Designers, makers, curators, bloggers, and boutique owners have been abuzz with news of Pantone's 2021 "colors of the year." Even venues like Etsy issued their own "color of the year," too. Pantone went with two colors this year — "illuminating yellow" and "ultimate gray." Etsy settled on sky blue. Both style-making authorities cited optimism in choosing uplifting colors, though Pantone … [Read more...] about Why Brown Deserves a Place with The Colors of the Year for 2021
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
You've gotten all the eggs, milk, and cheese that you can. Check. You're rationing the toilet paper, you've seen every show on Netflix, and you've cleaned out the junk drawers and finally tackled the basement. Check. Even your inbox is de-spammed and folder-organized for a bright future ahead. Check. So now what? You're bored, stir crazy, and itching for a diversion, any … [Read more...] about Why You Should Buy From an Etsy Shop During the Coronavirus Shutdown
The sun came up again today. The day is ahead of us. And so is the coronavirus pandemic. A Known Unknown Yesterday I was exchanging texts with my daughter, Anwyn, who lives in Paris and she asked me, "Is this what it was like during the AIDS crisis?" I had to admit that, no, what's happening for her is happening for me and my generation for the first time, too. We've never in our lifetimes … [Read more...] about How Lady Virginia Weathers the Coronavirus Situation
One of my earliest memories as a little girl, probably just three- or four-years-old, was finding a small patch of grass and clover growing through a crack in the sidewalk. I was immediately drawn down in to that plucky green and sassy red-tipped clover. It spoke to me and, the world being a steady wordless teacher, I didn't need to know about ideas like resilience or grit or that book A Tree … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Salvage Economy, Full Stop