Friday, February 24, 2017

Echoes of peace giveaway

Barry Smith wrote a blog post on Rustnstuff calling for readers to leave words about hope and peace.

My response was: "The world's best hope for peace is that we find a way to love each other without pre-conditions. Time will tell (10)"

To the first ten commenters, Barry promised a pendant. Mine arrived yesterday. The note jolted me:
IT'S TIME ... MAY HOPE AND PEACE PREVAIL.

Call ...


and response ...

The peace pin I will send to Barry
Cochineal and tannin dyed linen from here

(note: the dyeing is at the end of the linked post)

In the past month I have been wandering too far from things that bring me joy. Guilty of willfully entering the chaos of the current political arena. My daughter called me on it last night ... an intervention. Jude Hill reiterated the message in her post today.

My response was to wipe my Facebook and blog posts clean. Which I hasten to add does not mean I'm leaving the political world to others. Just that I will choose one activity that I think can make a difference, rather than the dozens of possibilities that have left my eye twitching. I will call my members of congress whenever I see something in the news that involves legislative action. But I will no longer troll Facebook.

So here's my call to you (if you've gotten this far). Please leave words of peace in the comments today. And if there is a color (or colors) that brings you joy, please leave that, too. 

In response, I will reach out privately for contact information and send you a simple peace pin, like the one shown here or one that matches the color(s) that give you joy. It will give me great joy in turn to make each one for an intended recipient, spreading the joy that Barry Smith gave me. Bringing a measure of peace.

Please note: there will be no limit ... I will send peace pins to all who leave a comment, even if you happen on this post weeks or even years from now.

Rust dyed muslin made two years ago here

57 comments:

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

am thinking

cynthia craig said...

WORD FOR THE DAY
The world is evolving from imperfection to perfection. It needs all love and sympathy; great tenderness and watchfulness are required from each one of us.

HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

gentle day liz

Mo Crow said...

mending our beautiful broken world stitch by stitch

Mo Crow said...

the blue of longing

Marti said...

Thanks Liz for passing this forward as well as echoing some of my feelings re the political chaos that greets us each day; it overwhelms and I find that I need some distance and quieting.

On Tues, I received one of Barry's lovely pendants. It is his Holding Water pendant, a wonderfully shaped silver oval holding droplets of metal. I have attached it to an old silver chain that I purchased in Ireland in 2006. The Irish chain came with a green glass pendant laser etched with an interlocking Celtic cross. Both pendants together are powerful in their connection to land, hope and peace. The green of the Celtic pendant contrasting so well with the silver of Barry's pendant. Green is my favorite color, it has always spoken to me of renewal and hope. My comment on Barry's blog had to do with hope. I wrote: "Hope is standing up, not standing aside, nothing huge but simply the desire to connect in a way that helps to make us all one, one world, one planet, one people." In thinking of my comment, I realized that it reminded me of one of the most moving quotes regarding peace that I have ever read. This peace quote was by Mother Teresa who said, "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i have had that word in my life a lot lately, Prevail

to prevail...i looked it up and my sense of it is not quite that
thing of Triumph, but something quieter and steadier that doesn't
ever give up, but continues through it all and is sustained by
it's own continuing....re~seeding its self....

so, i love he used that word...with Peace....

Rust

Liz A said...

Grace - always you are thinking. Thank you for your thought-ful words ... I agree that prevail carries gentler meaning to me than "triumph"

And rust ... this I knew and will honor

Liz A said...

Cynthia - thank you for these words from this teacher, who is new to me. Please send your snail mail address to lizackert@gmail.com so that I may send you a peace pin

Liz A said...

(((Mo))) ... so much I have learned from you as we stitch on opposite sides of the world

Blue I would have guessed ... Rebecca Solnit

Hunter said...

Aloha, Liz.

My word is "comfort."

I find that I'm trying to comfort myself and comfort others around me during these challenging times.

Blues and greens speak out to me. Touching them and gazing at them gives me peace and washes away so many troubling thoughts and feelings.

There is no need to send me anything. Just know that your presence comforts me.

In friendship,

Hunter


Liz A said...

Marti - I am so grateful for your presence. Thank you for your words, now and always.

Green ... the color we both love

Liz A said...

Hunter - you have no idea how much it would comfort me to know that a little bit of my stitching had found a home on Maui.

Blues and greens ... the colors of the sea

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

There are so many words that could be listed here. I choose HARMONY...the opposite of chaos.

I have become more selective in my reading of the current political situation. I must continue to be informed. I shun the opinionated sites. I continue to contact those that are supposed to be representing MY interests, for how can they know what I think if I don't tell them. I can only pray they listen.

The color of the sea has a calming effect on me, much like I feel when sitting by any body of water, from my back yard pond to my beloved Lake Michigan.

Wishing you a peaceful and harmonious day.
xx, Carol

Liz A said...

Carol - thank you for coming by. I wish everyone could have a beloved body of water. Mine is the Atlantic Ocean along the shore in Avon, North Carolina. As the light changes, it shifts from blue to green to gray, and sometimes all three at once when clouds come between the water and the sun.

Wishing you peace and a harmonious day in return.

Stephanie Jo said...

Thank you for this post, Liz. I know you've made the right decision in stepping away from the Facebook trap. We must focus on what brings light and adds light, both to our own lives and the lives of others. We each need to be open and responsive to what that might mean in our individual lives. So I'll choose the word "light" and color . . . oh, blue or rose.

Stephanie Jo said...

I also meant to ask if you're familiar with the poem The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry. (Sorry, I can't do a link.) It's very beautiful and I believe speaks to our fears.

Liz A said...

Stephanie -Thank you ... your comment made me realize that the light is slowly increasing as spring approaches.

As for blue or rose, how about both?!

Liz A said...

Here's the link to The Peace of Wild Things, which includes Wendell Berry reading it

http://billmoyers.com/story/peace-wild-things/

Vicky aka Stichr said...

Sunshine. And yes the longer days are so wonderful!

Texture. Many of your scraps from shirts just make me smile. Any, all, colors.

Melissa Walker said...

I bet you know my color...peace be with you indeed

Liz A said...

Vicky - Sunshine (almost)!always makes me smile ... but we do live in Texas (ha!)

Thanks for coming by!

Liz A said...

Meliss - And for you, personal delivery. Can't wait for the beautiful racket!

Meg said...

Blue gray waves...is it June yet?

Liz A said...

Meg - in my mind I'm gone to Carolina ... no place better

Suzanna said...

Peace to you, Liz. I love the color of a wild rose. The word that has been going about in my mind is...abide.

I so much appreciate what you do here. ❤, s.

Hazel said...

Oh, Liz, First how glad I was to see your small stitching and sense that things were a little lighter for you. I thought about this and you all day yesterday…trying to think of a word…still stuck, but this post ripples with the joy of community, sharing, supporting, etc…it's part of a deep sea of love. ox

deemallon said...

I understand the impulse to 'wipe clean' the political and stick to what gives and emanates joy. I wonder if you will be able to maintain it as a stance. This landscape has been altered into such a horror show that all our old wisdom and practices governing balance and engagement don't seem to apply. What I hear in this post is an ongoing deliberative process, one which when articulated offers me substance and sustenance... perhaps as much or more than a peace totem ever could. So I say: hang in there! I forget the question? Something that gives me joy? what Hazel said -- the joy of community, sharing, supporting. If it's part of a "deep sea of love" as she says, let's not just accept but celebrate that there will be tides. In and out, like the breath.

Anonymous said...

Grace....... blues.... peace.....
Thank you! Margery

Liz A said...

Suzanna - I looked up abide (even when I think I know a word, I like to look it up). And there I found so much meaning:
To bear patiently
To endure without yielding
To wait for
To remain stable
To continue in a place

And always: faith, hope, and love abide ... but the greatest of these is love

Thank you

Liz A said...

Hazel - yes ... so much lighter. And these are so simple ... no embellishment, just the words, which I love to stitch. I am beyond thrilled to know I will be making many. Thank you for being a part of my healing.

Liz A said...

Dee -

"There will be tides" ... yes, but of course. How is it I am still learning this?

Thank you.

Liz A said...

Margery -

Welcome. And grace ... ah, a wonderful minister once had a bumper sticker that always made me smile. It read, "Grace happens"

Thank you and please do send me your name and address via email (lizackert@gmail.com)

Louise Watson said...

Personally, calm is my word, in water and Nature and spirit. For the world empathy, so much else follows on from there.

Liz A said...

Louise -

Calm water ... wise words, as we have come to learn from living in flash flood country.

And empathy ... yes. Thank you.

Joyce Leatherwood said...

Hi Liz - I check in occasionally and I love the title of your blog. Currently in Virginia and hoping to "go" soon. Not to Texas but I was born there! I happened to check today and saw your post from a couple of days ago. In all of the political chaos, I have found such comfort from other artists online who share so many of my thoughts and feelings. So finding your post today was cheering and joyful and I feel connected -- so thank you! My favorite color is green but I love all the natural dye colors too. For the last couple of years I have been looking for Balance and keeping that word in my forethought. However, recently, I have just been looking for JOY and trying to choose it over any other words that create stress and threaten balance. Enjoy the sunshine - I miss big sky and sunshine!

dana said...

Grace with Love. Acceptance with open arms when the caerulean sky envelopes us after a clearing storm.
Many thanks for the lovely words--

Barry said...

Hi Liz - a couple of comments. Thanks for the peace pin I look forward to that - it will add to my inspiration collection attached to my computer screen. Secondly - it is so good to see that the you are continuing to take action on the political front; but also that you are positively promoting peace. A very generous giveaway - may such acts of artistic kindness continue to create positive ripples. Go well, thanks and peace. B

Liz A said...

Joyce -

So glad to see you here ... we lived in Williamsburg for 35 years before moving. It was a wonderful life "reset" as we were energized by the newness of land, music, food, flora and fauna. I highly recommend going someplace new to you!

Your words here were cheering and joyful ... making me feel connected, too. Thank you for that!

Liz A said...

Dana

Words are the thread that binds us. It always lifts my spirits when you find your way here!

Liz A said...

Barry

Thank you again for throwing the pebble in the pond ... you have only to look at the comments above to see how much good you have loosed. I hope more folks will find their way to your blog, which is a visual delight with its reclaimed metals, stunning floral close-ups and heartbreakingly beautiful shots of your land. Indeed, it was the pictures of your mountains at the end of the February 22nd post that inspired the choice of the colors I used in your peace pin.

May you ever go well ...

Dana said...

Hi Liz,
You aren't the only one who got an intervention recently. Mike told me he wanted me to STOP! reading stuff that apparently makes me less than pleasant to live with. I haven't totally stopped, but I am trying to make my way back to my life and my other interests. You are getting quite a list, but if you get down to me, my word is OPEN and I love that warm pink on your first pin.

jude said...

hi

Judy said...

There is a quiet web of peace- I see it in your work and words, it's a life long attitude and many share your feelings. While I'm not a religious woman, I love the idea of "passing the peace". You are reminding us to do this in our own heartfelt way. Thank you for passing the peace. I will pass it on. Judy

taiqi said...

Peace is something to work at in perilous times--take a breath and imagine peace. It can help. Janet Wright

Liz A said...

Jude

Your presence always brings a smile

Liz A said...

Judy-

While I have let go of the more formal part of religious observance, I recall with fondness the exchange of "Peace be with you ... and also with you"

Thank you for being a part of this heart-felt call and response

Liz A said...

Janet -

Always I have tried to imagine peace, never more so than now.

Thank you for adding to the measure of peace I find here. I do hope you'll send your mailing address to my email (lizackert@gmail.com)

Barry said...

Hi L - my imagine peace pin arrived - it is beautiful and is filled with so much personal and peace energy - so lovingly and delicately made. All those who receive one of these pins cannot but be inspired to reach out to others in their own way and continue the ripples. Thank you for your earlier comment-reply. Go well. B

Liz A said...

Barry -

You're welcome. I look forward to future contacts in the ether and hope that we will have cause to speak of peace more often than not.

Liz

Gill said...

what a lovely gesture - the world needs more people like you, spreading love (and peace) to all!

Liz A said...

Thank you Gill and welcome ... I hope you'll send your address to my email so I can make a pin for you as well (lizackert@gmail.com)

Nancy said...

Such a lovely place to visit tonight, loving everyone's words and comments. I was going to say that you don't have to bother, then I read your Please Note and well do as you wish. I feel better when I am less connected to the news of the day, otherwise you may hear me yellin' at the TV all the way down to your place!
I listened to this on the way home tonight, which led to some pondering over his ideas and the word itself. I do see some truth in this, but as one who seeks the safety he speaks of...
well my word would be calm, sage green.
http://www.npr.org/2017/03/02/517915510/americas-complacent-class-how-self-segregation-is-leading-to-stagnation

But then, on Sunday while at the Wisteria Festival with my sister...we treated ourselves to a t-shirt. I chose 'compassion'...a word like 'empathy' that I consider often.
I like blue jean blue too.
Compassion, blue. Mmmm...
http://www.justbuddha.com/

Again thank you for this heartfelt post and your generous spirit in our community (oh that is a big word for me~ lol)
Carry on and create as you do
xoNancy

Liz A said...

Nancy -

Thank you for keeping this thread going ... it will be a delight to stitch a pin for you (though I've realized they are taking longer than I expected, it all feels very much as it should be).

Nancy said...

Liz~ Time is relative. I love that so many are loving your work. Things happen as they should most of the time, don't you think? At times I need to just remember that.
(((hugs)))

Liz A said...

Nancy -

Wise words ... (((hugs))) back

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

hi Liz, how did I miss this??

as an admirer of your methodical work ethic, your meticulous notes shared here in your blog and ability to work in series, which have a knack of revealing the rhythm of Time passing I would be much honoured to receive one of your peace pins (big fan of blues and greens) How do I sign up??

in return I would love to send you a Small Pillow, let me know which one tickles your fancy?

p.s. all of this makes me So Happy, not the politics, the communinity, but you get that

Liz A said...

Saskia -

What wonderful synchronicity ... I was just over at your place, having missed seeing you for a while. I'd love to send you a pin, so please send your mailing address to my email (lizackert@gmail.com). I'll ponder which pillow is whispering to me and let you know by return email.