Handmade ones are a rarity nowadays, but the art is definitely not lost at Moon Marble Company. Artisan and owner Bruce Breslow demonstrates the craft in his Bonner Springs, Kansas, shop on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Call ahead (913-441-1432) for exact times or to arrange a group tour.
Don't forget to use the restroom during your visit: it's also a marble museum.
All through December, Passports with Purpose continues to raise money for Heifer International by offering raffle tickets to fabulous donated prizes at a mere $10.00 per chance. Tickets are available for purchase until December 29, with winners to be announced on December 30.
This weekend, beginning on Friday, December 18, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time, Angela Nickerson is offering special bonus giveaways for three lucky readers of her site: three packages each containing a calendar of Rome and a Passports with Purpose raffle ticket.