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I am a mother, a grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge was published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Flypaper thought pandemic edition

  • I have been in the woods of Texas lately and offline
  • Spent a lot of time with the wildlife and my own life
  • Felt due after retiring from teaching this year
  • In a few days we head home
  • Early because of this Corona thing
  • The Canadian government is calling us back to the mother ship
  • A cooperative healthcare system means you cooperate
  • We will be going back for two weeks of self isolation
  • You know what in other times we called a sewcation
  • Completely fine with being stuck in the house with food left at the end of the driveway
  • Of course we have to get there first
  • Only thing on my mind is my niece who nurses in long term care
  • And my daughter with her own immune issues due to MS
  • But of course she will be working because her patients are kids with cancer
  • And they need her
  • I am thinking of all I know about epidemics
  • My mom nursed polio and TB patients
  • She terrorized us all through our childhoods
  • My dad used to say with pride "your mother could stop the bubonic plague in its tracks"
  • When she used to come to visit she starting disinfecting the kids' toys before her coat was off
  • Books people gave us when we were kids were baked in the oven before we could read them
  • I only found out that all books didn't have warped pages once I was old enough to join a library
  • Home sick
  • Quarantine
  • Isolation
  • Used to be a thing
  • Remember germs?
  • Even those rounds of measles, mumps, and chickenpox we all had in grade two one after another
  • Meant long stints in dark rooms and no one to play with
  • Now there are commercials on TV for a pill you take so your flu vanishes and you go out the door to work
  • Hard for that generation to get this lie low thing
  • Time for thinking about the public good
  • Which would do us all good
  • So even though it broke my heart to tell the kids in California I wasn't coming to babysit
  • And even though I had had patterns and fabric shipped there ahead
  • That house didn't need someone flying in to see them
  • Another time, a better time
  • In the meantime on my way home
  • Restored by the trees and the owls and the camping life
  • To sit tight until this cloud passes
  • And try to learn the lessons that this time offers
  • While I sew myself some seams