Today's newsletter is very different, as I feel that it would be completely tone-deaf to post my usual lineup - so this week I'm dedicating this letter to the dearest of friends, and regular content will return next week.
I am devastated to write about the passing of Jen Horn, who this week lost a valiant month-long fight against Covid. She's survived by her husband and son.
Jen was a beloved friend of mine for well over a decade. Some may remember her as Dressmaker Jen, who for many years was the one and only corsetiere in Kansas (or at one point in the entirety of central USA; a relative desert of corset specialists compared to the coastal states).
Jen was also a brilliant mathematician, teacher, and radio broadcaster. While her own corset making passion often took a back seat to her other careers, her passion for teaching landed her several leadership roles within the corsetry community, especially as admin in many Facebook groups.
Jen was also the "Mom Friend" to many of us, including myself. She was empathetic, effervescent, supportive in all the ways we needed, whether it was for tough love relationship advice, business counseling, or just lending an ear as we vented about internet drama. Our phone calls would span hours. Quite simply, she always there for us. Jen was a source of comfort when Christine Wickham's sudden passing in 2014 left us bereft, and now many of us are lost and reeling as the person we've always turned to is no longer here.