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Kansas: There’s no place like home…

–Guest Blog Post By Suzanne Parsons Greetings, Dear Readers!  I’m Suzanne, Tina’s sister-in-law in Kansas–yes, I sew and quilt and make things.  My tools are sewing machine, needles and thread; my materials are wool and cotton.  It’s not a hobby; it’s something I need to do. If I showed you my sewing room–you’d think you’dContinue Reading “Kansas: There’s no place like home…”

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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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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.”