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In my last blog I asked
what have you been creating?
With so many of us home a lot more, I wanted to feature
what creatives and artists are working on during this time period.
My first two guests sharing creative endeavors are
Sooz White and Mary Lee Smullen Croatt.
Guest artist Sooz White writes:
"The cards shown here are Valentines, but I always have a stash of others
I’ve made that feature vintage photos or little drawings.
Collage is my “adult coloring.” I enjoy spending a few hours
listening to podcasts or audiobooks while I cut and glue pretty papers.
The result of this mindless and soothing activity is a couple of dozen cards
which become part of my morning routine.
I write one to a friend or an acquaintance while I’m drinking my coffee.
(Last week my car mechanic was on the list).
This has become a tangible and satisfying gratitude practice.
The mile-long walk to the mailbox and back is an added benefit!"
Next featured is writer Mary Lee Smullen Croatt
who explains why she wrote her new non-fiction book during the pandemic:
"I lived as a child in two different “Rapid Treatment Centers” for Venereal Diseased women during World War II. The first was outside of Wakulla, Florida. The second one was outside of Ocala, Florida.
My book is about the attitude & treatment at the time of infected women before the advent of antibiotics and during the war. Women were blamed, jailed, and later sequestered for treatment.
When I tell people how I happened to live here as a child, they are surprised to learn about the epidemic of venereal disease during WWII. My medical parents were part of the war effort to control and treat the disease. My inspiration is that this history needs to be recorded. "
Mary Lee Croatt
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