Friday, March 18, 2016

- What does it all mean?

Yesterday we got confidential news that a dear friend's cancer had returned and spread. With dark clouds overhead and in my heart, all I could think was ...

Patch #77

Today the news is out in the open, but my heart remains heavy. 

I turned to my Kindred Spirits, finding a thread running from tree graffiti at Tanglewood Threads to glyphs at Paper Ponderings to runes at Tales from the Birdhut

I couldn't help but think of J.R.R. Tolkien's writings, replete with elves and dwarfs (dwarves?), hobbits and wizards ... all with their own languages. Once upon a time, I even re-imagined this in stitch ...


dated 1973, when I was seventeen ...

and never quite completed (see tree on the left)

So today I stitched a galaxy ...

Patch #78

with no other message than this: it's not always clear what the meaning of life might be ... we just have to keep going.

One last thing, to end on a hopeful note. Every so often I look at the stats for the blog, which include the top referring sites. Today I saw a new URL and found my way to Bluebonnet Girl Weaving. The seventeen year old who still lives inside me found a new Kindred Spirit and takes heart that some things change for the better.

6 comments:

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

such sad news about your friend, now I understand why the runes meant so much for you....

Liz Ackert said...

I always find something to love at the Birdhut

Mo Crow said...

love the runic galaxy

Liz Ackert said...

I dare say your art is a major influence in that regard (especially the illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow)

Dee Mallon said...

Sorry that you have such heavy news. It can be hard to make sense of it all.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Dee ...