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Simple Sorrows, Simple Joys

Autumn returned like an old friend. Oh, you’re back. I’ve missed you!  Evening temps dipped into the 40’s. Yellowing leaves rustled in the cottonwood trees. Apples arrived: in farmers’ markets, produce sections, on teachers’ desks. Don plucked a few from a 1950’s-era tree in his mom’s backyard, arranged them on our kitchen windowsill. I pulled oneContinue Reading “Simple Sorrows, Simple Joys”

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America’s Teachable Olympic Moment

Clothing is a means of creating and communicating an identity…That’s why the attire of Olympians is so important: on the biggest stage in the world, they are constructing an identity not just for themselves, but as representatives of their country. —Prof. Michael Mamp, Central Michigan University Before the 2016 Summer Olympics fade from memory, theContinue Reading “America’s Teachable Olympic Moment”

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy USA-Made Gifts for Dad

In researching USA-made gifts for Father’s Day, a couple of thoughts kept nagging at me: Why should anyone care where a product’s been made? Is USA-made even relevant in our increasingly globalized, border-free world? Why not shut up and stop irritating everyone, from a blameless Marine Layer employee (story to come in a future post) to myContinue Reading “Top 10 Reasons to Buy USA-Made Gifts for Dad”

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Six Degrees of Reese Witherspoon

“There’s a heart and soul to things. Otherwise, what’s the point? My heart and soul is in how I feel about the South. It’s what inspires me. It’s what makes me want to go back home.”—Reese Witherspoon Lunching at Carmel’s  La Bicyclette a couple of weeks ago, Don and I sat close enough to Reese WitherspoonContinue Reading “Six Degrees of Reese Witherspoon”

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Make Your Holiday Shopping Red, White and Blue. Start Today. #AAMDay.

So, I’m at the skincare counter of a local department store the other day chatting with Alice, my favorite makeup / make-over miracle-worker, and she says: “Hey, what’s happening with the blog?” Seriously? She remembers it? After hibernating in my converted garage office for days, weeks, months, surrounded by newspaper clippings and books and filesContinue Reading “Make Your Holiday Shopping Red, White and Blue. Start Today. #AAMDay.”

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in American-Made Jeans

This blog began on December 31, 2010, with a silly-sounding name: China Ate My Jeans. The idea for the name came from my days as an elementary school teacher. Kids would come up with the most outrageous excuses for not turning in their homework. And yes, on more than one occasion, the family dog was named asContinue Reading “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree in American-Made Jeans”