It’s International Women’s Day, and I don’t feel like celebrating

I did wear red. Moreover, it’s handmade red. Coming soon to a blog post near you. I made some small donations  (Oxfam Canada, for their recent report card, and the Canadian Women’s Foundation). I wrote a few emails to politicians. I shopped at women-owned local businesses. But otherwise: Not so much. If I’m going to feedContinue reading “It’s International Women’s Day, and I don’t feel like celebrating”

I. Am. So. Sorry.

As we all know, 2016 sucked. Jesus Christ what a terrible year. From the never-ending stream of celebrity deaths (and not the awful ones! What? Why?) to the terrible environmental news and the disastrous American election and Brexit and Syria various global catastrophes to the smaller and more personal crises of harassment, Frances’s health issues,Continue reading “I. Am. So. Sorry.”

Moneta Again (Dancing Dress Part 3)

Cool printed fabrics are hard to pass up, for two reasons. One: they are cool. That border print–right? When am I going to see that again? And now this very large floral repeat. In a lovely, beautifully soft and cool bamboo jersey. Two: Because simple patterns show off fussy fabrics best, making them up isContinue reading “Moneta Again (Dancing Dress Part 3)”

Positive Self-Talk Via Cross-Stitch, Hurrah!

I read a number of years ago in Snoop that motivational posters are essentially a form of self-talk, and one of the most reliable external indicators of a neurotic temperament. Science. Gotta love it. Apparently people buy them, not to communicate to other people their commitment to Excellence or Overcoming Fear or Success, but toContinue reading “Positive Self-Talk Via Cross-Stitch, Hurrah!”

2016 Anti-Resolution (sewing and otherwise)

I used to be so good. Every year I would start thinking about my New Year’s Resolutions in November. By December 31, I’d try to narrow the list down to 10. Each would be specific and measurable, and have been broken down into steps with defined follow-up dates. Does this sound exhausting to you? It’sContinue reading “2016 Anti-Resolution (sewing and otherwise)”

Southern Reach

[Spoiler warning to end all spoiler warnings. You will find out about just about everything that happens in these books.] I have, as I’ve said before, a considerable taste for dystopian and apocalyptic fiction, moreso in recent years than previously; and according to actual published scientific research (!!!) it is not just me. Apparently, theContinue reading “Southern Reach”

Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr My rating: 2 of 5 stars Boy, am I ever glad I didn’t pay for this. Mohr’s heart is in the right place. She wanted to write a book that would help women overcome a lifetime of socialization and learn to believe in ourselves,Continue reading “Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message”

Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Follow my blog with Bloglovin (sorry for that. i’m going through the tedious process of claiming my blog — yes, it took me forever — and apparently i have to include that in a new post. so) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein My rating: 1 of 5 stars Naomi’s politicalContinue reading “Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”

Don’t. Be. Nice.*

So this ancient article finally made its way through the blogosphere to roll across my FB feed this morning, and you’ve probably seen it already, but I’m going to share it with you anyway: Psychologists Find That Nice People are More Likely to Hurt You (from io9.com) People who are agreeable are also more likelyContinue reading “Don’t. Be. Nice.*”