A few days back, I shared a short story I wrote about a very sad childhood experience I had in Viet Nam. I wrote it prior to returning to my home country for the first time in 35 years, ending with contemplation about how I’d handle helping ease some of the poverty I would experience there. Specifically, it was the street children because it was street children survival brutality that I had been exposed to as a child that one day of The Pho Incident story.
For my work Christmas party for kids this year, I came up with the idea to teach kids some jazz line dancing after having learned the Shim Sham.
I would simplify it, though, so kids would have fun and not get frustrated. Then I put it in terms they could understand rather than the jazz dance step names to make things. Here’s what I came up with.
Sew you want to sew something for kids this Christmas. But what can you sew? Technically, anything you want or can. However, some things are better sewn and/or better value for your time than others. I’m going to make a “case” why pillowcases are one of those better, if not best, gifts.
I’m a 5’2″ guy for whom it’s hard to find clothes that looks and feel nice, fits well and doesn’t cost a fortune. Usually, I have to get clothes tailored to fit and when my latest seamstress told me last fall that she was retiring, I decided to solve my clothing challenges once and for all by learning to design and make my own clothes. It was going to cost more than buying and tailoring, yes, as doing this stuff on your own isn’t cheap. You get a whole new appreciation for what clothes are worth and what you’re ripping off the third world for with all the cheap (and even expensive) clothes you have available out there. However, once you add on the factors of life skills, hobby, pride of being able to say you designed and made your own clothes and custom designs you’d love, it’s a very small price relatively speaking.
Until December 6th, there is a global campaign on Facebook where people replace their profile pictures with their favourite cartoon character/s, then encourage their friends to do the same. Now this campaign I like! Too bad it’s way too short but it’s gone viral globally after just a day’s notice!
I’ve got over 250 cartoon pictures made for Facebook profile pics at the bottom, arranged in alphabetical order with names, which include some modern and some old cartoons.