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We will grasp our desires soon by the nape

That photo above is of my husband and daughter at the Seattle women’s march. The one below is me with both my kids. I was grateful to greet the marchers at Seattle Center, though I wasn’t able to walk the 3+ miles due to pain. The plodding, mechanical unfolding of Trump’s agenda is now seeping…

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I’ve decided to let Marie Kondo change my life

I bought her book when it first came out, and I loved it. She said all the right things. When I imagined being done with the Konmar process, and my house looking serene and zen-like, I got the same feeling I get when I look at small boats or tiny houses or a well-organized backpack.…

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Week #2 (2017) Personal Goals Update

I’m going to write this update differently than the last because I’m still learning how I want to do this. Both how I want to personally accomplish things this year, and how I want to write about them publicly. My first week was writing topic/comment, where I’d name a change and talk about my progress. What…

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Progress on new year’s plans, week 1

I’m trying out resolutions this year. Sort of. It’s more that I’m trying out using the energy of the new year as a push to start making some changes. I know that probably sounds exactly like “new year’s resolutions”, but whether it’s torture or productive is all in how I phrase it to myself. I have…

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Sewing panels into a favorite old shirt, and the virtues of keeping your “skinny clothes”

Not until I became obsessed with sewing back in August did I realize how much clothes mean to me. How a single piece can be full of meaning and memory, how just seeing something in my dresser can make me smile or feel more secure in the world. I knew I felt this way about…

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Let’s call it, “Two thousand and Sucksteen”

This has been my year, but I’m not claiming it’s the worst. People around the world are having years of suck that make mine look like a fantasy of unicorns and daisies. In the US, many of us are just depressed. If you’re female or gay or black or Mexican or Muslim or you care…