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      facebook.com/ssgfuse/

      if you want to join in the conversation.






  • Sue, a really interesting show about a group of scientists who identify viruses and bacteria and pandemics , govt involvement etc.(from the early 2000's but very timely!!) Is ReGenesis 
    I love your blogs..
    Miss you guys. Bucky❤
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    Good morning Sue and Irv and Jini
    Seeing you at SSG yesterday was both the high point and low point of my day.  While I loved seeing you all, it hurt my heart to think of what this pandemic is doing to us all. When I go north for the summer, that is by choice and I know I’ll see you again. This pandemic has taken our choice away.
    I believe we will get through this, it is a matter of time and as you said, starving the virus by maintaining our distance. Until then, your thoughtful insight in your blog/emails helps make us feel a little less isolated.Thank you!
    You are in my heart and thoughts
    Susan B
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    ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
    Question for the day:
    Even though it’s shorts weather, if there’s no one around to see them,
    Do I have to shave my legs?
    Susan B
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    FYI -  This is still an advisory and not enforceable. Business that are pressuring people to still come to work even if they’re over 65 can find away around this very weak order
    thank you and keep safe!
    Bonnie....H.....................................................................

    Bonnie: It's totally irresponsible! Everyone should take matters in their own hands and make their own decisions instead of following people that have their heads in the sand!  Sue
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    Thank you & be safe!
    Bettina 
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  • Good morning Sue and Irv and Jini
    Seeing you at SSG yesterday was both the high point and low point of my day.  While I loved seeing you all, it hurt my heart to think of what this pandemic is doing to us all. When I go north for the summer, that is by choice and I know I’ll see you again. This pandemic has taken our choice away.
    I believe we will get through this, it is a matter of time and as you said, starving the virus by maintaining our distance. Until then, your thoughtful insight in your blog/emails helps make us feel a little less isolated.Thank you!
    You are in my heart and thoughts
    Susan B
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    ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
    Question for the day:
    Even though it’s shorts weather, if there’s no one around to see them,
    Do I have to shave my legs?
    Susan B
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    FYI -  This is still an advisory and not enforceable. Business that are pressuring people to still come to work even if they’re over 65 can find away around this very weak order
    thank you and keep safe!
    Bonnie....H.....................................................................

    Bonnie: It's totally irresponsible! Everyone should take matters in their own hands and make their own decisions instead of following people that have their heads in the sand!  Sue
    ...................................................................................


    Thank you & be safe!
    Bettina 

    I believe I have or had a similar “mild” case. Headache, extreme fatigue, general malaise, slightly elevated temperature. I have been able to keep the symptoms to a minimum by taking Oil of Oregano - two drops in a spoon of honey every few hours. It is a super immune booster and the reason I haven’t been really sick in 20 years! You may not know that I was a nurse and my medical background kicks right in. Nursing school was a while ago but the principles remain. Thanks for passing this excellent article along. I hope you are staying home and staying well! 
    Virtual hugs 🤗
    Louise 
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    PS Once they can test for Covid antibodies, they can use the plasma of those who have recovered for currently very ill patients. I hope they will be able to get the testing underway so programs like this can get underway. I will happily be in line! 
    HI, MOM!!!   I am actually working from home, so that is why I have not been around online as much.
    Hope you are well!!!

    Nina B
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  • thank you Sue. call you soon - i will hire you remotely to walk me thru my firings and questions. !!! miss you both.  hunkered down. 

    Kathleen C
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    Just watch Faith, Hope & Love ... very good, (Laughed & cried)  

    Dianne F

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    A friend of mine that is working from home and has 4 kids is going out of her mind with ways to entertain them.  Here’s an idea I used to do with my kids when they had a teacher work day off from school and I needed to work.  I made up a scavenger hunt for them.  All items could be found in the house or in the yard.They all worked together instead of fighting!  I gave them a time the hunt would be over and we’d see how many things they found.  I also did the same idea with a treasure hunt.  They had to solve the clues ( called for some math) and at the end they found the treasure!  The treasure can be anything you want.... a new game they can all play together is a great one.
    Hope this helps someone.
    Lynn
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    “Unforgotten” , 3 seasons, excellent.

    sandra w

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    Try the movie, No Postage Necessary shot in Florida.  Let me know what you think!

    Jennifer C

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    sandra w

  •  Greetings, Sue,
    Your birthday seems like a lifetime ago.  I hope you and Irv and feeling okay dokey.  I went to the ER 4 weeks ago with another UTI and got some kind of bug, of course.  I now await Covid test results - my doctor says it takes at least 7 days.  However, there are worse things than napping all the time.  
    Thanks for the list.  You need to check out  Devs on Hulu; it in not your average non=thinking series.  The Patriot on Amazon is quirky.  You personally might like to stream the movie "Personal Shopper" with Kristen Stewart.
    Hope you are creating something for us both.
    Love,
    Cat
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    Hi everyone, Thanks for posting. I miss going to the studio and will be happy when it reopens. As an extrovert, social distancing is a challenge. I am watching a lot of webinars to learn new things. My dogs keep me walking and I find that everyone wants to say hello. I believe we are all missing social contact. I am learning new skills with Facebook and Zoom. As a small business owner, I am a Mary Kay Sales Director, I am learning new ways to help my customers feel good about themselves. Thanks Sue, for keeping us connected. I
    Deborah F/
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  • Try the movie, No Postage Necessary shot in Florida.  Let me know what you think!
    Jennifer C.

  • Thank you for this info. Especially the good movies. I never know what to watch.
    Mary & Lou
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    I’m still working. I was in Costco last night.
    It wasn’t crowded at all. They are wiping down all the carts & have the lines in the floor in the checkout lines to keep distance between
    Stay safe. One day things will return to normal


    Melanie

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    Hi ladies. Since I am sequestered in the North, I am doing ThiChi daily. May I recommend it as part of your day. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Find joy and hold it closely.
     Karen L
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    Thank you for this info. Especially the good movies. I never know what to watch.

    Mary & Lou



    Sarasota School of Glass Do you have any movies you've seen recently that you could suggest? Or good books?
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    Karen Lindbergh

    Hi ladies. Since I am sequestered in the North, I am doing ThiChi daily. May I recommend it as part of your day. A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. Find joy and hold it closely


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  • MARILYN B

    Thu, Mar 26, 9:27 AM (4 days ago)
    Sue I think what you are doing here is spectacular !

    Thanks Marilyn. I hope everyone will take part in writing so we can share information with each other.
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    Very nice suggestions for kids!
    Mote Marine has some videos including shark feeding.

    How are you guys doing?


    Sarasota School of Glass Keep these ideas coming....

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    Hi all,

    Not being used to idle time, I have found new ways to fill it. Thanks to shelter in place, my husband and I finally used the pavers we had and made a nice little patio just outside the lanai. No more dirt tracked into our living area!
    Even with projects, we still feel a little isolated so this forum for sharing with my SSG peeps is wonderful!
    Stay healthy
    Susan

    Sarasota School of Glass WOW, I have some leftover pavers. Want to come to my house and build me a small patio?
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    Sue Benner Sue you are an inspiration and I'm sharing your items that you are posting. Stay safe.
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    • I recently read one of the best books ever.
      Genius Foods by Max Lugavere. Everyone that
      I recommended it to gave me a hearty thanks.
      I just received, via mail of course, his latest book.
      The Genius Life
      I expect it to be just as good. C
      hareese P
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      I’ve been working from home. I have been trying to clean out at least 1 cabinet, drawer or closet each day. Do I love it? Do I need it? If not, it either gets donated or thrown away. I have also started going through boxes of photographs and discarding the duplicates and photos no one likes. ( once I’m done I’ll have one of those companies scan them all in)

      I also set up one of our rooms as a “studio”. We go in there for any type of art instead of working in the great room. It feels like you are somewhere new and keeps things better organized.

      I have glass at home so I have put together a couple pieces and will work on more. Hopefully we can set up a drop off day, then Elaine can fire and we can do curbside pick up! ( you can take payments through Venmo, PayPal, Zelle if you have one of those so you don’t have to collect on spot, less contact)

      Stay safe and healthy!! I miss you all!

      Dawn


      Sarasota School of Glass The first few days of staying home I cleaned 3 closets, got rid of a ton of stuff, cleaned my home studio and actually produced some glass art and plan to go thru photos also. I think we're all on the same page, doing things we just never get a chance to do ......
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      At this moment while missing my "happy place" on Lawton at SSG and all the people that make it special. I hope everyone there remains healthy and safely distancing so we'll be back. And thank you for making it such a special place, all of you.

      Clear time gives us all a creative moment. Enjoy new things like taking a walk aound our compound of 400 acres(gated community). We're surrounded by wildlife, trees, waterway (kayak) taking us out to Palma Sola Bay over to AMI. I have found precious time to reconnect with friends (my life's journey)--and my Argentinian cousin found me too. 

      I sometimes go to the virtual museums sites. Time travel to museums! https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/75809/12-world-class-museums-you-can-visit-online  Stay away from the TV though will look for the program Sue worte about. Jordan has always been on my bucket list. Another site I like  http://www.virtualfreesites.com/museums.museums.html Who knows we may come back to SSG a bit smarter.

      Returning to Irv and Sue with changes? This is really exiting. I need Sue's glue and a stand or two. Glass classes and studio time are my passion however spending it at Sarasota Glass has been the best for us all. 

      Hope everyone is well and safe...this distance and seclusion makes me feel I'm living in bunker...lock down...however, repeated walks open it up and then going to a web site - a cultural museum makes good sense. 

      Oh Charlie out for TP--he forgot to ask at our designated time 7AM. No worries, he returned with a nice haul of wine.

      Love to you all, Serene

      PS My garage studio with a tiny table is no competition for SSG but I'm grateful for the skills they taught me. I need their kilns soon, and appreciate Elaine so much!

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    • Hi wonderful people. So great of you to reach out.  I am in PA and was to be in FL. Was so looking forward to working a class.  Be well and I will connect when I get to FL. This is supposed tobe my move to FL year
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      Sue, I like the idea of your creating the blog.  And, of course, you may use my name to help with the blog and/or the school.
      As for me,  I am really retired from the activities.  At the age of 94,  I 'm smelling the roses for a longer time.
      I just hope the world and your business will get back to normal sometime soon.  Good ;luck.
      Best to you and Irv.
      Mickey
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      Hi Sue, I am thinking of you and thinking that this is a great time to get creative. Here are the thoughts I've shared with many friends.

      I hope that everyone is well, healthy and happy, if not a bit confined to your own space. The beauty of living in Sarasota area is we do have space, we do have incredible weather. Over the weekend as we were working in the gardens, preparing for new plants, removing old tired ones, I saved a few, cleaned them up and created a new Ikebana arrangement.

      I believe most of you know that I am a practicing sensei for the art of Ikebana, 6th C. cultural art of Japan, now for almost 38 years. The Motto for Ikebana International, our world-wide organization is "Friendship Through Flowers". I'd like to share this Ikebana arrangement with all of you. Think of new, renewal and lift your spirits. Mother Nature and her beauty is all around. Let this keep you feeling positive and looking forward to when we can all share our creative abilities together again.

      There is beauty in even the smallest thing: two birds, one magnolia branch, five terrestrial orchids and one pittosporum.

      Polly


      Image may contain: flower and plant


    Hi Sue - My boy, Rocky, loves the bowl I made at SSG a few weeks ago. My sister-in-law had such a nice day building our glass projects on January 25th. Stay Safe!

    Bonnie H



    Sarasota School of Glass Hi Bonnie, hope it won't be too long till we see you again. Keep healthy
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    Forwarding this to you...you are the best!!! I miss you ALL so much. Yes this is my happy place and being in the lockdown in our bunker is making me need you more!
    xoxoxo 
    I liked the part about purchasing gift cards...that's what we all need to do with Sarasota Studio if we love Sue and Irv. 
    Tell us how?
    ..........................................................................


    r beautiful jewelry. What books are you reading and lets see pix of your new ideas. Keep in touch
    🌈



    I've been staying home. I'm high risk. Age, heart, respiratory. My primary said if I got the Corona Virus it would be a worse case scenario. So I'm staying away from people. But I'm feeling good. I miss u guys. Are u having classes?  I am getting tired of staying home. Love u all and miss u!! Barbara C.

    Mary DelloRusso Carcich Miss you, Barbara. Take care of yourself. Our social life is distanced. We take a walk or a bike ride every day. Sometimes friends come out too say “Hello” from 10 feet away. That’s it.
    We're all staying home. That's the only way to eradicate this virus. Keep watching for when SSG will reopen . Hopefully that day will come sooner than later. Sue
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    Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. My faith makes me believe that we will get through this. However,  I do get a little anxious not knowing exactly what's to come. It's nice to see others taking time to reach out (from afar) 🙂.
      If you don't mind sharing, what type of online course are you taking? Sounds like a good idea. I'm trying to keep busy and I live alone with my cat and dog so spending time with family and friends are by phone or facetime etc. My favorite therapeutic pastime, baking is already putting pounds on me. I usually either sell slices of cake or give it away and now I'm eating it. LOL
      Well, Thanks again.  Would like any online course info. Stay healthy!
    Kim Fountaine

    Kim, so glad I have helped. I love writing so I follow reedsy.com and masterclass.com. You should check out masterclass.com for culinary arts. Also creativelive.com is having a sale on classes. I just bought one for writing for $15!  Go to craft and maker. They don't necessarily have cooking, they do have cake decorating, but have many arts and crafts classes. Maybe you'll find one you'll enjoy.
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    I hope to get back to a class someday.. Thank you.

    Chareese, so glad I have helped. I love writing so I follow reedsy.com and masterclass.com. There are many on line classes with every subject under the sun. Some are more expensive than others, but I found that creativelive.com is having a sale. I mean $15 or $17! Check them out.....
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    Hi wonderful people. So great of you to reach out.  I am in PA and was to be in FL. Was so looking forward to working a class.  Be well and I will connect when I get to FL. This is supposed tobe my move to FL year
    ...................................................................

    Sue, I like the idea of your creating the blog.  And, of course, you may use my name to help with the blog and/or the school.
    As for me,  I am really retired from the activities.  At the age of 94,  I 'm smelling the roses for a longer time.
    I just hope the world and your business will get back to normal sometime soon.  Good ;luck.
    Best to you and Irv.
    Mickey
    ........................................................

    Hi Sue, I am thinking of you and thinking that this is a great time to get creative. Here are the thoughts I've shared with many friends.

    I hope that everyone is well, healthy and happy, if not a bit confined to your own space. The beauty of living in Sarasota area is we do have space, we do have incredible weather. Over the weekend as we were working in the gardens, preparing for new plants, removing old tired ones, I saved a few, cleaned them up and created a new Ikebana arrangement.

    I believe most of you know that I am a practicing sensei for the art of Ikebana, 6th C. cultural art of Japan, now for almost 38 years. The Motto for Ikebana International, our world-wide organization is "Friendship Through Flowers". I'd like to share this Ikebana arrangement with all of you. Think of new, renewal and lift your spirits. Mother Nature and her beauty is all around. Let this keep you feeling positive and looking forward to when we can all share our creative abilities together again.

    There is beauty in even the smallest thing: two birds, one magnolia branch, five terrestrial orchids and one pittosporum.

    Polly


    Image may contain: flower and plant
    ..........................................................

    Hi Sue - My boy, Rocky, loves the bowl I made at SSG a few weeks ago. My sister-in-law had such a nice day building our glass projects on January 25th. Stay Safe!

    Bonnie H



    Sarasota School of Glass Hi Bonnie, hope it won't be too long till we see you again. Keep healthy
    ..........................................................................................


    Forwarding this to you...you are the best!!! I miss you ALL so much. Yes this is my happy place and being in the lockdown in our bunker is making me need you more!
    xoxoxo 
    I liked the part about purchasing gift cards...that's what we all need to do with Sarasota Studio if we love Sue and Irv. 
    Tell us how?
    ..........................................................................

    Nina F.B.  You would be proud of me, Sue! One thing I do every day is a little glass work; I pull out my current projects and look at them again, which results in more creativity. 🤗I am reading great books and articles about a myriad of subjects and keeping in touch with family, friends and colleagues. Nice to read what others are up to; looking forward to seeing each other again in the future!!

    Sarasota School of Glass Nina, miss you and your beautiful jewelry. What books are you reading and lets see pix of your new ideas. Keep in touch
    r beautiful jewelry. What books are you reading and lets see pix of your new ideas. Keep in touch
    🌈
  • beautiful jewelry. What books are you reading and lets see pix of your new ideas. Keep in touch
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    • Sue, 

      I was sadden to learn the news that you are closing from "my happy place." Then too sharing my northern studio note about restrictions was painful hoping we'd never have to... 
      Your studio is my happiest place! I attribute my significant lupus remission to your studio (talent well/? Hmmmnot so good...slow progression).
      I love everyone there from Eliane to Irv to Sue B to Jin to the best Director Sue. Something special about being there!
      This will pass and we especially need to be prudent. Look forward to our reunion soon.
      Serene

      PS I'm a far better caterer that glass cutter! I'll provide that skill....hopefully all stay healthy. 

    r beautiful jewelry. What books are you reading and lets see pix of your new ideas. Keep in touch
    🌈

 .... CREATING AT SSG ....


EXPRESS YOURSELF WHILE CREATING ONE-OF-A-KIND WORKS OF ART

SSG offers all ages a fantastic journey into the world of art glass. As you choose from a large variety of art glass classes, expressing yourself in this exciting medium, you'll be surprised at the ease of creating art in glass.

Our classroom and Open Studio area accommodate family, friends, groups and parties offering specials and discounts for a new and fun experience. Get together to celebrate any occasion.

Classes are affordable and we at SSG go out of our way to accommodate your schedule and needs. Whether you're an experienced artist or you're a 'newbee' you'll leave with a sense of accomplishment having created a piece of art to cherish for years to come.


Fusing     - Layer pieces of glass to form a design
Slumping - Forming the shape of your fused glass on a mold


Each process takes 24 hours in the kiln = 48 hours and yes, you have to return to pick up your project - or choose to have it mailed for a minimal shipping charge.
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ALL GROUPON PROJECTS CAN BE CREATED IN THE
FUSED COMBO CLASSES
LISTED ON OUR CALENDAR

  • Good morning Sue and Irv and Jini
    Seeing you at SSG yesterday was both the high point and low point of my day.  While I loved seeing you all, it hurt my heart to think of what this pandemic is doing to us all. When I go north for the summer, that is by choice and I know I’ll see you again. This pandemic has taken our choice away.
    I believe we will get through this, it is a matter of time and as you said, starving the virus by maintaining our distance. Until then, your thoughtful insight in your blog/emails helps make us feel a little less isolated.Thank you!
    You are in my heart and thoughts
    Susan B
    ..............................................................................................

    ON A LIGHTER NOTE:
    Question for the day:
    Even though it’s shorts weather, if there’s no one around to see them,
    Do I have to shave my legs?
    Susan B
    .......................................................................................


    FYI -  This is still an advisory and not enforceable. Business that are pressuring people to still come to work even if they’re over 65 can find away around this very weak order
    thank you and keep safe!
    Bonnie....H.....................................................................

    Bonnie: It's totally irresponsible! Everyone should take matters in their own hands and make their own decisions instead of following people that have their heads in the sand!  Sue
    ...................................................................................


    Thank you & be safe!
    Bettina 

    I believe I have or had a similar “mild” case. Headache, extreme fatigue, general malaise, slightly elevated temperature. I have been able to keep the symptoms to a minimum by taking Oil of Oregano - two drops in a spoon of honey every few hours. It is a super immune booster and the reason I haven’t been really sick in 20 years! You may not know that I was a nurse and my medical background kicks right in. Nursing school was a while ago but the principles remain. Thanks for passing this excellent article along. I hope you are staying home and staying well! 
    Virtual hugs 🤗
    Louise 
    ..........................................................................
    PS Once they can test for Covid antibodies, they can use the plasma of those who have recovered for currently very ill patients. I hope they will be able to get the testing underway so programs like this can get underway. I will happily be in line! 
    HI, MOM!!!   I am actually working from home, so that is why I have not been around online as much.
    Hope you are well!!!

    Nina B
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