Many, many years ago a work friend and I were in the lunchroom having lunch and doing needlework. We both loved to CrossStitch. After a bit a female coworker that I always admired and respected came in. She came over to us and said, “I’m sure you girls can use your minds for something more than that.” I was totally taken aback, but I calmly told her that I very much enjoyed it and it was very relaxing. She answered “I guess it could be” and left.Some people feel this form of needlework is very simple – just X’s. Depending on how advanced you are (which I am) it can be very, very difficult if you are not precise. One missed stitch can upset a whole piece of work.
Clara Bow. She was born into extreme poverty to a mentally unstable mother who threatened to kill her frequently and even attempted it at least once. Her beloved grandfather died in front of her when he was playing with her. Her only real childhood friend died in her arms after being severely burned in a fire in their tenement. After her mother was taken to an asylum and died her father raped her. Her fragile psyche couldn’t deal with this so she rationalized that he did it because he loved her (she also blamed herself for her mother’s death and felt tremendous guilt because she was pursuing a film career though her mother disapproved. She was actually filming a scene where she was dancing on a table when she got the news of her mother’s death and this exacerbated her guilt) Once in Hollywood she was physically and emotionally exploited by film executive B.P. Schulberg who squandered her ability by casting her in formula films. She was the victim of a shakedown scheme where a tabloid paper printed horrendous lies about her then offered to stop printing them for $25,000 (he was caught by federal agents and eventually sentenced to 8 years in prison) She was manipulated by her secretary who abused her trust and embezzled from her leading to a damaging court trial.