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Sewing with ReneeAs promised, I extended my comfort bubble to include a sewing circle.  Seeing as I don’t, or rather didn’t, know how to sew, I found an incredible place that teaches classes on sewing, knitting, and various other crafty things.  This shop, called Hands on 3rd, brings people together to teach them new skills and create a communal bond.

I met one of the three partners who own and operate the shop, Renee.  She explained to me that she and her partners wanted to move away from the societal trend of learning things online.  She firmly believes that part of the magic of learning a new skill is the connection you make with those you learn it with.  I was touched, because her ideology is so close to that of The Brave New’s.

Firing up my Singer sewing machine, I spent 2 hours futzing about and trying to ignore every masculine instinct to stop sewing and go arc-weld something.  Surprisingly, it proved to be a very enjoyable experience, and the girls I was sewing with were incredible.  Most of them were about my age, and all were there for different reasons.  Winnie had just purchased a house, and wanted to learn how to make drapes.  Heather was a new mother, and wanted to be able to sew things for her daughter.  Sue wanted to cross something off of her bucket list, and learning sewing was the next big thing for her to do. Read more »

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Phil WarrenPhil Warren (81)
Founder and editor of The Brave New, Phil Warren is now an accordion player, a minister, a sonic weapons expert, a director, a photographer, a public speaker, and a bunch of other things. Mostly he's an adventurer though. An adventurer who smells nice. Except when he doesn't.
NickNick (6)
One part Burner and one part Engineer; I’ve lived through twenty-five-and-a-half winters, and aim to keep it that way. My world is a strange one, and it’s my goal to make it stranger.

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