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99-Year-Old’s Final Quilt Finished By Volunteers: #RitasQuilt


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A short story and request for stitching help. You know my love of estate sales and the fact that I cannot handle stumbling upon unfinished projects. I just know that the person who passed can’t possibly rest easy with an unfinished project out there. I buy them and finish them as tribute. Well yesterday, fate brought me to Mount Prospect Illinois to the home of Rita Smith. Rita was clearly an astounding stitcher with a love for the US and state flowers. She was 99 when she passed according to my online research. I bought this AMAZING completed embroidery map with state flowers. It’s breathtaking. I went upstairs and came across a box full of fabric. What I discovered is that Rita had just begun an epic quilting project (I mentioned she was 99 right?!). Well I went through the box and Rita had prepped, cut, all the squares and started transferring the designs onto the squares. She started stitching New Jersey. Obviously I bought the whole box. I cannot possibly stitch all this myself with all the rest of my stuff but I’m wondering if we can crowd stitch/ crowd finish this project for Rita?! Like if I mail you a square will you stitch it and send it back to me and then I will host a quilting bee to finish the thing? Anyone interested in helping me help Rita rest in craft peace?! —————————- #badasscrossstitch #craftivism #craftivist #feminism #feminist #crafting #quilting #quilt #usa #fiberart #womenhelpingwomen #communityquilt #estatesalefinds #handbroidery #RitasQuilt

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Thread by @ShannonDowney: “A story… (in proper thread form) I go estate sale shopping regularly and whenever I find an unfinished embroider it bc there?s no way that soul is resting with an unfinished project left behind. One day I foun [?]” #RitasQuilt


She gets a bouquet of birthday flowers every year from her dad — who died four years ago

A bouquet of red and purple flowers sat on the front porch when Bailey Sellers got home from lunch with friends.

With it was a note: “You will be receiving this until your 21st. Love, Dad.”

Sellers had just turned 17.


102 Year Old Skydiver Jumps For Charity

Oldest skydiver World Record Skydive - Irene O'Shea - SA Skydiving
“It was very clear up there and the weather was good, but it was very cold up there.”
“Irene became the oldest skydiver in the world at 102 years, 194 days,” SA Skydiving, the company that coordinated her jump, wrote on YouTube, “raising awareness and money for MND South Australia to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.”

The Station Agent Who Greets 4000 People A Day

William Cromartie is a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station agent who finds meaning through the simple act of saying hello. Every day, William greets 4,000 Oakland commuters—fist-bumping, shaking hands, and hugging people from all walks of life. The UC Berkeley graduate and former entrepreneur thinks it’s the best job in the world.

In Agent of Connection, a short documentary by Ivan Cash, Cromartie shares his inspiring philosophy, which is predicated on the act of transcending personal barriers and promoting agency.

“If you’re in a corner, or in a box, it’s not necessarily because someone put you there,” Cromartie says in the film. “It’s because you’ve agreed to be in that box. Once you realize that you’re responsible, everything starts to change. When I see people who feel like they don’t belong, I feel responsible to show them that they do.”


Mr. Rogers: Google Animated Doodle

Google’s stop-motion animation arrives like a welcome online balm to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Fred Rogers’s show.
More: the making of the doodle.


#MPRRaccoon Climbs Tall Building, Becomes Social Media Star

As a raccoon made a pecarious climb up a tall building in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) broadcast live coverage of the tiny climber and the world quickly tuned in to the #MPRRaccoon saga.

In an age of increasing hostility on social media, this is a welcome breather. Will it make it down OK? Or need to be rescued?

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches

For updates: livestream and Twitter Hashtag #MPRRaccoon. Hang in there little fella!

Mr. Rogers: “Radically Subversive”

 Fred Rogers’s worldview, a kind of humanism that had roots in Rogers’s Christianity but expressed itself as a commitment to everyone’s dignity, is what helped many navigate the scariest events of childhood (RFK’s assassination, the Challenger shuttle explosion). And the power of that worldview, the film suggests, doesn’t stop when childhood ends.

School Dog Discovers Commerce

Header photo courtesy Angela Garcia Bernal 


Australian Man Saves 2.4 Million Children From Rhesus Disease By Weekly Blood Donations

James Harrison was called the man with the golden arm. Every batch of Anti-D that has ever been made in Australia has come from his blood.
James Harrison didn’t know why his blood contained a rare antibody. He just felt compelled to keep giving it.

Harrison continued donating for more than 60 years, and his plasma has been used to make millions of Anti-D injections, according to the Red Cross. Because about 17 percent of pregnant women in Australia require the Anti-D injections, the blood service estimates Harrison has helped 2.4 million babies in the country.

“Every ampul of Anti-D ever made in Australia has James in it,” Barlow told the Sydney Morning Herald. “He has saved millions of babies. I cry just thinking about it.”

Scientists still aren’t sure why Harrison’s body naturally produces the rare antibody but think it is related to the blood transfusions he received as a teenager. And through the decades, Harrison has brushed off excessive praise regarding his regular trips to the blood donation center from his home in Umina Beach, on the Central Coast of New South Wales.

Header photo (Creative Commons) by John Kalekos

#TwitterTuesday: The Story of @Dog_Rates: Meet the DogFather

For @dog_rates, Nelson usually tweets twice on weekdays, at noon and 8 p.m. He’s never scheduled a tweet, and he’s the only one who has ever posted (except Blake Shelton, who took over the account for a day last September).

It usually takes about 20 minutes to perfect a caption. Once a tweet goes up, Nelson says he’s “glued to it” like a TV network executive in a control room, watching the number of favorites and retweets climb into the thousands.

But Nelson’s empire is built on more than that. His brand of humor has become world-wide-web famous. For example, his dog ratings almost always exceed 10/10 — because, as he once fired back at a critic upset at inflated scores, all dogs are “good dogs.” The @dog_rates community enjoys a host of inside jokes, like the one in which Nelson frequently faux-reprimands followers for sending in animals that aren’t dogs. He even played a role in developing the language DoggoLingo, popularizing puns like “pupset” and censoring “heck” to “h*ck.” Because dogs just don’t curse.