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Designing Buildings with Space for the Practical & Messy

Erik and I spent the last few days helping our son Ian, his fiancĂ©, and their roommate move to a new townhouse apartment. They had lived in their old apartment for about 10 years, so there was quite an accumulation of stuff to move. When you’ve got furniture, loads of boxes of heavy books, and other household paraphernalia to move in a short period of time, finding efficient ways to move it without killing everyone’s…

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Prince – “Sometimes I Stand in Awe of What I Do Myself”

Got a Covid booster yesterday and feeling achy with a mild fever and sore arm today, so a short blog post. I saw this great quote from Minnesota musician Prince’s Twitter account a couple days ago and had to save it. I would never in a billion-and-a-half years ever compare my creative output to the stratosphere of Prince’s creative brilliance, but I actually know what he means by this quote. As a writer and artist,…

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Returning to Find a Leopard

Can a song be perfect? If not, I think I have found one that is as close to perfect as it can be. I need to thank YouTube’s mysterious algorithms for this song. I had been listening to songs from Duran Duran’s new album “Future Past” before purchasing the album and an old song of theirs was suggested. It was not one I was familiar with. It’s called “The Man Who Stole a Leopard.” One…

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Fiber Artists of the Apocalypse

The inspiration for this post comes from Liz Haywood, a clothing designer in Australia who has been focusing on creating zero-waste patterns. She shares her fashion adventures on The Craft of Clothes [https://lizhaywood.com.au] blog. In her November 1, 2021, post, she wrote about “Fashion in a dystopian world,” inspired by her children’s recent interest in post-apocalyptic fiction. She shared photos she found online showing the current concept of dystopian clothing, which includes a lot of…

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A Tiny But Significant Change in Fitted Sheets

Have you ever struggled to figure out which way to put a fitted sheet onto a mattress, particularly a queen-size mattress? Queen mattresses and their fitted sheets are fairly close to square, so inevitably I end up putting the sheet on incorrectly the first time around. While not an earth-shattering problem, it was annoying. And then someone had a brilliant idea and made a tiny but significant change to fitted bed sheets. Some fitted bed…

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