Christmas arrived early this week in the form of a brown paper package not tied up with string but it certainly contained a few of Nancy Bell Scott’s favorite things. 38 of them, in fact. All carefully annotated and laid out like specimens from a Library of Congress collection. There are bits of string, rust, a rock from Mexico and Nancy’s drugs of choice: Baking Soda, Laxatives and Alka Seltzer (life in Old Orchard Beach is no picnic or if it is you can bet there’s a lot of Fried Chicken and potato salad). Scientists who have explored Nancy’s past lives have found, along with the usual pharoah’s concubines, Bridey Murphy and the Oracle of Old Orchard Beach, several museum curators and archivists of the arcane. Nancy’s Bit collection is proof of some seepage of those past lives into her current incarnation. The tableau is laid out with consummate care and each item is given a line or two in the accompanying list to prove its worthiness which is well worth reading if you can switch back and forth between the pictures to see where you are. One thing I sorta missed is a few raindrops on roses but they may have evaporated en route. Thank you, Nancy.

 The Collection in All Its Magnificence. I particularly like the clothes pin eating the twig.

And here's the list....


All in all a tour de force which sets the phonograph needle of the mind down on a scratchy old recording of Julie Andrews adding her two bits.

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Comment by Dean aka Artist in Seine on January 23, 2012 at 2:04pm

Nancy, This is wonderful.  Somebody said "Mind blowing", yes put very well Simply Mind Blowing!  Bravo Nancy, and I enjoyed your comments too David.  Where will Nancy go from here?

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on January 14, 2012 at 5:53pm

Cripes: I meant glass dump DIVER. Though a glass dump driver could be interesting, if you think about it.

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on January 14, 2012 at 5:51pm

Yah, who even knew there was such a thing as a glass dump, never mind a glass dump driver? It was a lucky day when she drove up to my shop in her station wagon on her way to a new place to live and sold me her collection. Among the tons of smaller glass bits were also bottoms and necks of bottles, warped by heat, and some neat pottery shards. Might have to post more pictures of some. Your appreciation of Maine warms my heart, Nadine!

Comment by Nadine Wendell-Mojica on January 14, 2012 at 4:44am

This is just particularly interesting!  Number 15. Glass dump diver. Committed. You've done Maine proud!

Comment by David Stafford on January 13, 2012 at 9:48pm

Billie and Allen Live At The Harlem Theater! What a mash up! Especially since they're doing all the songs from The Sound of Music....Don't Miss It! "I saw the best minds of my generation walking the the naked hipster hills in Austria..."

Comment by Alicia Starr on January 13, 2012 at 7:40pm

Mind blowing Nancy. David, i hear a 'scratchy old recording' (love this line) of Billy Holiday and Allen Ginsberg. 

Comment by Nancy Bell Scott on January 13, 2012 at 12:53pm

Finally catching up (or down) with blogs of the past month. Thanks for your great blog and photos, As I think you know, the second the idea erupted you became the recipient in my mind. Why I made such an orderly piece and you were the recipient will always be questionable, as we are both disorderly. All the comments are much appreciated too, and KDJ, I am sorry you were so stunned and hope you have recovered.

Comment by DKULT on December 20, 2011 at 12:21am

Wow! This is amazing. So much to take in done with surgical precision. thanks for posting this David

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on December 18, 2011 at 6:58pm

"rain drops on roses, and whiskers on kittens..."

What a treasure! This is fantastic, Nancy! As wondrous as the hand-made pulp papers!

Now you have inspired us to exchange bits and favorite things ;-)

Comment by prettylily on December 18, 2011 at 5:45pm

What a Gem! 



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