Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Speaking out

I don't write letters to the editor very often, but when I do I get published about one-third of the time (including one happy day when I actually made it into the New York Times).

So, Monday there was a Politifact article in the Austin American Statesman about how Project Veritas (a conservative organization known for selectively editing videos to make liberal causes look bad), had accused Beto O'Rourke's campaign of using funds to support the migrant caravan.

You can read the full article here:

And the letter I fired off prompted this response ...


Sadly, I didn't make the cut and it did not get published yesterday. 

But good things come to those who wait. Today's Letters to the Editor began thusly:


I really need to do this more often.

P.S. Don noted that the letter following mine was an interesting counter-point. It is best read with this righteous Arlo Guthrie rendition of Which side are you on? playing in the background
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krYyyD-zux4


Last, but not least. Here's where you can get the new Indivisible Guide ...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Metta

This just wanted to be ...


I needed to take small stitches ...


And when I wondered what to do with the spaces between the words, I found inspiration at Penny Berens' blog 


Drew carefree lines ...


and let myself go ...


even reaching back in time to Jude's Considering Weave, a firm foundation ...


Then found this on the New York Times 
...


and took in the sheer beauty of it. 

May we all be happy ...

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Reverie

When I stitch, I ponder. And wanting to be present to the fire dangers faced by those in California, I wanted to stitch metta ...


I learned about metta from Grace, but hadn't (yet?) made it a personal practice. So I looked online to learn more. And found variations, which freed me to put words together in different ways. 

Recently gifted with two hand-dyed linen cloths (more about that someday soon), I decided to use both. One a soft coral madder, the other a flinty logwood. They brought to mind sunrise and ash clouds. 

Deb Lacativa's threads evoked both sun-tinged clouds and fire-rimmed hills ... the browns and greens of tall trees ... the quenching gift of water ...


And as often happens, the back became as important to me as the front. 

I don't know where I'm headed with this. It may be just the making of it is all that it needs to be. So I will continue to stitch and hope for the safety of all on Grace's hill ... for the health and happiness of those who surround it ... and ease for us all on this day that commemorates peace.

For Grace