. If YOU can Help, please do so! Its TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Contact your local Animal Shelter or click on the Link to Small Paws.

Below are before and after photos of a dog rescued from a Commercial Kennel auction.

The mission of Small Paws® Rescue Inc., a charitable, Federal not-for-profit organization, is to rescue and supply any Bichon Frise or Bichon mix, nationwide, regardless of age or medical condition, with love, shelter, food, human companionship, medical care, and spay-neuter services through local veterinarians until permanent placement is secured into a prescreened loving home, as long as the dog is not dangerous to humans or other dogs.

Small Paws® Rescue Inc. is composed of approximately 6000 people in 20 countries, and over eight hundred volunteers across America. Our volunteers are willing to foster, transport, or otherwise assist in this massive rescue effort.

Small Paws® Rescue has rescued, vetted and rehomed over 5300 Bichons since it's inception in September of 1998. Small Paws® Rescue is the largest organized Bichon Frise rescue organization in the country today.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Last Minute Christmas Shopping?

Still looking for that Special Holiday Gift? Think BLENKO GLASS. We have something for everyone. The gift shop located in Milton continues to have many one of a kind items, signed glass, designer glass, handcrafted items, xmas ornaments, christie gibson etched glass items, the array of speciality items continues to grow.

Last minute gift shopping? BLENKO GLASS is the answer!

For those of you already thinking of the day after Christmas and shopping

below is information about BLENKO's annual Clearance Sale and a Coupon.

Blenko Glass, an American family tradition.

Blenko After Christmas Clearance Sale!
Visitor Center Gift Shop
December 26 - January 31, 2007
Selected items discounted 30% - 60% off
Daily specials!
After Christmas Coupon Here!
Making handmade glass since 1921, working towards the 22nd century with timeless design

Friday, December 21, 2007

Music - The Other Perfect Gift!

Blenko is of course always a perfect gift! Blenko Glass http://www.blenkoglass.com/

Shop at the Visitors center or on line (phone 304 743 9081) over night shipping is available.

The other perfect gift is Music. This Holiday Season my own family's CD collection expanded to include: The Greatest Hits of Ustad Zakir Hussain, The Essential Ravi Shankar, Dil Se . . ,* and Josh Groban's NOEL. * We highly recommend .

DI Si...http://youtube.com/results?search_query=dilse+chaiyya
Josh Groban Noel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vr2MB426j0

Thursday, December 20, 2007


My family and I returned tonight from a brief visit to North Carolina. The weather was terrific, it was nice to go about without a jacket.

Tonight I am posting Christmas Decorations - these are photos you have sent - I have several others - and will post more later this week.

These photos are from Terri and Barry DiLibero of Pa. they belong to theBLENKO COLLECTORS SOCIETY.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Blenko - The Perfect Gift for Everyone!

The number of shopping days until Christmas is ____. WOW! The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems to get shorter each year.

If you are like me - and put off shopping until the last week. May I suggest a trip to BLENKO GLASS in Milton, W.Va. (phone 743 9081) or shop the web http://www.blenkoglass..com/ Blenko will package, ship, and enclose a card for you.

Blenko has something for everyone! From marbles to hand etched one of a kind items. If your budget is $5 or $450 Blenko has an item that will be perfect.

Marshall University and West Virginia University items are currently in stock!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Celebration of Life

Last evening my parents, Eon and I went to the VFW CLUB in Milton for the Celebration of Winslow Andersons life.

Hearing the gentlemen and ladies who are regulars at the VFW speak about the Winslow they knew, the keen wit, the wealth of knowledge about all subjects, his ability to engage one into conversation. They repeated stories he had told them of his adventures in New York City, traveling with his boat and life. Listening to this group I discovered the answer to the question: Why did Winslow return to Milton? Answer: It was home, his home, his friends, people who allowed him to be himself and who loved him.

The Mr. Anderson I knew always seemed larger than life, I was always a bit frightened in his presence, yet he was always very gentle and patiently answered my many questions. I never understood why he returned to Milton. He would always say something that I heard as "Hillary, after you grow older and travel, you will understand the need to live near your friends and the family you make." Tonight I met Winslows extended family, his friends and his reason for
returning to Milton.

During one of my visits to Milton, Winslow and I met for lunch. He said " I was a very handsome young man, you would have thought so Hillary." I told him, I thought he looked very handsome even today. He insisted on taking us back to his cottage to view a lifesize painting of himself- a very handsome young man indeed.

In my last visit with him he spoke fondly of Milton, the Polan family, Mr. Blenko, the "collectors", his own mother, and of young Rick's wife bringing food for him. Winslows this day would move back in forth in time at a rapid pace. Winslow loved life and I don't think he feared death. When I once said I'll be home in September and I'll come by. He quickly stated: "I may or maybe here." Then smiled.

Winslow Anderson was a great artist, a wonderful friend to many, a patriotic man, a kind and gentle man. I wish I had known him longer and better.

Damon Crain, curator of the BLENKO MUSEUM sent the following tribute to Winslow Anderson.

A tribute to Winslow Anderson, a great and unique talent who just passed away peacefully this Monday, December 10.

Winslow was a force to be reckoned with, an enormously talented and visionary glass designer who brought modern design and a new aesthetic to American hand blown glass through his work with the Blenko Glass Company as its first resident designer. If you are not familiar with Winslow’s biography or his work, please do take a look at his history on this page of the Blenko Museum’s website:

On a personal note, from the many hours and days I have spent chatting with Winslow, visiting with him in his home, I can attest that he was a truly marvelous and charismatic person. My first impression was of an eccentric, intelligent and brusque person who would not mince words. But I quickly learned that there was much more than that. He was a complex man who I suggest can be seen as bridging a dramatic moment in our culture’s history and appropriately full of contradictions; gracious yet forthright, modest yet proud, social yet private, well rounded yet focused, and more oddly, a landlocked seafarer and a tremendously cultured man who chose to live out his life in a cultural speck of a town despite his great love for New York City, Haiti, and world travel.

May he rest in peace knowing that he had a great impact on our lives. The next time you look at a vase he designed in your collection, please think fondly of this man who has brought much beauty to this world and our lives.

Damon Crain
Vintage Modern glasshouse

Sunday, December 16, 2007

WVU Sports - Coach Rod

Things must be very slow - when people write to my blog for info about FOOTBALL! I love WVU sports - grew up with a father who hasn't missed a home game in over 50 years.

However, my knowledge of 'whats going on' is limited to dinner conversations with my Dad.

JediJawa - my friend and blogger has this to say about the situation.

I linked to his friend MIKE who seems to love WVU sports as much as my Dad - so I'm hoping you'll link to both these blogs to find info about Coach Rod and WVU Sports!

Saturday, December 15, 2007
say it isn't so rich...
I heard yesterday that coach RichRod is meeting with officials from the University of Michigan. This is after saying last year, after pulling this crap with Alabama and getting a large contract from WVU, that "I plan on being at West Virginia the rest of my career." We'll have to see what the state of WVU football will continue to be. Fellow blogger Mike has some thoughts about the situation.
# scribbled by jedijawa : 12/15/2007 1 comments links to this post

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Your Holiday Decorations

Just like that: Thanksgiving is over and before you've even finished the leftover turkey, ornaments are being hung on trees, candles are going in the menorah, presents are being wrapped, and the over-indulgence that is the holidays is in full swing.

If you want to deck your halls with boughs of holly, or just hand out lumps of coal, we recommend sending photos of your Christmas Decorations to the HEART OF GLASS BLOG and then returning often to view the BEAUTIFUL examples of Holiday Decorating!

Earlier I ask for photos of your HOLIDAY DECORATIONS - I'm today posting
a few of them - we'll post these until 1/1/2008 so if you have photos send them!
Doesn't have to include BLENKO GLASS

This tree is a WVU tree with a 1967 Beanie - which Im told all freshmen were required to wear~
Click on this tree its made of MOUNTAIN DEW CANS!

This tree belongs to the Kosla family of Chicago - the Guard Bear is from England - rumor is its a full time job to guard the over 6,000 pieces of BLENKO GLASS! Lovely traditonal tree.
Note: 1) Yes. The 'send your photos' is my way of coping as I have done NO Holiday Shopping and now have very little time to research and write. 2) You can send the photo anonymously or ask me not to include your name - or use a FAKE NAME.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blenko Glass family mourns death of its first designer, Winslow Anderson

The Blenko Glass family is mourning the loss of renowned glass designer, Winslow Anderson.Anderson passed away Monday. He was 90.
Anderson was the first in-house designer at an American glass company when he was hired at Blenko Glass in Milton in 1946.
He stayed at Blenko until 1953 when he left to become design director at Lenox China and Crystal where he worked with glass and china.
Anderson, who designed hundreds of unique objects while at Blenko, lived in Milton after he retired from Lenox in 1980.
Anderson, who set the bar high for the long list of Blenko’s influential designers such as Wayne Husted, Hank Adams, Don Shepherd, John Nickerson and Joel Myers, was a popular fixture at the Blenko Collectors Society Conventions.
He was honored in August 1999 with a solo show, “Winslow Anderson: Artist and Designer” at the Huntington Museum of Art and that also traveled to the West Virginia Cultural Center.
An avid traveler who spent his summers on a sailboat off of Long Island in his younger days, Anderson also traveled extensively to the island of Haiti.
Traveling there once or twice a year since 1948, Anderson gathered an extensive and renowned collection of that country’s art.
The Winslow Anderson Collection of Haitian Art," featuring many of the pioneering artists such as Gabriel Alix, Montas Antoine, Alberoi and Castera Bazile, Hector Hyppolite, was exhibited at the Huntington Museum of Art in 2004.
Read more about Anderson and his life's work in Thursday's Herald-Dispatch.

transcribed from Herald Dispatch Article By DAVE LAVENDER 12/12/07

On Sunday December 16, 2007 there will be a dinner celebrating the life of Winslow Anderson at the American Legion hall in Milton, WV. between 5 and 7 PM. Friends are invited to come help celebrate this wonderful life.

Donations can be made in his honor to the Huntington Museum of Art

2033 McCoy RoadHuntington, WV. 25701

Online condolences can be left at Heck Funeral Home

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Winslow Anderson - Blenko's First Designer

Tim Alonzo of the BLENKO TEXAS COLLECTORS sent the following message:

"Just in case some of you have not heard, Winslow Anderson, Blenko Glass' first designer, passed away , after a long illness. Winslow was 90 years old. We would be doing Winslow a disservice if we only spoke of his work at Blenko, he was a true industrial designer in every sense of the word. '

I'll do a complete post after exams today.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The SPLURGE Revisited

This summer I wrote about THE SPLURGE and ask each of you what your SPLURGE would be. Mine was http://www.magnums.net/prod/LC1625VF/LClugg A Longchamp Red Travel Bag.

The red bag entered my life - this summer IVOR of IVOR's On Lee -819 Lee St. Charleston, W.Va. was the source of my bag. IVOR 's if you haven't been - is a small boutique, with upscale clothes and accessories.

The neatest thing about IVORS is if you want (need) something - like my LONGCHAMP BAG that isn't available in Charleston. IVOR will find it for you - and usually at discount.

While Holiday Shopping take a break from the Huntington Mall, the Charleston Town Center Mall and shop the downtown areas - there are many shops in Huntington and Charleston just waiting to be discovered.

If your travels take you to CHARLESTON, I recommend IVOR'S. If you don't see what you need - ask - in the back room he has designer bags, hair accessories etc.

When I'm home for the Holidays I plan to take IVOR a BLENKO Vase for his counter. . . color, quality, style....BLENKO and IVOR'S.
What's your SPLURGE ? The one item - if money were no object - you'd buy today?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

BLENKO Pre-Designer


I often see things listed on ebay and other auctions as BLENKO pre designer. What does this mean? Is this item always very old and valuable?



NO! The item may or may not be 'old' as many pre designer items are in the current line. Example BLENKO WATER BOTTLE.

A quick check of facts on the web - and I found many photos of pre designer BLENKO.
I'll cut ans paste them for reference.

The BLENKO COLLECTORS FOUR had this to say about Pre - Designer. (check out this and the Blenko Company website for information).

Blenko Pre-Designers
Before Winslow Anderson was hired, the designing of the Blenko line was done by Bill Blenko, SR., a team of his best workers such as Axel Muller and Louis Miller. Blenko Sales Representative Eddie Rubel also had a voice in the designs stating what he thought would sell.
Statement from Blenko Four website.

Friday, December 07, 2007


Richard Blenko will be at DIXIE's http://dixiesonline.com/

on Saturday to sign new and vintage BLENKO GLASS.

Photo of RICHARD BLENKO and Hillary Homburg taken 11/07 at Blenko signing.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

FENTON ART GLASS - Williamstown, W.Va.

Fenton Art Glass is back in business. http://www.fentonartglass.com/.

Buoyed by support from dealers and collectors, www.fentonartglass.com/clubs Fenton Art Glass Co is back in business.
The Williamstown-based company and BLENKO http://www.blenkoglass.co/ are among the last hand-blown glass makers. On Tuesday Fenton President George W. Fenton announced a surge of orders and the company restructuring its finances provide them with orders to .remain open until at least Spring 2008. This is great news for WV Glass Collectors.
If you haven't started collecting WV GLASS, this is a great time to start! While the Companies are in business and producing glass.
Fenton Art Glass offers tours, a gift shop, and many wonderful handpainted art glass items.
Fenton is famous for developing Carnival Glass ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_glass - 21k ) a distinctive look that marries iridescence with a patterned surface. Some companies had been doing patterns and others had been doing iridescence but FENTON ART GLASS was the first to combine them all in the 1970s.
While I collect only BLENKO GLASS, I have a few pieces of Fenton and I covet more
the items I have that are designed and signed by DAVE FETTY. Mr. Fetty worked briefly at BLENKO and is the friend of my friend SHORTY FINLEY. Mr. Fetty like Shorty is blessed with talent that is beyond words. Check him out on the Fenton website, Fetty has retired but often returns for special projects. ( www.fentonartglass.com/history/davefetty.htm ) hjh

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Response to Readers Question

Hillary tell me one item of Blenko from 2007 , your opinion only, that will greatly increase in value. I want to buy a piece to keep but want it to increase in value.
Lou the Blue piece in the photo was made for the
State Capitol - Cultural Center in March of 2007. The piece was limited to 150. I would ask someone at the cultural Center or Blenko about this item.
Another item that will definitely increase is the
BLENKO GLASS WEST VIRGINIA BIRTHDAY 2007. This one you will not be able to find. People start before midnight getting in line to buy these each June 20th at Blenko Glass.
A Blenko Collector and friend Steve Bair once told me to buy the BLENKO that you love , as you must LIVE with it. If you love it when you purchase the increase in value will be a gift! Living with something you don't like or enjoy - - - well is this ever a good investment?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Just like that: Thanksgiving is over and before you've even finished the leftover turkey, ornaments are being hung on trees, candles are going in the menorah, presents are being wrapped, and the over-indulgence that is the holidays is in full swing.If you want to deck your halls with boughs of holly, or just hand out lumps of coal, we recommend sending photos of your Christmas Decorations to the HEART OF GLASS BLOG www.blenkoproject.org and then returning often to: http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/blenko

view the BEAUTIFUL examples of Holiday Decorating! Note: 1) Yes. The 'send your photos' is my way of coping with exams and very little time to research and write. 2) You can send the photo anonymously or ask me not to include your name - or use a FAKE NAME.

The Difference between YOUR STUFF and My Collections?

This is my Oral Surgery Rotation - its exciting, I didn't expect to enjoy this rotation, its my last of the semester. The days are long, but with each set of patients come a wealth of knowledge. This is what 'I love' - I love learning, on this rotation I feel each day, I learn something, some beginning skill, or just a piece of knowledge that I can file for the future.

No! I don't plan to do an oral surgery specialty. This is just a required rotation! But the experience has been great! Next week I have EXAMS and then 3 weeks off! Most of the 3 weeks, I'll be in a study cubicle at WVU- CAMC Library in preparation of my next Boards.

At a dinner party last week, I heard the host couple (my friends)
arguing about their condo being to full of STUFF! His take was She has too many things, and of course she's certain he is a hoarder.
It started me thinking - whats the difference between STUFF and Collections?
Many BLENKO and West Virginia Glass Collectors have more than enough Glass, but we are always searching for one or two special items. Between studying for my oral surgery exam which is an oral exam in front of 3 residents and 2 attending physicians - however -the Stuff vs Collections
issue kept creeping back into my head.

My own answer was : Collections have LIFE! We can tell a story with each piece, I found this #12 at the Cabin Creek Estate of John Smith in 2002. Or whatever! STUFF is well JUST STUFF!
I'm interested in your answers! How do you define Collection vs Stuff? hjh

Monday, December 03, 2007

Christmas Shopping Made EASY BLENKO GLASS

Nothing could be easier than doing ALL your Christmas Shopping At BLENKO GLASS. They will package and ship your item. Stop by in person, phone or on the web.
Made in West Virignia. Handcrafted BLENKO GLASS http://www.blenkoglass.com/
Phone 304 743 9081

Friday, November 30, 2007

Backyard Brawl - The 100th Game

One of the 20 items BLENKO GLASS has in stock with WVU LOGO! Pitchers, glasses, plates, containers. Blenko has a wide assortment of WVU and Marshall Logo Items. Fiesta also has WVU Logo Items - Buy MADE IN WEST VIRGINIA for your tailgate.

We won't be writing again until Monday - This is an exciting weekend. My folks are coming to visit today, the WVU Football Game is Saturday and on Sunday my parents new car is being built http://www.mbusa.com/ in Germany. See you at the FOOTBALL GAME! WEAR GOLD!
BRING YOUR BLENKO GLASS http://www.blenkoglass.com/ or Fiesta (made in WVA)WVU LOGO Tableware for the pre & post game activities.

The Backyard Brawl, The 100th Game
By Dale Grdnic
Senior WriterPosted Nov 26, 2007
The 100th renewal of the Backyard Brawl, the annual football game between Pitt and West Virginia, will take place Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va. and normally that would be enough to fan the flames in this heated rivalry.
However, there's much more at stake than local bragging rights and a recruiting edge. The host Mountaineers (10-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big East) are ranked second by the Associated Press, first by USA Today and second in the BCS standings, so they can clinch a berth in the BCS championship game and win
Jedijawa - This is not my Blog always has the latest WVU News! http://not-my.blogspot.com/

Open Mike had this song on his blog and it's called Twas The Night Before Pittsburgh and he credits Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail. Here it goes...

Twas the night before Pittsburgh, when all through my mind,
Were visions of couch burnings, both yours and mine
.Firemen were resting and acting quite lazy,But they knew that things were about to get crazy.The players were nestled, Markell did his dreds,While visions of Bourbon Street danced in their heads
.There were Quinton’s gold teeth, Larry’s son in his lap,While the quarterback made noises to sound like a cat
.When down in the end zone there arose such a noise,They sprang from their homes and called all their boys
.To the field they flew, fast as Devine,Making sure to pick up the offensive line.
The invaders had arrived at the stadium early,These Panthers were looking noticeably surly.
There was a point to this late-night trip through the hills,They were out on the field doing defensive drills.With a dapper old coach who combed his mustache,You knew in a moment it must be Wannstedt.
He’d made his name as a defensive master,And he whistled and shouted for them to run faster!“Watch Slaton! Watch Schmitt! Watch Reynaud and White!Watch option! Watch bubble! Could be a rough night!
Let’s stand at the goal line and build a big wall,And keep them from their shot to play for it all!
”As they began to believe his bold rally cry,There was a flash and a pop up high in the sky.
They reacted the same, with a quick double take,What they saw made them stop in their cleats and quake.
On the top of the stadium a man made his stand,As he calmly adjusted his Nike wristbands.
He said “My name’s Rich, as you surely know,”Then ran down the bleachers with Mountaineers in tow.

They were dressed all in gold, from their heads to their feet,And they looked like they’d win a 12-team track meet.
A bundle of plays he had in his book,And there was no mistaking that confident look.Pitt’s eyes, how they widened!

Their hearts, how they pounded!All for the biggest game since this brawl was founded.One side had momentum, the other desperation,
This battle wouldn’t wait for the eyes of the nation!Caridi was roused from a much-needed sleep,So were Hickman and Hertzel, the last with a bleep.

They brought their pens, paper and elaborate prose,To witness this battle of bitter old foes.

It was dark and cold, your breath you could see,But that didn’t stop the kickoff of Pat McAfee.

The tackle, of course, came from an old Hawk named Emery,And so started this game that would soon be a memory.

They spoke so few words as they went to work,But score after score drove the visitors berserk.

The Mountaineers rolled, as was expected,While the Panthers backed off, clearly dejected.
There was a Gatorade shower that gave poor Rich shivers,
While no one seemed happier than one Vaughn Rivers.They exclaimed after singing about Almost Heaven,“Well see you in New Orleans on January 7.”

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