From then to now, and back again

January 11, 2018

After several years of trying, I still haven't figured out how to deal with all the inherited items for which I have become an unwilling custodian.  I sold all the things that were meaningless, and a couple of things I wish I'd kept.. And there are still a few more items that have more dollar value than meaning value, which I could sell if I just would.  Not sure what stops me, but it seems to keep getting put off.

But the...

August 18, 2017

Pictured here:  Three generations of progressive women.  (Not sure about the dog!)  That's me as a baby, with my firebrand mom, whose passion for politics never left her.  To be honest, I have no idea what my grandmother's political views were--but I do know that she went to college when very few women did, and weathered the Depression with grit and grace.

As for my mother, Margy Robertson Davis Watson Self . . ....

August 16, 2017

I spent my childhood in Dallas during the 1950s.  You may remember that Dallas was a center of "conservative" ideas in those days . . . 

The city was, indeed, headquarters to many right-wing organizations. Dallas was home to the Committee of American Freedom Rallies, the Committee for the Retention of the Poll Tax, and the Committee to Impeach Earl Warren. The Dallas Freedom Forum advocated reducing the Soviet Union "...

March 31, 2017

This week I discovered the joys of coworking at Common Desk.  Check out their site and see what a great venue it is!  But the relevance here is that my Common Desk "home" is about a mile from the house where I grew up,in the part of Dallas known as Oak Cliff.  

The OC was an odd and in some ways wonderful place.  Much changed today, of course, but that's another post.  Our Common Desk space is just three blocks away from K...

March 24, 2017

Years ago, Rowenta--maker of the world's best irons!--had a series of pages on their website devoted to "the feng shui of ironing."  (Feng shui, of course, is the Chinese art of managing fortune through the use of place and space.)  I've always loved to iron, so I was delighted to discover that at least some other folks appreciated the creative/meditative potential of this seemingly mundane activity.

As my ReHomestead...

November 14, 2015

Recently rediscovered while slowly progressing through the exploration and disposition of my mother's many possessions:  one well-used copy of a well-loved recipe.

Easy to make and really delicious--but you have to start hours ahead of time.

Scald 1 pint milk.  Add 1/2 cup shortening and 1/2 cup sugar.  Cool to lukewarm.  Add 1 envelope yeast and dissolve.  Add 1 1/2 cups flour.  Blend.  Cover and let stand one and one-half hour...

October 29, 2015

Last year I decided (very impulsively) not to sell my parents' rambling suburban enclave.  I'd spent time over several months sorting through contents, holding estate sales, and generally getting ready to let someone else take over the charms and challenges of this almost-acre, with its five outbuildings, towering trees, and eccentric 2500 square foot house.

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