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Bessie Spence stitched a masterpiece

In 1914, Bessie Spence completed a remarkable tablecloth composed of seventy distinct pieces of embroidery. Her work was extraordinarily: extravagant baskets of fruit and flowers, butterflies, a ...

The great big undoing

Change is neither easy nor fast. I once read that it will take friends and family an average of three years to notice change in you. I hope that's true since it's been almost that long since I st...

Anti-beige

I have had it with everything beige, or gray, or dusty rose. Walls, sofas, mugs, pillows, pants, jackets and shirts, our material world has been washed out by an unstoppable tide of ecru. Good Go...

Self portrait as a chair

There are many things we buy that make us look good but only those things we truly love make us feel authentic. This is my chair for every meal I eat at the kitchen table. It wasn't designed fo...

The need for clarity

Someone, anyone, please give us a road map on how to navigate the challenges ahead. Covid cases are surging here in Houston. Some official voices tell us this will soon be under control. Others r...

Camouflage

The point of camouflage is that it’s never what you think it is. I had plenty of time to ponder that fact while up-cycling this army hat that I found at the thrift shop. It's a good hat, sturdy, ...

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