Red, White, and Blue Memories

Red White and Blue Memories Jan Cooper Short Story

It was the sweater. Red, white and blue, mimicking the American flag. I could practically hear John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”. Snickers of laughter circulated our table. Garish clothes hardly fit in with our country club set. Harsh commentary flew back and forth about the woman wearing it. She was from Cuba or [Continue Reading]

Home is Where the Heart Is

Home Is Where the Heart Is

As you know, I’ve spent the last few weeks doing some major recalibrating of my life.  When you work in an environment where work-life balance means “only” working 10 hours a day, six days a week, it is easy to fall into the same trap.  But while I feel like I am making a difference [Continue Reading]

Pre-1962 American Picnic {Found Photographs}

Pre-1962 American Picnics Found Photographs

  In Season 2 of Mad Men, the Drapers spend a relaxing afternoon having a picnic.  They then manage to shock our modern sensibilities with their clean-up methods (or lack thereof).  But that is television.  What were picnics really like in the 1950s and early 1960s.  Thanks to this collection of “found photographs” (you know, [Continue Reading]

Clothes Make the Woman

Clothes make the woman

People at work often comment about “how dressed up” I am.  I don’t think I am.  But because I believe that clothes make the woman, I am usually wearing a dress or a skirt with a coordinating sweater and am almost always wearing heels (with or without stockings, depending upon the time of year).  Given [Continue Reading]

The Secret Source of My Power

The Secret Source of My Power

Many, many years ago, when a bunch of colleagues were complimenting me on a dress I made, I made the off-hand comment that I love being girly.  Well, you would have thought that I had just admitted to stealing people’s pets and eating them for dinner.  The negative reaction was fast and fierce.  I was [Continue Reading]