Posts by amymcools

Founder and editor of Ordinary Philosophy, I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on Applied Ethics and Law from Sacramento State University. I have a Master's degree in Intellectual History from the University of Edinburgh and am now pursuing a PhD in History there. An avid hiker and quilter, I also love traveling, mystery stories, music, and think coffee, ale, cheese, and a British breakfast are among the most delightful things the world has to offer. email: ordinaryphilosophy [at] gmail.com Twitter http://twitter.com/amymcools Facebook www.facebook.com/ordinaryphilosophy LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amycools Tumblr http://amymcools.tumblr.com/ Amy’s art & design: www.amymcools.com Writings - ‘Roots: Tracing the Family History of James McCune and Malvina Barnett Smith, 1783-1937,’ Parts 1-3, Journal of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, 2020 - ‘James McCune Smith Predicted African American Preeminence in United States Art and Culture’ in 'A New Dawn of Freedom’ special issue for Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, 2020 - ‘Roots: Tracing the Family History of James McCune and Malvina Barnett Smith’ (summary), AAHGS News: The Bi-Monthly Newsletter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, September/October 2020 - ‘Paine on Basic Income and Human Rights.’ Thomas Paine National Historical Association website, 30 Mar. 2016 - ‘Science & Philosophy: A Beautiful Friendship.’ Philosophy Now, Issue 109, Aug./Sep. 2015 - Ordinary Philosophy. Self-published essays, reviews, mini bios, and more, 2013-present

Jan 10th, 2014: Reception for Amber Avalos & Amy Cools Textile Works show

Amy explains the story behind
‘My Grandma and Her Pictures’

Last night’s ‘Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Textile Works’ gallery show reception, January 10th, 7 – 10pm, was a memorable evening! The enthusiasm and the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and textile arts enthusiasts made our hearts overflow.

My thanks to all of you who came out, and I hope you all had as wonderful a time as Amber and I had!

There are other great pictures of the guests, the many kids in attendance frolicking in the large space, and the art taken by friends and visitors. I’ll post more as they become available.

For those of you who couldn’t make it, the show is still up through January 25th, 2014. SoleSpace is open Tuesdays from 12-5:30pm, and Wednesdays – Saturdays 12pm – 7pm.

For more information, please visit
http://www.yelp.com/biz/solespace-oakland and http://solespace.com/

 

Amy with ‘Sunset Over Death Valley’ at the Jan 10th opening, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Amy & Amber strike a pose at the First Friday reception, Jan 3rd, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Cools & Amber Avalos, Jan 3rd 2014

 

Vincent Avalos and Amber hang her embroideries

Amy Cools & Amber Avalos, Jan 2nd 2014

Amy Cools, Amber Avalos, & Vincent Avalos just finished hanging the show Jan 2, 2014

Textile Works by Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Gallery Show Up!

Amber and I hung the show today! And we’re so excited!

Well, mostly Amber and the incomparable Vincent Avalos did: how lucky are we to have the head guy of installations at the Asian Art Museum volunteer his time to help us display everything just so?!?

I can’t thank Vincent enough.

So we’ll be there for First Friday from about 5 – 9, in addition to our own dedicated reception on Jan 10th, next Friday. That night, from 7pm onward
we’ll have snacky-foods, wine, and
artist’s talks, as well as more time to
spend with you all.

But if you can’t
make next Friday, come see us tomorrow night!

I’ll have oodles of new bags for you too, if you’re needing one.

Amber Avalos and Amy Cools: Textile Works Gallery Show at SoleSpace, Jan 2014

















Come and see embroideries by Amber Avalos and quilts by Amy Cools! The works will be shown throughout the month of January, will debut at First Friday’s Art Murmur, and our own reception will be held on Friday, January 10th, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/218245191681230/

Oodles of beautiful coat & jacket new additions to afterglow vintage!

…including camel wool coats by Pendleton for him and her, 1970’s leather, 1960’s little cropped boucle evening jackets, 1950’s big-button black woolly coat, and more!

see the coats and jackets:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/afterglowvintage?section_id=13819439

see the whole collection:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/afterglowvintage

love, Amy

Plaid Friday goes all week long at AC Clothing and Bags and afterglow vintage!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristin Skirt – AC Clothing and Bags / Red wool dress with striped black piping soon to arrive at afterglow vintage

To celebrate Plaid Friday, all about supporting small and independent businesses during the holiday season, afterglow vintage is offering this coupon for the whole week.

Take 20% off by entering coupon code PLAIDFRIDAY
when purchasing from
AC Clothing and Bags / afterglow
or from
afterglow vintage 

Coupon code is good through Dec 1st, 2013 and on all purchases over $10.

Happy Holidays!

Crescent Button Bag by
AC Clothing and Bags

P.S. All purchases can be wrapped in vintage holiday paper with personalized card included, and sent to the address of your choice.

Vintage camel Pendleton coat now at afterglow vintage

 

Walk with Me: Fall Scenes in Anthony Chabot Regional Park, from the Brandon, Cascade, Columbine, and Grass Valley Trails

 

I love to hike! And fall is a beautiful time to do it…. though unfortunately, it also means I don’t get to go nearly as often. It gets dark so early now, I can’t make it up to the hills after work early enough to catch more than half an hour or so of daylight.

Last week, I spent a happy Saturday afternoon in Anthony Chabot Regional Park, which borders Oakland, Castro Valley, and San Leandro.
This time, I brought my camera (not a very good one, but it does the trick).

Here are some scenes I came across on my hike on the loop consisting of the Brandon, Cascade, Columbine, and Grass Valley trails. Next time, I’ll get there a little earlier so I can make it all the way to the lake.

So come with me as I walk along these trails!

It’s a beautiful park, with ever-changing scenery, as are so many of the wild places in the Bay Area: you often can go from shady redwood groves to grassland, from seaside to desert, from cliffs to cow pastures, in a matter of minutes.

Yet again, I have to say it: for sheer grandeur and variety of scenes of natural beauty, I’ve never seen or heard of a better place than California. Here’s just a little slice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dresses galore! Soon to arrive at afterglow vintage…

While hunting for great vintage in the last few weeks, I found more dresses than anything else.

Here’s a sneak preview of my new collection of great vintage dresses from the 1950’s – 1990’s that are soon to arrive at afterglow vintage

I’ll be listing them gradually throughout the week, but if you see one here you’d like me to list first for you, just let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A cozy sweater day at afterglow vintage

Sweaters in July, you ask? But of course! Here in the U.S., we’re feeling those hot summer days, but nights are another matter! If you’re like me and live in a seaside town, early evenings turn chilly fast as that fog rolls in, and it stays gray and chilly ’til late morning the next day. And of course, I get to share my great vintage finds with the world here in my online shops!

So today I’ll be listing some great little sweaters at afterglow vintage!

Soon to be listed: a 1980’s striped Gitano sweater with slashed sleeves in bright colors; a beautifully embroidered wool ruffle cuff dark blue Herman Geist sweater; a bold red and black treble clef print in lightweight knit, 1970’s chevron striped multicolor vee neck fitted sweater by Bananas (‘Knits with Appeal!’), a coral Designer’s Originals classic mod sweater, and more…

afterglow vintage fabric shop at Etsy:

Peacock Drapery Print

afterglow vintage Fabric Shop: The best place to find vintage fabrics and hard-to-find specialty fabrics by the yard!

Now over 100 choices and more added every week! Vintage drapery fabrics, print cottons, quilting fabrics, Hawaiian prints, barkcloth, jerseys and other knits, 1960’s – 1980’s tee shirt fabrics, and so much more….

Not to mention other sewing supplies and notions, trimsstriped and colorful elasticslace

1970’s Photo Print Silky Jersey Knit
1960’s Buskers Border Print Cotton
Vintage Flags of the World Print Knit
1950’s Floral and Acorn Tile Print Cotton
1960’s/70’s Hawaiian Print Barkcloth
Elephant and Riders Batik Print Panel