Much Ado About Masks

Much Ado About Masks

There is much confusion about masks, suddenly, in our daily lives. Should we or shouldn’t we, when we leave the house (or even at home, if it’s a crowded house) mask ourselves? The first question, really, is could we even if we wanted to? Facing (um, yes, literally) this new COVID-19 reality is still somewhat surreal–but stitchers near and far […]

Stoned: Jewelry, Obsession, and How Desire Shapes the World

Points of Healing, Points of Mine is a series of posts discussing the interweavings of conversations of crystal therapy, alternative healing, science & conservation, and eco-consumerism. The New York Times best-seller, Stoned, is an accessible account of history told through a lens of gemstone culture. In Chapter 1, “Keep the Change: The Beads That Bought Manhattan,” Aja Raden retells history through […]

Steampunk Journaling: Diary Writing in the Digital Age

Steampunk Journaling: Diary Writing in the Digital Age

“As we try to understand the past, we try to understand ourselves in relation to the past.” ~Steven Marcus, The Other Victorians (quoted in Steffen Hantke’s “Difference Engines and Other Infernal Devices: History According to Steampunk.”) Steampunk is not usually associated with journaling. It’s a sub-genre of “punk” sci-fi/fantasy fiction characterized by futuristic nostalgia. The reader isn’t quite sure if the […]