EMBRACING THE CRONE

Ursula K. Le Guin once talked about embracing that word, "crone" as an honorific. For most, it is pejorative, inherently agist and sexist, but Ursula argued for a different take. The crone has experience and perspective, intelligence and awareness. The crone is old because she has lived long and prospered. She has earned respect, even [...]

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RANDOM FACTS

Years ago, long before non-GMO became a common label on foods, before Safeway even had an "Organics" section, and before "gluten-free" became a thing, a junior came to class with an idea for her research paper. "It sounds interesting. They are altering the genes of food," she said about the NPR broadcast she'd listened to [...]

FOUNTAIN PEN

I began using fancy pens when I was in college as an Art major. Mostly I wrote with a 0000 stylus fountain pen—a Kon-i-noor Rapidograph. The tip of such pens is a tiny tube, thinner than a crow quill, and notorious for clogging. The 4x0 tip makes a line 0.18mm wide. I used a 3x0 [...]