historical perspective

I just turned off comments for all blog posts prior to 2010…as anyone with a blog knows, sifting through the hundreds of spam comments for the real ones is, well, time consuming. So it was a bit of a trip down memory lane.  I started this version of the blog about two years ago.  (I’ve…

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reality tv

I’ve gotten quite a few emails in the past few weeks regarding Project Runway, including some from Bunim Murray, the entity responsible for casting the show. Some background:  I have a retail store combined with my sewing studio on wharf street in Portland.  At least once a week, sometimes everyday, someone walks in for the…

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on goal making

Sometimes I think about making goals. because, as you’ve probably heard, goal-making is a popular activity among successful people in the blogo-welt (I just couldn’t bring myself to end that word with ‘sphere’.) When I was twenty I was deliberately making goals, focusing on future success & imagined idealized outcomes. By the time I was…

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threads

I woke up this morning and checked the site analytics, finding the large number of incoming visitors from the Threads Magazine article.  While I am pleasantly surprised that Threads decided to re-release the article with a link to my new brook there site, I am intrigued yet again by the type of comments it has…

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learning styles and problem solving

I had an interesting conversation with Anna this morning as I was showing the steps to insert a zipper for this pocket.  It’s a complicated, many stepped process:  the zipper is heavy duty, and the fabric is lighter.  The fabric has to be cut into in order to place the zipper within a fabric ‘rectangle’,…

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thoughts on travel

1. really don’t think TSA special screening is random, despite the little chat they give you before the patdown.  I’ve only been selected twice in my life, both times I had changed my ticket outside of security without 90 minutes of departure.  (one of which was yesterday.)  Standing in line to board the plane, I…

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simple message

a common observation is that most successful small businesses have a very limited range of products. I’m not going to discuss services. There are many reasons to limit one’s products: 1. cost of production is lower through higher volumes 2. NRE (non-recoverable engineering) is greatly reduced over the life-cycle of the company, and can be…

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stitches

sewing can be a form of active meditation.  once you know what you’re doing-  which people who sew professionally do know most of the time-  the tasks are repetitive and simple, small steps, less complicated or strenuous than cleaning a kitchen. they require visual and tactile attention but not mental attention.  it’s the perfect opportunity…

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