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Key dates in the 2020 Presidential Election

Key dates in the 2020 Presidential Election

NOVEMBER 23: All swing states election results are certified by this date DECEMBER 8: 'Safe harbor' deadline which means the statutory deadline for resolving disputed results. If the states have followed correct procedures, whatever the result is on Dec. 8 stands, even if one side still disputes it (emphasis mine) DECEMBER 14: Electoral college electors are chosen and sworn in  JANUARY 5: Georgia run-off elections for two Senate seats, determining who controls the Senate JANUARY 6: Congress certifies the Electoral College votes  JANUARY 20: At midday the new president is sworn in and assumes all of the powers of commander-in-chief -...

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Need Stress Relief? Try Playdough

Need Stress Relief? Try Playdough

While playing with playdough with my little friend A, she asked to get the blue dough back from her sister. The trouble was, as often is with playdough... the colors were too blended together to separate them out again. Of course, this made me wax philosophical about the state of our nation. We are one, United States. Our reds and blues are too blended together to be separated. We must find a way to communicate with each other and transcend the either/or viewpoint with a both/and viewpoint. I'm not sure how we'll be able to do it. I only know...

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A Handmade Life

A Handmade Life

I haven't been sewing much lately. Mostly I have been sucked into the vortex of political news. However, luckily for me I have some little people in my life  ....  I'm keeping the faith that there's a greater purpose behind all the currently crazy divisiveness in our world. 

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When Bias is Brilliant

When Bias is Brilliant

It made me realize that this a way I would like to be.... not focused on only one viewpoint or another (left or right, warp or weft), but cut differently from the cloth, able to bend and stretch and navigate the changes that life has to throw.

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How are Mrs. Market's Masks Made?

How are Mrs. Market's Masks Made?

The pattern I use is a modified version of the pocket pattern from CraftPassion found here. Each mask starts with material that was either donated to me by my very generous Newtown neighbors (half of all the masks I make are donated to the Danbury ER) or purchased at Chintz-n-Prints here in town. After cutting the fabric for the front and lining fabric, they are sewn on the curved seam (right sides of fabric together): Then they are turned and the center seam is top-stictched: Next the side seams of the pocket are finished: Then the inner and outer pieces...

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