Just a little thought makes memories

Give-giving and receiving
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As I use a present, I remember the friends or family member that gave it to me. It makes me smile.

So, when the mother of a bride suggested I send a gift card, I was stunned. While practical, that’s probably not a memorable gift.

I think of some of my favorites; it’s not about how much was spent. As a bride, I got a kit with a hammer, screwdriver and pliers. I still use this set. Years later, I did the same for another bride. My thinking: a gal should have her own tools.

Unique, useful and practical

Couples living together today don’t need another dish towel.

I finally chose packable placemats with a unique Southwest design tied to a National Park theme, practical for either home or new RV and hopefully, many happy trails.



Bounty in delicate artifacts by inmates’ extracurricular activities

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A Yuma Prison museum docent wondered why the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” production was interested in featuring a woman prisoner responsible for a single stagecoach robbery. True, housing women prisoners presented challenges, but the powers-that-be adjusted.

Perhaps a more fascinating set of items in the museum, a collection of beautiful lace, piques interest more. During free time, inmates made crafts, such as inlaid wood boxes, horsehair hat bands, carved shell and onyx pieces — even knives, receiving a share of sales upon their release.

C.E. Hobart, a murderer sentenced to life in prison, repeatedly returned to solitary confinement, quarried rock by day, and knit particularly fine lace collars, baby clothes and piano scarves by night.


Originally published at https://dawnpilot.com on May 4, 2022.



Jan Carroza

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