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3191 Miles Apart

19 October 14 • MAV

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This past week I found out about the passing of someone very close to my heart, my first boss.

I started working at the age of 14 in a flower shop in my town. I went in after school, sometimes two days a week and sometimes more. I worked a lot of extra hours at the holidays and on other big flower holidays. At the time I started, it was a small shop with flowers, home goods and greeting cards. My boss, Joan, some called her Joanne, was a round short woman with soft skin and gentle eyes. I worked in that shop all through high school and even in the summers during college. It was my first job and the small team there was like family to me.

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Now, Joan could be stern and serious but she also had a great sense of humor, a sweet motherly smile and was the most generous person I knew. She taught me so many important things … things I needed to learn at that age. She taught me that you don’t go to work looking like a slob. Joan dressed up every day and did so beautifully. She always had her hair done and wore coordinating jewelry with her glasses on a cord around her neck. Joan taught me to start a job at the beginning and to work hard on it until it’s done. She would give me tasks in the shop and expected that I would do them well. She had high expectations for me and although at the time it made me nervous as hell, it was the best thing for me. Joan also taught me how to give. She gave everyone who came into the shop flowers; she never skimped or took advantage of her customers. Being a generous person is one of the very best things you can be, in my opinion, and Joan really was one of my early examples of that grace.

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Thinking about Joan passing away has made my week rather pensive. I look at my own shop, More & Co., and think of how much Joan is a part of what is going on in our space on High Street (Joan was all was puttering around the shop moving things around … you can find me doing that most days). I look at our projects here at 3191 Miles Apart and think of how much Joan would love them. I look at my deep love of flowers and plants and know that that love started with Joan. I am so grateful to have known her and wish I had had the chance to tell her how much of a difference she made in my life.

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Life moves pretty fast, doesn’t it? SCB and I blinked and we are now preparing to send our last issue of 3191 Quarterly to the printer this week. It is so hard to say goodbye to our beloved Quarterly (I will save the post about why it’s our last and what we are moving on to for another time) but it is time to move forward to new things. These next two Beauty & Use Collections will be my last as well (mark your calendars for October 24 and November 21!).

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It seems all of the sudden I’ve been thrown into a time to remember. I’m remembering Joan and how she made her mark on me; there is a part of Joan in me. I am remembering the days and nights of work we have all put in here at 3191 Miles Apart on our Quarterly magazine. I am remembering that life moves fast and all we have to do is try to be here now.

All film photographs were taken a few summers ago at one of my favorite gardens in Acadia National Park.

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I have a few film outtakes to share with you from 3191 Quarterly Issue No. 16 (coming very soon!!). It’s our Eat, Drink & Fresh Air issue, and it’s a very special issue for so many reasons, not the least of which is that it is our last 3191Q issue that we will be publishing.

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MAV and I are a bit of navel-gazers (literally, check out our photos, as well as figuratively). Everything we do at 3191 Miles Apart is a labor of love. We have our hands in all parts of what we share, produce, and make, and we do it all without advertisers or sponsors (hidden or shown). We love what we do. We are so far from being done sharing our lives with each other, and with you all. However, we have had to think about what we can sustain in terms or our own energy and resources— personal and otherwise—while still providing an authentic, honest and heartfelt experience for readers.

MAV and I have been working together for almost 8 years now (!). What I love about our creative partnership is that we are always coming up with new ways to collaborate and share our work. We are scheming up something new for 2015, and we are very excited about it! We hope you will be too! In the meantime, we will continue to be in this space weekly. MAV has two new Beauty & Use Collections coming your way, and I have been gathering together a Found Collection of vintage items that I think you’re going to love (sign up on our mailing list at the top of the page to be among the first to know when these collections are added to the shop). Past issues of 3191Q are in the shop as well in both digital and print form. Gather them up while you can, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

As always, thanks so much for your support! We love our 3191 friends.

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