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Kay Is Away; Ann Soldiers (Valiantly) On


Dear Kay, Straight up, I am not comfortable writing on your day.  It just feels wrong.  I don’t have a dog photo.  I don’t know any good British teledramas (except Broadchurch, which has only two seasons to watch, not 30 like Eastenders).  I don’t have a four-acre garter stitch blanket on the go.  Despite the fact that people regularly call me Kay and you Ann, I have to face into the fact that we are separate people, for...

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Lazy Sunday: Creative Entrepreneurs Open Up


Dear Kay, Today let’s listen to stories from two smart women who make me realize how valuable it is when women let the truth fly. The two audio links below feature two of the more intensely creative people I know: Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin and Karen Templer of Fringe Supply Co. Each has built a company out of a deep need to create. In these pieces, you will hear how their choices came after a long time in other demanding...

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How to Get Rid of Ladybugs, Etc.


Dear Kay, The ladybug invasion has arrived, and it is SO GROSS. One ladybug: make a wish! Two ladybugs: aw! A couple! Eighty ladybugs: the Walking Dead. Slow-moving zombie bugs, easy targets, SO GROSS. I know that ladybugs eat aphids, and that’s great, but there are no aphids inside my house. You climb in my windows? At your peril, ladybugs, at your peril. They particularly love son Clif’s bedroom. So warm and sunny, with an open...

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Women Do Things

    Dear Ann, In celebration of Fashion Revolution, make yourself something cute, of course–that is a priority. But also please run over to Gael Towey’s brand-new website, and watch her short film telling the story of Natalie Chanin and the Alabama Chanin clothing line. Three members of our sewing circle are involved, along with assorted sons-in-law-to-be and husbands (the call of the sewing circle is irresistible). Leaving...

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Two Words: Rag Balls


Dear Ann, In this season of gratefulness, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve wished for a knitting group, and how funny it is that when it finally arrived (like a pony from the sky), it was a sewing circle. A bunch of women I didn’t know a few years ago.  We are the unofficial New York City branch of the Alabama Chanin Sewing Society and Fan Club. Sometimes I knit at sewing circle. If the mutual support (aka gossip) is flying,...

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