Mosaic Side Table

mosaic side table

This is my latest mosaic project. My wife Rodi found this cast iron table at a garden sale. It had plenty of patina (aka rust) which we didn’t want to touch. It was missing a top. I used thin-set mortar to adhere Morjo™ marble mosaic cutting strips to a 9 1/4″ acetate disk. These 6mm strips are what professional mosaic artists in Europe use to make ancient reproductions and fine art murals. The sides of the strips have a honed finish and are not polished. The colors become more intense when it is sealed. The end result gives the piece an almost cork-like look.

Stolen Liberty (via Museum of Ventura County)

By Library Volunteer Andy Ludlum

The Sunday, December 7, 1941 edition of the Oxnard Press Courier ran a banner headline “FIRST WAR EXTRA” and described the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Wartime hysteria and long-simmering racial prejudice would lead to 120,000 people of Japanese descent losing their homes, farms, jobs, and businesses as they were forced to spend the next several years in desolate concentration camps….

Source: Museum of Ventura County

A Disrupted Thanksgiving Leaves the Turkey Business Guessing (via

John Peterson, a farmer in Cannon Falls, Minn., is trying to anticipate what customers who travel to his family’s Ferndale Market for their Thanksgiving turkeys will want during a holiday changed by the pandemic. Credit: Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times

Without big gatherings, will Americans buy whole birds? Smaller ones? Just parts? Farmers and retailers are already placing their bets.


Police PR machine under scrutiny for inaccurate reporting, alleged pro-cop bias (via Los Angeles Times)

Years after Nicholas Robertson was killed by deputies, a new video emerged contradicting the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s account that he had pointed a gun at lawmen. (Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times)

My note: I’ve always been concerned about a too-cozy relationship between reporters and PIOs – especially police department PIOs. This article from the LA Times supports some of my fears.

Amid calls to defund police, the public relations machine within law enforcement is coming under scrutiny.

Source: Los Angeles Times