A useful distraction?

Where does nostalgia fit when there are so many things clamouring for our attention? Knowing and understanding history has its benefits, but at what point do the costs (time, resources, opportunities) outweigh the benefits, particularly when talking about the personal (as distinct from the institutional) collection, maintenance and presentation of family history? The washing upContinue reading “A useful distraction?”

Mum’s Evening Purse

Shopping might be so appealing because the alternative takes so much effort. When we make something for ourselves, we invest ourselves in the result, and then often confront disappointment if it seems less-than-professional. Shopping brings an instant hit and, hopefully, a satisfactorily assembled item. Once upon a time, making was a necessary function of theContinue reading “Mum’s Evening Purse”

Scanning the past

Planning is the critical phase of any project. The more work during the planning stage, the smoother the implementation. So the theory goes. Perhaps so. But the implementation is now devoid of creative fun. I heard a story that Hitchcock, a film director of remarkable note from the first half of last century, would createContinue reading “Scanning the past”