The Secret Life of Paper (Helen Hiebert)


As freshly wet, handmade paper sheet dry, they have a life of their own. Helen Hiebert is an artist who creates small-scale sculptural work using the natural characteristics of drying paper. Take 10 minutes to witness the amazing process that happens as paper reacts to embedded objects and other restraints.

Helen Hiebert’s website for images of her work:

and blog:

Molasses Flood Song by Jonathan Jay: A New Folk Song


My father, Jonathan Jay, is a musician who plays at several open mics around New England. He plays folk music and original songs. This video shows him at Point Breeze, located on Webster Lake in Webster, Massachussetts, playing “The Molassess Flood” at the open mic.

From Jonathan Jay himself:

“Molasses Flood is a new folk song describing a tragic, odd disaster which took place in Boston’s North End on January 15, 1919. A huge storage tank of molasses broke apart flooding and killing those in the way. Other sites on the web will give a good history. My song condenses the story. My father told me of the disaster. He was born in 1913 and so was big news even to a little boy of six. I wrote the song as sort of an assignment. At my regular open mic, conversation somehow got around to the molasses flood. Bill McCarthy, the host of the open mic said “Hey, you do that folkie thing, you should write a song about it.” Thus, a new folk song was born.

Click Here for the video.

Here’s the video link for just the Molasses Flood song.

You can see him perform every Tuesday night at 7:30 pm at Point Breeze. For more upcoming performances and open mics, click here.

And here’s a bonus video, “If I Needed You.”