If you're feeling depressed and discouraged today (as who isn't?), here's a five-minute read that will cheer you up. The New York Times visited a tiny village in Ecuador where the finest Panama hats are made, and gives us a two-page spread of photos and text that will certainly put a smile on your face. How nice to be reminded that master craftsmanship still exists and is respected.
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(Don't ask me why it took six weeks from the time this story was posted online to get it into the print newspaper. I guess we dinosaurs who still love paper have to have our noses rubbed into it every now and then.)