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Crazy for Ewe
Knitting as active rest

Meet Malcolm, our new puppy.  We were very lucky to find  him, and the Saturday after Thanksgiving we brought home an 8 week old bundle of cuddles and happiness.  I still miss my Dorey every day, but this little guy is working very hard to fill the hole in my  heart.  He is also working very hard to learn the secrets of my knitting bag and understand why it fascinates me.  He already knows more

Parenting your yarn

I had lunch in Baltimore with my sister, Janet, last week.  A fabulous artist, she took me to a little restaurant inside the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM).  There was a show in the museum called Parenting, an Art without a Manual.  The show featured 36 different artists and dozens of different media.  Each artist presented his or her own experience of being a parent, or being a child, and all the ways there are to approach those complicated relationships.  There were some lovely celebrations of warm happy childhoods, and there were some exhibits that were really sad and kind of disturbing.  It makes you realize just how hard parenting is, especially since babies don't come with very good more

For the love of Dog

It's been a week since we let our sweet fur baby, Dorey, go to doggy heaven.  It was so hard to do, but it was absolutely the right thing.  The right thing is rarely ever the easy thing I guess.  Dorey had been suffering some time with severe arthritis in her hips, and it got to the point where we simply couldn't medicate her enough to ease the pain.  I told the children that it was time, and we all went to the vet's office together.  They gave Dorey a little sedative, and we realized more

Preserving the story to inspire and empower

This past weekend I attended the biennial conference of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, an organization with the motto Entrusted with History's Future.  Our mission is to protect and preserve the homes, collections and artifacts of the men and women who labored to bring forth our nation.  Over the years, the some of details of their lives have been lost, and we read only of their great deeds through the history books that clothe them in glory to inspire future generations.  What we really need, however, are their stories, the more

Comparison - thief of joy?

Theodore Roosevelt said, Comparison is the Thief of Joy.  I know what he meant when he said that.  It's so easy to look at other people's seemingly awesome lives, and be suddenly unhappy with our own awesome life.   It's especially hard with the carefully curated images on social media that seem to scream, "Hey look at all the fun I'm having that you're not."  So, obviously it's a total buzz kill to compare yourself against others in order to judge how much/how more

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