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Maggi
Virginia, USA
Stitcher, sister, poet, parent, professional communicator
Interests: . . . Americana music, amethyst glass, ACC basketball, China, deviled eggs, film, hand-crafted jewelry, Italy, knitting, lyric poetry, mice, North Carolina, quilts . . .
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We arrived by bullet train in Hengyang at the same time as Sophie, the travel agency boss who'd be our guide because the local guide's child was sick. So good to meet the person I'd planned our trip with! After... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
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Wednesday we all got up and went to the Cloud 9 cooking school above the Cloud 9 Restaurant in Yangshuo. A wok on a gas burner awaited each of us, with shared oils, sauces and spices between each pair. First... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
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Guilin indeed amazes and deserves whatever designation it holds as a world wonder. Our flight from Hangzhou was about an hour late, getting us to the hotel at 10pm with a 7:45 morning call for departure to the Li River... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
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Since it was so hot outside we decided we would get some Popsicles. We went up to the stand to look at the flavors and saw that the Popsicles were shaped like candy corn with rectangular catchers that looked like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
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We are seated in Holly's Coffee across the street from our Hangzhou hotel enjoying the best air conditioning we've felt all week, as well as a de-iced caffe latte, mango smoothie and chamomile tea. The music is in English with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
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When we finally got in the aquarium after standing in the ticket line for 15 minutes in 100 degrees, we just looked for somewhere to sit and cool off. This place started out really dumb, then it got better. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
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Here we are in Shanghai, taking a midday break from the 115-degree heat index after our morning outing to the Bund and the aquarium. I have to say, it tickles me to look around our decent sized room at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
My friend Michele sent me this link to a 3-min aerial video of the river cruise. We won't be shooting video, but will have photos next week! Stunning China (UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Guilin and Yangshuo) from Aerial Entertainment... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
Betsy, Caroline & I leave Wednesday for Shanghai, our first stop on our second heritage tour. We'll stay there for a few days, getting our time zones changed and exploring an international city on our own. On Sunday we'll pop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Hot for the Homeland
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Last year I was late to discover the hashtagged movement to wear something from one's own hands every day in May. This year I am giving it a go – although I am not posting daily pix on Instagram. Many... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at maggistitches
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I've been meaning to note via Goodreads the dozen or so volumes I completed in the last calendar year. Not that the record there will go away, but this is sort of a more accessible archive. (In some cases I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at maggistitches
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[Ooops, there went another three months!] As I was last writing, after warming up with several recycled-T garments, I was ready in summer to spring for an honest-to-God DIY kit straight from the Florence HQ. This would be the perfect... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at maggistitches
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I'm not talking about six months ago ~ I'm talking about six years and six months ago, when I met Natalie Chanin in 2009. Why did I not blog about the encounter then? Who the heck knows? I've certainly spent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at maggistitches
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This is the second installment of a two-year catch-up on the knitting side of what I've been up to while absent from this blog ~ Mess o'Mitts This time last year I was in the throes of knitting a series... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at maggistitches
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Taking a cue from my friends Ann & Kay over at Mason-Dixon Knitting, I'm returning from blog hiatus. Honestly, I don't really know what happened. Life, I guess. I've got no better excuse for a two-year lapse, but I know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at maggistitches
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Like all the women in post-war America, I fell in love with Mexamerican author Harrison Shepherd, to whom Barbara Kingsolver gives some mighty writing chops in this 2009 novel. Frida & Diego, Trotsky, and stenographer Violet Brown have their own... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2013 at maggistitches
Last Sunday as I was changing clothes, I felt a lump in my breast. Or so I thought, given my fibro-cysto pair of lumpy little boobies. I didn't panic, but I didn't want to ignore the unusual either. Luckily, I'd... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2013 at maggistitches
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While this began as a knitting blog, not every reader nowadays is versed in the vast online arena of that craft. So you may not know of Ravelry.com, a website where two million of us browse patterns, show off projects,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2013 at maggistitches
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Marisha Pessl's sophomore novel, Night Film, is a hot ticket; I had to keep it hostage from the library to finish it, and my $1.50 in fines for the nearly three extra weeks was more than worth the book's wild... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at maggistitches
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This is a sweet, thoughtful film ~ with an awesome Tumblr that I just discovered, featuring images from ALL the coming-of-age films ever. I did not know that The Spectacular Now was based on a National Book Award finalist (by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at maggistitches
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Shortly before we left on vacation in August, I received a surprising piece of mail – a letter that included a check from the estate of a dear family friend who had died earlier this year. Her niece and executor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2013 at maggistitches
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What I did last week at family camp (in no particular order): hit the bullseye built a bat box biked an island rode a ferry roasted a marshmallow rowed a scull milked a cow paddled a canoe sang Happy Birthday... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at maggistitches
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I never thought I would knit blankets that weren't baby gifts, but my friends at Mason-Dixon Knitting inspired me to make my first, second, and now third. When Kay designed the pattern in 2011, based on the cover quilt from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2013 at maggistitches
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I picked this novel (Random House, 2013) up at the library while in the midst of reading another, and I'm glad I did. Taking a break from The Lacuna brought me back to it eagerly after I savored every minute... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at maggistitches
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I forgot the bread. I forgot the insalata caprese. But I bought the oysters. And the neighbors came. My farmers market had its monthly visit from Ruby Salts Oyster Company that Saturday, and those babies were indeed "fresh, plump, salty,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2013 at maggistitches