So. Uh. Have any of you found yourselves sewing through your fabric stash a bit faster than you’d anticipated when making your New Year’s Resolutions? Oh, not asking for any particular reason–just–you know. Around the time I published that last post, I stopped looking at my closet full of fabric as an Embarrassing Monument toContinue reading

Covid Comfort

Last Update: April 1 There’s almost 70 stories here now of people acting from their best selves, and my sense is most people have found the thing they’re going to do, whether it’s organizing virtual dinner parties or finding ways to express care during isolation and quarantine or thanking front-line workers or supporting their communityContinue reading “Covid Comfort”

Never argue with a conspiracy theorist

You can’t work in the climate field without regularly talking to people who think organizing 99% of the world’s climatologists into a mass conspiracy of fake-consensus is no big deal. I can only assume that none of them have ever managed a project, or even tried to get a group of 12 people to agreeContinue reading “Never argue with a conspiracy theorist”

Why does it feel like 2020 is half over already?

Would you believe me if I said I’ve written two posts over the last few weeks, both of which were eaten by dying laptop batteries? (More to the point, I suppose: would you care?) I don’t know about you, but what with wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, impeachment trials, and something about the british monarchy, 2020 alreadyContinue reading “Why does it feel like 2020 is half over already?”

#SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge — Frivolous At Last

Now here’s a sewing challenge I can get behind completely. But as someone who already almost never buys clothes, it was challenging to think of a pledge to make! Here’s what I’ll be working with: 1. I’m going to work on appreciating beautiful fabrics with my eyes instead of my wallet: just because it’s gorgeousContinue reading “#SlowFashion2020: Create Your Own Sustainable Challenge — Frivolous At Last”

the dance party at the end of the universe

I have a hunch: a lot of people don’t join in collective climate actions (or other kinds) because it looks like work. And it’s advertised like work. You read things, you go somewhere to get more things to read like pamphlets and reports, you listen to very smart people talk about stuff that uses aContinue reading “the dance party at the end of the universe”

A Citizen Mandate Letter

Ann is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me on the internet. We met online in the early days of our mom blogging adventures, about (OMG) fifteen years ago. Over the years we’ve participated in panels together, Frances and I have spent wonderful weekends at her cottage, we’ve met up for dinnerContinue reading “A Citizen Mandate Letter”

A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934

I know, another sewing post! Don’t faint. Today we have a double post: pajamas and a duffel bag. (Both of which were made for a trip, although both were needed too. The pajamas because I haven’t had a proper pair of new winter pjs for decades; and the duffel bag because the last one IContinue reading “A cozy travelling duo: Simplicity 5271 and Butterick 5934”

Burda 10/2018 Pants #114: Every work wardrobe needs a pair of bright pink pants

Holy cow, a sewing post! I have been sewing–slowly–but not many new patterns, and I’m not someone who likes to review patterns I’ve already reviewed unless I did something substantially different. And there’s not a whole lot of gaps in my wardrobe to fill right now, so not much need to sew. One thing IContinue reading “Burda 10/2018 Pants #114: Every work wardrobe needs a pair of bright pink pants”

The Outrage Economy

It just so happened that two books I put on hold at the library ages ago (Team Human and How To Do Nothing) became available at the same time and were about mostly the same thing: the attention economy, why it is very bad for us, and how we need to reconnect with each otherContinue reading “The Outrage Economy”