Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Trying to Keep a Light Heart

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives? When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
 Kahlil Gibran

I have spent the last several days writing an article for Quiltposium, an online magazine, on long-term teaching. It felt good to be writing again. During the breaks from writing, I have been making lots of Valentine's. To keep the blues away, I have been focusing on love and humor. The only sewing I have done lately is to make a cell phone bag that can be Velcroed to my dad's bed rail. His cell phone is his lifeline right now. He uses it to get my mom and connect with the outside world. I have no idea if what I made will work.  I gave it my best shot. Down and dirty, I wanted to get it in the mail today and ended up having to chase the letter carrier down because I just missed him at my house. At least he laughed when he saw me running towards him with envelope in hand. I hope I gave him a good story to tell. 


  1. Your critique session at Clayspace sounds ideal. I am wary of such sessions because I have been part of a couple that were so general and positive as to be useless and another that was way too negative. Those quotes you found seem to get at what really good criticism could do and would be a good starting point for a session.

  2. Sending a hug for strength, Karen. That cell phone bag is great - and it sounds like making it was a bit of therapy sewing. Feel better.


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