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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Light, Love and Blessings With Gratitude

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about."


The writer and activist Joanna Macy says: "Work with your passion. Work with your pain. Work with what is at hand." And to that, my own heart responds.

For now, more than ever, spiritual warriors are needed to feel the light and love within them and radiate that love to the darkest corners of hearts and souls everywhere.

There must be peace in the nations.
If there is to be peace in the nations,
There must be peace in the cities.
If there is to be peace in the cities,
There must be peace between neighbors.
If there is to be peace between neighbors,
There must be peace in the home.
If there is to be peace in the home,
There must be peace in the heart.

Chinese philosopher
6th century bce

Still your hearts from anger, fear, or hatred. Fill them up with love and peace. Our spirits know who we are, why we chose to be here during these incredibly challenging times.

With life's many challenges ever increasing, how do we find peace in this horribly troubled world, this universal psyche that chooses the negative over the positive, the masculine over the feminine, the warring over the peace making and bridge building?

It must be personal as well as national, universal as well as international. We must care, and care deeply about one another in any and all life forms and we must use our hearts, our energies, and our time to do good, say good, and be good to the best of each moment's ability.

"There are those who give little of the much which they have and they give it for recognition and their hidden desire makes their gifts unwholesome.

And there are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty.

~On Giving by Kahlil Gibran from The Prophet~

The fires, the floods, the earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and tornadoes are not only the change and transition that Mother Earth, herself is expressing--as hard for us as it might be to understand.

They can be seen as our planet's release buttons for survival. If there is too much pressure within the Earth, it erupts in volcanoes or crack opens in earthquakes.

If there is too much pressure within us, we may erupt as well. And the damage we may do to others may be just as great emotionally as volcanoes and earthquakes are physically.

If we see Mother Earth as Gaia--a living breathing entity with her trees and plants as her lungs, her incredible beauty as her heart--then Gaia is losing her breath, her natural sustainable growth and energetic flow from decay just as so many of us are losing ours.

Natural connections of mind, body, and spirit through the destructive energies of anxiety, fear, anger, hatred and dis-ease have caused cracks and many of us are stuck in the unhealthy patterns of those cracks. Everything makes us fearful or angry or hating the other.

We are all connected and when we hate the other we increase our own weaknesses of self judgment, low self esteem or low energies of illness, pain, or depression.

But in this process of death and destruction there is still an opening up in our world and our world view. The chance to learn and grow and to transition our world and our hearts and spirits into unity once again.

We are all connected. We are all part of one another. My microscopic atoms are merged with yours like stars in the cosmos. The pain that i feel is my pain, your pain, all pain. The fouled air that I am breathing will become the fouled air and the foul breathing of yours.

When we set off a bomb in one country, its repercussions and loss of awareness and love are felt by all of ours. We are perpetrators and we are victims. The winds of time and change merge into
one and so do we.

There is a purpose onto heaven for all of this. It doesn't have to be ours to understand but there it is. And part of that is the destruction of the old to make space for the new. As challenging and as awful even unbelievable as this may seem.

As someone who is old, this gives me pause. But, I am more than willing to go through whatever I have to in hopes that someday, a heaven on earth can become possible and a newer kinder, more caring and loving world might exist.

"Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.”

L. R. Knost

To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty,you want to bring a little more music to it,a little more poetry to it,a little more dance to it.


How do we choose to feel peace, make peace, be peace in our own hearts? It starts with each of us as individuals, each moment of every single day.

Life is truly challenging for many, many people in this world now.
My own beloved oldest daughter was diagnosed in 2019 with an already advanced, very aggressive, and unusually challenging form of cancer.

I did not even post my usual October Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As incredibly grateful as I am to have her with us, knowing the horrific challenges that she endured--that so many with so many kinds of cancer have endured with hopes of more time and more progress with medicine and scientific research. For this I pray even as my heart uplifts with the gifts of each day.


She is a remarkable and fierce spiritual warrior and she has withstood non-stop treatments without respite for a year and years since diagnosis. She fills up my heart with her steadfast determination and fortitude amidst unbelievably challenging conditions.

I hold her always in my highest heart and spirit and I pray for deep inner and outer healing and strength, with all the love and light and healing powers of all of the highest angels of the most divine powers of God by any holy name.

"Blessed be the mind that dreamed the day
the blueprint of your life
would begin to glow on earth,
illuminating all the faces and voices
that would arrive to invite
your soul to growth.

Praised be your father and mother,
who loved you before you were,
and trusted to call you here
with no idea who you would be.

Blessed be those who have loved you
into becoming who you were meant to be,
blessed be those who have crossed your life
with dark gifts of hurt and loss
that have helped to school your mind
in the art of disappointment.

When desolation surrounded you,
blessed be those who looked for you
and found you, their kind hands
urgent to open a blue window
in the gray wall formed around you.

Blessed be the gifts you never notice,
your health, eyes to behold the world,
thoughts to countenance the unknown,
memory to harvest vanished days,
your heart to feel the world’s waves,
your breath to breathe the nourishment
of distance made intimate by earth.

On this echoing-day of your birth,
may you open the gift of solitude
in order to receive your soul;
enter the generosity of silence
to hear your hidden heart;
know the serenity of stillness
to be enfolded anew
by the miracle of your being.'

John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

I am active in my own unique ways of trying to work with this incredibly challenging time in our lives, our changing country, nation, and world.

I focus on doing all I can to make it through them with spiritual thoughts, prayers, and deeds to create a place where we can not only survive turbulent times but prepare ourselves for the many challenging days and years ahead.

I focus on staying centered, filling my heart with gratitude for the gift of every day with my family--my three children, their partners, and my four beloved grandchildren.

I know in my heart of hearts that I have been waiting for this time to come.

We Were Made For These Times
By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

"Refuse to fall down.
If you cannot refuse to fall down,
refuse to stay down.
If you cannot refuse to stay down
lift your heart toward heaven
and like a hungry beggar,
ask that it be filled,
and it will be filled.

You may be pushed down.
You may be kept from rising.
But no one can keep you
from lifting your heart
toward heaven —
only you.

It is in the midst of misery
that so much becomes clear.
The one who says nothing good
came of this,
is not yet listening.

refuse to fall down"
~Clarissa Pinkola Estés~

Excerpted from The Faithful Gardener: A
Wise Tale About That Which Can Never Die

Peace in our hearts creates peace in our world. And that is our soul's create this peace by doing and being what we are called to do, and to be.

"Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about."


Wednesday, November 10, 2021

These Times They Are A Changing

If you've been following the ongoing pandemic news with supply shortages of everything we ran out of last year to everything we might want or need from Thanksgiving through Christmas for the rest of this year until who knows when, then you're probably out looking for a turkey about now. 

I asked a family member to bring a turkey just like the one she brought in 2016....  just in case!

Last year in isolation our frozen turkey (in the freezer for far more than a bit too long) was cooked and sliced for the two of us and pronounced tasting of freezer burn. We defrosted a frozen ham and our son-in -law picked our cooked turkey in its entirety up from its outside deposited location for use as crab pot bait 🤣

But on top of that (or perhaps because of all of that)  instead of starting the day after Thangsgiving, the crazy shopping sales and extravaganza begins on on the 7th with even more this Friday November 12th being called basically the new "Early Black Fiday".

Even my Thanksgiving Cactus started blooming before Halloween this year!
Crazy crazy these times they sure are a changing!!  It's been doing this before the pandemic too! I call it my "ecologically intuitive grandma holiday cactus".  Her children, grandchildren and great grand shoots off the old grandma plant that has pioneer rootstock lineage don't have nearly this one's stage presence of blooms. But they are all early bloomers even the ones I passed on to new homes. 

Will I be pulled into a few sales? Probably. I already see McCall's Patterns for $1.99 right now at Joann Fabrics but only 2 days. Joann's new version of sale flyers trigger the bats in my belfry. Practically each page starts and ends on different days. The sale ended long before I remembered where I put the flyer.

I'll probably it out in store fully triple vaccinated and wearing my newest mask and check it all out even though the last time I went in almost all the drawers were empty with no patterns for any of long possibilities list of  clothing patterns that I could have/would have put into use to make 2022 gifts from my vintage clothing fabrics stash. 

Once upon a time, I drew my own patterns. On newspaper and they even fit!

Now, I can't even get anyone's store-bought sizes right. How can they too big or too small when I buy the same sizes for whomevers' gift? Standards and practices and size charts--ha!

Now, it's buy it and hope it fits whether I make it or its ready made. And if you receive it from me and it doesn't fit be sure to return it immediately before return dates expire.  Some recent purchases from an online Target ad all arrived from different states with different store expiration dates.  Three things' 'return by' dates  expired before the mailman ever got them to my door.  

Not one item came with a receipt (ten different packages arriving on 10 different days). One shirt did give me a nice blank piece of paper with the Target logo on top. Period. I guess this is for my comments I'll be sending in to their customer dissatisfaction office. Arrived late. Didn't fit my cat much less grandchild. No receipt and my online purchase upc code was too blurry to be read even with a magnifying glass under high beam lighting.

 I'm also far more impulsive during these changing times. Pretty sure it was their online ad's hidden messaging and anti-my-mental-health triggering that targeted the isolated elderly like myself who can no longer read extra small fine print disclaimers. Shame on you. I'm at least 10 years older now.

I bought craft paints at Joanns last big sale plus my online coupons for half price. My large  vintage [1980s/90s) supply had mostly dried up. A very long time ago I appliqued and painted  clothing. So much fun back then! Not so much now when my elbows are too tired to keep lifted for very long and force my forearms to act as paint blotters.

I was going to make gifts for Halloween and 2 grandchildren autumnal birthdays. Ha! Maybe Christmas cards? Who am I kidding. 😂

Once upon a time long long ablotter. painted big canvas paintings for special occasion gifts for friends. Those days are gone my friend and here I thought they'd never end.  And painted dozens of sweatshirts and art quilts of course.....And now? 

Now I sketch tiny things and paint tiny fabric art quilts but if I'm having a good day.  And I can only show photos of things I have digital photos of! And photos only on my phone or in a Google photo album in the clouds since I  no longer have a computer other than a Windows 7.  It can no way/no how ever go online without our having house wifi since they have no use mobile phone as hot spot capabilities. It's one gigantic phone (usb cord to computer)  "photo back up unit" now. Phones get smaller storage much much larger.

Are painting supplies any different from any other crafting or art supplies? Look at sewing and quilting!  We should never truly buy more than we can use in what's left of our lifetimes.  Hmm age 72 to ?? With a very large number of family members with Alzheimer’s?  

Good luck to finding all of my fabric and remembering what it was going to be used for, much less using it with 40 years of arthritis under my covid  expanded belt. 

Oh yeah....don't forget! It's that time of year ago. Time to "fall back"!

I'll lucky if my shrinking height can see over my sewing machine or my shrinking arms and diminishing vision correctability can still thread a needle even with bright lights and a white piece of paper behind it and a magnifying glass!

On the plus side (also Covid related)

I managed to make another mask this week but I forgot to take its final photo.

Not a good sign of my times that are a changing. Sigh.  

But how it this all originally start? All these ads and campaigns and promotions and internet and TV ads that force us to shop until we drop even when we can't see the actual item with our own diminishing vision eyes?

Black Friday

Blackish Friday has been traced back to the 1970s. The day was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day, when all one could see was massive amounts of shoppers in stores, and cars on highways. 

Although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are "in the black "(i.e., turning a profit) as opposed to "in the red", when they are not.

The earliest meaning of the term Black Friday was also meant to be an implicit comparison to the extremely stressful and chaotic experience of Black Tuesday, the 1929 stock-market crash, or other chaotic days. The earliest known references to Black Friday (in this sense) are from two newspaper articles from November 29, 1975, that explicitly refer to the day's hectic nature and heavy traffic.

Cyber Monday

The term Cyber Monday, is a neologism ( a term created to apply to a new concept not previously recognized by the dictionary as an actual word) invented by the National Retail Federation's division. It refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, which unofficially marks the beginning of the Christmas online shopping season.

In recent years, Cyber Monday has become a busy day for online retailers, with some sites offering low prices and other promotions on that day. Like Black Friday, Cyber Monday is often said to be the busiest shopping day of the year for online shoppers, although in reality several days later in the holiday shopping season are busier.

Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day was originally organized by Adbusters magazine, intentionally as a counter-action to Black Friday. Originally organized in September of 1992, the date was formally moved in 1997, to the Friday, following one week after Thanksgiving. 

Outside of North America, Buy Nothing Day is celebrated on the following Saturday. It is considered a day of passive, non-materialistic, non-consumerism. Occasional discussion has pointed out that, because of the anti-action of the event, it is very easy for people who are avoiding shopping on this day to "observe" the protest.

Hope I can remember "Buy Nothing Day" among all of my overwhelmingly exhausting "Do Nothing Days".

Plan for the rest of this day into tomorrow?  I'll be doing one of these!

shown above:
"Fill the Bag (for others)" Day! Yes its an old photo of old labeled products. No one gives free bags any more.

Fill a bag with canned and boxed foods and donate it to a food bank near you!

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