Thursday, February 22, 2024


Jean-François Duplantier, better known by his pseudonym Jofo, is a draftsman and painter.

He is best known for Toto, his little round character surrounded by black, with bewildered and perplexed eyes.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Juana Fernández Morales de Ibarbourou

Juana Fernández Morales de Ibarbourou, also known as Juana de América, (1892 –1979) was a Uruguayan poet and one of the most popular poets of Spanish America.

Her poetry, the earliest of which is often highly erotic, is notable for her identification of her feelings with nature around her. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times.

Juana de Ibarbourou was an early Latin American feminist. Ibarbourou's feminism is evident in poems such as "La Higuera", in which she describes a fig tree as more beautiful than the straight and blooming trees around it, and "Como La Primavera", in which she asserts that authenticity is more attractive than any perfume. Also, in "La Cita", Ibarbourou extols her naked form devoid of traditional ornamentation, comparing her natural features to various material accessories and finding in favor of her unadorned body.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024


 Yes, 61 today...Your bonetaire is aging too. 

For those who feel like wishing me a 'Happee Birthdae': BUY A BERET!

Monday, February 19, 2024

French Squirrel

For as long as she can remember, Sydney has always been passionate about food and cooking. In an attempt to rediscover her love for food after falling trap to the often-obsessive health food world, she began her food blog, @sydney_kw.

Inspired by her late French grandmother and her time living in Bordeaux, she began sharing her meals, recipes and favorite restaurants. What started out as just a food Instagram, has now turned into a business, with

Berets, nutrient-dense, vegan and gluten-free refrigerated protein bites, bateaux, nut butter-stuffed organic Medjool dates, both coated in 100% pure, unsweetened chocolate & Bisous, peanut butter and chocolate-coated vegan and gluten-free cereal clusters dusted in date sugar.

Sydney is a Certified Hormone Specialist, specializing in blood sugar management and female health through a nutrition perspective.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Thomas Mosimann

Thomas Mosimann was a Professor at the Institute of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology at the Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) from 1988 to 2014.

He had a great influence on the teaching and research in geography – the reorientation of Hannover's physical geography towards modern landscape-ecological research, the communication of complex interrelationships in an understandable and inspiring form, the transfer of scientific knowledge and methodological innovations into practice are a few milestones to mention.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Millie = 6 🥳


Beret role model and Newsletter pin up girl Millie 
🎉turns 6 today!🎂

Friday, February 16, 2024

George R. Riser

In 2017 George R. Riser BS’47, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Biological Sciences. It was an auspicious award for a truly auspicious man in part because of Riser’s sustained funding of the Riser Endowed Scholarship Fund which has provided annual scholarships to thousands of graduate and undergraduate students in biology along with travel awards for field research.

Following his graduation from the University of Utah, Riser went on to New York City to study voice with Enzo Serrafini and at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. Later, returning to his science background, he became a physical chemist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he worked for 23 years. He passed away at age 98 in 2022 in Huntingdon Valley, PA. 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Miki Shigeru

In wartime Japan, folklore studies (minzokugaku) as an academic discipline emerged at the same time as the rise of the culture film (bunka eiga). Both helped mobilize peripheral areas and firmly created the image of a unitary nation.

Living by the Earth (Tsuchi ni ikiru, 1941), was directed by Miki Shigeru. Miki filmed rural life and ordinary people in the Tohoku region under the strong influence of Yanagita Kunio, a founder of Japanese folklore studies, and published a photo album ( titled People of the Snow Country (Yukiguni no minzoku, 1944) in collaboration with Yanagita. In this project, vanishing customs were paradoxically regarded as objects impossible to photograph. However, that paradox enhanced the value of the project and made it easier to construct an imagined national community through the discourse of folklore studies.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Elleni the Label

Elleni, the Label is an Australian crafted beret label, made by Elleni from Brisbane.

It is not often that I recommend a “competitor”, but these berets are the stereotypical exception. 

Elleni the Label is a true one-woman-company, from making to marketing, packing to modelling - it's all done by Elleni.

More than any text, just look at the photos and admire Elleni’s incredible talent and craftsmanship.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Cor du Roi

Corduroy is a textile with a distinctively raised "cord" or wale texture. Both velvet and corduroy derive from fustian fabric, a variety of heavy cloth woven from cotton, chiefly prepared for menswear.

Corduroy looks as if it is made from multiple cords laid parallel to each other.

The width of the wales varies by wale count—the number of wales per inch. A wale is a column of loops running lengthwise, corresponding to the warp of woven fabric. The lower the number, the thicker the wales' width (e.g., 4-wale is much thicker than 11-wale).

Like French and British workers, I have always felt a strong liking for corduroy and a big fan of the corduroy caps and clothing by Le Laboureur. However much I like the 'Casquette Laboureur Corduroy, I kept searching for Basque berets in this illustrious material. 

Almost a year ago, I found 2 beautiful Japanese made berets; one by 'Higher' and one by 'Two Black Cats'; favourites for all seasons. Unfortunately, hard to get and not cheap.

Recently, I found the excellent corduroy models by Japanese beret manufacturer Choi Toshi, which are now available at South Pacific Berets!

Peace Wizard John C. Bromet

For many years, those in Cascadia, WA could expect to see John C. Bromet among the crowd at the weekly Peace Vigil in downtown Bellingham. When people honked in solidarity or flashed the peace sign, he'd do a high kick.

Carrying a sign that simply read “PEACE,” the bearded, bereted and beatific Bromet — known to many as “Peace Wizard” — stood out everywhere he went. His trademark sign and jaunty beret drew attention, but he also had a way of engaging with his fellow humans that drew them into conversations about everything from living off the grid (which he did) to music, kindness, universal acceptance and the belief that peace could help heal the world.

Wizard died suddenly Monday, April 3, 2023 at age 83 at his close friend GuruBani Whitney's farmstead near Rockport, the result of a suspected coronary event.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Anatoly Gavrilov

In his daily life, Anatoly Gavrilov is a postman in the Russian city of Vladimir. 

In another life, he published in literary magazines and collections, became a member of the Literary Fund and the Moscow PEN Club, which unites the most famous contemporary writers. Anatoly Nikolayevich himself clearly separated work at the post office and serving the muses. In his mail bag - glasses, a flashlight and a gas spray to protect himself from dogs, and instead of a notebook for writer's observations - a notebook with lock codes on the doors to the entrances.

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Nikolai Dmitrievich Navolochkin

Nikolai Dmitrievich Navolochkin (1923 - 2013) was a Soviet and Russian writer.

From 1977 – 1987 he was the editor-in-chief of the literary and artistic journal " Far East ".

Navolochkin is the author of dozens of books, winner of many awards and an  Honorary citizen of the city of Khabarovsk.

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Einstein and Epstein

Albert Einstein and Jacob Epstein, a prominent sculptor, formed an unlikely yet intriguing friendship during a tumultuous time in history. The year was 1933, and the dark clouds of the Nazi regime were spreading across Germany. Einstein, a German-Jewish physicist, found himself in danger due to his Jewish heritage and his vocal criticism of the Nazi regime's rise to power.

In the face of increasing persecution and threats, Albert Einstein sought refuge and safety in England, far away from the oppressive environment in Germany. He had been staying at a country retreat near Cromer, England, hoping to escape the clutches of the Nazis and continue his scientific pursuits in a more hospitable environment.
It was during this period of exile that Jacob Epstein, a distinguished sculptor known for his innovative and sometimes controversial works, was introduced to Einstein. Epstein, born in the United States but residing in England, had gained prominence for his striking and expressive sculptures that often pushed artistic boundaries.

Friday, February 9, 2024