The Epistolary Moment

Two anecdotes about receiving mail, followed by a probably clumsy cultural analysis: There’s a photo of Merlin at the end, too.   Item one: Once each September I send an email to one of my oldest friends, whom I haven’t seen in 15-ish years, as a sort of birthday gift.   Because my birthday is… Continue reading The Epistolary Moment

The Enemy of Done

I’m not sure if anyone actually wants to read about quilts so I tried to have some Ideas about it. There’s also photos of Merlin involved. The old saw you use on someone when you want them to hurry up, “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good” has a lesser known corollary.   Don’t… Continue reading The Enemy of Done

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Orphaned Objects

Despite acquiring the bulk of my wardrobe from thrift stores for most of my life I have an emotional allergy to the retail experience presented at thrift stores. I have to wash clothes from the thrift store twice, usually, because the smell of the industrial detergent they use will occasionally trigger migraines. . This phenomenon… Continue reading Orphaned Objects

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Games, Ironic Distance, and Journaling

There are two broad types of games, games of chance (roulette) and games of skill (chess) though most games (poker, basketball, board games, etc) lie somewhere on a spectrum between them. Something I find interesting is the implicit nature we have, whether as spectators or participants to narrativize a game. I have given several talks… Continue reading Games, Ironic Distance, and Journaling