Grits and Purls

Spinning yarns about the grit of life

British author Rumer Godden described her writing as starting out as a grit, some thing or event in everyday life that lodges in the mind and serves as the starting point or the inspiration for a piece of writing. A purl is one of two basic stitches in knitting and it is a homonym of pearl, a thing of beauty in nature, unique in its makeup that starts out as a grit, a tiny grain of sand inside an oyster. And “yarn” is a synonym for “story”. So, it’s only natural that grits and purls, writing and knitting come together, hopefully to create something truly unique and beautiful. Here, Isobel, Terri and I hope to spend some time spinning stories and discovering purls of wisdom in the grits of everyday things and events, learning as we observe life and converse with our readers.

img_87621Michele Arduengo is a science and medical writer/editor. In addition this blog, she blogs for Promega Connections, and her writing is also syndicated in a weekly newspaper column. She holds a B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and a Ph.D. through the Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology Program at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Michele is certified by the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences and has been writing and editing in the life science area for over 15 years.

You can read the original Cheese Grits article that started it all to learn more about my philosophy for this blog.

Isobel Maciver is a science writer and a mom. Here she blogs about knitting, running, family, and life in general. Michele has been kind enough to share her blog with me, and I am happy to have this outlet to write about topics that are of personal interest.

Terri is a musician and librarian and amazing quilter who has a writing bent as well. Michele is delighted to have her college friend contribute to Grits and Purls.

11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Michele! I just found your blog through a Google search for the prayer about arms of God enfolding me. (The Haiti post came up first.) It’s a neat coincidence that I just spent time with a friend visiting from near you in the Madison area, and emailing with a friend of mine who is in Haiti now. Seemed like a neat serendipity, so I thought I’d say Hi!

    San Francisco

  2. Dr. O says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog – it was very nice to find yours today. 🙂

    1. Michele says:

      You’re welcome. I think I will enjoy following your blog a lot.

  3. Hi Michele,
    Thank you for stopping by my blog, wlecome. I have afriend with dementia, and I continue, after forty years to write her a letter every week. I like your blog and will return.

    1. Michele says:

      You’re welcome. I thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I have many handwritten letters that are real treasures to me. There is nothing quite as nice as the fact that someone took the time to write a note, address an envelope, find a stamp and mail it. Today that is a huge statement of care.

  4. Michele,
    I do not know what is wrong withg my signature, but on all blogger sites, clicking on my name takes everyone directly to my site. When folks click on my name on WordPress ites, they arre directed ot a religious site, and thi is not mine. Please check out and let me know what happens, please.

  5. zomelie says:

    For making me laugh, cry, or almost pee my pants, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. For complete details, see the following post in my blog:

  6. Site Administrator says:

    Hi Michelle,
    I’m writing after a while. Wanted to ask if there is a way to subscribe to your blog so one can receive it the email inbox or even better…on the iphone! Maybe there’s an option in the settings somewhere? I can’t always visit the site, but would love to receive regular posts somehow

    1. Michele says:

      Hi there,
      Nice to hear from you again, I’ve missed your blog. There is an entries RSS feed in the upper left corner of the blog header that you can use to subscribe.

  7. Faye Hicks says:

    Love your blog!
    I have nominated you for the Kreativ Blogging award – congrats!

  8. annetbell says:

    I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!

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