Things Fall Apart

When I was 18 with a baby, I was married into a construction crew that regularly wrecked their jeans. At a dollar a patch I made my first money sewing and became a bit of a hero.

In 2011 the Nashawannuck Pond was dredged after decades of discussion and planning. A man-made body of water constructed in 1847 to provide an abundant, steady water source for the mills of Easthampton, it had become gradually shallower from accumulations of organic material, sediment, and erosion.

Mandala, (Sanskrit: “circle”) in Hindu and Buddhist Tantrism, a symbolic diagram used in the performance of sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation.