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Archive for November, 2016

Positives of Negatives

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

New research on negative moods suggests that people who are angry or in a bad mood are more logical, persuasive, and evidence-oriented than happy people. This doesn’t square with my personal experience, but it’s an interesting claim. So here’s a rather ambivalent Christmas song by Tracey Thorn, author of Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew […]

Human Hair is Sustainable

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

In the course of researching a blog post for a client, I learned that human hair set in resin is currently being explored as a building material. “Human hair,” the article mused, “is sustainable.” This is clearly true. It’s sustainable, and quite beautiful. Even my gray hair is pretty stuff, with intricate color variations and […]

Waiting in Silence

Monday, November 28th, 2016

I’ve sorted songs for the musical advent calendar out before according to the place they came from, the time depth, the instruments, the characters, the progress of holiday preparations and celebrations. This year, I’m going with moods. Here, then, is “Waiting in Silence,” by Carey Landry and Carol Jean Kinghorn. The tune is pedestrian and […]

Beginning the Annual Musical Advent Calendar

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

It’s the first Sunday of Advent, and I am feeling unsettled, uncertain about the future, and not very happy. I’m usually ebullient at this time of year, but not this year. Thanksgiving with the family was excellent, but between the election and my husband’s desire to move two time zones away, I am just not […]

Buy Nothing Day

Friday, November 25th, 2016

The day after Thanksgiving I set out this brunch spread: strata with bacon and cheese made from Thanksgiving rolls, four kinds of berries, cherries, banana muffins, yogurt, and orange juice that became mimosas. We played Civilization. The children came over later and we enjoyed hanging out with them, too. #2 son packed up all his […]

Thanksgiving 2016

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

We had a nice Thanksgiving, with six people and plenty of good food. Over dinner, #2 son told us about his rafting trip in Colorado with the members of his college Ultimate team. He was in a flotilla of about 40 boats on a river high with snowmelt. You know how in movies the hero’s […]


Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

The Empress came for tea and cake today. She remarked that she was rendering her own lard and looking for volunteer opportunities. #2 son mentioned that his workplace had been shut down by terrorist threats. My life is tame. #1 daughter and I worked with Adwords a bit. She had some excellent insights, because that’s […]

Technical Difficulties

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

We’re having a technical difficulty at work. It’s the kind of tech issue that makes me wake up at 3:00 a.m. I went to the hollow tree where I had left a message for the designer many hours before. We live on opposite sides of the world, so it often works out that I leave […]


Sunday, November 20th, 2016

  We’re heading into Thanksgiving. #2 son will be here tonight or tomorrow. #2 daughter still hasn’t committed herself, but the others will be around over the T-day holiday even if they don’t make the feast. Normally I use the weekend before an intense social event to store up as much alone time as possible. […]

Sports Quilt Complete

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Bad pictures, but the quilt turned out well

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