Asheville, North Carolina,
October 18
Super Hero
Artwork for banner adapted from "Mister X," by William P. Marks, Vortex Comics • Blog Title from "Serenity" by Joss Whedon _________________________ A fiber artist making wool felt garments and local wool fleece and yarns on the side, Previously, I have been all these things: • architecture office manager • department store clerk • restaurant: waitress, bartender & barback, cashier, busboy, dishwasher, prep cook, line cook, manager • architecture student • engineering draftsman • graphic designer • advertising art director • magazine publisher • fanzine: publisher, editor, writer, photographer, designer • garage band manager • web designer & programmer • database (FM pro) developer • software trainer • non-profit organization staff member • ad salesman • fiber artist: weaver, spinner, tapestry weaver, dyer, feltmaker • reader • writer • sailor • runner • drinker, toker • big sister • oldest child • wife (2x) • swinging divorcee


Editor’s Pick
JUNE 20, 2012 3:05AM

The GOP Jobs plan, revealed


As Rachel Maddow says, the GOP agenda is “Jobs Jobs Jobs.” Except what they are doing - outlawing abortion and contraception - has nothing to do with jobs, right? Obviously. All those politicians are just knee-jerk responding to their religious nutcase base, Right? They&rsq… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 15, 2009 12:43AM

An atheist is challenged in Asheville

It was very strange to hear on national television tonight - on Rachel Maddow's show, in fact - that the seating of a new Asheville city councilman is being challenged because he's an atheist. The North Carolina constitution does specify that  “The following persons shall be disqRead full post »

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JUNE 23, 2009 1:47AM

Geeking out on the new Safari - UPDATED with COVER FLOW

Only Mac users will know that I’m not talking about Africa in this context. I just got the automated-update for the new version of Apple’s web browser, Safari, and hey, I don’t get out of control over software normally, but this one has a cool feature and I know there are… Read full post »

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JUNE 17, 2009 11:18AM

Buyer Beware: More lead from China, now at Lowe’s

I went into Lowe’s 3 weeks ago for a roll of fencing to use as tomato cages and a trellis for beans and cukes. I needed a roll, since I have so many plants, and I was looking for coated wire so it would last a little longer than uncoated. 

My… Read full post »

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APRIL 29, 2009 7:00PM

Not your father’s Star Trek

I have watched the trailer for the new Star Trek movie and all I could think was ‘who are these children and how did they manage to sneak into Starfleet?’ And what is all this noise and destruction? A Star Trek officer has never been an action hero - James Kirk… Read full post »

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APRIL 16, 2009 10:44AM

High Speed Rail - Finally!!!

Today Obama announced his intent to invest $8 billion into high speed rail in the US. 


I walked into the tv room with the press conference happening live and I saw the crawl across the bottom of the screen - high speed rail.  I started sobbing, "Thank… Read full post »

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MARCH 19, 2009 12:41PM

Project Runway loose cannon shoots cats


From the AP wire:

Mar 19th, 2009 | NEW YORK -- A "Project Runway" finalist is accused of using her cat as a weapon during a spat with her ex-fiance.

Kenley Collins told the New York Post that the Brooklyn police report exaggerated the incident. She calls it

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MARCH 11, 2009 11:36PM

Should I go or should I stay? My 40th High School Reunion


It all started when I entered some info on a page. One of the organizers of the reunion emailed me from that page and got me to “promise” to come. I have gone to the reunion website several times and it’s kind of fun to see what people look… Read full post »

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MARCH 6, 2009 2:36PM

The existential moment

What is a brush with death really? How close does it have to be to dying before it can be called a brush? When does it shift your life?

I have had two incidents that I consider close. Once, when I was in my twenties, I was raped at gunpoint in… Read full post »

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MARCH 3, 2009 2:37PM

Job One is Making Better Things

Our culture has become, in the last century, addicted to the acquisition of "things." This is a natural outcome of our chosen capitalist, market-driven economy. I myself constantly create inventions, clothing, and other items to sell to the populace. There is a whole meme dedicated to shopping as an… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 18, 2009 12:55AM

An enduring guilty pleasure - Hatari, my favorite movie

I have gone long periods of time without seeing movies, and I hardly see any movies first run anymore. But the most powerful movie memories I have come from childhood. For  a long time, Gigi was my favorite movie because Mom took me and my friends on my 6th birthday to see… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 17, 2009 1:07PM

Foodie Tuesday - My winter mainstay - Roasted Roots

This is not exactly a recipe, but it is cheap, delicious, fast, easy and NO CLEANUP whatsoever. Someone who can’t boil water can make this. And, it is a great way to eat healthy, local and seasonal in the winter, when tomatoes and other summer veges have to be flown in… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 25, 2008 4:32PM

Happy? Holidays


I haven't been active on OS the last couple of days, and I could easily excuse that due to the holidays. Everyone would buy it and give me a pass. 

I did get a (small) tree, buy presents, ship most of them off, make plans to be out of town.… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 18, 2008 1:21AM

The curse of the oldest child



You wake at the crack of dawn on Easter morning, beside yourself with excitement to see what the Easter Bunny brought you. You are the first one up, so you burst out the front door. The eggs you and your 3 younger sisters dyed last night are still in… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 4, 2008 9:38PM

It's a man's world, circa 1978

In the early 70's I was ready to be career restaurant. I had worked for several corporate chains like Fridays as well as little places owned by friends. I had done every job in the house... except manager, which was next in sight. And for some reason I really wanted my… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 2, 2008 9:24PM

Georgia Democrats screw the pooch again

Oh yeah, another Georgia Democratic candidate bites the dust. I had some hope that the Obama effect would pull in Jim Martin, but the Republicans ostensibly own the state.

Or really, they own the state because the Democratic Party in Georgia is  an ineffective, insular, clueless bunch of white… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 1:56PM

On the ground conditions in the impending economic collapse

Here in WNC, we have had a gasoline shortage for at least a week and so far, the resupply is spotty. A tanker, driving through town, will have a line of cars following it to it's destination to get in line. The waits are averaging 45 minutes to an hour. I… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2008 7:12PM

Is there a gas shortage or are we being played?

I expected gas prices to go up after Hurricane Ike struck Houston, and was not surprised to see them go up days before it hit. What I did not expect was the shortage of gasoline this long after the event. About two thirds of our local stations here in Western North… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 2, 2008 9:04PM

Can it get any better? Palin a secessionist

This just in - Palin was a member of the pro-secession Alaska Independence Party, which challenges the legality of statehood and favors becoming a sovereign nation. Further, they advocate taking Federal lands and returning them to the state and residents. Here's the link to ABC news, who broke the st… Read full post »

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AUGUST 26, 2008 7:04PM

Way outside the box

Disclaimers first, I think.

I did 12 years of public high school, in a school district that lost it's accreditation while I was still in school. I still got into a top private university. My mom typed my papers for me while I was in high… Read full post »

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AUGUST 11, 2008 1:28PM

Liars I have known

I never much liked my father. He was remote, mean, inarticulate and an alcoholic. He partied hard, played around on my mother, terrorized my younger sisters and flew into unexplained rages. He was also a celebrated heart surgeon, once head of his state’s Heart Association, lauded by senators a… Read full post »

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JULY 9, 2008 3:15PM

Sustainable housing - available now, no waiting

When I was a kid, I was always designing something - clothes, houses, anything that I thought could be made better. I was especially inspired by an exhibit of Paolo Soleri's futuristic city models, and after college, I went to RISD for architecture. 


Eventually I shifted into other… Read full post »