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It seems the right day to read this story again. I am writing in the near dark, just the illumination of candles and a friendly pair of glowing pumpkins looking over my shoulder. Jack Straw was one of those rare... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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I am happy to announce that I have finally taken the plunge and created my own independent small press, Leaping Hart Press. It has been an exciting process, watching as each requirement for an LLC falls into place (though not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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I have been working on a new warp for a set of really interesting tea towels from Amanda Rataj, which have lots of interesting weaving elements in them. I am hoping it will stretch my skills at just about all aspects of the weaving process. The set up was challenging... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
I recently came across this beautiful and haunting folk song -- sung here by Tim O'Brien, whose mournful fiddle is as haunting as the song. It is an odd combination of of martial spirit, the soldier's success in battle, pride... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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Yes, it's a bit past the actual date for the first day of fall, but as we rose before dawn and did a four mile walk, the cooling air, the clouds over the dawn seemed to inspire my husband to bake great things....all at once. A molasses whole wheat loaf... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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Sep 28, 2019
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I have been going through all of the vintage and antique textiles, embroideries, stitched and crocheted, woven and printed that are a part of my family's tradition and thought I would share them on the blog. Monday's piece is a beautiful Chimayo blanket that was woven by an elder weaver... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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Working frantically to finish up this baby sweater before the new grandchild arrives! Mr Yee Yee, my bear oversees the work and regularly encourages me to keep going.....just one more row! Working sleeves, finally! And....it's finished! Just in time too, though it may be a month or two before it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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I found this beautifully crocheted border made by my great aunt Anna. It is the perfect length to go around a pillow case and I think I shall purchase some linen to make the case. Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
Love that there is a cafe with that name! I don't get to the Midwest as often as I use to -- but if drive through Minneapolis again I will definitely stop there! (Love too the "Floating World" part of their name.
Toggle Commented Aug 27, 2019 on The Company I Keep at In the Labyrinth
Hi David, I have emailed you a response, which I hope will prove to be helpful.
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2019 on The Disasters of Madrid NM at In the Labyrinth
Here is a wonderful old photograph of my father, Emile, his mother Madeleine, and his sister Rosine (they were a mere 13 months or so apart in ages) in Paris in the early 1930s. I love my father's beautiful smiling... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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Happy Anniversary Mister! We look so earnest, so young, and so in love hanging on to each other. I made my wedding dress two days before the wedding -- a Vogue pattern of an Albert Nippon dress, fabric was $1.39... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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This blog/website is a combination of all my different parts: In the Labyrinth: the main blog for my on-going writing life which often includes research notes (easier to find them all in one place), events, books and essays. Nature and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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In anxious moments while working on the current novel, I turn for assistance to a 1968 Paris Review interview with the great Canadian author Robertson Davies where he describes his writing process, a laborious and methodical investigation long before the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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Perhaps one of the greatest pleasures is reading Sicilian folktales in the midday while getting drunk on Plank'd, a dense-full-bodied-beer (16.2 percent) produced locally in Boulder. Like the beer, the stories are rowdy, naughty, mythic and full of gullible and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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Here is a lovely pair of vintage knitting spools that belonged to my mother when she was a child. I learned many years ago how to knit a long cord with it -- though I shall to avail myself of every friendly you-tube videos to relearn the skill. I am... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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Always swoon-worthy, are these lovely Medieval flowers appearing in the margins of various Book of Hours, sometimes in medical texts, sometimes in gardening books. I can never get enough of looking at these beautiful images and feeling inspired, mostly to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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Would that I could begin a novel with such splendid introduction as this frame story for Basile's entire collection of tales: "It is an established proverb, one of ancient coinage that he who seeks what he shouldn't, finds what he... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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I am having such a fine time reading 16th century Basile's splendid introductions to stories in his Tales of Tales. And while the tales are wicked-wonderful, it is these observations on the human condition that have me enthralled -- I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at In the Labyrinth
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On my way to Sunday mass, and all my jeans except for one pair with a ripped knee were in the wash. A quick mend using vintage fabric from my mother's childhood. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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Warp Drive has a new meaning for me-- trying to get every single inch the warp can provide to get the project finished. However, in this case, I still ran short. I am not sure why, and probably will need to go over my own thoughtless forms of waste --... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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In our house the number one mending task is to keep our karate gis in one piece. We wear them hard and gussets and seams start tearing up after months of working out. And, because replacing them is expensive, I am always happy to lay down iron on facing and... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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I am familiar with the frequent knitting panic that occurs toward the end of a project where you wonder if the remaining yarn is going to be enough to actually finish the project. Apparently, this is a weaving worry as well! I am beginning to wonder if I have enough... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2019 at Handwork and The Craft
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This is a terrific collection, short enough to read all of the stories which range from tragic ("The Duchess of Malta") to naughty, bawdy, and full of fools. These are selections taken from historical collections that span 1300s -- 1600s.... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at In the Labyrinth