Pass the Olives

A Jumble of Opinions on Living, Thinking, Reading, and Making Things

Category: Useful, Curious, Inspiring

Like the person who keeps telling the same stories over and over, I have many stories and bits of information that people are tired of hearing about. And as the years go by, I can’t for the life of me remember to whom I’ve told what. I don’t even try anymore.

So this topic includes all the things I would like to tell people about so they don’t have to hear it if they have already heard it. It’s here if they want it. And I can read it here again without bothering anyone. And since it is my website, I can even elaborate as I wish.

Tools for Makers

I post links to tools for makers (1) so I will remember where I found them and (2) as a convenient way to share links with other makers. Much easier than trying to communicate a Website address either verbally or by typing even if I remember it off the cuff. Includes tools for the design phase of pretty much anything — websites, typography, cake decorating, paper flowers, resumes, slow-cook turkey, […]

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Julia Child, An American Spy Becomes a French Chef

Bookcover: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

Modern Daily Knitting has a weekend post by DG Strong called “Knit to This” in which he offers wonderful recommendations of music, films, etc., to keep you knitting all day. This week it was the newest series, “Julia” on HBO Max along with a YouTube video of a program with Julia Child and a very young Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart Bakes with Julia Child. Of course, Martha tries to one-up […]

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Barbara Jordan, The Voice of God

Barbara Jordan at the Judiciary Committee Hearings on Watergate and the Impeachment of Richard Nixon

People are the source of all governmental power. —Barbara Jordan. 1976 Barbara Jordan vs Hillary Clinton Clips have been playing for the last few days of Hillary Clinton’s speech at the 2022 National Democratic Convention. Over and over. It’s nice to see her back out there again, but she has to do something with her voice. The harder she tries, the more it sounds witch-like. It’s not pleasant. I wonder where […]

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Ribbing Transitions

From the TECHknitter For transitions from ribbing to stockinette or other pattern stitches: On the last row of ribbing, slip every knit stitch “open” or “purlwise” and purl every purl stitch. Switch to the larger needle size and begin stockinette or other pattern stitches. For patterns with increases evenly across the last row of ribbing, increase on the purl stitches. The simple loop can be used —will leave a lump […]

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Affordable City Living in a 72 SF Apartment

Via Hendrix was 21, fresh out of college, and had found a starter job. Unlike her friends who had scattered to the outer boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, she wanted to live in the absolute center of New York City. There are several neighborhoods that one person or another would consider the true dead center of New York City but Greenwich Village or more commonly the West Village or just […]

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My Grandmother’s House

My grandmother’s house was a white frame cottage, very neat and tidy, on the corner of two unpaved roads and with an outhouse in the backyard next to an apple tree. A rusted barrel was used to burn trash. The neighborhood smelled of burning coal all winter. To the west were acres of cornfields; to the east a block of 12 identical houses, six on each side of the street. […]

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Update on COVID-19 Protection

COVID-19 protection is not exactly cohousing, but it’s the best place to post this so others can find it. The Cohousing-L list doesn’t take attachments. There is a Google Docs link in the text and later a PDF you can download. It was circulated on the Historic Takoma neighborhood list in Washington, DC, with this introduction: Attaching a link to a newly updated set of guidelines set out in a […]

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Depressed for No Good Reason: Hiding in Plain Sight

Well, not exactly depressed for no good reason. It’s the fifty-first day of my shelter-in-place sojourn for covid and I finished reading Sarah Kendzior’s Hiding in Plain Sight: The Invention of Donald Trump and the Erosion of America this morning. As a specialist, Kendzior explains the development of autocracies and kleptocracies and chronicles all the steps in Donald Trump’s rise to power. Good book but not an upper. Hiding in Plain Sight is […]

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