There’s an amazing story here, but I’ll start with this & you can decide if you want to follow it through!
Peace, love & justice for all,
Our “This Land is Your Land” quilt was the last quilt my class made.
Let’s start at the beginning.
How did quilting in my classroom even begin?
It was a divergent pathway.
Every good story has a great backstory. To know how Milly came into my life and tell you about her early years in my classroom, I have to back up and tell you what really happened. It’s a great story, and began what would become a legacy. Hang onto your hat!
“It happened like this…”
My husband and I were at a fall wedding in Philadelphia. We had an hour to spare, and went to the historic district to visit Carpenters Hall. After the tour, we had ten or fifteen minutes until all the museums closed. Directly across the street was the National Liberty Museum, so we headed over. Walking into the museum I was thunderstruck by a…
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Love ❤ this! How good is your visualization memory?
Sudden memories that pop up in our minds, triggering all sorts of feelings – how weird is that?
I was shopping at a home improvement store the other day, and while crossing the lumber section a memory triggered by the smell of lumber popped up, one tied to a distinct smell from childhood.
Took me to my grandparents’ house, where there was a shed filled with freshly cut wood.
I stood there like a dummy, in the home improvement store, transfixed by this forty-year old image developing in my mind’s eye, one so real I could almost touch. I haven’t thought of my grandparents in ages, but suddenly I felt a renewed sense of loss.
Science tells us some people have a vivid mind’s eyes, while others have none at all. This variation in human experience for the former is called hyperphantasia – an overactive mind’s eye.
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Peace, love & justice for all,
Sherrie Miranda’s “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans” follows the dramatic story of naive, sheltered Shelly going to “The Big Easy” to prepare for El Salvador, but has no idea she will encounter sexism and witness racism as well as illegal activities by government agents.
Author, Sherrie Miranda’s husband made the trailer for “Crimes & Impunity in New Orleans.” He wrote the music too.
Review: Shelly’s journey in “the city that care forgot.”
Sherrie Miranda’s new novel “Crimes and Impunity in New Orleans” puts the reader into a whirlwind of political protests, abusive police, sexist attitudes towards women, and “good old boys” racism in 1980’s New Orleans. Miranda’s second novel follows Shelly, the young northerner, as she quickly finds out that she “isn’t in Kansas anymore” while encountering a slew of picturesque, colorful characters. Reading her book makes you wonder if justice and respect for blacks, immigrants, and women can be reality in America.
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
“No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.”
“When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?”
“An injustice to one person is a crime against everyone, and we must always try to achieve true justice in the world.”
Charles F. French
Important statement at a time when we’re being told what we can & can’t write about.
I do not represent blacks or tall women, or women or Sonomans or Californians or Americans. Or rather I hope I do, because I am all those things. But that is not all that I am. I am all of that and more and less. People often put labels on people so they don’t have to deal with the physical fact of those people. It’s easy to say, oh, that’s a honkie, that’s a Jew, that’s a junkie, or that’s a broad, or that’s a stud, or that’s a dude. So you don’t have to think: does this person long for Christmas? Is he afraid that the Easter bunny will become polluted? … I refuse that… I simply refuse to have my life narrowed and proscribed. MAYA ANGELOU
All my crazy life decisions has brought me to a place where I can write, plus I have plenty to draw on. I have many more books to write!
Getting old has advantages as well as disadvantages. it may mean that you are freed from obligations – work, bringing up children, looking after older relatives – that left you little time or energy for writing. If so, that new freedom could stimulate your creativity.
Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, your writing will be informed by your own life experiences – work, leisure, travel, friendships, relationships, love, loss…you name it. The older you gte the more life experiences you have to draw om.
Absolutely. A great man & a wonderful couple!
I was in the midst of gathering snippets of news upon which to unleash my world-famous snark when I came upon something so heartwarming that it made the snark take a backseat … for now, anyway. What was it, you ask? Yesterday, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary! I think that is worthy of putting the snark aside and congratulating them! They’ve been married longer than I’ve been alive, and I’ve been alive a loooonnnnnggg time!
I was married for 15 long years and try though we did, we simply drifted further apart in our views of life. Marriage is a complex thing … it takes tons of patience, the willingness and ability to compromise, it takes being able to say, “I’m sorry” without following it with a ‘but’. Whenever I read about someone who has been married to the same person…
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Wow! Gorgeous art!
There is probably an interesting conversation to be had regarding the nature of graffiti and public art and another on whether graffiti can still serve as a rebellious expression when it is found on sites approved by the municipal authorities. Does graffiti need to be illegal or subversive to properly wear its tag or is safe street art equally as credible or valid?
This weekend, the capital of my Breton Département of Côtes d’Armor, Saint Brieuc, is hosting the fourth edition of a now popular street art festival. This year, the walls of seventeen buildings across this north coast city are being painted by graffiti artists from across France. Unfortunately, the covid-related travel restrictions have limited the international nature of this year’s festival but previous editions have featured artists from neighbouring Belgium, Germany, Italy and the UK as well as from further afield, such as Peru and Kyrgyzstan.
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I just had to share this!
Could you use more peace and tranquility in your life?
Of course you could. We all could. That’s why I’m passing along this information.
By following some simple advice I heard on the Dr. Phil show, I found inner peace, and you can too.
Dr. Phil says the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you started but never finished.
So I looked around the house to see what things I’d started and hadn’t finished, and to be honest with you, I was surprised at how many I found.
So I got to work.
I finished off a bottle of merlot, a bottle of white zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream, a box of chocolate truffles, and half a cheesecake left over from last night.
You would not believe how freaking good I feel.