Spirit Cloth

Jude Hill of Spirit Cloth is one of my cloth sisters. I have never met her, but I have followed her for about 4 years…

She makes some fantastic posts but her post from Nov. 29th was exceptional (click HERE. She speaks of patching old quilts, which I think is the only way to treat your quilts. I have lost so many treasured quilts over the years, quilts lovingly quilted by my grandmother and mother and I should have honored them by patching rather than tossing.

I have a long, soft, flowy, tie dyed tee shirt night gown that my nephew got me for Xmas about 12 years ago. It is like a second skin, but it is so beloved that it now has holes! I am taking a boro mending approach (google boro if you are not familiar with the term or check the Spirit Cloth site for examples) and plan on wearing it until it is completely in tatters… This was the first of many patches that I have applied.

30 Days of Get Your Art on Day 4

30 Days of Get Your Art on Day 4

Quote from the Universe…

Shari, haven’t you always found your way?

Hasn’t there always been a light in the darkness? Haven’t you always gotten back up? Haven’t there always been serendipitous surprises, unexpected twists, and triumphant comebacks? And haven’t you always had someone to love?

Coincidences? Or maybe, do you think, you, too, have always been loved?

Yours,
The Universe

On my soapbox…

I don’t usually hop up on my soapbox in my blog, but I read something this AM that disturbs me greatly. Huffington Post (I know it is liberal but so am I…) was discussing the 21st Century Cures Act. The article (click here to read the entire article, it is long…) discussed the rise of the Opoid epidemic {I have a nephew who was addicted and committed suicide around opoid abuse} and this bill which is designed to give funding to fight this epidemic. But there is “an underbelly” to the act, and concessions to lobbyists and their corporate sponsors.

The opening quote is from Senator Elizabeth Warren:

“The American people didn’t give Democrats majority support so we could come back to Washington and play dead,” she said on the floor. “They didn’t send us here to whimper, whine, or grovel. Now they are watching, waiting and hoping ― hoping we show some spine and start fighting back when Congress completely ignores the message of the American people and returns to all its same old ways.”

But others have read the politics around the bill differently. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), one of the bill’s supporters, called Warren’s floor speech “the most irresponsible statement anybody can possibly make,” adding: “She pontificates as if she knows everything, when in fact she knows nothing.”

Isakson and his allies will probably win. The bill heads for a fast-track vote in the House on Wednesday and will be taken up by the Senate next week, where it has significant bipartisan support, unless Warren and her progressive allies make inroads. The Obama administration formally announced its strong support on Tuesday evening. It’s extremely likely to become law.

The debate surrounding the 21st Century Cures Act has come to embody a larger dispute about how government can and should operate. Some 1,455 lobbyists acting on behalf of more than 400 companies and other organizations have lobbied on the legislation, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Over the past year and a half, companies who disclosed they lobbied on the Cures Act spent half a billion dollars to influence Congress. The resulting bill is packed with politicians’ pet projects and sops to industry.

This is what our political system has come down to, certainly not representing the common people. Corporate lobbyists and Big Pharma have totally too much influence over the system, and  often get their way. This bill is being “fast tracked” and will probably pass and become law, but some of our legislators are fighting the good fight. And this is the type of bill, trying to put something for everyone, which has a chance to pass and become law, even though the “underbelly” panders to the lobbyists and corporations who spend billions to have their way with America.

OK climbing down from my soapbox now.

Misc. This and That

To close out the month, I am just posting this and that for a few days…

 

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My Hippie Dippie bracelets20161126_154445

The first bloom on my Xmas Cactus and I broke it off while dusting (that’s what I get for dusting!!!)20161126_154106Pomegrantes from Thanksgiving at Maypearl20161119_184257

The Yarborough Crew (Kassi, Kiki, Ashlee, Terry Joseph, Dennis, Amber and the dogs. Erva and I on the floor… and Terry is taking the pic and Grace was out and about20161119_163612Ashlee and Tommy20161119_162525

The Sampson bunch Ashlee, Erva, Vincent, Shari, Chuck, Jenna, Sandy, Haven, Crystal, Tommy and Allen20161119_153536Allen  and Tommy playing connect 4 with Erva in the background and Haven in foreground20161119_151531Haven and Tommy

More Misc this and that tomorrow!

My Credo, shared at UUCOC today…

I have to admit that when I sat down yesterday to write my credo, this is not what I expected to write. But this is what came out:

I have always had a definite “I believe” statements in my life – some of them lifelong beliefs. And then Nov. 8th 2016 happened.

My world was rocked and seem to be off-kilter. I was unable to comprehend what had happened… Whew!

So I had to rethink some of my core beliefs. I had to rethink how my fellow Amercians thought – I previously believed that other people were basically kind and wise, but the results of the election made me rethink that tenet.

I still believe that mankind is, at heart, a wise species. And the people who are my friends, relatives and neighbors are still  the same they were before the election.

But having grown up a privileged baby boomer gave me a very slanted view of America. Over the last few years, I have come to understand that not everyone shares my life outlook.

We, the baby boomers, were going to change the world and in many ways we did. That optimistic outlook may have clouded my perception. But, post election, I realize that the old hippies of the world need to be very active in  proactively protecting the world we thought we lived in.  Being a member of a UU congregation starts the process and we must carry on for the future.

#breakthebubble

 

I have been doing some soul searching…

Since the election I have really looked at how I could have been sooooo wrong about the results of the election. I am usually very perceptive, but somehow REALLY missed the mark on this.
I read an interesting article by Tobias Rose-Stockwell, which you can read here:
but this was a very interesting part of the article:

Ways to increase your political empathy online

  • Expose yourself to alternative opinions — Read the other side: Your news sources likely have their own bias baked right in. There is no better way of unpacking your own beliefs than exposing yourself to the news sites that disagree with you.

  • Examine the source of news for bias and factual inaccuracy before you share it — Cultivate a healthy skepticism when you see an exciting headline that comes from a website you haven’t heard of. Many of these posts are designed to appeal to hyper-partisanship in order to get you to share them.

  • Engage with people who are different from you when you can — Don’t delete the friends on Facebook that disagree with you (Trolls excepted). You will not ‘pollute’ your worldview by talking to them and trying to understand their perspective. Expend the extra effort to go through a civil discourse, build common ground and avoid a shouting match.

Will have to work on these points…

900 posts!

I have been out of town and did not realize that this would be my 900th post on Word Press (I have almost 500 posts on my old blog).

This morning as I checked my email there was a post from Quinn Creative about how to handle talk at the Thanksgiving table. Click here to see the post with 5 ideas about how to avoid those pitfalls!

Hoping everyone a nourishing and peaceful dinner and GO COWBOYS!