Meet Maggie: She Makes Her Own Clothes

I plan to make my own clothing as well one day….and when such day comes, I will save a lot more money! Just like people did before there were department stores.

Little Stories

During my recent foray into wardrobe minimalism and a general engagement on the philosophy of what to wear and where to find it, I’ve been thinking a lot about buying well-made clothes. And well made in two senses: made with a high degree quality and made in an ethical and socially responsible way. I’d love to jump off the fast fashion train entirely, but let me tell you, it is hard to find affordable, ethically made garments. If you get tired of searching, you could be like my friend Maggie, who just makes her own clothes.

Yes! She makes her own clothes. Even though I was homeschooled, I cannot even imagine attempting the same. But I find her endeavor so inspiring, and I wanted to sit down with her and talk about her lifestyle of dressing herself in handmade garments.

Interview with Maggie Stein, Who Makes Her Own…

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Why Have Hobbies?

Aunt Beulah

In a recent Peanuts cartoon, when Lucy told Charlie Brown she was thinking of starting some new hobbies, Charlie said, “That’s a good idea, Lucy. The people who get most out of life are those who really try to accomplish something.”

Looking appalled, Lucy replied: “ACCOMPLISH something? I thought we were just supposed to keep busy.”

In the past, I thought like Lucy. Viewing hobbies as busy work to fill my idle moments, I pursued decoupage, macramé, origami, tatting, and yodeling. Each endeavor enjoyed the same success as my wish to be 5’6”.Wreath

My search for a busy-work hobby peaked when I scoured fields and ponds for nuts, pinecones, grasses, and twigs, which I used to make Christmas wreaths. I gave these creations to loved ones, who exclaimed happily and hung them in their snug homes.

I had used liberal amounts of a smelly liquid adhesive to attach my found…

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Baring the Female Breasts: Beyond Objectification

Interesting read!

Stories From the Belly

There is so much more to a woman’s relationship to her breasts than meets the naked eye. In this post, I am thrilled to have two of my favorite bloggers, KS of Kosher Adobo and Jennifer Berney of Goodnight Already, joining me as we pay homage to this most famous of feminine body parts.

Two Tahitian Women by Paul Gauguin (Wikimedia Commons)


I am a junior in boarding school. Behind me is a “Save Sex” poster and a perfume ad: “Femme Fatale: When the female of the species is more dangerous than the male.” It’s the night before the first day of school. I am tugging on the neck of my shirt, admiring my bra strap. Every bra I owned just a year before was white or beige, looking more like bandages for my then AA breasts. But this 36B brassiere, red and lined with lace, which…

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A Slow Start

This artwork is awesome

The Practical Mystic

Artist: Jekaterina Razina Artist: Jekaterina Razina

My head this morning
filled with white noise
churning, burning, yearning.

Self care: I do yoga.
Open, close, stretch and hold –
In and out, follow the breath.

But still, my neck is tight,
corded, stiff. My shoulders
bunched, too close to my ears.

Self care: I do morning pages.
I scrawl, my pen tears up the pages:
I, you, we, no, want, what? Fuck you!

I tend to my family: meals made,
bag packed, hair done, beds made,
house tidied, washing done.

Self-care: I walk.
A magpie changes my direction
towards a way less travelled.

The sun warms my bare arms
my legs feel strong and sturdy.
Everything is different yet the same.

I pack the coffee in the pot
and while it bubbles, I write down
the words that came to me while I walked.

And I notice, all of a sudden:
the Silence.

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Gabriel Veritas

When the machine starts to fail
The air no longer chills
The cabin is blowing hot
And the fans are screaming
I reach for the can
I shake and insert and put it back
High hopes the machine will revive
But it does not
Something is broken
I can hear a hiss
Like a dying breath
But this machine is solid
It has carried me for a decade
How could it be
This machine is not fragile
It hurls me forward and protects me from the elements
It feels alive under my foot
And shifts with precision when I tell it to
This machine has a life to it
Like a science fiction droid
It speaks to me
I hear it and listen
Many a night travelling
Through moon light and rain drop
I will fix this machine
For it is not just metal, rubber and plastic
It has become…

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My Internship Experience at Family Futures

My internship Experience

Family Futures is an organization that believes every child deserves a chance to thrive. The programs and resources they provide are a wide range of support for West Michigan parents, teens and families. As the first video intern at Family Futures I have been given the opportunity of creating video guidelines and procedures for the company to go by for all of their future video media needs and those who are not media and tech savvy.

My largest project for this organization was working on the Service to Children Awards. This is an award given to local volunteers and organizations members by recognizing their outstanding efforts throughout the year.I worked very close with my video mentor Brett Atwood who is also a Ferris State TDMP graduate who is currently working with WOOD TV8. Together we interviewed, filmed and edited the STCA videos. During this project I was responsible for contacting all winners and their supporting interviewees, site locations, interview scripts, video graphics and animation.

During my internship I have had numerous experiences within the greater Grand Rapids community. I have gotten to meet and work with Mayor George Hartwell (City of Grand Rapids MI), Eva Aguirre Cooper the Community Affairs Director at WOOD TV8/WOTV 4/WXSP, Professor john a. powell (UC Berkeley Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society), YWCA and Kent County Health Department just to name a few. With my knowledge in Television and Media Production I have successfully worked on 13 community media related projects for Family Futures. Which are posted to their YouTube channel and local cable access channel 24.

The most recent and final worked I have completed for Family Futures is creating four storyboard concepts for a new Welcome Promo Video and three videos for all three of the programs they have provide to the community. Over all these past 6 months have been a great experience and I have found my passion to work closely within my local community.

Overall I have been blessed with being placed with perfect internship site, and everyone that supported me during this chapter in this book of “Life”. Good news is that my book is still being written and I am ready to keep improving my skills in Media Production.