Sunday, May 23, 2010

Handmade Patchwork Silk and Satin Evening Bags

I used to make these and sold them in shops in Santa Cruz. Now they're available in my Etsy shop.

New Haircut

I had a menopause-induced "I must get rid of this grey hair" fit the other day and went into the bathroom with scissors. Luckily I caught myself before I was bald but not until half the hair was on the floor and bathroom sink. Paul was kind and diplomatic until I got my sense of humor back. Then he admitted that it looked like I chopped it off with a weed-whacker! So I've been trimming here, trimming there and finally have something I like. Guess I'll have to get around to changing my profile pics sometime soon.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Taking Final Shots of Arizona

Paul and I don't know how we're leaving just yet but we're spending a lot of time looking into options for moving back to California. We figure the west coast and a few tiny pockets of community elsewhere are the best possibilities for people like us. We're more connected to California though than anywhere else so that's what we're focusing on most right now. Paul is wanting to get some final shots of places he missed getting photos of in the last year. That's his photo on my blog today. You can see his whole collection in his Imagekind Gallery by clicking here. We went to Concho a couple of days ago and he has the results on his blog.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Rust and Blue Barbed Wire

Rust and Blue Barbed Wire
Available in my Imagekind Gallery

Also on Zazzle.

More Barbed Wire

Green painted metal and rust tied with barbed wire makes for an interesting abstract for contemporary or Southwestern decor. Available through my Imagekind gallery framed as shown here, unframed, or in a frame of your choice.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Mom Song

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Original Intent Behind Mother's Day

Patricia Kaminski (of the Flower Essence Society) sent me this:

Mother's Day History

Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 – October 17, 1910) was a prominent American abolitionist, social activist, and poet  who saw some of the worst effects of the war -- not only the death and disease which killed and maimed the soldiers. She worked with the widows and orphans of soldiers on both sides of the war, and realized that the effects of the war go beyond the killing of soldiers in battle. She also saw the economic devastation of the Civil War, the economic crises that followed the war, the restructuring of the economies of both North and South.

Distressed by her experience of the realities of war, she determined that peace was one of the two most important causes of the world (the other being equality in its many forms) and seeing war arise again in the world in the Franco-Prussian War, she called in 1870 for women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. She wanted women to come together across national lines, to recognize what we hold in common above what divides us, and commit to finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts. She issued a Declaration, hoping to gather together women in a congress of action.

In 1872, Howe began promoting the idea of a "Mother's Day for Peace" to be celebrated on June 2, honoring peace, motherhood and womanhood.  In 1873, women in 18 cities in America held a Mother's Day for Peace gathering.  This effort led to the day we now honor as Mother’s Day.

Mother's Day Proclamation - 1870

Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says: "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe out dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
For a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God -
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Healing Communication News Is Available Now

We have a newsletter that we do once a month. Have you seen it? This month's issue is about guarding against your perceptions but trusting yourself anyway...

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Happy May!

Mother Nature celebrated around here by dumping an inch of snow on us. It's still coming down. Last year at this time it was already getting too hot for our comfort with temperatures in the 90s. I don't mind a bit if the Arizona heat stays away a bit longer.

Paul did the photo on this page. You can find it for sale in his Imagekind Gallery by clicking here.