Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tell me this: have you ever told a story and if the person was a different race than you are: you mentioned it, but otherwise you didn't? Have you ever told North American History as if it started with European travels?
Here is something I would like to hear often: white people called European American as often as black people are called African American. And Asian Americans too. And European Africans, and European Australians. And on. For example: "The first president of the U.S. was a European American."
Kinda changes one's perceptions, eh?
Because I have noticed that in telling my children North American history, when I say "the Americans did thus and so", and then "the African's did..." or the "Native Americans did..." I am differentiating everybody but me. I am making everybody different but me. But we European Americans are about as different and the same as people of African American heritage, and have been hanging out on this continent a fraction of the time that Asian Americans have, to say nothing of the folk who lived here before them.
The point is that we are making uncomfortable assumptions if we qualify everyone but ourselves.
My children's racial ancestors didn't come from "away" any more than mine did.
And here is another question: If having a father who is African American makes one black, then how come having a European American mother doesn't make one white??
(Oh. And sorry if I have quoted and not given credit: most of these came to me without an author.)
Be kinder than necessary as everyone is fighting some sort of battle of their own.
Compassion is the highest form of intelligence and the truest sign of genius.
Say what you want & be who you are. Because those who mind don't matter & those who matter don't mind.
Don't worry what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and DO THAT.
Because the world needs people who have come alive. Howard Thurman
Take into account that great love and great achievement involve great risk.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three R’s
Respect for self.
Respect for others.
Responsibility for all your actions.
Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
When you realize that you have made a mistake take immediate steps to correct it.
Spend some time alone everyday.
Open your arms to change but don’t let go of your values.
Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
Live a good honorable life and then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Be gentle with the Earth.
Once a year go somewhere you have never been before.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Can our homes melt ice we refuse to bring inside? Can Love heal a wound we hide?
It is time. It is time.
May you have some peaceful quiet this Solstice weekend in which to unbend from any storms which may have overtaken you. May the blessings of sleep and dreams heal you and lead you to your new year.
God bless us all, everyone.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
#2 Marci Glenn
#3 Kathry Antyr
#9 Francine Cronos
#10 Altered Route
#12 Sarah Whitmire
#13 Jane B
#20 S Smith
So give me your postal address at firstname.lastname@example.org and your partyprize envelope will be on its way to you! Congratulations to you all and thank you to everyone for all of the comments!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Helen also had 7 children: JohnnyNellieJimmyJessieNannyLuluBob. Like that. (John, Helen, James, Jessica, Nancy, Lucy, Mary Emma) (And I am pretty full with two!) I imagine that Helen and Sarah were great friends indeed. I wish that I had known them, but through my cards maybe I have. *Kisses to you both.*
I have 9! envelopes of ephemera, ATC, and whatever else I can stuff in there as comment-prizes for the All Hallows Blog Party post below. Leave a comment and I will put you in the hat to get a chance to be drawn for the prizes on All Hallow Eve. I will contact you by email if I can or leave a post here of the winners on November 1st to get your mailing addresses.
See you at the Library-Swap tonight!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Oh! Who is that at the door?
Why, it is the Junque Couture girls from next door! Please come in! Meet my friends!This is Shanna, who wishes you Glad Harvest. Her dress was embellished with buttons, keys and other fripperies from my junk drawer.Please meet Franna, who, as her bird so boldly exclaims, is the voting fairy. She wants you to know that she heard on public radio that the polls only indicate the probable voting preferances of those of us who are registered to vote, while the choices of those who are actually, statistically, most likely to vote show a slightly different picture. This year's presidential election is therefore possibly in the feet of the "under 30, unmarried and non-white" crowd. This is what Shanna has to say to you: "Get your feets to the polls on the 4th of November!!!" In case you are wondering, Franna's dress is made from cut paper snippetts left over from an ATC making foray. Her wings and the golden eagle coin on her stand are color photocopies of a bead ribbon and chocolate coin wrapper that I had - yeah, in my junk drawer. Here is Roxanna. Her dress is a luscious blend of paper cut snippetts, leftovers from the flag-string behind her and some sparkles from my junk drawer. Her wings and bird were found in my prototype book Your Artist Journal which is in redesign at the moment.
And finally meet Deeanna, who is another Voter/Woman of Power. Her Junque Couture includes color photocopies of ancient Chinese key reproductions, a glass heart, that bead ribbon again, an iron gear whatchamacallit and a copper colored foil candy wrapper.
Hey! May I give you a "party favorite"? (This term was coined by a 5 year old friend.) Well, I am so glad that you have stopped by, and the Junque Girls would love some company (politically fierce or not). Well, here you go: click on this image, download it to your computer and print it out. The instructions are there on the page.
Mamma Gnomie reports that they are all well. She wanted to know if their mining work had disturbed us. It really didn't, I just forgot that Autumn is the best time for them to gather their gold for the year. Young Gnomie showed us shere the King was: He is offering us a tour. Shall we see what they have been up to?Someone scouts from above, and, using ancient Gnomie methods, locates where to dig.Look what Green Gnomie found!!It is getting close to suppertime. I have a big feast laid out - will you all come back to my house and share it with me? Yes? Great! Oh! No! There are the squashes! I forgot to make the soup! - Hey, you all wouldn't mind if I got out my magic wand and kinda, well, made it that way, would you?
Thank you for your company. I have other gatherings over the course of the next month, so stay in touch. I also have gifts for random posters of comments to this blog post. I have lots! So do let me know that you stopped by. (Comments in person count too, for those of you close enough to do so!)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
And, quite precisely: I haven't been the only one making party decorations this season ...But I have been working on some particular embellishments!See you Sunday morning, on the button!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
United States [67%]
United Kingdom [8%]
United Arab Emirates [1%]
Even someone from Viet Nam, where my own sweet son was born! A while ago there was also someone from Beijing, China, where my own sweet daughter was born. :)
You all must speak English, because I only know one language to blog in and that is it. I am so impressed. I tried speaking music for a couple of years there, and recently have decided to give it up. I guess that it is OK to not do everything ... but they say learning music keeps our brains in full gear as we get older. I thought that it would be good preventative medicine. I guess that I will have to wait until I am 70. Perchance I will have a few less items ranging around in my brain keeping me busy then ...?? Well, probably not.
After all, I just found out about Blog Parties and I will still be throwing those ... OH!!! and a mom friend of mine showed me her EXTRAordinarily exciting laptop yesterday. It is just like the one in the movie "Read It and Weep": you can twist the screen around and flip it closed and then take the stylus and WRITE which it will then change to a type font and scoot into your document, or you can DRAW!!!
You are laughing at me. I can tell. These computers have been out for years. There are computers now that will iron tomorrow's clothes and wrap birthday gifts for you. But drawing!
Yeah, but can they bead?
Perhaps not, but they can read your handwriting! And preserve all of your little doodles ...
So thank you for visiting with me Estonians, and Portugese and Ecuadorians and Britishers and French and, and everyone else, and of course all of you lovely US folk.
Now, back to my party decorations...
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I painted her face and curled her hands of metal taped card. Her dress glows with papercut flowers, colored tissue and a good deal of our favorite gel medium.
I wish that she will grant you your beauty: free and clear and entrancing.
I accomplished my goal in making Her: I found beauty in what I already had. I didn't spend any money at all. An important meditation in the coming times, I think, if I am to believe the news on the BBC.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
June, a reader of my ATC how-to book: The Great Library ATC Swap and I came up with the idea of working on this week's project for the ATC Swap together, even though June lives far away from Rockport and can't get to the Library on Saturday at 2:30 for the Swap I will lead there.
We will be making the ATC Puppets and Jointed ATC Personalities described in the book and dressing them in fanciful Halloween costumes. Then we will photograph them and post them on our blogs on the 26th for the All Hallows Blog Party! Whoo Hoo! So far I have one Witch in black, two faeries, a princess in purple shimmer, and the Goddess Tara.
Do come to the Rockport Library this Saturday to make costumed ATC Puppets with us!
And I heartily invite you to my Blog Party on October 26th! I will set up a lovely tea table so that we can all sit around and chat and I will have treats and prizes for those of you who comment on my blog! There will be links around so that you can visit all of the other Hallow's Eve parties.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I couldn't follow Kathryn Antyr's directions either on her Soul Journaling blog. But I had a great time:
I want to be a Soul Journaler when I grow up.
And a doll maker.
And a writer,
and mixed media art quilt "seamstress" (That's most of them).
Well then, I'll be on about it then, yes?