"Beauty is as beauty does" — Chaucer in The Wife of Bath's Tale (c. 1387) (Originally "Handsome is as handsome does.") The other day an ad for "sustainable" branded packaging passed through my Instagram feed. The eye candy hooked me, and I clicked through. On their About page the company, Noissue, says they were founded ...to provide makers, brands and businesses of all sizes access to … [Read more...] about My Beautiful Ugly Packaging
Though I've been married for eleven years now, it's only been in about the last eight weeks that I finally stopped living my life on my husband's rhythms and instead began to live more fully on mine. We work from home so we mostly make our own schedule and he likes to sleep in. So for years I've let the clock tick further into the morning kind of just laying there, even though I wanted to get … [Read more...] about Finding the Light in These Dark Corona Times
Serial business failure and tragicomic president, Donald J. Trump, bloviated today that he wouldn't approve an emergency loan for the U.S. Post Office unless it raised its package service rates immediately. And the rate hike recommended by the chronic debtor-in-chief, a man who has likely never even personally mailed one package in his life? Four times the current rate. That's … [Read more...] about Higher Post Office Rates will Kill the US Economy
Americans have rightly praised the key heroes and heroines of the COVID-19 battle, notably frontline healthcare workers and first responders. And our hearts — and hopefully wallets — have gone out to the service industry, most of all restaurant workers, who have almost no safety net in a crisis like this. I applaud folks who have tried to buy to-go food and tip servers as big as possible. In … [Read more...] about The Hidden Heroines in the Coronavirus Battle — Seamstresses!
The governor in my state, Virginia, has now issued a total stay at home order. We've gone from social distancing, travel advisements, and schools being shut down through the academic year to straight out "do not leave home unless absolutely necessary." The governor says to expect this through May. In one way the final order is good news. It's clarifying to have a leader who's not … [Read more...] about Coronavirus, Quarantine, and the Meaning of American Life
Keeping us all at home under a mood of "lockdown," and with no end date in sight, the coronavirus threat threatens to do much more — that is, turn us into pajama-wearing couch zombies with a permanent ring of Cheetos around our lips. Not so for Lady Virginia. Even if I wasn't a somewhat dressy type person, perfectly happy to never wear leggings or flip flops and never use icky … [Read more...] about Beauty In the Coronavirus Era