Life By Kristen

Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it. – Little Women

Friday Finds September 2016

Did you watch HBO’s Boardwalk Empire? If not, I recommend. The reason I bring it up is because of the character Richard Harrow is a World War I veteran who has lost a portion of his face and wears a sculpted mask to hide his disfigurement. When I watched the show, it was the first time I had seen anything like it and found it fascinating that there were sculptors who specialized in “portrait masks” during the post World War I era. A new book about the war highlights some of these sculptors, and I am fascinated by this female, Boston-based sculptor who took on the task.  There’s a really interesting video towards the end of the page of her working on a soldier.

The politics of pockets on women’s clothing.

I’m very excited for the newest member of the Smithsonian museum family- the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There are lots of articles going around about the museum, its mission, and collections, but as always, I enjoy learning about the lesser known people of history who made an impact that we never hear about. Here’s one woman whose collection is a part of the museum and story is being told: Mae Reeves and her hats.

Women of the CIA.

Japanese war brides. 

Barack Obama’s “exit interview” by the amazing historian and author Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Step parents are parents too.  This made me teary because I take my role as Little Man’s Bonus Mom very seriously.


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