My best housewarming gift has been the Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook that a good friend gave me over the holidays.
Steve and I are in our 50s, but this is our first home. So a lot of stuff is new to us: raking leaves, caring for hardwood floors, landscaping, garages, basements, driveways. We’ve set up an observation post to watch how our neighbors behave in hopes of gleaning clues to better living.
I’ve never been much of a housekeeper, but with a new house I’m committed to a higher level of upkeep.
Enter Martha and her handbook.
Not really a “hand” book unless you’re Shrek or the Jolly Green Giant. It’s over 5 pounds and 744 pages.
But it’s an encyclopedia of housekeeping and a model of technical communication. I’m thinking of nominating her as an honarary STC Fellow. Wouldn’t it be great to have her give the keynote at the Atlanta STC Conference in 2009?
I can tell you’re not convinced.
OK, smarty, here goes:
- What’s the purpose of a beater brush on a vaccuum cleaner?
- Name 3 nonmechanical dehumidifiers. (Martha lists 4 so I’m cutting you a break.)
- Tell me how to patch a hole in a shirt in 10 steps or less. (Martha does it in 5.)
- What’s the best way to remove mustard stains from clothes?
- How long can beets, corn, peppers, or zucchini be stored in the refrigerator?
Are these not technical questions?
Mundane, ho-hum materials, foodstuffs, and activities are actually quite complex.
I was reminded of this recently after a unpleasant bout of food poisoning.
Writers like Martha Stewart provide a roadmap that helps us navigate everyday life to make it safer, cleaner, and better looking!
Thanks, again, Julie!