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>> Friday, January 9, 2009

Image from the New York Times.

Ruth Taube, 85, continues to run the Home Planning Workshop at the Henry Street Settlement in New York City's Lower East Side. She uses a 100+ year old Singer at home -- that she transformed from foot pedal to electric herself! I don't think I would meet her exacting standards. According to today's New York Times article,

Be prepared, all ye who come, to heed the three dreaded words of a dissatisfied Ms. Taube: “Rip it out!”

If you don’t want to, Ms. Taube said, that’s O.K., too. “But if you don’t rip it out, don’t say you did it at Henry Street,” she says. “Because it’s my name you’re besmirching.”

Love it!

2 comments:

Margaret January 9, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

Oh my goodness -- all sorts of awesome! My sis lives near there. Wish we had something like that (and someone like Ruth!) near us!

two hippos January 10, 2009 at 8:27 PM  

Indeed, it would be fantastic to have a Ruth Taube in the neighborhood! Thanks for stopping by.

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