OTHER BLOOMERS & SHAKERS: Ellen Albertini Dow, The New Old Girl
Other Bloomers and Shakers

OTHER BLOOMERS & SHAKERS: Ellen Albertini Dow, The New Old Girl

Retirement from teaching in 1985—when she was 72—is what prompted Dow to try her hand at acting in television and film. At a time when most people are settling down to enjoy their golden years, Dow opted to begin a new career entirely. IMDB credits her with 102 total roles, the first of which was in the film American Drive-In. At age 100, she continues to act and inspire. Continue reading

Quilting Without a Pattern: On Making a First Novel
Author Features / Essays / Features / Fiction

Quilting Without a Pattern: On Making a First Novel

by Kim Church

When the women of Gee’s Bend sit down to piece a quilt, they don’t wait for a pattern to manifest itself. They don’t have that luxury. They have to work quickly because their lives are full of other work—in the fields, in their homes, among their families. A skilled quilter works “in the lap,” piecing and stitching as she goes, so that the whole design isn’t revealed until the quilt is done. Continue reading