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My favorite news discussion show. I’m going to post a running commentary.

How about a law requiring politicians to answer the question that’s asked!!!!! The Republican is absolutely refusing to answer the questions she’s asking. He doesn’t say that, of course. More people would realize he was doing that if he did.

And how about a law requiring politicians to make a single point only one time in a given interview. Or even no more than three. How dare the Republican talk about getting beyond talking points and then spout the very same talking points seven or eight times!

I was disappointed that Christiane didn’t call him on it more directly, until she directly said he had refused to answer on blocking loopholes.

I can only write so fast, so I’ll skip the Democrat and go on to the discussion. I think whoever said this is all political theater is right. And that is why the populace is mad as hell at Congress. 435 Drama Queens! Make that 535, adding on the Senate.

The Presidential race? I don’t see how Obama can lose and I think the Republicans know that. That’s why there’s not a single one of any substance. Just a bunch of folks who are willing to settle for a mention in future textbooks as the Republican candidate.

On to Afghanistan and the other wars, or sort-of wars. Get ’em out. Want to spend the 4th of July actually doing something to help the troops? Bring ’em home! Stop this horrible waste of evry kind of capital that is any war. There are so many people in the world that we can’t afford this nonsense anymore. And I’m not just talking about the US. I’m talking about the world.

Did you know that 95% of the people that are casualties of any war are civilians? I found that out in 2004, and I’ll never ever forget it. What a  waste of human capital, fuel, manufacturing capacity. We might as well make all that stuff and throw it off a cliff. There are a whole lot of folks who would rush to put it to real use making people’s lives better.

Am I missing something? Why is George Will on TV so often. Is he actually respected as very knowledgeable? I’ve never been impressed. Maybe I should listen less skeptically to what he says.

Look, I’m a woman. I hate the position of women under the Taliban. I’d like to think the women of Afghanistan aren’t about to accept going back to what their lives were like under the Taliban. But then I think there are a lot of cases in the world in which bad things are allowed to go on just because people let them and the moment people just ignore the nonsense it stops. I learned that at the Berlin Wall, another lesson I’ll never forget.

I love that she includes viewpoints that are informed by experience of life outside the US.

Just caught myself sitting here with a frown on my face sticking out my bottom lip. And then the interview with Mrs. Obama came on and I beamed. As a member of the 60’s generation, I know that it is our actions during the struggle in the US for civil rights that made it possible for a black family to be in the White House.

My husband came across the fact the other day that somewhere around 12 of the states already have a non-white majority and that the whole country will have a non-white majority by 2050. I’m white. And I don’t dread that. Iven if I were likely to be around then, I would not dread that. I think the country will be better for it.

And the in Memorium. I love this part every week. “We remember ALL the people who died in war this week.” A few are listed, but she chooses to recognize all. I admire Christiane Amanpour.


Face it! There’s a reason why Norway, Denmark, Finland, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Canada, and 8 other countries outrank us in economic fundamentals. There’s something they are doing right that we are doing wrong! It’s about time we looked past that label we’ve been taught to abhor …..SOCIALISM!…….and see what it is and ……HORRORS! …… copy it!

” The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich.”

John Berger

This was posted on

and I thought it important enough to deserve an end of 2009 post all by itself.

Isn’t it ironic that Americans are willing to come out into the streets to show they care about the Iranian election being stolen when they wouldn’t come out into the streets after their own elections were stolen in 2000 and 2004?

I’ve been viewing possible studio space over the last week in Unit 5 and STEW. The reasons I’m planning to move out of the St. Lawrence Textile Centre are (1) that I think I can get water and a toilet and a kitchen for the same amount and (2) the retail aspect is not working for me and I don’t really need it for the latest version of my business plans.

It amazes me that there is so little studio space available in a city with a university that offers degrees in several different arts that require such space. And that’s not the only school in the area offering such programs. Furthermore, Norwich has plenty of empty space, whole office buildings totally empty, lots of empty storefronts, whole strips of empty storefronts with office space over them.

After all, I have documented in this blog that regions “invaded” by numbers of artists soon develop other cultural amenities and attract other businesses. The whole neighborhood gets upgraded. Of course, by that time, the area has outpriced almost all of the artists, who then move on to another dilapidated area and upgrade that one. But still, it’s to any city’s advantage to invite the artists into such areas.

I’ve started collecting web stories of that strategy being used successfully in the UK. I’ll print these out and bring them along when I approach the correct council or tourist bureau person. If I managed that for Norwich, I would have left a considerable positive legacy.

I’m operating on a schedule. During the week and on Saturday, I spend a good part of each afternoon actually making things at the Centre. In the mornings and evenings, I work on details such as crocheting that I can do at home, and adding things to the St. Lawrence Textile Centre Facebook Page, and adding entries here, and planning, and doing the basics of keeping the home fires burning. It almost feels like when I was back in school at FIT working my tail off but loving every minute. It especially resembles that time because I’m not making any money there at the moment.

Well, there’s not that much of mine to buy yet. But I’ve got a bunch of works in progress. I’ve made my second “Tunique”. Is that too precious a name?

Anyhow, the first one was absolutely plain in “mermaid skin” and the back bottom sort of cups. I didn’t plan that, but it isn’t a problem. The piece looks OK anyhow, so I hung it and put on a price.

The second one, there is no difference between the back and the front bottom. The neckline is a bit different from the first, because I lost track of my row count at one point. I’ve done the crocheting of it in a contrasting color and am adding crocheted sleeves in that same color. I’m still working on the sleeves and am not yet entirely certain whether I like them or not. Whether I like them or not and how fast they are working up may determine how long they are.

The third one is on my own knitting maching, which is a bit  different than Anne’s that I used for the first two. I’ve done the whole tunique part aside from the final cast-off,  but then I’ll steam it, turn it on the machine, and add sleeves on the machine. Because the threads were even lighter and tried to jump off the machine when I was casting on, I started with a  tighter stitch and reduced to a tigher one as well. Therefore, I needed to do more rows of each tightness. I did twice as many. It now looks rather narrow compared to the others, but longer as well, so I’m thinking of adding godet-ed panels to the sides to make it a dress. I’ll be really curious to see how it turns out.

I’m also working on a woven scarf on the little rigid heddle loom. It’s rather a coarse piece, maybe more a table runner than a scarf, but I won’t know that until it’s been washed. It feels good to be weaving again, even plain weave. I do miss the Macomber I worked on at school and the room I had to work. I probably should more the Harrisville to the Centre as well if I really intend to use it here. But something in me hopes for a heated space by the fall that I can move it to.

OK. Here we go again.

A twill woven on a 24-harness dobby

A twill woven on a 24-harness dobby

This scarf was in Handwoven

This scarf was in Handwoven

I believe it was a rosepath weave with waffleweave at the bottom. The article was about a technique I had “invented” for dropping a bead into every waffle.

A point twill woven over a handpainted warp.

A point twill woven over a handpainted warp.

I was very proud of this one and sort of hated to see it sold.  I keep telling myself I will make more and better ones.

A doubleweave done in blocks

A doubleweave done in blocks

I don’t even need to brag about this one.

Several of a set of 20 coordinated samples for upholstery

Several of a set of 20 coordinated samples for upholstery

I did this set of samples with the kinds of ceiling tiles you see in older building in New York City in mind. I was thinking of stories I’d seen in the papers about such buildings being turned into boutique hotels.

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