Saturday, June 14, 2014
I've been inspired by VJH-W65's blog. She finally completed a very difficult quilt project that's been in the works for over 20 years.
Well, my little cross stitch is just under that mark. I probably started it just before or just after the boys were born, so that puts it at around 18 years. Here's what the finished product WILL look like (emphasis on the WILL):
My eyesight is not what it used to be, though I can still manage with bright light and limited time spent. So, my goal is to do just 30 minutes of stitching per week. This was always intended to be one of the showpieces in my bedroom remodel, and since that is finally underway too, I'd better get a move on!
Updating this blog with a picture showing the progress to date. So actually I'm closer to ⅓ complete. Today I spent 2 minutes making sure I had all the floss and materials ready to go, and having my son take a picture. This fabric is very fine, so the stitches are very small. The hoop I'm using here is about 4" across. Look at the needles to see the relative scale of it.
06/15 2 minutes
6/22 10 minutes
Monday, April 21, 2014
An open letter to Phyllis (she isn't dead yet?) Schlafly from a future leader of America! (Excerpt follows, full text available in link.)
Dear Ms. Schlafly,
I’m a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing ever just because we’re different. Really though, I think since you want to be all up in the public eye, it would really do you a lot of good to understand things from the perspective of one of the young women who will be taking over this country soon.
I’ve been thinking about how I can explain what feminism means to my generation in a way you might not have thought of before. I wanted to try to work from something we have in common, and it’s been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra.
I was reading recently about a company called Yellowberry that was started by a young woman because she took her younger sister bra shopping and her sister didn’t like any of the choices. None of the bras fit her, and she felt the selections were too sexual. So she started a line of bras so that girls would have more options. As for myself, I shop at Victoria’s Secret. It’s not because I want to be sexy or have any grand delusions of looking like one of their models. I shop there because they have different styles of bras so I can find something I think is pretty that fits me. I don’t know where you shop for your bras, but I bet you have a favorite one. I bet you have that one bra that’s comfortable and goes with just about everything. I bet the last thing you were thinking about when you bought that bra was what a man would think about it.
A link to the full article:
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
From "Food Democracy Now!":
After a 6-month investigation into the top shareholders of Monsanto, Food Democracy Now! has learned that the largest shareholders of Monsanto stock are massive institutional investors. They are some of the world’s largest and most popular mutual funds – names like Vanguard, Fidelity and State Street.
This is where millions of Americans invest their hard earned money hoping to be able to retire one day – and they are the top shareholders for Monsanto, giving it the capital and respectability it needs to continue its corporate bullying of farmers and our democracy. Even worse, if you haven’t checked, Monsanto could be hiding in your 401K or pension fund as well.
Harmful and deceitful tobacco corporations such as Philip Morris and RJR Reynolds do not pass the smell test for social responsible investing; neither should Monsanto.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
There's a petition at Moms Rising that could use a few more signatures:
The text reads:
Dear Daniel S. Schwartz, CEO Burger King and Emil Brolick, CEO Wendy’s:
We, the undersigned, write to ask Burger King and Wendy's to strengthen its commitment to providing children with healthy meal options, including by removing soda and other sugary beverages from your children’s menu.
Families eat out almost twice as often as they did in the 1970s, with children consuming about a quarter of their calories at fast-food and other restaurants.Given the growing role of restaurant foods in children’s diets and the high rates of childhood obesity, restaurants should do more to help children eat better.
Soda and other sugary drinks may promote obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the single largest source of sugar in children’s diets, providing nearly half of their added sugars intake. Drinking just one additional sugary drink every day increases a child’s odds of becoming obese. With one in three children overweight or obese in the United States, it no longer makes sense to include sugary beverages in restaurant meals for young children.
We encourage you to remove soda and other sugary drinks from your children’s menu. We look forward to your response.
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