357 – The Bluest Eyes


Mother, knitter, spinner, writer, wife, weaver, host...not necessarily in that order...

4 Responses

  1. christina says:

    Hi, Heather,

    Robin William’s death stunned many. While I appreciated hearing your personal insights, I know they meant you felt the loss that much more keenly. I’m sorry for that, and that you yourself must fight the battle with depression. Thank you for your honesty. I hope it helped a little to talk things through.

    Since listening to this episode, I’ve come across 2 resources you might find interesting or helpful. First, there’s Andrew Solomon’s TED talk on depression, based on both personal experience and research:
    (Plus, he opens with an Emily Dickinson poem!)

    Second, there’s a lengthy Atlantic article on “Secrets of the Creative Brain” http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/06/secrets-of-the-creative-brain/372299/
    This explores the science behind the general observation of increased prevalence of mood disorders in highly creative people (such as Mr. Williams and you). Warning–this article is information-dense; I had to print it out to work through the ideas, but I found it worth the effort.

    Thank you for all the work you invest in the podcast and CraftLit community. I look forward to listening to the new episode this afternoon. God bless you, Heather.

  2. Gretchen says:

    I must disagree with your assessment of Mr. Thornton. As a master, when he heard that the man waiting to speak to him was Higgins, the leader of the strike, I think most powerful men of the time would have had him thrown into the street. Mr. Thornton invited him in, and listened to him. He may not have given him a job, but he gave him a hearing and also explained why he wouldn’t hire him.
    I suspect that would have been very unusual, and therefore sets Mr. Thornton apart.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Your comments about Robin Williams added another piece to the puzzle of who he was. I only feel a profound sadness, the same sadness whenever I hear of someone taking their life. He was an amazingly gifted comic and an interesting human being.