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On Spin, Measure, Cut: Hobby Lobby and the Tangled Skein of Reproductive Rights

This is the first piece of writing I've been able to relate to in a long time. My now-deceased grandmother made me an afghan as a wedding gift and it is one of my very few cherished possessions. It's made of the same acrylic wool as yours and the pattern is similar to the afghan you're making for your daughter. The colours in mine are varying shades of pink (including fuschia), which are not even close to my favourites, but, oddly enough, they match my couch.

Although she was happy about my marriage, my grandmother was, like your great aunt, deeply mistrustful of male authority figures, including my grandfather. She was very pleased that I got a good education. She even told me once that she had the opportunity to go to medical school, but refused. This would have been in the 1930s and 40s. I asked her why and she figured she mustn't have really wanted it. Maybe she didn't, but the answer was unsatisfactory to me at the time. It still is, and I sometimes wonder now what was going on there.

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm 0

On The Cider Report

My favorite, readily-available cider is Crispin Imported English Cider. Crispin has several ciders, but this one, in green cans, is my favorite, since it's dry. I recently tried their Extra Dry, but found that it was too sweet.

If you like ciders with flavor, try the Etienne Dupont ciders. I love them, but they taste a bit like hay. They are from Normandy and are delicious.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 2:27 pm 0

On Advice To Jill Abramson from My Mom

Thank you for sharing this. Your mother is remarkable.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 5:47 pm 1

On An Open Letter to Summer Fashion Trends

I love this. Beach hair is impossible to get, unless I actually go to the beach. Then my hair is full of salt.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 1:03 pm 0

On The Best Time I Took a Rescue Cat to a Pet Psychic

This was great - very funny.

Posted on May 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm 0

On It Was Really Lovely Meeting You

I loved this! Very lighthearted and touching.

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm 0

On Teenage Girls, as Imagined By an 8-Year-Old in 1991

@BosomBuddy Funny! I'm sorry you were grounded. I don't know if my parents ever saw my pictures, which were pretty harmless minus the boobs. If they did, thank god they never said anything.

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm 0

On Teenage Girls, as Imagined By an 8-Year-Old in 1991

This more or less represents my childhood perception of teenage girls. All the girls in my drawings had significant cleavage, though. For whatever reason, large breasts were a marker of the best kind of adulthood. Looking back on it, they probably also reflect how I absorbed and fetishized (maybe not the best word) the predominant feminine ideal at the time.

A+++++ for all the bright colors.

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm 3

On Friday Open Thread

@isabelle bleu Thanks so much everyone - I never even thought about an experience gift or house maintenance.

Posted on December 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@Matilda D'Ephemera These are great suggestions, thanks. My mother enjoys gardening so the seeds or tools are very good ideas. They just moved into a new house and so I'm thinking of things they might need.

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 11:18 pm 0