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  • Again with Stamina

    I may sometimes seem obsessed with stamina. But when you have a chronic disease one of the symptoms of which is a lack of stamina, it does rather matter a lot in your daily life. In contemplating doing the 4 Daagse next year in Nijmegen (4 days walking 50km each day), my concern isn't if I can do it. My concern is will my UC decide that that's a perfect time to pull the plug on my stamina. It's a concern. And it's largely something I can't control. No amount of exercise or eating right or vitamin gorging changes the fact that I have a digestive disorder that sometimes just pull the plug[...]

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    Walking the Walk

    Hi guys. I'm sorry I haven't written in so long. It's been crazy. Also, I didn't feel like I had anything new to tell you. Now I do! You're going to think from reading the title that this post is about putting your money where your mouth is, about walking the walk if you've talked the talk. But it's not. It's about something completely unrelated to business. You see, like many people who reach middle age or a significant birthday, I want to do something to prove I'm still capable. Many people train for a 5K or a marathon for their 50th birthday. Me, I hate to run. So those [...]

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    The Chicago History Museum purchased our 1930s underwear patterns for use under the original garments in their "Silver Screen to Mainstream" exhibit that opened in April:  https://www.chicagohistory.org/silverscreen The Metropolitan Museum in New York is staging an original opera based on the life of Lady Murasaki, the author of The Tale of Genji and arguably the world's first novelist. It is costumed using our patterns and our Getting Dressed Guides:  https://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/met-live-arts/murasakis-moon-19 I was just approached to be the historical consultant for[...]

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    I've been doing a lot of writing working on the new Getting Dressed Guides lately and it's reminded me of some things I've learned that I want to share with you. When I was a kid, and in my early working life too, it seemed that people who got up early were doing the right thing and us lie-a-beds were "lazy". It didn't matter if you worked late into the night. If you weren't bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 8am, you were a slacker. In the final years that I worked for someone else, I began to realize how untrue this was. Not only was there research showing that different people naturally [...]

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    Sorry for the pause, guys. When we last spoke, I was talking about taking a rest. Well, it's gone a little bit beyond that. I've spent the month since we last spoke battling some pretty deep depression. I guess my feeling of a need for rest was the precursor of this. It's nothing serious. I mean, I'm not jumping off a cliff any time soon (there are no cliffs in the Netherlands!). But I have been very quiet and anti-social lately, which you know is not like me. I know why it's happened too. To be brutally honest, everything is over. I've been in flux for nearly five years. First I had to move [...]

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    When I lived on the island of St. Croix in the Caribbean, instead of saying, "I live on shore road" (which could be anywhere on the island), we spoke about places by Plantation name. There was Little Princess, and Estate Whim, and Mary's Fancy, and Sion Farm. Other places were called things like Estate Love, Estate Profit, Estates Hope, Envy, Prosperity, and even Jealousy. There was Longford, and Munster, and Tipperary (guess where those owners came from!). We lived in Cotton Valley. But one name used to stick in my head all the time: Estate Work and Rest. This week, I told my trainer about [...]

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    I told my trainer this week that I learned a new word in Dutch. Proberen. To try. "Forget it," he said. "It's useless. It means nothing. What does it mean to try? You either do it or you don't." So I said, "Who are you? The Dutch Yoda?" I wrote a week or so ago that I was having stamina problems and also problems just getting started. My trainer gave me a good piece of advice (and sounded like a Nike ad). He said, "Don't wait for Monday or the 1st of the month. Don't wait for tomorrow. Just start. Now. This minute. Don't worry that you didn't do it yesterday. Don't remember that you used to[...]

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    Everyone country has its own national character.  If you visit or move to a new place, people will bombard you with these generalizations until you start repeating them too.  Dutch people are straightforward.  They don't beat around the bush.  They say what they mean.  They're frugal with money.  Your credit card isn't going to work most places so carry cash.  And you will more likely get run over by a bicycle than a car. I've been living in the Netherlands for three months now, and there are a few things that have struck me about living here that I have never heard anyone say in any [...]

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    Concerning Stamina

    This week, I've been thinking a lot about stamina. As you know if you've been following me for very long, one of the most aggravating symptoms of my UC is a lack of stamina. A lack of energy or stamina is what stops me from doing a lot of things that I'd like to be doing. It's very frustrating. Any plan I make can be foiled by the onset of this symptom, which seems to happen randomly. Sometimes it lasts a couple of hours. Sometimes it lasts all day. Sleeping more or eating right doesn't affect it at all. My lack of stamina is one of the reasons I've decided to embark on an [...]

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    Anyone Can Learn a Language

    This post has been kicking around my head for weeks. But something happened this morning that made me want to post this right. I follow a page called SaySomethingIn by Welsh language guru Aran Jones (also author of the hysterically funny and deeply moving book about recapturing your hereditary language, Some Sex and a Hill which you MUST read). I found Aran's Say Something In Welsh course online when I was preparing for a role as a Welsh woman and one of other characters in the play "tests" my character to see if she can really speak Welsh. The play was written by a Canadian who didn't speak [...]

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