Mary Beth Writes

Pre-Xmas Thoughts

Written 12/12/2016  

1. You probably read my last post of last week that says our first grandchild was born. We are unambiguously happy.

The Frugal Craft of Sewing - Clown Edition

The "Womanly Art and Practice of Sewing"  

AKA

"Sewing with Clowns"

 

The beginnings of my career with needle and thread:  When I was in 3rd grade my classmates and I played marbles at recess. I was jealous of the cool “store-bought” marble bags some of the other kids possessed. I decided I could have a marble bag, too. All I had to do was make it myself.

Oh the places “make it myself” has taken me…

The Frugality of Gang Life

Have you ever considered joining a gang?

Three times in my life I have been a Gang-Member.

FIRST – When I was a little kid in a rural elementary school. There were about 10 girls in our class and we became a gang by necessity. If we didn’t make friends with each other we were going to be lonely - and we were also going to be at the mercy of those stinky boys.

We started Kindergarten together and were classmates through 8th grade. I learned the glories of gang life from those lovely South Hamlin girls.

The $42 Birthday Party for 10 Adults

How to Host a Dinner Party for 10 Adults for $42 - including the Wine, Beer and Birthday Present...

First make friends. Friends are definitely part of the Frugal Lifestyle although make sure they are not Judgmental.  You can’t afford judgmental friends.

So I have friends with whom I have been drinking coffee almost every Saturday morning for 15 years.  One of them announced that she would soon be turning 65.  What did I say say to that?

Lincoln, Conflict, Character

Instead of marinating in the political dysfunction around us, let's watch how an imperfect but worthy politican acted in his time and his crisis. 

Abraham Lincoln arrived in Washington February 23, 1861 by a secret route because he couldn’t drive straight into town. He was already despised by too many people; it was dangerous to let his whereabouts be known. He had been elected by less than 40% of the vote in a long, exhausting election filled with lies and slander.

Are you Accountable or Flexible?

Written / Winter 2014:

I came home from work 3 hours early today.

 Most of the days of the year I like sitting next to a wall of windows that is a front row seat on Racine. But when it’s super-hot or super cold, those 70’s era windows lose the fight with Mother Nature, and the office can become slightly miserable.

Death and that Space where Love Still Lives

I found a plaque at Goodwill (I lost the photo I took of it...) that made me laugh out loud.

I asked Jesus, "How much do you love me?"   

"This much." he answered.

Then he stretched out his arms and died.

I understand the heartfelt statement of faith and gratitude, but wow, if you are going to laminate your faith statement onto a plaque – maybe run it past a writer first?

The Human Condition on a Monday

I wrote this in the first week of 2014:

A is for apple.

Well, we made it through the first Monday of the year.  Did you twirl brilliantly through your Monday? If so, the rest of us salute you.

Over here in my corner the best I can say is that I didn’t get hurt. I did pretty much what I was supposed to do and I’m going to bed sober and tired.  For many, that would be a very good day, indeed.

But I didn’t write anything profound. I didn’t glean an inmate story that moved my heart or his. 

Anne Hutchinson PERSISTED...

“As I understand it, laws, commands, rules and edicts are for those who have not the light which makes plain the pathway.” Anne Hutchinson

 Who was Anne Hutchinson? 

This Puritan woman was strong and smart. She PERSISTED in teaching Bible studies to women in her own home, which irritated Puritan male leaders who weren't as beloved ... and it didn't end well.  

The Boston Tea Party. "It's complicated..."

Here’s my question. The "Tea Party” touts their patriotism as if they are patriotic and the rest of us aren't. Why? What happened at that first  Boston Tea Party? Why did those early patriots have one?

(If I can write this without looking anything up, I’m giving myself an A.  If I have to fact-check a few things, I am giving myself an A-. If I go looking in the Internet for a Wikipedia article to copy and paste, I will go back to writing about cats.)