searching for a prescription to take the sting out of yesterday's news, i find myself struggling today.
i wonder if you may be you struggling too.
dearest ones, this morning i sat with mary oliver, and her lovely poem "when i am among the trees".
(you can find the text here.)
i pulled on my boots and waded through the melting snow and hiked among the balsams.
i threw my head back and looked up at the sky.
i ran the branches through my hands and inhaled their clean, fresh scent.
i may have hugged a birch or two.
i took deep, cleansing breaths full of chilly vermont air.
i thought of all the educators i know and love.
four of them are my very own children.
some of them are their friends and some of them are my own friends.
they are devoted and courageous people.
tangled up in politics, policies, inertia, exasperation, shame and "thoughts and prayers" is one truth i know.
each morning that we awaken is a gift, a gift we cannot squander.
i invite all of us to raise our voices...
demand accountability from our representatives.
challenge the nra.
advocate for our local schools.
support our local mental health programs.
"you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.” -mary oliver
in the face of all that is going on in our world, to be filled with light and to shine is nothing short of revolutionary.
2.) Did you know that Ken Burns is a quilt enthusiast? My friend Ellen sent me this link from the New York Times a while back. Fascinating.
3.) Do any of you follow Rita over at Red Pepper Quilts? She is a wonderful quilter and has recently posted pictures she took while at the Tokyo Quilt Festival. The beauty of the quilts is simply jaw dropping. Check out this link to her blog. It's worth the time, I promise.
Oh yes. How easy it is to complain and whine these days. About so very many things.
What good does that do?
Uncomfortable with how much shelter I have found in complaining (not my responsibility, the problems are too big, why don't "they" do something...) I decided to put on my big girl boots and find some small thing I could do to contribute to bettering the lot of folks here in my neck of the woods. It took some time to discern where I thought I could help, and I did find some meaningful volunteer work...at just about the same time the work found me. Isn't that the way the best things happen?
This work is going to challenge my own status quo and I think there will be a bit of a learning curve. Part of me is a little apprehensive. That's a tip for me that I'm headed in the right direction. I am fascinated by the makeup of this board and the mission of the organization. My first meeting is tonight and I've been reading and thinking and making notes for days. Wish me luck.
Do you know Marge Piercy"s poem To Be of Use? You may read it here, via The Poetry Foundation.
I listened to an On Being episode the other day...The Call to Community in a Changed World. Krista Tippet spoke with Anand Giridharadas and Whitney Kimball Coe. Near the end of the session, Coe asks, "How do I show up in the world and in my community and beyond, and am I going to show up with an open mind, an open heart, and with curiosity?"
Being active and engaged in the outside world and at the same time, being solitary in my sewing studio seems to be a good balance for me these days. How about you, dear readers? How are you navigating these choppy waters?
(Also, I just updated my other blog, A Repository For Growth, a link can be found in the sidebar. I hadn't been over there in ages.)
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