2020 has been full of devastating sadness. My dear mother died. Then we retreated into our hermitage as I protected my old lion of a husband from the plague sweeping … Continue reading The Writing Life, Cont’d
I am four chapters into writing the historical novel about my ancestral Flanagan family, trying to get them out of their worker’s paradise in Leclaire, Illinois, and back to coal-blackened … Continue reading Kitty Flanagan and the writing life
I never get tired of poking into the history of my grandmother’s family, the Flanagans. It is a sprawling saga of heartbreak and scandal, redeemed by the strength and resilience … Continue reading Kitty Flanagan: the saga begins
I found a new mask pattern that looked faster and easier to make than the last one: the DIY Overhead Facemask by Mimi, on Bluprint. But for me nothing is … Continue reading Making Masks, Round 2
Marking the days, trying to strike a balance between engaging in the worldwide distress and owning our own moment in our own space.
Trying to capture the moment. Maybe cobble together a series of disjointed moments. So I can look back in a year or two and say, “Wasn’t that a time.” I’m … Continue reading Paranoia
I’m pushing myself to draw as another method of capturing my place in this historic moment. Inspiration came from the iconic Weatherbird, which has appeared on the pages of my … Continue reading Pandemic diary: 10,000 dead
Come on, I know you have one. Maybe you didn’t even realize it till you looked back across your life and thought, “Oh yeah, I could do that.” That being … Continue reading What is your superpower?
With some misgivings, I finally made a mask this morning. Will we become a nation of mask-wearers in a better-than-nothing attempt to ward off infection? Or will homemade cotton masks … Continue reading Making Masks
(Eating in the pandemic time) My mother was 11 when Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind was published. It was 1936 and the Great Depression had thrown the world into … Continue reading As God is my witness…
There is snow on the ground The dish-towels I dyed several years ago are looking faded and sad. I saw this video, taking ice-dyeing a step up from “random.” Constraint: … Continue reading Snow-dye dish towel refresh