Up To Snuff #66: Book Review and Fiction Lesson, “The Sun Also Rises,” By Ernest Hemingway

Up to Snuff #66: Book Review and Fiction Lesson “The Sun Also Rises” By Ernest Hemingway
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Hemingway’s 1920’s based fiction novel, covers spiritual dissolution, often describing both Jewish and Catholic Views, immorality and bacchanalian bar hopping and on a lesser note, unrequited love. What may resonate with the reader are micro points like the French, “aperitif” and “digestif” and grander points like his two city, “international agenda.”

“International Agenda” in fact may be what the reader is left with thinking, of what it means to write fiction and how it can be done across two of the world’s most amazing cities, in this case Paris, France and Pamplona, Spain. Hemingway’s piece of modernist fiction, leads the reader to ponder fiction itself, being something of illustrious descriptions, the practice of detail and analysis as description. How one may plan trips or excursions to illuminate a story and embody the setting. One can imagine Hemingway carting around small tablets of paper to bullfights and down Parisian streets, even while in carriages.

It is in fact, the emotion about descriptions, in fiction, that grips you. What also grips the reader is how a writer may become an instigator and define a place, time period, era, a group or a movement. In this case the book chronicles a group of writers and Foreign Correspondents in Paris and appears to be autobiographical. “The Sun Also Rises,” describes the romance for the writers life, the spontaneity, the comradery with other notables of the time period, and how the stories unfold into novels, articles and love affairs, some of which manifest into marriages, others that go unrequited.

They were described as a “lost generation,” perhaps many facing short lived marriages in favor of the dramatic high living of a traveler. What becomes interesting is the fame and publicity that writing generates, the resulting introductions that create, the “Who’s Who” lifestyle. Reporters regularly write about and therefore hob nob with notables, if at the bullfight-the bullfighter.

It is as if a writer must cultivate a “writerly” richness. The writer is at once a manufacturer, instigator, and conjurer. Everything for the writer becomes vivid, when you desire the writing to be as good as life, if not better. Having more power to act as taste master, direct society via writing, and dress your content. Hemingway was a master of description much like James Baldwin. Hemingway would make wonderful “observations,” such as to watch, the feet of dancers, to bottle their dance performance, as difficult as that may be.

Hemingway was an angler as was seen in later books like, “Old Man and The Sea.” He was later overseas, with many of the same interests he may have cultivated in America; which became a part of his “international agenda”-fishing in Germany and Spain for example.

The good fiction may be written in “non- stop” fashion. The writer establishes their setting, carries their tablets and writes literally “non-stop” while traveling; then at a later time transcribes collected details to form the story. Then perhaps an editor or programs help you to iron out your dialog. Perhaps if you are guided by some kind of “North Star” and utilizing precision, you will reach a fine piece of literature at the finish.

Great planning may go into a classic piece of literature. One may pursue degree’s or charter boats and acquire nets. Some of literature’s greatest works may not have been easy to come by. Hemingway provides a good fiction lesson.

Up to Snuff #31: Helpful Websites, Tips for Journalists and Generally Getting Data Rich Writing or Searching for a Boiler Plate or Template

Up To Snuff #31:  Helpful Websites, Tips for Journalists and Generally Getting Data Rich Writing or Searching for a Boiler Plate/Template

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

http://www.writing.engr.psu.edu/workbooks/proposals.html

http://www.craftofscientificwriting.com/correspondence.html

 

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/18/

Templates, APA Style etc.

 

web.mit.edu/course/21/21.guide/l-trans.htm

 

http://www.buisnesswritingblog.com/business_writing/20171

Clarity, Conciseness and Zing + more 262 Ways to Take Business Writing Beyond the Basics

Help Employees to Write Better

Syntax Training.com/classes

Proofreading like a pro

Error Free Documents

How to build great work relationships one message at a time

Lynn Gaerther Johnston

 

www.ncbi.nlm.gov/home/learn/

U.S. National Library of Medicine

National Institute of Health

National Center for Bio Technology

Information

Controlled Studies Research Writings Database

 

https://history.state.gov/

School Libraries

 

www.masterclass.com/classes/David-Mamet-teaches-dramatic

www.merriam-webstercollegiate.com/free

Download Dictionary with purchase of new dictionary get key code

 

For Journalists

Congressional Record or State Legislature Records

Ethnographies

Monographs

Journal Articles

Connected to Library Databases

Library of Congress

Law Database

 

Institute for Social Research

Press.sca.isr.umich.edu

Data.sca.isr.umich.edu

http://www.sca.isr.umich.edu/tables.html

 

Newspaper Archives

Washington Post

China Times

Al Jazeera

NY Times

The Guardian

The Chicago Reader

Associated Press

CNN

BBC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invisible President: Stop Birthing Babies Until There is Value to Man, a Prior Letter to an Editor

“Stop Birthing Babies

Until There is Value to Man”

 

Dear Editor,

In response to your article in Tuesday February 18ths, 2016  paper, “City’s Homeless Struggle to Cope with Cold,” this reader feels citizens should stop birthing babies until there is value to man.  Washtenaw County needs to place a greater value on its citizens above tents in the winter and beyond shelters as a solution.  I propose the government work on “valuation” of its citizens and provide as a birthright a “Basic Human Package” that includes a financial account and other items such as a dictionary at birth.

There is a need to put into place steps before this kind of dissolution when the people start to spill out into the streets.  The citizens should really start to realize that action is needed even for one person sleeping outdoors but in this county it has become the norm.  When the leaders do not call a state of emergency when their citizens do not have housing or even food sometimes it’s time to impeach.  One answer, which may be one of the only answers, is to value man and offer each citizen a constant prosperity.  Without a base income all citizens are in danger.  Illness is precarious, jobs are precarious, housing is precarious but a “Basic Human Account” should be a constant fixture that stabilizes mankind.

This citizen wishes to responsibly address the media to find the steps before and after.  What needs to be done to execute a base income, perhaps the first of man’s prosperous condition?  This citizen would like to chart from this moment to the moment a Basic Human Package could exist.  I called the Governor one time and emailed his website a day I had no food and was between jobs and got no response.  Washtenaw County and Michigan may be slim on emergency prevention and response, care of citizens and valuation is low.  I called the mayor of Ypsilanti to find out if he had any provision for citizens who may not have food and he gave me the number to our prior Congressman, who never responded.

It is as if Michigan has no real scaffolding of a Social System.  Even the Mayor might redirect your call and the Gov. may not pick up.  I have listened previously to Presidential campaigns and never heard Social System mentioned.  I think it was Eisenhower that feared the streets filling up with homeless and built housing projects and created Social Security and DHS. Is this really what the citizens of Michigan want as their Social System?

The current charitable organizations may be to arbitrarily assisting people and this system however beneficial may not be the real solution.  I plan to run for office maybe 20 years from now but I’ll start right now campaigning for a “Basic Human Package,” that I think would end homeless, increase intelligence, make us more beautiful, healthy and peaceful.

Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Letter to The Editor

 

 

Up to Snuff #3: “A Fundamental Writers Desk Top Reference Book List” Revised 10-15-2017

Up to Snuff #3: Revised (10-15-17)  “A Fundamental Desk Top Reference Book List for Writers”

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Dictionaries

Newton’s Telecom Dictionary, By Harry Newton, Flatiron Books, 2007

Webster’s New World Collegiate Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ

The American Heritage Dictionary of The English Language, fourth edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston & New York

Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, Oxford University Press, Oxford

The Grosset Webster Dictionary (Childrens)

Harrap’s Shorter French & English Dictionary

501 Spanish Verbs

Dictionaries of the World

Diccionario Sigmer (Spanish Dictionary of synonyms)

Style Manuals/Grammar

MLA Style, APA Style, Chicago Style

Understanding Style, Practical Ways to Improve Your Writing, Joe Glassar, Oxford University Press, Jan 2015

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

A Guide to Composition Pedagogies, by Gary Tate, Amy Rupiper Taggart, Oxford University Press, 2013

Doing Grammar, by Max Morenberg, Oxford University Press, 2013,

The Chicago Manual of Style, University of Chicago Press, 2003

The Associated Press Style Book

Variety of Style books from newspapers

The Elements of Style, By William Strunk, Jr &  E.B. White, The Macmillan Company

Onomatopoeia

Studies in the History of the English Language VI : Evidence and Method in Histories of English. by Michael. Adams, Laurel J. Brinton, R. D. Fulk

Format:eBook  Publication year:  2015

Studies in language origins. Volume 1 by Jan. Wind

Format: eBook, Publication year: 1989

AP Style Book Online

A Writer’s Reference 6th Edition By Diana Hacker

Hacker, Diana, Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age

Hacker, Diana, Pocket Style Manual

Booth, Wayne, Gregory Colomb, and Joseph Williams, The Craft of Research

Lunsford, Andrea and Robert Connors, Easy Writer, A Pocket Guide

Murray, Donald M., The Craft of Revision

Williams, Joseph, Style:  Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace

Zinsser, William, On Writing Well

Viking Book of Aphorisms:  A Personal Selection  W.H. Arden

Usage

Harper Dictionary of Contemporary Usage, by William and Morris, Harper & Row, 1975

Dictionary of Problem Words & Expressions, Mcgraw Hill Book Company, 1975

A Careful Writer: A Modern Guide to English Usage, By Theodore M. Bernstein, Free Press 1965

More Language That Needs Watching, By Theodore M. Bernstein, Channel Press 1962

Watch Your Language, By Theodore Bernstein, Atheneum, 1958

The Word, by Rene Cappon, The Associated Press, 1982

Modern American Usage by Wilson Follet, Hill & Wang, 1966

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, Oxford University Press 1965

Fowler’s Modern English Usage, By H.W. Fowler & R.W. Burchfield Oxford University Press, 2004

Semantics

Semantics in Generative Grammar (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics) by Irene Heim

Language in Thought and Action Fifth Edition By, Hayakawa and Alan R. Hayakawa

Semantics Introducing Linguistics By John Saeed

Semantics (Palgrove Modern Linguistics) by Kate Kearns

Meaning & Language, An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics) By Alan Cruse

Semantics:  A Course book By James R. Hartford and Michael B. Smith

Meaning:  A Slim guide to Semantics Oxford Linguistics By Paul Elbourne

Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist, Second Edition:  Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL by Dean Allemang and James Hendler

Semantic Perception:  How the Illusion of a Common Language Arises and Persists by Jody Azzouni

Drive Yourself Sane:  Using Uncommon Sense of General Semantics, Third Edition, by Susan Presby Kodish and Bruce I. Kodish

Syntax

Syntax:  A Generative Introduction By Andrew Carnie

Sin & Syntax:  How to Craft Wicked Good Prose By Constance Hale

The Syntax Handbook Everything You Learned About Syntax But Forgot By, Laura M. Justice

The Art of Syntax:  Rhythm of thought, Rhythm of Song By ellen Bryant Voight

Artful Sentences, Syntax as Style  By Virginia Tufte

The Syntax Workbook:  A Companion to Carnies Syntax By Andrew Carnie

Understanding Syntax by Maggie Tallerman

Syntax:  a Minimalist Introduction By Andrew Radford

Phonology

Introductory Phonology By, Bruce Hayes

Introducing Phonology Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics by, David Odden

Phonology a Coursebook by, Robert Kennedy

The Sounds of Language:  An Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology by, Elizabeth C. Zsiga

Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology From Concepts to Transcription By Jacqueline Bauman-Waengler

Articulation & Phonology in Speech Sound Disorders:  A Clinical Focus 5th Edition By, Jacqueline Bauman-Waengler

NAVLIPI Volume 1, A New Universal, Script (Alphabet) Accommodating the Phonemic Idiosyncrasies of all Words By, Prasanna Chandra Sekhar & Nicholas Ostler

An Introduction to Phonetics & Phonology by John Clark + Colin Yallop

English Phonetics and Phonology Paperwork with Audio CD’s (2):  A Practical Course By, Peter Roach

Phonology (Palgrove Modern Linguistics) By, Phillip Carr & Jean-Pierre Montreuil

Introduction to Russian Phonology & Word Structure By, William Hamilton

Sanskrit Manual:  A Quick Reference Guide to Phonology and Grammar of Classical Sanskrit

Applied English Phonology by, Mehmet Yavas

The Phonology & Morphology of Arabic The Phonology of the Worlds Languages By, Janet C. E. Watson

Phonetically based Phonology By Bruce Hayes and Robert Kirchner

Understanding Phonology Understanding Language By, Carlos Gussenboven & Haille Jacobs

Generative Phonology Description and Theory By, Michael Kenstowicz & Charles Kissebert

Phonology:  An Introduction to Basic Concepts, Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics By Roger Lass

Introducing Phonetics & Phonology By Mike Davenport & S.J. Hannahs

Phonology & Generative Grammar, (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics No. 7) by, Michael Kenstowicz

Evolutionary Phonology:  The Emergence of Sound Patterns By, Juliette Blevins

Que Bien Suena:  Mastering Spanish Phonetics and Phonology (World Languages) By, Jeffrey D. Stokes

Proverbs

The Dictionary of Modern Proverbs By, Charles Clay Doyle

Encyclopedia of World Proverbs, Prentice Hall Encyclopedia of World Proverbs by, Wolfgang Mieder

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs, Oxford Quick Reference By Jennifer Speake

Journalism

The Elements of Journalism

Journalism Basics

Feature Writing, By Lee Friedlander

The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook:  A Guide to Documents, Databases and Techniques

News Writing and Reporting and Reporting for Today’s Media  B.D. Itule

The Longman Guide to Style and Writing on the Internet  M.C. Sammons

Film writing and selected journalism by James Agee

From fact to fiction : journalism & imaginative writing in America  by Shelley Fisher. Fishkin

American Earth : environmental writing since Thoreau  by Bill. McKibben, Al Gore

The New Journalism by Tom Wolfe, E. W. Johnson

The rhetoric of empire : colonial discourse in journalism, travel writing, and imperial administration  by David Spurr

Broadcast journalism : an introduction to news writing  by Mark W. Hall

News writing  by George A. Hough

Writing your journal article in 12 weeks : a guide to academic publishing success  by Wendy Laura. Belcher

News reporting and writing by Melvin. Mencher

Longman Dictionary of Mass Media Communication, Tracy D. Connors

 Letters & Correspondence

Letters  by Theodore Roosevelt, Elting Elmore. Morison, John Morton Blum, John J. Buckley

Correspondence by Herman Melville, Lynn. Horth

Holmes-Pollock letters; the correspondence of Mr. Justice Holmes and Sir Frederick Pollock, 1874-1932.

by Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.,, Frederick Pollock, Mark De Wolfe Howe

Letters. by Edward FitzGerald, J. M. Cohen

Correspondence.  by Jonathan Swift, Harold Herbert Williams Sir,

The habit of being : letters by Flannery. O’Connor, Sally. Fitzgerald

The letters of T.S. Eliot  by T. S. Eliot, Valerie. Eliot

Hour of gold, hour of lead; diaries and letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1929-1932.

by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Mazal Holocaust Collection.

A treasury of the world’s great letters from ancient days to our own time : containing the characteristic and crucial communications, and intimate exchanges and cycles of correspondence, of many of the outstanding figures of world history, and some notable contemporaries

by M. Lincoln Schuster, Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress)

Essays

Essays and reviews  by Edgar Allan Poe, Gary Richard Thompson

Millennial stages : essays and reviews, 2001-2005  by Robert Sanford Brustein

Toynbee and history; critical essays and reviews, by Ashley Montague

The Concept of a Philosophical Jurisprudence : Essays and Reviews 1926-51. by Michael. Oakeshott, Luke. O’Sullivan

The theory and practice of American literary naturalism : selected essays and reviews by Donald. Pizer

Hewing to experience : essays and reviews on recent American poetry and poetics, nature and culture

by Sherman. Paul

The vocabulary of a modern European state : Essays and Reviews 1953-1988. by Michael. Oakeshott

The eye of the story : selected essays and reviews by Eudora Welty

The responsibilities of the critic; essays and reviews.  by F. O. Matthiessen

Essays and reviews : the 1860 text and its reading by Victor Shea, William Whitla

Writing nature : Henry Thoreau’s Journal  by Sharon. Cameron

The Essay, By Crowell and Kolba

Disciplines

Academic Writing with Readings, Teresa Thonney, Oxford University Press

The Copy Editors Handbook

Serious Daring, Creative Writing in Four Genres, Lisa Roney, Oxford University Press, 2014

Modern American Poetry, Anthology of Modern American Poetry, Oxford University Press, 2014

Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Cary Nelson, Oxford University Press, 2014

How to Interpret Literature, Critical Theory for Literary and Cultural Studies, Robert Dale Parker, Oxford University Press, 2014

Advertising, A very Short Introduction, Winston Fletcher, Oxford University Press, 2010

Bestsellers, A Very short Introduction, John Sutherland, Oxford University Press, 2007

Food, A Reader for Writers, Deborah Holdstein, Columbia college Chicago, 2014

Humor, A Reader for Writers, Kathleen Volk Miller, Drexel University, Marion Wrenn, MY Abu Dhabi

Contemporary Fiction, A very Short Introduction, Robert Eaglestone, Oxford Unversity Press, 2013

Design, John Heskett, Hong Kong Polytechnic, 2005

English Literature, Jonathan Bate, University of Warwick, 2010

Ethics, Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge, 2009

Globalization, Manfred Steger, University of Hawaii, 2013

Tragedy, Adrian Poole, University of Cambridge and Trinity College, 2005

Writing and Script, Andrew Robinson, Wolfson College, Cambridge, 2009

Subversive Copy Editor

Literature and The Writing Process

Patterns of Exposition 8

Writing in the Disciplines, Third Edition, Harcourt Brace College, 1995

Euripedes IV, The Complete Greek Tragedies, Edited by David Greene and Richmond Lattiore, the University of Chicago Press, 1958

The Best Travel Writing 2000

Writing your poem, a practical approach to verse writing. Lawrence John Zillman

A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago Style for students and researchers by Kate L. Turabian, Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

Writing under pressure : the quick writing process by Sanford. Kaye

The Past before us : contemporary historical writing in the United States by Michael G. Kammen, American Historical Association.

University writing : selves and texts in academic societies by Montserrat. Castelló, Christiane. Donahue

The Chicago guide to writing about numbers by Jane E. Miller

Student Research and Report Writing : From Topic Selection to the Complete Paper. by Gabe T. Wang, Keumjae. Park

Teaching with writing by Toby Fulwiler

The Art of Public Speaking, by Stephen E. Lucas

Permutations Edited by Joan Digby and Bob Brier

Paper Airplane, by Bard

Exploring Literature, Writing and Thinking about fiction, poetry, Drama and the essay, By Frank Madden

The Norton Introduction to Literature, Fiction, Bain Beaty Hunter

Studies in Fiction, Blaze O. Bonanza, Emil Roy, Sandra Roy

Efictions, Short Story and Novel Reader, Joseph F. Trimmer, C. Wade Jennings, Annette Patterson

The Yale Book of Quotations By Fred R. Shapiro and Joseph Epstein

Trivium The Classical Liberal Arts of Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric By, John Michell

Rhetoric:  The Art of Persuasion by Andrew Aberdeen

My First Words By, Teora

Memoir:  Growing up Italian American:  The Memoirs of Ferdinand Visco and the Stories of Two Italian Families By Ferdinand Visco M.D.

Technical Writing

Technical Communication, 11th edition 2014
Mike Markel
ISBN: 978-0312-485979
Bedford/St. Martin’s

Technical and Professional Writing, Solving Problems at Work, By Kennedy & Montgomery

Business Writing, By Wilma Davidson

The Essentials of Technical Communication, Third Edition, Elizabeth Tebbeaux, Oxford University Press, 2014

Excellence in Business Communication, Twelth Edition 2017
John V. Thill and Courtland L. Bovee
ISBN: 9780134388144
Pearson
Loose Leaf Edition: ISBN: 9780134388175

Successful Writing at Work, 4th Concise Edition 2014
Philip Kolin
ISBN: 978-1280-5052564
Cengage

Technical Communication Today, 5th Edition 2014
Richard Johnson-Sheehan
ISBN 978-0321-907981
Pearson

The Essentials of Technical Communication 3rd Edition 2014
Elizabeth Tebeaux and Sam Dragga
ISBN: 978-0195-5384222
Oxford University Press

Writing in the Health Professions 2005
Barbara A. Heifferon
ISBN: 978-0321-105271

Editing

What Editors Do:  The Art, Craft and Business of Book Editing by Peter Ginna

Proofing Handbook McGraw Hill

Latin

Cassell’s Latin Dictionary Latin-English

The Latin language. by Leonard R. Palmer

Roman antiquities: or, An account of the manners and customs of the Romans; designed to illustrate the Latin classics, by explaining words and phrases, from the rites and customs to which they refer.

by Alexander Adam, James Boyd

A history of Latin literature. by Moses Hadas

Oxford Latin dictionary  by P. G. W. Glare

A handbook of Latin literature from the earliest times to the death of St. Augustine, by H. J. Rose

Medieval Latin palaeography : a bibliographical introduction

by Leonard E. Boyle, University of Toronto.

The poems, English, Latin and Greek, of Richard Crashaw

by Richard Crashaw, L. C. Martin

Analytical comparison of the Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and Teutonic languages, shewing the original identity of their grammatical structure

by Franz Bopp, Joseph-Daniel Guigniaut

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Workshop in Chinese-English Jeong Kee Kim

Soules Dictionary of English Synonyms

Writing Tools

How Writing Works, Jordynn Jack, Oxford University Press, 2014

So What, the Writers Argument, Kurt Schick and Laura Schubert, Oxford University Press, 2013

Who Says, Deborah H. Holdstein, Danielle Aquiline, Oxford University Press, 2013

The Real World Reader, A Rhetorical Reader for Writers, James S. Miller, Oxford University Press, January 2015

Poverty Privilege, A Reader for Writers, Connie Snyder Mick, Oxford University Press, 2014

Technology, A Reader for Writers, Johannah Rodgers, Oxford University Press, 2014

Language, A Reader for Writers, Gita Dasbender, Oxford University Press, 2013

Identity, A Reader for Writers, John Scenters-Zapico, Oxford University Press, 2013

Sustainability, A Reader for Writers, Carl Herndl, Oxford University Press, 2013

Culture, A Reader for Writers, John Mauk, Oxford University Press, 2013

A Guide for Writing Tutors, Practice and Research, Lauren Fitzgerald, Oxford University Press, Feb 2015

Research Methods

Social Research Methods By Bryman on Oxford Press

The Research Imagination:  An Introduction to Qualitative and Quantitative Methods By Gray, Williamson, Karp, Dalphin, Cambridge Press

The Scientific Method Historical and Philosophical Introduction By Barry Gower

The Research Paper Handbook James Lester

Research methods by Jack R. Nation

Statistical methods in research and production. by Owen L. Davies, Peter Lewis. Goldsmith

Qualitative research methods for the social sciences by Bruce L. Berg

Research methods in physical activity  by Jerry R. Thomas, Jack K. Nelson

MLA handbook for writers of research papers. by Joseph Gibaldi, Modern Language Association of America.

Research papers by William. Coyle

The craft of research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams

A guide to writing sociology papers  by Judith. Richlin-Klonsky, Ellen Strenski, Roseann. Giarrusso, University of California, Los Angeles. Sociolo

Writing the laboratory notebook by Howard M. Kanare

Typography

Words into Type, by Marjorie E. Skillin & Robert M. Gay, Prentice- Hall Inc., 1974

Josef Muller-Brockman Swiss designer

Jan Tschichold  German Typography

Stereo graphics

False Flat

Graphs

Bedfordstmartins.com/tech com   (how to make graphs tutorials)

Tufte

Atlas

National Geographic Atlas of the World, 8th Edition, National Geographic Society, Washington D.C.

Atlas of The World   Oxford University Press

Medical Directories & Handbooks

The Merck Manuals Online Medical Library  www.merck.com/mmpe/index.html

U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Heatlh  www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/

www.cdc.gov  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Medical Dictionary

Directories & Handbooks

Official Congressional Directory, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C.

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cdirectory/search.html

Political Handbook of the World:  CQ Press, Washington, D.C.

For company names consult the New York Stock Exchange http://www.nyse.com or NASDAQ at http://wwwnasdaq.com

http://biz.ap.org  stock abbreviations alphabetical list of company names

Capital IQ a division of Standard & Poor’s

Religion Questions Handbook of Denominations in the United States

The Non Profit Organization Handbook, Tracy D. Connors (Look for all Tracy D. Connors Books)

www.npocrossroads.com

Technology books and binder of shortcuts

Extra Suggestions

The Calligraphy Source Book

Write now : the complete program for better handwriting by Barbara. Getty, Inga. Dubay

Purdue Owl website including “how to write an academic cover letter”

Telephone books

Binder of language studies

Webster’s Complete Desktop Reference Book

Special Thanks to: Norwich University/ Kreitzberg Library, University of Michigan Library/ Hatcher Library, Associated Press Style Manual Bibliography, Eastern Michigan University/ Pray-Harrold Writing Dept., Purdue University, Oxford University Press Catalog, Ann Arbor District Library, Ypsilanti District Library, Amazon Books, Compendiums, digests and random finds.

 

Outcome of Grade Grievance Meetings at Eastern Michigan University from Summer 2015 to Present

Outcome of Grade Grievance Meetings at Eastern Michigan University from summer 2015 to Present

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Ypsilanti, Michigan, the summer semester at Eastern Michigan University in 2015 was challenging for student A.

Inclusive of revisions she had signed onto 3 intensive writing classes in feminist theory, technical writing and feature writing.  When all semester work was said and done student A wrote ~20 papers in a short semester.  It must be difficult for Professor’s to gauge “course load” in any given semester.

After the completion of the summer term and after 2 grade grievance meetings for two classes, the offer from the Ombudsman’s Office came which was to apply to drop all three classes and clear the record.

Several months later in 2016, while student A sat out a few semesters, all three classes where wiped clean from her transcripts and record.  What became apparent when student A received an E at %48 from a southern male philosophy teacher of Feminist Theory-student A had no choice but to fight with the prospect of her student career ruined.  It became peculiar to student A why the Professor did not share her concerns and failed to properly listen and investigate.  Grade Grievances are likely disliked by Professor’s whose tenured positions may become compromised.

Three completed classes were denied grade changes in favor of a complete withdraw.  Affirmative Action at EMU mishandled the case that was brought from the Ombudsman’s Office describing it as outside their scope.  Affirmative Action detailed their area as having to do with overt racist or misogynistic or disability offensive “verbal” language, but not with racist language in college text books.  Affirmative Action did not desire to “read” the text book in question.  In spite of hard evidence The Office of Affirmative Action declined to support student A.

Later student A recognized the potency of going direct to the publisher or Follet who publish and sell the book as a college text book.

Faculty and staff were asked not to broadcast personal information about student A in connection with staff and faculty meetings in regards to the grade grievance proceedings.  Often student A feels faculty and staff speak candidly about students personal lives without care for their respect, privacy, merit or future.

Many students when faced with problems at the university may end up taking similar steps if left with no other option but to fight without wanting to make an enemy of the school.

Student A did not pursue legal options and in the end was pleased that her efforts were responded to and a middle ground solution was found.  She pleaded with one high up staff member not to get on the microphone and broadcast.  Student A says, “I am not litigious because I want my degree, love the school and want to be instrumental its continued growth.”

Meanwhile student A reworks her graduation plan.  She meets up with voice teachers and piano teachers in the music department.  She participates in a non-profit leadership group and received an honorary membership to The National Society of Leadership and Success from EMU.

When as in writings about professionalism and problem solving at work one often avoids “conflict” not to further compromise themselves.  Student A said her nerves were shot at meetings and her school work turned into evidence.  At first it seemed that everyone was against student A when Dean’s, Professor’s and student’s all sided against student A.

Eventually all grades did get overturned and were discharged with tuition refunded.  Sometimes you are left with no choice but to fight to continue your education, at all.

In conclusion, the grade grievance hearings were a success for Eastern Michigan University in that in spite of their tedious nature they found a neutral remedy and student A can peacefully attend school and complete her degree.  It is difficult to create a forum where student’s issues are actually heard and cared for.

Well trained professionals may need to govern key areas of change in the finance department and with the registrar, as well as mediate student, faculty and staff issues, tacit issues, work issues, behavior issues, and curriculum issues, teaching methods and work load issues.  Psychological concerns get on the table often especially with the anxiety that the graded tasks can create.   College text books may also need course evaluation following each class.

Students may feel tremendous pressure and loneliness in desperate appeals.  It would be great it EMU created its own log and historical archive for how all grievances were handled and handle them in an exemplary fashion. Students need to work hard to strengthen the Ombudsman’s Office with the know- how and compassion, to be an ear for students issues, that follows up. Every case presents history and may become relevant as precedents for future cases.  Keep track of daily life at EMU and report problems to the Ombudsman to create a record and trail for improvement.  Similar things may be happening to another student and as in Kahlil Gibran’s example, “to remove the stumbling stone,” for future generations to enjoy a well- crafted and governed education.

Up to Snuff #1: Basic Structure or Technique for Writing an Article

According to Afua Osei-Bonsu Basic Structure or Technique for Writing an Article

  • Helm, “title/brief,” or a working title, basic idea and beginning
  • Notes & details, general brain storm, what do I know?
  • Write a “Plan,” think about questions for interview, juxtaposition, past, present, future, create a timeline, historical notes, who were key players or stakeholders, analysis, frame perspectives, frame question and goal, plan thread through, plan to indicate available resources, plan sources, where to look and who to talk to, look for credentialed sources, look for eye witnesses and primary sources as opposed to second and third party sources
  • Outline, paragraph parts with headings from plan, organize
  • Research, become authority, create value, collect setting (which may begin your article), inform
  • Interview, gather quotations, eg. you may need a voice from the community and a voice from the government, call around, figure out who can help you craft your story with rich material, find authorities on subject areas, be creative and professional, find witnesses, gather evidence, collect data, ask questions in person, online and by phone, collect details, fill out and enrich story with details, carry note pads, tape recorders and camera, make sure you are clear about what is known to be true and what is believed to be true, good descriptions are always nice, eg. look, feel, sound, who, when, what, where, what time, how did you feel, how did you come to know, how did you start, past, present, future, add to timeline, interesting details, how many, how much, how long, if your on location look around, is this a credentialed source?, first or second party source?, authority or expert? Can you tell me a little bit about your background?
  • Language studies, develop research around language
  • Continuous thread, prayer bead style, write with cadence, onomatopoeia and “history to word” or significant word research, chunky rich and harmonious, chock full, pull from notes, interviews and research, weave together all information and stylize
  • Perfect title, sell and identify the article, revise if necessary working title
  • Edit, check grammar, check spelling, check all names are correct, check for consistent tense, check correct conjugation, revise, punch up
  • Add data, numbers, illustrations or photo companions, visual images or video, captions, and credits, add any notes on associated personages products or books etc., you may sometimes add to send donations or letters to a specific address or include contact info.
  • Fact check, ask yourself is it knowledge?, Is it truth? or justified true belief?
  • Bibliography, foot note or citation
  • Graphic design of writing eg. bucktooth text
  • Byline, with credits about your books or background, short bio or claim to fame
  • Audience and dissemination
  • Financial Strategy for a writer or writing

 

The above is an excerpt from an upcoming book entitled “Up to Snuff, A Guide for Writers”

and debut of the “Up to Snuff” Column

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

 

Invisible President: An Analysis of Unpaid Labor in Washtenaw County and Unpaid Labor in General

An Analysis of Unpaid Labor in Washtenaw County and Unpaid Labor in General

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

A student wishing to build their resume with volunteer work or humanitarian service may elect as an option, an unpaid position.  Unpaid positions can be extremely valuable for professional development and even status greater than an employee.  What can ultimately happen to a student or anyone signing on to an unpaid position is the assignment to themselves of a zero wage which may elicit disrespect from peers or other paid workers. There is a case where a volunteer at a theater working alongside paid workers was called a “slave,” which is true of a theater in Ann Arbor. In this case the volunteers felt prestige for service work and the employees felt superiority as wage earners.

Some businesses may have the majority of their work force unpaid and be completely reliant on unpaid labor. Even when working unpaid, “thank you’s” may be hard to come by.  People will in fact look down on you when you are working without a wage.  Will you even get a reference from an unpaid position?  Will they even remember your name? Should there be a record of your employment and a reference required? Should references always be required for every position?

In some instances disrespect extends to consultants and employees who use “two voices” for management and unpaid workers. 

Many managers show a “lack of interest in paying” their employees. Payment for some managers is not their priority and barely on their radar.  A paid worker may represent a threat and upset the hierarchy?  The lower you are, the higher they feel, the less you receive, the more sushi for them.

Unpaid labor also becomes cumbersome in discussions of salary history with potential employers who may view them as a low-pay or even an unpaid equivalent.  Unpaid labor is still further cumbersome in the presence of rampant racism and historical slavery.  There is no requirement that an internship, for example be unpaid, the good ones tend to pay.

How do positions come to be unpaid? Unpaid positions may represent a kind of theft.

Just because they didn’t pay, doesn’t mean they still don’t owe. There are several options including:  the department of labor, invoicing, collections agencies or starting your own collections agency, put it on their credit report and give them a rating, harassing phone calls, threatening letters, a lawyer, a blog, government, report to news/press, racism registries with state and local government or your own, setting up your own law firm, arbitration and binding contracts, speaking in legal terms and citing infractions, public letters, out of business strategies, replacing business in your community, researching legal cases on Linux and the internet, keeping a journal, or calling the police to report theft, filing a police report or opening an “Office of Pain and Suffering” that will replace your money.

A brief sampling of Washtenaw County produced a variety of unpaid positions such as internships, docents, board members, student groups, volunteer work, student jobs, independent fundraising, starting your own business, advocacy work, consulting,  film festivals, art festivals, fashion studios, start-ups, non-profits, family businesses, searches on student employment websites and we may also include minimum wage labor as labor that is barely paid or not equivalent.

What generally happens in some cases is one person has paid themself and neglected to pay the rest of the staff, sometimes pursuing interns or volunteers.  Other times in the cases of university faculty and staff, all receive departmental budgets and often neglect to spread their budget across all employees. Unpaid labor presents a “larger piece of the pie” for someone else and perhaps overall savings or profit for the department or company.

Very often it is a failure of management to identify proper funding channels or to value others as they do themselves.  The management may reach as high as the American government that may not have considered the trials of non-profits who fill the variety of holes in the American social system when planning their budgets.  Very seldom will the national or local governments be inclusive of local businesses that serve their communities in their budgets and should.

The downfall of a community with an abundance of unpaid labor is that it indicates something about that community.  It may present evidence of poor leadership, inadequate business skills, racism, and misappropriation of funds and may even be a huge crack in the wall.  Internships may save a company money and may appear to be a win-win situation but other factors may show that accepting a low wage for your work may create devaluation of mankind and in the workplace, presenting long term obstacles.

Some people are too self-centered to be good managers and employees may find that their portion of the payroll exists in managements personal accounts.  Ego, sexism, racism, ignorance may perpetuate a belief in someone’s mind that he/she has a value that others do not hold or a need that others are not worthy.

What should be brought into policy and law is an equivalent wage.  For example it may be necessary if you have been offered a job to tally the various tasks to see if your hourly wage is adequate to cover the amount of responsibility.  Perhaps America has devalued its people and disrupted work by electing a minimum wage, not to fall below as opposed to an equivalent wage to match.  It can be terrifying to receive a minimum wage that is not in keeping with the economy.  After a while, the people start to spill out into the street, when the economies go long term unbalanced.

Possible solutions government needs to take could be a thorough analysis of businesses under their umbrella to see which of those need government support or to possibly pay all wages from the government to stabilize business and society. The Federal Reserve doesn’t represent a small budget but an arbitrary budget that should also match the budgetary needs of  the country-not what is often said by officials that there is not enough in the budget or the budget is running out-a fallacy.

It may be necessary to institute an “Office of Fee Inquiry” that sets wages, prices, rents etc. to create a unilateral approach to employment etc. and balance the economy.  Very often subtle changes, even new landlords upset the local economy and may create social problems.  Long term neglect of employees also creates social problems.  People make economic decisions all the time unmonitored and uncaring of their impact on a community. Where in that chain can be inserted supervision? Someone may move to Ann Arbor from New York, get into rentals and gauge an aggregating increase in rents and destroy the town.

How does money get into the proper hands, how do budgets get properly allocated, how do we start to make this area inhospitable to racism? At universities students can often be added to payroll or placed into a budget somewhere.  The necessary caring doesn’t exist for enough management to show concern for their constituencies lives. Perhaps a gravitation away from hierarchal business strategies can be replaced with social models.  There are many things that could be solutions to the problems created by unpaid labor.

It is strange, it is as if shoes exist for an  unpaid job.  What was it like for example, to work in the south after slavery? Employers who do not pay adequately become stigmatized as well as position histories.

Watch out, for example for poorly planned positions and vacuous position titles which may indicate a workplace where management is ill equipped and uncaring.  Positions such as “intern” or “office assistant,” may represent jobs bearing poor designation  or “unspecified labor” and offered for a lower wage.  Positions should have titles, be well crafted, and with equivalent wage.

We as a people need to reexamine our current business models and address schools of business to plan new strategies. Hierarchal business models are obsolete. We must be entering a new era, where it’s time for caring and time for sharing of wealth.

 

 

Spring and Summer Book List

Spring/Summer Book List

By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Falun Gong Writings

Drawing books

The Art of Teaching Art By Deborah Rockman

Visual Thinking  By Rudolf Arnheim

The Art of Responsive Drawing   By Nathan Goldstein

Keys to Drawing By Dodson

Herbarium Books on Trees and Lichens and Michigan Nature

Lake Living books (Hiking tips, Fishing)

Recipe books

Dictionary to read

Language work books

French books

Twi Books

Spanish books

Publish Songbooks

Piano music

Read Latin

Grammar

Style Manual

Bon Appetit

Chef Books

The Only Grant Writing Book You’ll Ever Need  Ellen Karsh

The Everything Fundraising Book

New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising Small Non Profits Mary Louise Mussoline

Jossey Bass Series

www.josseybass.com

Idiots Guide to Grant Making

Journals

Barnard Journals

The Elements of Style By Strunk, W Jr

Nation of Nations:  A Narrative History of The American Republic By, J.W. Davidson

Racial and Ethnic Relations By  J.R. Feagin

International Relations  By J.S. Goldstein

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy  By Hirsch, Kett

A People and a Nation:  A History of The United States  By, M.B. Norton

The Politics of United States Foreign Policy  J. Rosati

Women and The American Experience by N. Woloch

Atlas of The World   Oxford University Press

The Heritage of World Civilizations By A.M. Craig

  1. Central Asia: The Challenges of Independence By B. Rumer

Modern Latin America, T. E. Skidmore

Macroeconomics:  Economic Growth, Fluctuations and Policy R.E. Papell Hall

Principles of Microeconomics, G. Mankiw

Public Policy in the United States:  At The Dawn of The Twenty First Century By M.E. Rushefsky

Economic Policy Beyond the Headlines G.P. Shultz

Psychology and Life R..J. Gerrig

Psychology  Gross J Gleitman

Fundamentals of Management  R.W. Griffin

Managing Across Cultures By S. Schneider

Employment Discrimination Law D.P. Twomey

The Dynamics of Mass Communication  J.R. Dominick

The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook:  A Guide to Documents, Databases and Techniques

New Writing and Reporting  and Reporting for Today’s Media  B.D. Itule

Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands  By, T. Morrison

Public Speaking:  Finding Your Voice Plus New My Communication Lab with Etext  M. Osborn

Intercultural Communications:  A Reader By, L.A. Samovar

The Longman Guide to Style and Writing on the Internet  M.C. sammons

New Perspectives on Computer Concepts   J.J. Parson

Meditation

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Policy

U.S. News and World Report

The Economist

The New York Times

The Washington Post

Los Angeles Times

The Wall Street Journal

Pimsleur

Chess

Piano Music and Study books

Communications

Press Releases

Graphic Design

Linguistics

One King’s Lane

Wealth Through Workshops

A Pattern Book By Ryan Molloy

Servant Leadership By Robert K. Greenleaf

Leader to Leader Journal Spring 2006

Situational Leadership Hershey Blanched

Kouzes & Posner Model of Transformational Leadership

Lynda.com

Fileshare.com

Textile and crafting books

Dictionaries of the World

Dying textiles books

Popcorn Cook book

HTML + CSS

Design and Build Websites by Jon duckett

Javascript + JQuery  Jon Duckett

Java Murach

Tailoring:  the Classic Guide to Sewing the Perfect Jacket By, Editors of CPi

Classic Tailoring Techniques for Menswear:  A Constructionn Guide

Tailoring (Singer Sewing Reference Library)

Illustrated Guide to Sewing: Tailorinng A Complete Course on Making a Professional Suit

Couture Sewing:  Tailoring Techniques By, Claire Shaeffer

The Complete Book of Tailoring  By, Adele P. Margolis

The Shirtmaking Workbook:  Pattern, Design, and construction Resources More than 100 pattern downloads for collars, cuffs & Plackets.

Photoshop CS6 Visual Quick Start Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan’s Google Expansion and a General Google Update

Michigan’s Google Campus Expansion
Ann Arbor Median Income Predicted to Rise
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
Staff Writer
This year in the 3rd or fourth quarter, according to Alex McDougal of the Ann Arbor News, expect to see a new Google campus at 2300 Traverwood Drive near University of Michigan’s North campus in Traverwood Business Park, just north of Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor. The new Google campus could impact Michigan’s 5.6% unemployment rate and Ann Arbor’s average median income of $25.58 or the median salary of $53,200 according to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Statistics.
An influx of high level technology jobs, such as the 400+ positions that formerly related to the “Adwords Advertising Program” and filled four floors in 137,000 square- foot of the Mckinley Towne Center in Downtown Ann Arbor will relocate to the campus and occupy two buildings, the first building built in 2000 and another under construction.
Veronica Grecu reported at Commercial Property Executive that “Google will break ground on an adjacent 73,000 square foot office space to be completed by the end of 2016 when the first employees start moving in.”
Currently, The Michigan Bureau of Labor Statistics lists number of jobs at 4,255,000 with 3,000 new jobs since last month and a high of 99,000 new jobs last year. Google was also reported by Crain’s Detroit to be opening new 96,000 square foot offices in Farmington Hills.
Google’s website advertised under a “Still a Student” tab scholarships, internships and positions that span the globe including an advertisement for a Software Developer Intern or Software Engineer Intern requiring a PHD. Interns were listed on the Google Website as having to “conceive & develop software applications to extend and improve on Google’s product offering.” Google offers internships to MBA students.
The Google workforce is divided into 3 key area: 1) Build cool stuff (Engineering and Design, Operations and Support, Product Management, Developer Relations and Technical Solutions), 2) Sell Cool Stuff (Sales and Account Management, Product and Customer Support, Partnerships and Sales Operations) and 3) Do Cool Stuff (Administrative and Business Strategy, Finance, Legal and Government Relations, Marketing & Communications, People Operations, Real Estate and Workplace Services, Social Impact).
A world class giant technology company, Google, has offices in North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia Pacific. Online Google states that, “we hail from all walks of life and speak dozens of languages, reflecting the global audience that we serve.”
Employee’s may be inspired by the jungle inspired lobby in Sydney Australia, the Mother’s Room in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the New Year’s Celebrations in Beijing China, the Pub Style Lounge in Dublin Ireland or Tatami Meeting Room in Tokyo, Japan. The company offers a variety of benefits including on site physicians and comprehensive health care, travel insurance and emergency insurance even for personal vacations, new parents get time off and extra pay to welcome newborns, Tuition Reimbursement and legal advice at no cost or at a generous group discount.
Google is characterized by, “our belief in the endless possibilities of the internet.” They provide a “variety of tools to help businesses of all kinds succeed on and off the web.”

Fashion & Textiles #1: Modern Sewing

Modern Sewing
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
According Anne Reinstein, of the “All Sewn Up Sewing School,” in Ann Arbor, “more and more students are interested in learning to sew.” Reinstein said, “Sewing is a life skill that is rarely taught in schools today.” “More and more parents recognize the value of sewing and are seeking sewing lessons for their children,” said Reinstein. “Shows like Project Runway have made sewing more popular and sewing is a fundamental skill for designing clothes,” said Reinstein.
The key reasons people sew, Reinstein said, “People sew for originality and creativity, more than saving money.” “It’s possible to make really unique clothes,” said Reinstein, “and from watching “Project Runway” their creative juices were stimulated.” Reinstein’s grandmother’s saved alot of money when they sewed in the 20’s & 30’s; sewing skills were valuable and cheaper. “Nowadays, people can go to the store and buy clothes made around the world and spend less money,” Reinstein added that “Sewing allows people to make truly unique items, be creative and get a custom fit, given how people have really unique figures and have a hard time finding things that fit properly in the store.” Modern sewing, may find people especially in small towns, with less availability of clothing selection, that choose to make their own unique items complete with monogram and tag.
One criterion for garment production that was inspired by television shows like “Project Runway,” according to Reinstein, was the “sketching of clothes which was naturally tandem with their sewing.” It is possible to sketch a garment, make a technical illustration, then a flat pattern and later cut and sew the garment. On the one hand, a design school student may make a fashion illustration and create a “toile” or sample of the garment in muslin, then a finished version in their chosen fine cloth. A design school student, may create a sketch book of “research and development” or utilize draping techniques and work with a dress form.
A design student from, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, who we will call “Leah,” desired to make a collection of Victorian shirts accompanied by three tier skirts or a functional modern Elizabethan uniform. The fashion design student, may also be concerned with printed textiles. Leah, for example after graduating a London design school, wanted to make a club like the “Fashion Fabric Club” online or a “sewing bee” and grow botanicals around her house to print onto dresses. Leah became concerned with making holiday dresses and Easter dresses then jetting off to an advanced sewing school in China. Leah was the kind of girl that hand stitched, with blanket stitch and embroidery thread, onto Manta de Algodon (muslin) in Mexico, her bathing suit, on the way to the beach.
Modern Sewing may find students concerned with “personal wardrobe.” Sewing and Dressmaking Certificate Schools such as “Stratford Career Institute,” recommends writing down your “sewing goals,” in their course book available at time of registration: “Introduction to Sewing and Fabric.”
Leah, later while a student at Stratford, recorded as her sewing goals things like: “corduroys, alterations, winter coat, quilted angel vests, bow ties, medieval dresses, flamenco dresses, NIA dance outfit, smocks, suits, quilting, caftans, period dress, costumes, dolls, Barbie clothes, boleros, clown shirts, T-shirts for her blog, bridal, needle point jackets, flannel shirts, bathrobe, nightgowns, plan sewing area and get a 4 thread overlock machine.” Leah agonizes over things like ruffles, draping and piping.
In terms of sewing area, at the “All Sewn Up Sewing School” there is a wood sewing table of counter top height covered with batting and canvas which is good for laying out patterns, cloth, cutting and ironing. Sewing machines, gauges, scissors, pins, measuring tapes, and ironing equipment are available for the students use. Some sewing studios have felt wall pockets for storing accessories, bulletin walls for pinning up patterns, baskets, drawers and bookshelves. Also common in sewing studios are the basic machine cleaning supplies like cheese cloth, lint brush, large pin, tweezers, screwdrivers in sizes of 1/8, ¼ and oil.
The average sewing and dressmaking student may find themselves making a list of supplies that includes the following: bobbins, dressmakers shears, cutting shears, scissors 5” or 6” long with a small round handle, trimming scissors, embroidery scissors, electric shears, seam ripper, cutting board, tracing wheel, dressmakers tracing paper, tailors chalk, tape measure, yard stick, square rulers, sewing gauge, tailors ham, sharps for hand sewing, pins, needles, wrist pin cushion, thimble and thread.
Pinterest had a fantastic pin-up of “how to make your own dress form” for custom garments and draping techniques by wearing a t-shirt and duct taping over the body (bust), having someone assist with cutting off your mold, then stuffing the mold with cotton and affixing the mold onto a dowel and round board stand.
In Reinstein’s Sewing School, children are showing up on Saturday’s and making: “pajama pants, skirts, head bands, hair scrunchies, small stuffed animals without moving parts, sundresses, drawstring bags and pillows.” “When children first show up they pick a pillow, a pillowcase or a drawstring bag,” said Reinstein.
In Reinstein’s Tuesday class a woman is making pajamas for her husband and an apron for her grandmother. Another female student of Reinstein’s, made 3 dresses for herself, a golfer’s cap for her son and a dress for her daughter. Reinstein said, “It’s about 50-50 clothes and home decorating” for her adult students.
Home Decorating is popular and “cheaper, but not cheap,” according to Reinstein. Reinstein spoke about people who made curtains, shower curtains, curtains for her sink on a stand to cover all the supplies, and a student who was making curtains around her 4 poster bed. Reinstein has a friend who has a business making slip covers and upholstery. Sewing yourself saves on labor. Sewing for home decorating, also allows a home owner to get a custom match to their décor. For example, a professor at Eastern Michigan University, was describing how her shower curtain just had to match, her bathroom.
Sewing classes at Washtenaw Community College teach students the fundamentals of sewing that includes: Sewing machine operation, parts and tools, patterns and fabric, darts, gathers, straight of the grain, zippers, closures, finishing a garment, and patch pocket . After Sewing Fundamental 1, there is Sewing 2 and Sewing 3 as well as Patterns that Fit, Designing with Patterns and various home decorating classes.
There are also local sewing classes at Joann Fabrics, Ann Arbor Sewing Center, Leabu Sewing Center, Nonpareil, Material Girl, at Eastern Michigan University offers and an Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising course and in Troy, IADT or Institute for Apparel Design and Technology. Joann fabric offers a 10% discount card for students who show their current student identification.
Reinstein stressed fundamentals like learning to read a pattern. Another Designer, Mary McCarthy offers a book titled, “Copy it, Duplicate Your Favorite clothes” available at www.marymccarthysews.com. Students of sewing and dressmaking may find duplicating clothing interesting or augmenting and combining several patterns to build original works. It is possible to mix and match existing patterns that work with your original designs.
Reinstein recommended taking your measurements, as is described in detail in her courses text book, as if in a tailoring program, “Reader’s Digest, New Complete Guide to Sewing.” After you take your measurements, buy patterns according to measurement, which are often two dress sizes bigger. www.Etsy.com is popular for plus size patterns, which is another common reason people sew, the availability of plus sizes.
Some patterns can be completely made up, in fact, with measurements and without a flat pattern. There is an “engineering necessity” for a dressmaker in need of complex measurements. Engineers most likely make the best fitting clothes and most attractive clothes. However, some dressmakers young and old are making heirlooms and finery, with the added value of hand made.
K’s Tailoring in Ann Arbor for example may charge a minimum of $500 to make up and even monogram a dress or outfit from a pattern of your choice. A woman who pursued clothing from K’s Tailoring may be considered “well heeled” or extremely fashionable.
“Craftsy” is the secret engine behind many of those lovely fashion illustrations on patterns at Joann Fabrics and Craft. The value of the fashion illustrations, such as on Vogue’s vintage patterns-which could be framed and mounted on the wall- probably, outweighs the pattern by art standards.
A popular quote that is often said by people who sew and was shared by Anne, “We have this competition, whoever has the most fabric, when they die, wins.” Anne said to measure your fabric, label it and store it with a dehumidifier in a basement nicely folded on the right side with a label of what it is, not to prewash the stored fabric until you are ready to sew.”
Pinterest.com provides a wealth of ideas and tips on sewing and really makes it clear that sewing is all the rage in 2015. On Pinterest for example, there was a pin-up for Puebla Dresses or China Poblana on www.themexicandress.com. Pinterest featured Indian Motif clothing, velvet fringe kimonos, patterns from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s, men’s boxer shorts patterns, crochet edging or tatting, giant floor pillows or homemade bean bags, woven quilts (weave fabric then stitch together) or even a “batch of skirts” as if you got one simple pattern that you liked and made 30 of them in different fabrics. There was also a pin-up for little kitten door stoppers that were sand filled. On the same page as a connecting crafty thought, Pinterest featured these dragon flies made out of things like those propeller looking pieces that drop from trees.
The Craft Council featured Lillstreet’s Textile Studio, which offered a yoga and sewing retreat. Lillstreet had “an afternoon of sewing their-very-own yoga mat bag.”
Reinstein said the home sewer has better equipment in 2015 to achieve a professional garment. Early machines sewed a straight stitch, but now Reinstein said, “You can buy a machine that embroiders, or a machine that is a blind hemmer, or a serger.” “It’s possible” said Reinstein, “to make things look so finished.” “People can go to the store and buy more sophisticated equipment,” said Reinstein. According to Reinstein, “there are better tools, better equipment and better machines, which influences the increase of people sewing today.”
In Reinstein’s class at Washtenaw Community College, she showed video clips of a variety of industrial sewing machines like the “King Pin” for draperies, cushions and leather bags or the “Pfaff 263” to put together pieces of leather or the “High Tex.” In one video, a man was sewing together a leather cap and used large clamps, or clips over the leather not to make permanent pierces in the fabric.
What may account for the increase in sewing, “Sewing now” said Reinstein, “is not as tedious.” Reinstein said, “She was born with a sewing machine,” because her grandmother sewed. In African cultures, a sewing machine is given as a dowry gift. “Sewing as a child, is magical,” said Reinstein.