Monday, September 30, 2013
So here's the beginning of my little project. At least with my travels coming up, it's portable and easily workable on the plane....... but first, back to the paperwork.....
Sunday, September 29, 2013
How To Focus A Wandering Mind
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Even the gentle rain is soothing, almost insisting that we slow down and simply breathe. We may go into the Village....or not. We may read, or play games, or simply visit. The days are full of teaching moments for the young ones, and soothing ones for the rest of us.
It doesn't matter what we do - except that we are together - on Lopez - and I can literally see them relax.
The magic of Lopez is effecting us all.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Once I discovered Art Made from Books, I realized that Oprah was a bit ahead of me and mentioned it on her website with this review:
Read more: http://www.oprah.com/book/Art-Made-from-Books#ixzz2g6UpSzAg
Thursday, September 26, 2013
The salt air, the quiet, folks relaxed and smiling -
I'm gently folded back into my island life.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
- Denis Waitley -
This quote caught my eye, then the article it headed, then the original article from which it came. A few brief excerpts are below, but it is well worth the full read.
And for those of us further along the aging process:
Young brains may be faster at memorizing Backstreet Boys lyrics, but older brains have some clever tricks up their neuronal sleeve that put all the years of ripening to good use. In the brain, information gets passed through wires called axons. Helping the wires deliver the information is a fatty coating called the myelin sheath. Research by neurologist George Bartzokis and his colleagues at UCLA suggests that as we develop, we lay down more of these sheaths, transforming the brain into a high-speed, wide-bandwidth Internet-like system.
Myelin speeds the transmission of information, but knowledge itself, and the proliferation of nerve connections and circuits by which we access it, depend on the acquisition of experience. And that takes time. "We become wise by being able to access information differently with a wider perspective," says Bartzokis.
Wise people generally share an optimism that life's problems can be solved and experience a certain amount of calm in facing difficult decisions. Intelligence—if only anyone could figure out exactly what it is—may be necessary for wisdom, but it definitely isn't sufficient; an ability to see the big picture, a sense of proportion, and considerable introspection also contribute to its development. http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/wisdom
The return of owls (ceramic, embroidered, patterned) in the stores and craft shops (didn't we all see these in the 60's and 70's?) makes more sense to me now. Owls...wisdom...healthy axons....all connected! (Hmmm, and yes, it's a little scary how some of my axons are connected.)
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Monday, September 23, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
And what could be simpler than to share my favorite blog on simplicity (http://bemorewithless.com/simplicityblogs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BeMoreWithLess+%28Be+More+with+Less%29) ...listing their favorite blogs on that same topic?? And it even has a note at the end about "how to simplify your blog reading habits", which seems to me a bit circular and catch 22-ish, but there you go!
6 Blogs to Inspire Simplicity and Minimalism
- no advertising
- clean design
- inspirational stories
- practical advice
6 Blogs to inspire simplicity and minimalism
5. Zen PresenceZen Presence is about life. It is about awakening to what is important in your life. It is about mindful living, identifying your values, and what adds value to your life. It is about slowing down enough to experience life first hand. Finally, it is about helping others to do the same.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Whenever I can take a beading class, it feels like I'm playing hooky....or at least a mini-vacation.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Couple that with raspberry scones, learning about new electric spinning wheels (http://www.hansencrafts.com/) which were absolutely amazing and inspiring, watching a bobbin lace demonstration (one day, I'm really going to learn this), enjoying the chainsaw carving, and of course purple (not red or blue) cotton candy......it was a wonderful day!
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
After listing, sorting, comparing and deciding on a budget range, the choice has been thankfully narrowed down to two or three possibilities. I have no intention of becoming a professional photographer, that is quite clear! I want something above the point-and-shoot range and well below the top of the line.
But I am thinking that it will be fun to have a real camera around, rather than relying solely on my cell phone. Maybe then I can better capture some of the sunsets and sights of my island home, that the cell phone camera simply isn't designed to catch. Be forewarned, some fruits of my endeavors just may show up here as well.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
After some appointments today, the rest of the day will be spent gathering pertinent information in order to write several grant proposals. I would definitely rather be weaving, but sometimes the business side of things has to come first. It always sounds neat to say "I'm an artist"......if people only knew all the paperwork, 'busy-ness', and non-artistic stuff that goes with that!!
Writing for grants is tiresome, detailed, and feels so unproductive to me in the moment. There is never a guarantee that one will be awarded the grant. But I keep reminding myself, I definitely won't get anything unless I write the request! (Sort of like the dilemma of not buying lottery tickets...really hard to win if you don't buy them. Come to think of it, writing grants is pretty similar to a lottery.)
It's also a challenge to have such a clear plan or path for future work, that a detailed, specific request can be formulated and succinctly written to accomplish that work.
Perhaps the challenge is getting the right and left sides of the brain to work together. I'll keep the ibuprofen handy.....
Monday, September 16, 2013
There are appointments to make, meetings to attend, unpacking to do, bookkeeping to complete, deadlines to keep, classes to schedule, and lists to make, let alone the weaving that is beckoning. For the moment, however, with a purring kitty on my lap, I will attend to the staggering accumulation of emails with a light heart.
I really do love my life.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
Progress is man's ability to complicate simplicity.
Thor Heyerdahl Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau
Friday, September 13, 2013
While being immersed in basketry and the inspiring artistry here in Oregon, some of us have been talking about the evolution of basketry, and our local love and use of natural materials. That basketry is not a common craft in this modern world is what probably makes it even more appealing to some of us.
A nice, short summary of the history of basket weaving may be found at http://www.thecultureconcept.com/circle/the-art-of-basket-weaving-brings-forth-bountiful-benefits:
Since our hunter gatherer days all humans on earth have required various vessels for eating and drinking and for gathering fruits, seeds and the various reeds and fibres invaluable to their weaving achievements.
Those that lived near rivers used baskets and bags woven from local fibres to aid their extensive fishing and hunting forays.
They were used to trap fish in rivers, gather shellfish from the sea and to scoop up fish or eggs gathered from nests of birds and waterfowl. And, as well as being used for carrying food, baskets could also be used for carrying babies.
Weaving is an activity the first human beings on earth did together.
Baskets are mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh*, a heroic tale from ancient Mesopotamia rooted in the ancient wisdom-tradition of humankind some two thousand years before the Christ event. Modern archaeologists have found a great deal of relevance to both ancient sites and cultural practices in its prose.
All cultures on earth have basket weaving traditions that date back before the times of Gilgamesh, which we are still learning about. Indigenous tribes on every continent, including Australia and America were involved in basket weaving.
The key to their success was an innate and intimate understanding of their natural environment, as well as their skills in designing nets, baskets and bags that were both flexible and adaptable.
*"You loved Ishullanu, your father's date gardener,
who continually brought you baskets of dates..."
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Carry Awl (woven around a cork to protect the sharp ends of awls)
Cubed Squared (lattice twined)
Mini Rib Baskets
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
- teaching supplies (the worst thing I can imagine is arriving to teach and not having essential materials)
- materials and tools for weaving projects
- sales items (with requisite receipt book, credit card swiper, petty cash)
- last minute errands (library, pharmacy, bank)
And it gives me an excuse...if I forget something, it's because it wasn't on the list!!!
Why do we love lists? Let us count the ways:
1. Lists bring order to chaos. "People are attracted to lists because we live in an era of overstimulation, especially in terms of information," says David Wallechinsky, a co-author of the fabulous Book of Lists, first published in 1977 and followed by subsequent editions. "And lists help us in organizing what is otherwise overwhelming."
2. Lists help us remember things — at the hardware store, for the vacation trip, Christmas presents. The One Planet Education Network, or OPEN, is a global online education content provider that counts Harvard and Columbia universities as clients. OPEN also swears by lists. "Checklists help you remember what you have done and what you have to do," the curriculum reminds the students.
3. Most lists are finite. They don't usually go on and on. And if they do, you can skip to the bottom of the list. The Internet Movie Database, for instance, lists its "bottom 100 movies as voted by users." The winner — er, loser — is Zaat, a 1975 sci-fi fiasco.
4. Lists can be meaningful. The Steven Spielberg classic Schindler's List is based on the true story of a German businessman who used a list of names to save more than 1,000 Jews from the concentration camps. It is ranked eighth on the American Film Institute's 2007 list of 100 top American films of the past 100 years.
5. Lists can be as long or as short as necessary. Jamie Frater, a New Zealand opera singer, maintains a list-keeping site called The List Universe. Recent posts include "20 Great Quotes from Ronald Reagan" and "Top 10 Codes You Aren't Meant to Know." A list, Frater says, should be "as long as is necessary. Some lists need be only a few lines an item, others a few paragraphs. I seldom write more than one paragraph, but occasionally the need arises to do so." Frater adds, "This question is a bit like asking an artist: 'When is the painting finished?' It is when it is."
6. Making lists can help make you famous. Notable list makers include Thomas Jefferson, Peter Mark Roget, Martha Stewart and Benjamin Franklin. "A methodical and wry man," wrote Franklin biographer Walter Isaacson in Time magazine, "Franklin loved making lists. He made lists of rules for his tradesmen's club, of synonyms for being drunk, of maxims for matrimonial happiness and of reasons to choose an older woman as a mistress. Most famously, as a young man, he made a list of personal virtues that he determined should define his life."
7. The word "list" can be tracked back to William Shakespeare, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. In Hamlet, the Bard refers to "a list of landlesse resolutes."
8. Lists relieve stress and focus the mind. "Lists," sociologist Scott Schaffer told The Oregonian newspaper, "really get to the heart of what it is we need to do to get through another day on this planet."
9. Lists can force people to say revealing things. In his 25 Random Things roster, former California Gov. Jerry Brown reveals that his favorite cereal is ... Flax Plus Multibran.
10. Lists can keep us from procrastinating. We put this one off until the end. Making a list enables us to get our heads around really big tasks — and helps us tackle the work one aspect at a time. But a list is only useful if it reveals a truth, solves a problem or leads to action. Making a list, for instance, does not necessarily help procrastinators. As DePaul University psychologist Joseph Ferrari told Psychology Today in 2008, people don't put off work they must do because they lack list-making skills. And, in turn, making a list does not get the job done.
Monday, September 9, 2013
A nomad (Greek: νομάς, nomas, plural νομάδες, nomades; meaning one roaming about for pasture, pastoral tribe), is a member of a community of people who move from one place to another, either with their livestock (pastoral nomads) or subsisting on hunting and gathering.
Sometimes also described as "nomadic" are the various itinerant populations who move about in densely populated areas living not on natural resources but by offering services (craft or trade) to the resident population. These are sometimes known[according to whom?] as "peripatetic nomads".
So would a better word for it be "peripatetic"?
And then that last synonym, "unsettled", got me a bit, well, unsettled!
All I was trying to do was find a label for what my life has become, moving from island to mainland, traveling to teach and take classes, and then traveling for visiting and adventure. Hopefully soon I will add explorations and research for the book that is begging to be written.
I just know that I am in a totally different stage of my life. I fully embrace it, and love it, and maybe needn't define it. But peripatetic does have a nice rhythm to it.....
Sunday, September 8, 2013
http://welivesimply.info/simple-living-manifesto/. In it, he shares from “Blogging the Simple Living Manifesto.” The manifesto comes from author, blogger and minimalist, Leo Babauta and his site, Zen Habits. Leo list 72 steps in his manifesto - well worth the read!
The one that struck me the most? Number 72:
Always ask: Will this simplify my life? If the answer is no, reconsider.
Leo also writes: However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward.
Hence my weekly reminders and search for ways to live a simpler and slower life. In my case, it is most certainly a life-long journey....and at times I find that I need to retrace my steps. Thank heavens it's not a race!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
― Seth Godin
These words are on my mind as I pack up to head to the mainland. I'm sad to be leaving, but thankful that I have days that are blessed and full, and the opportunity to be creating a life from which I don't need to escape.
So I'm not complaining that I need to leave. Rather, I'm embracing the abundance in my life.
And as always, I promise myself that very, very soon, I'll be on Lopez full time.....
Thursday, September 5, 2013
So what does that say about how it will be when I move to the island permanently?? Will the creative juices still flow if I'm here all of the time? Do I need a "retreat" setting to be open to inspiration?
Just thoughts to ponder as I work and weave. I was an artist before I got here. It's just so much easier to work here.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Art and Fear - by David Bayles and Ted Orland
Failed pieces are essential.
You learn how to make your work by making your work.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
It's red.....it has 278 spokes.....and will definitely be a challenge. I converted an oval planter for the mold, simply because I love its shape....and with this many spokes, I really, really need a mold. The designs I have in mind are dragons on each side (a far cry from my usual flowers, leaves and vines). Here's the scary beginning photo:
If you don't weave, I'll just share that that is a lot of spokes. If you do weave, you'll know that it's a lot of spokes. And yes, it's a bit experimental in shear size, shape, and even the design.
I do love a challenge.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Eleven Untranslatable Words From Other Cultures--by Ella Frances Sanders, syndicated from blog.maptia.com, Aug 31, 2013
The idea that words cannot always say everything has been written about extensivelyâ€Š -- â€Šas Friedrich Nietzsche said, "Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon the absolute truth."
No doubt the best book we’ve read that covers the subject is ‘Through The Language Glass’ by Guy Deutscher, which goes a long way to explaining and understanding these loopholesâ€Š -- â€Šthe gaps which mean there are leftover words without translations, and concepts that cannot be properly explained across cultures.
Somehow narrowing it down to just a handful, we’ve illustrated 11 of these wonderful, untranslatable, if slightly elusive, words. We will definitely be trying to incorporate a few of them into our everyday conversations, and hope that you enjoy recognising a feeling or two of your own among them.