[Quiet Thoughts] Preview of the Pattern

Photo: Ursa Major’s map of the world, made during his study of Ghana for the past month of so. I am not sure who did the writing here (that’s not his handwriting), but it’s one of the rare things I’ve seen him fully and lovingly complete at school. It’s not to say I haven’t seen…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Having It All

God don’t give you everything. But if you’re lucky, you can have a whole lot and have no need for trying to have “it all.” Because we can’t have it all. But we might, if we’re lucky, have enough.

[Quiet Thoughts] The Chase Continues

Photo: More Nora Valdez. I’m so delighted by her art. New Englanders are complaining about the rain, but I actually don’t have a problem with it. The raindrops means I get to enjoy all the green without much itchy-eye or non-stop sneezing. “I’m going to build an ark!” The safety-officer told me yesterday morning in…

[Quiet Thoughts] Ask Questions and Such

Photo: I’m teaching a short story class through Community Ed and I was looking for some flash fiction to share with the class. This beautiful sentence from Joy Williams’ Ninety-Nine Stories of God made me laugh out loud when I read it. Joy is a genius.   What a week. Right? Has it been a week for you,…

[Quiet Thoughts] “Let me tell you somethin’, child.”

Photo: An artistic vision is forming. There have been mistakes, but there have also been triumphs. I’m only in the first stitches of this “proof of concept,” but I’m very pleased so far. The wing looks great, but it’s also blessedly covered. The other wings aren’t, so there will be less forgiveness. At least I know I can…

[Quiet Thoughts] Be Kind Anyway

Photo: Angel is on the hoop! So excited!!! I used a little liquid stitch to hold these early pieces in place (shhhhhhh, don’t tell anyone I’m cheating). Started stitching on the upper left wing today. I’m calling this the “proof of concept” angel. I could end up making upwards of 3 before Christmas. This first…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Sharing and Remembering

Photo: This month’s book club choice is Swing Time by Zadie Smith. I am the facilitator of book club, so I try to be one month ahead of everyone else so I can stay on track. This month, however, I’m going to be showing up to our meeting having only just finished. This is my first Zadie Smith…