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    C.S. Lewis: "The Weight of Glory"
    "I am trying to rip open THE INCONSOLABLE SECRET in each one of you -- the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence."

  • -- Unknown: "God does not require you to have a great faith. You simply need to have faith in a great God."
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The Fragile Industries Manifesto

  • Hammers
    Why the hammer logo? "Hammers" was my maternal grandmother's maiden name, and I like the matrilineal symbolism. My great-grandfather was a blacksmith, so there's that family history as well. I consider myself ready to undertake the Fragile Industry of rebuilding my life with that hammer. Rebuilding the Insconsolable Secret “that hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence.” (C.S. Lewis.) In taking up this blog I raise the powerful tool of language, of exchanged ideas, of humor. I am readying other devices from my toolbox, rusty, disused. The hammer is an ironic symbol of freedom and new life, of encouragement to me. Take it up if you dare.

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that is great you sold it, but how lovely that it goes to someone that it has so much meaning for.


I agree. That is the coolest thing. You are making someone happy in a very profound way.


Congrats. How's it being delivered?

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Over 200 pounds divided into 8 boxes is being shipped UPS Ground to Colorado, with oodles of peanuts, bubble wrap, etc. The shipping alone comes to over 200 dollars. Because my buyer needs to be home to accept delivery, it won't be shipped for a few days so that delivery can coincide with a day off.

The other day,my reading light flickered. It felt like a blessing from Grandma for doing the right thing. Or it could have been the rolling blackouts due to the failure of the power grid to keep up with the blistering So.Cal heat wave.

I prefer to think that the buyer's departed mother and grandmother met up with Grandma in the Great Hereafter and they hashed it all out. She had a generous heart.


Whoa. Are we in the same family? First "cattywumpus" and now this. My mom owned Franciscan Desert Rose; my sister has it now. I've been paring away via ebay for years, and am actually putting off this very same exercise with six boxes of off-name bone china inherited from my grandmother. what gives?

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lws, EVERYONE'S mom or grandma had Desert Rose. You'd think there'd be enough out there to meet the demand. When the spirit moves you to put your grandmother's china on eBay, perhaps the same karmic destiny will bring you a buyer with a nostalgic connection to the "off-name" bone china.

BTW, I've played Harriet The Spy (my childhood hero and sneaky alter ego ever since) and peeked at your website & blog. We may indeed have more in common than given names, cattywampus and dishes. I admire what I see. Is that humility or narcissism? Anyway, you're on my radar.

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