The Sewing Machine, The Civil War and The Confederate Flag

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 7/29/2015 to Commentary
Many of us use a sewing machine only a bit less than our personal computers or tablets. If you are anything like me, you hate to be away from your sewing machine for any length of time. But as important as a sewing machine is in our lives, few of us are aware of the important role the sewing machine played in the outcome of the Civil War, a critical moment in American history.

Women in Clothes - Blue Rider Press

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 7/22/2015 to Book Reports
Women in Clothes is a book that is unlike any other I have ever read. The authors are listed as Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leah Shapton & 639 others. Yes, that is 639 other women including writers, activists and artists. Women in Clothes is based on a survey of more than 50 questions that was designed to provoke thought and discussion about some of the deeper reasoning and the broader impact of the clothing we choose to wear everyday. The answers reveal the complexity of style decisions and demonstrate how even our most basic clothing choices are the tools we use to re-create ourselves and the way others see us.
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