Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What To Do When the Lights Go Out

Three Little Kittens, 1883



Three Little Kittens, 1883
Clark, Joseph

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Here are some things to do when the power goes out. Our interns have discovered, during a recent outage, some things that can be done without electricity.

We Can:
Play the Piano (or other other non-electric instruments)

At the Piano



At the Piano
Jones, H.e.

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Sing

The Song Seller, 1903



The Song Seller, 1903
Gilbert, Victor...

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Hand-Sew (by window light)

Girl Sewing in an Interior



Girl Sewing in an Interior
Holsoe, Carl

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Clean House (using rain water to rinse dishes and stack them.) We can also sweep, dust, put away papers and books, organize drawers and shelves, and generally tidy while there is natural light. Clearing toys, etc. off of the floor is especially important, because the house will be very dark at night with no power for night lights, and no one wants to trip and fall in the dark!

Julie Harris Dusting Bookshelves in Her Apartment While Standing Barefoot on Chair


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Portrait of Fru Lisen Samson, Nee Hirsch, Arranging Flowers at a Window, 1881


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If there is enough light, there is reading, writing letters, and drawing by a window. You soon realize how precious that natural light is!

Reading the Letter


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When the outdoor light is gone, there is story-telling by candlelight.

Our little power outage was a drop in the bucket compared to what has happened in Japan. To donate and have the funds sent to a church there for aid, go here
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