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Mourning Victims of the Pandemic – A Call to Action for Museums

      Since reading this Twitter thread by Kristin Rawls, it has been circling through my head. Within 8 tweets, Rawls has expressed the sad state of the United States of America during the COVID-19 pandemic, how we are collectively willing to reopen society and let tens of thousands more people die unnecessarily because we have been unwilling to mourn the loss of the tens of thousands who have already died. The thread points…

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Under Reconstruction

Hey, all, if you’re here and looking for The Pragmatic Historian or the former Mary E Warner websites, I’m working on blending the two sites and it’s a messy, messy process. I’m missing all my images, which is going to take some serious work to figure out. (Yes, I backed everything up, but WordPress isn’t importing them.) You can see I have lots of duplicates in menu items. Nothing is as pretty as it used…

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Did Past Epidemics Cause Social Distancing in Scandinavians?

March 13, 2020 A mere month ago I wasn’t thinking about COVID-19, let alone thinking of blogging about it. Now, it’s pretty much all I can think of, along with mitigation efforts to #FlattenTheCurve in order to slow the spread and not overwhelm our healthcare system. I’m writing this on Friday, March 13, 2020. It’s important to note the date because the situation is changing rapidly. We’ve got 14 people in the state who have…

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Book Review: Zero Waste Sewing

Normally, I post book reviews on my somewhat neglected personal blog at maryewarner.com (neglected because I spend most of my blogging energy here at The Pragmatic Historian). I’m making an exception in this case because the book I am reviewing, “Zero Waste Sewing” by Elizabeth Haywood, came to me because of this blog. Those of you who’ve been following along for a while might remember that I was attempting to make a bog coat, which…

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What if You’re in Survival Mode and Can Only Depend on What’s in Your Home?

I was sitting at my computer the other day and looked up at the shelf near my desk. Along with assorted writing implements, paper, flash drives, office supplies, and CDs, the shelf contains my sewing supplies and fabric. Behind me is a blue metal locker with thread and more sewing supplies. What with Donald Trump ordering the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani, which may potentially lead the United States into another war, and…

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