Book Review: The Dressmaker’s Gift

9 Apr

Dressmaker is a term that is no longer in our contemporary vocabulary.  A century ago, it was a profession with formal training.

The American College of Dressmaking in Kansas City published The American Dressmaker textbook in 1906.  I assume this instruction became part of Home Economics curriculum some decades later.

I digress… the title The Dressmaker’s Gift understates the powerful story of women in Paris during WW2 resisting the domination and occupation of Nazi Germany.

From making custom dresses/gowns in Paris, to being held at a location for political prisoners (Fresnes), then transferred to Dachau…shocking!  In 2012, I was on the grounds for a walking tour.

The author accurately related the horrors of life in the concentration camp.

Read for yourself how it is possible to reconcile the trauma, not only for one’s self but also one’s children and grandchildren decades later.

 

DfGI, latest from Elfcroft sewing room

31 Aug

https://www.daysforgirls.org

Last month I received a donation of “vintage” cotton print fabric from an estate. It appears the “stash” was approximately 20 years old. (upper left) Great opportunity for a great cause.

The finished shields showcase the prints that met DfGI guidelines for color, pattern and durability.

My goal is to maximize the number of colors and patterns of fabrics (meeting DfGI criteria) in each kit.

Why not maximize interest and joy? It makes sewing interesting and joyful, hopefully the recipient feels the same.

From: Frankspeech.com

13 Aug

Amazing analysis of real time cyber transformation of Nov 3, 2021 election results from around the world.

First video link: Scientific Proof from Internationally Renowned Physicist, Absolutely Proves 2020 Election was Biggest Cyber Crime in History

https://home.frankspeech.com/tv/video/scientific-proof-internationally-renowned-physicist-absolutely-proves-2020-election-was

Second video link: Mike Lindell Presents: Absolutely 9-0. Step thru 20 examples of raw data also known as “packet capture information”.

Countries involved: China, India, Brazil, Iran, S Korea, Ukraine, UK (for this example)

States targeted: Michigan, Arizona, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

@ 12:45 min mark Columns 6 and 7 show what transpired

@ 22:50-25:00 min Various Democratic leaders warn of cyber security threats

https://home.frankspeech.com/tv/video/mike-lindell-presents-absolutely

Nuremberg Code

9 Aug

The ten points of the Nuremberg Code

The ten points of the code were given in the section of the judges’ verdict entitled “Permissible Medical Experiments”:[6]

 “Nuremberg Code”The Doctor’s Trial: The Medical Case of the Subsequent Nuremberg Proceedings. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Online Exhibitions. Retrieved 13 February 2019.

  1. “The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision. This latter element requires that before the acceptance of an affirmative decision by the experimental subject there should be made known to him the nature, duration, and purpose of the experiment; the method and means by which it is to be conducted; all inconveniences and hazards reasonably to be expected; and the effects upon his health or person which may possibly come from his participation in the experiment. The duty and responsibility for ascertaining the quality of the consent rests upon each individual who initiates, directs, or engages in the experiment. It is a personal duty and responsibility which may not be delegated to another with impunity.[13]
  2. “The experiment should be such as to yield fruitful results for the good of society, unprocurable by other methods or means of study, and not random and unnecessary in nature.”
  3. “The experiment should be so designed and based on the results of animal experimentation and a knowledge of the natural history of the disease or other problem under study that the anticipated results will justify the performance of the experiment.”
  4. “The experiment should be so conducted as to avoid all unnecessary physical and mental suffering and injury.”
  5. “No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects.”
  6. “The degree of risk to be taken should never exceed that determined by the humanitarian importance of the problem to be solved by the experiment.”
  7. “Proper preparations should be made and adequate facilities provided to protect the experimental subject against even remote possibilities of injury, disability, or death.”
  8. “The experiment should be conducted only by scientifically qualified persons. The highest degree of skill and care should be required through all stages of the experiment of those who conduct or engage in the experiment.”
  9. “During the course of the experiment the human subject should be at liberty to bring the experiment to an end if he has reached the physical or mental state where continuation of the experiment seems to him to be impossible.”
  10. “During the course of the experiment the scientist in charge must be prepared to terminate the experiment at any stage, if he has probable cause to believe, in the exercise of the good faith, superior skill and careful judgment required of him that a continuation of the experiment is likely to result in injury, disability, or death to the experimental subject.”

One section of several as posted by Wikipedia for their research on the Nuremberg Code

Book Review: End Times and 1000 Years of Peace

4 Aug
Published January 2021

In the last four years, I have read Revelations three times and unfortunately did not get much for my effort.

Thankfully, this book came to my attention via youtube video interview. Download for $2.99. Great investment.

Scripture is expertly paired with commentary chapter by chapter, enthusiastic personal messages and encouragement. To me are the illustrations of constellations with context of timing and meaning are EXTRAORDINARY.

DfGI Days for Girls International

30 Jul

WORK IN PROGRESS at the local level to prepare kits for distribution to women and girls globally.

https://www.daysforgirls.org

17th of 7th month

17 Jul

God’s blessings!

Genesis 8:1-4 God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and livestock with him in the ark and sent a wind over the earth and the waters receded…at the end of 150 days the water had gone down, and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.

Exodus 12:1 Comments by Whiplash347 on Telegram shares that Israel’s calendar changed (there are two calendars_civil and religious) so what had been the first month on the calendar became the 7th month.

  • What is significant? New birth and first feasts Key events in Israel’s history: the 17th of Nisan
  • Associated with resurrection
  • Noah’s ark rests on land for the first time
  • Israel came through the Red Sea on the 17th of Nisan
  • Feast of first fruits or new life occurs on first Sunday after Passover or the 17th of this month
  • Book of Ester chapters 3 and 4 the entire Israelite nation was saved from death sentence on the 17th of Nisan

Book Review: Code Girls

6 Jun

This is an amazing “behind the scenes” story, only recently declassified. The subject and situation are both very complex. I look forward to a film version (like the movies Hidden Figures and Green Book set in the 1960s).

Personal Note: In 2008, I joined a reunion of Marines with my father-in-law who fought on IWO JIMA. We met in Washington D.C. It was an honor and a privilege to tour the WWII memorial with veterans as well as join them for other activities. Their experiences fighting in the Pacific were profoundly life altering.

Other books with personal/behind the scenes accounts of WWII are

The Alice Network

PT109

Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II

The Dressmaker’s Gift

I recommend them all.

Happy Mother’s Day!

9 May
Christmas 2020 came and went with NO sign of a BLOOM. It must have been waiting for Mother’s Day! Best wishes!
This amaryllis bulb was a gift from a neighbor Christmas 2019. It first bloomed for me Jan 6 (Ephiphany) 2020.

DfGI or Days for Girls International

29 Apr

Founded in 2008, DfGI is a global network connecting teams and chapters of volunteer sewists to provide feminine hygiene kits to women and girls around the world. I support the Avon IN team with reversible pads and liners. The photos below show part of the contents for 30 kits.

https://www.daysforgirls.org

Lively colors and patterns for both sides of the pad.
Two liners with pockets and wings (with snap) are paired with eight of the pads (shown above) in a drawing string bag which include panties, soap, washcloth, etc.

When inspiration hits dirt

22 Apr

Back ground: Winter 2021. When will pandemic end? Seed catalogs: Shumway and Jung. Delightful dreams of spring planting. Adventure! For the first time I ordered strawberry, raspberry and asparagus roots.

The good news (maybe) is that I reconsidered where to plant strawberries and asparagus to prevent them from becoming snacks for wildlife. These are my trials/experiments…what’s my vision?

Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards, Wales

The Family Garden Plan by Melissa Norris, Oregon

Both are excellent! Great photos.

Several years ago, I followed the Instagram account (grandoakfarmtn) of Grand Oak Farm’s launch of a three season three acre project to supply farmer’s market with fruit, vegetables and flowers. I could see what they were doing, but I did not comprehend how it was orchestrated. Some areas of the field were planted with three different crops. What? How did they go together? Veg in One Bed (with photos) discusses three season gardening plan. However, as helpful as the plan is, it did not include examples with my favorite produce.

I turned to The Family Garden Plan which focuses on “likes” and growing quantities to supply the home kitchen year round. Very well done. Bible verses introduce each chapter. Illustrations and planning charts are outstanding.

My long term memory (40 years ago) of the kitchen gardens of Colonial Williamsburg Virginia kicked in. Ah! Ha! Charming. Fruits. Vegetables. Herbs. Flowers. Right out the back door. Narrow paths. Three season. Less than 1/2 acre.

Hmmmmm. There’s a future post on this subject. 😉