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2011
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This is not a workshop. I am not going to tell you how to be happy, how to lose weight, how to make your first (or forty-first) million, how to sell your house, or how to find love. I am going to simply tell you a story and the story about how the story happens. I am going to tell it to you slowly, just as it unfolds and decides to be told, as it whispers and reveals itself to me. It’s a slow story, being written with the muse of slow cloth in the context of a not-so-slow life. Though there’ll be a book at the end (and if you join, you will receive a copy of it – more even, depending on which level you select), this blog is a living book unto itself. And like any living thing in its infancy, I don’t know how long it will live or how it will look when it grows up or what outside forces will shape it into what it becomes. I only know that creativity is pure magic, and there comes a time when a woman has to live by the seat of her intuition, trust her process, and grab her some of that magic. It may be an unusual way to tell a story – to sell the book at the seed stage and to show your work, but that is how this story (currently unfolding via a series of letters penned by a woman named Ever to her deceased husband, undated because I can’t decide on the time of year and out of order because I capture them as they come) begs to be told: a story of a woman wrapped in the story of cloth wrapped in the story of journey.

Feel free to peruse the free section by clicking on the “free” category and the about page and the TAQ’s (the Thoughtfully Asked Questions) then top it off with pulling up a chair via the join page. And don’t fret that we’ve already started. Once you join, you have access to everything, right from the beginning, so there’s no such thing as being late here. You’re always welcome, and there’s always enough fun to go around.

story: Groovy

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2012
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Peace, Man.

I mean: Dear Slide,

Well tonight was, like, groovy, man. We had the Seventies Dance, you know, the last of the Decade Dances, and it was totally boss. The clothes were just about as . . . interesting as I remember. There were some bell bottoms, and a couple of people mixed their plaid and paisleys to make for an eye-hurting sight. (I trust the folks looked better in bell bottoms back then than they did tonight, and I’m pretty sure the people wearing the mixed patterns look just as ridiculous both times.) One man even wore a leisure suit – || Read more

story: Soon

Nov
2012
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Well Slide,

Things are rocking right along for The Breaking Point. We’ve got bags full of stockings, and a new black-and-white checkered floor. I’ve been out buying breakables (not glass, though) from various thrift shops and yard sales. Speaking of yard sales. you know some people sure do take their yard sale shopping seriously. They puff themselves up when looking at something so none of the rest of us can see anything on the entire table. And folks will quibble about the price of 10-cents. At one yard sale, the woman sold an old quilt for $15. I’ll bet somebody in her family is plotting her demise. At another sale, there was this box of 33 rpm records. There were twenty records in the box, and she was asking $2 for each record. A man looked at them and asked if she’d take 50-cents for each record. || Read more

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Dear Slide,

Well tonight was another roaring – or should I say jitterbugging – success. We had lots more people than last week, and last week we had about twice as many as the week before. Notch said something about the fire marshall and capacity, but Brill told him to shut up. Said she’d already talked to Sebastian, and we were just fine.

Batten and the boys looked kinda’ funny in their baseball jackets and short puddle-jumper-length jeans, || Read more

story: Post Mortem

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2012
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Dear Slide,

You remember how we’d always get sick after any big holiday or community event? It was like we pushed ourselves so hard for so long that our bodies decided to make us sick so we’d rest. Well these Decade Dances are different. I’m not getting that frazzled feeling that I always have. I’m planning and preparing, but it’s at a more leisurely pace now. And it’s fun. Things just seem to fall into place like this is what always The Great Plan, like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing so the universe is stepping up to clear the way and make it enjoyable and easy so I won’t veer off. I’m really kinda’ surprised to find that I have this much energy, || Read more

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Dear Slide,

Well our forties dance was a smashing success. (Ora takes the credit – says it’s the answers to her prayers. The rest of us aren’t so sure about that.) It was the bee’s knees, the bomb, tonight was. All the women were real Bettys in their forties finery. I found one of Grandmother’s old shirtwaist dresses from back then, put me on some stockings, drew a line up the back for the seam, found the gloves I wore at our wedding and a cute little hat that Mother once wore, and away I went. Some fellas squeezed into their daddies’ WW 2 uniforms || Read more

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Slide,

The most amazingly delightful thing happened: I came home and went to the coat closet to hang up my jacket, and there was your high school letter sweater hanging front and center. And that’s not all – that sheer chiffon scarf I wore round my neck when we went to the sock hop (the one I was talking about earlier) was tucked in your pocket. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear || Read more

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i sit here wondering what to write instead of just writing. i sketch what i might want to stitch before i pull the pieces of cloth together. sometimes i want to plan ahead, other times i like the spontaneity, spur-of-the-moment approach. is there a right here? i don’t think so.

i know, of late, i’ve been needing and wanting traction in my life, which means (for me, anyway) that i must || Read more

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Slide,

I’m sitting here eating my grilled cheese sandwich (with no pickle!), and I’m wondering: do you think I can do this business? Did you ask Batten and the Boys to look after me cause you didn’t think I could do it myself? Do you think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew? || Read more

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Well, Slide, Batten and the Boys apparently just can’t stand it. Batten called Brill and outright asked her how much money we made. She told him that was none of his business and to go to hell. God, I love that woman. Notch came around today. When he saw me in The Breaking Point, he came in – didn’t knock, mind you, just sauntered right on in, hitched his pants up, sniffed almost as foreplay then said, “How’d y’all do at the dance the other night, Ever?” Just like that. No “good morning” or “How are you today?” or anything – just wanting to know about the money. I guess Batten told him what sort of response he got from Brill || Read more

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Oh Slide, it was such a good day, and I just ache with the longing to be sitting across from you at the supper table telling you about this, knowing that we’ll finish eating, clean up the kitchen, watch a little tv, then go to bed where you’ll fall right asleep and I’ll struggle for hours to sleep even 30 consecutive minutes. I long to look over at your face laying on that pillow and wonder how did I ever get so lucky and what must I have done in a former life to find you there beside me.

It wasn’t always that way, you know. || Read more