Feb 10, 2023

So Let Us Pick Up the Stones

"So let us pick up the stones over which we stumble, friends, and build altars.

Let us listen to the sound of breath in our bodies. Let us listen to the sounds of our own voices, of our own names, of our own fears.

Let us name the harsh light and soft darkness that surround us.

Let’s claw ourselves out from the graves we’ve dug. Let’s lick the earth from our fingers. Let us look up and out and around.

The world is big and wide and wild and wonderful and wicked, and our lives are murky, magnificent, malleable, and full of meaning.


Let us pray."

Pádraig Ó Tuama
Irish Poet and Theologian

For the full interview please go here:


From the podcast "On Being" by Krista Tippetts

"Where to turn, to find my place of standing, when it feels like the world is on fire? This question surfaced in a public conversation I had just a couple of years ago with two poet/contemplatives, Pádraig Ó Tuama and Marilyn Nelson. They have both been quiet, vivid inspirations and teachers, to me and to many — Pádraig bringing social healing, poetry, and theology together; Marilyn, a lyrical excavator of stories that would rather stay hidden, yet as she coaxes them into the light, they lead us to new life."

Still placing at 46th/100 of top quilting blogs 

10 1/2 million viewing visitors!
Boggles my mind but makes me happy.

One of the last things my beloved father said to me was to ask if I was still a teacher or a writer.

 "Oh yes, I said. I've always taught and always written.
I have a blog!"


A simple, lovely, and heartfelt craft.
Use your fabric scraps cut into heart shapes and  glue them with modpodge to simple stones.

"Love Rocks"

Read the loving story of a loss that created love one rock at a time all over the world. Make them, leave them for others to find wherever you go.

Details of sharing process here:

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands sharing an imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon and back again.
 Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting "from my heart and with my hands".