I wonder about this every time I go into a grocery store or office supply store etc that is offering to give money or credit to schools or teachers in proportion to your own purchase. What happened to the time when school taxes paid for most of the supplies needed in a classroom? Granted, teachers have often pitched back part of their own salaries to pay for things in the classroom, but when I started reading about students needing to supply paper towels or soap....
what to do about this sad state of affairs? Remember this when voting! Participate in your local school board activities, even by attending meetings. Vote for school budgets (or against them). Consider the track records of your state and federal representatives. Ask for particulars about HOW the whole "no child left behind" thing is supposed to work. Vote accordingly.
That would be Boopsie, aka "the invisible cat." She's having a second nosh from a bowl at the bottom of the stairs. Yes - the invisible cat has landed downstairs! Guess food is a powerful motivator, but I didn't think she'd come downstairs as quickly as she has and of her own free will. First it was in the hall. Then to the bathroom. Tonight she followed me downstairs when she saw I had the food container in my hand. She waited at the bottom step and so I brought the food bowl to her. We're getting closer to the kitchen for sure.
And all this despite me giving her a totally-surprise bath on Saturday. Yup - in the sink she went and got the full beauty treatment. Now she's all fluffy and sweet-smelling to boot, and she's a whole lot more visible! Go Boopsie!
After a humdinger of a day, I pulled off Rt 4 to take a few shots of the sunset. I was walking back to my car when the light around me started to change. I turned around back towards the sunset and saw a totally new view.
It's not often that I run out of "film" but I shot everything I had and wished I had more.
Click the small photo for a gallery of some of the photos taken. Enjoy!
My two or three regular readers might be wondering where the heck I am.... Well I ask myself that same question every day! Mainly I'm just keeping on keeping on as they say. Reclaiming, reorganizing, rethinking, recharging. Exploring new options. Considering new ways to use old things.
I have just had a few days off which included a day with the quilting group wherein my good friend Naomi got me out of the great pit known as procrastination. I should have these words engraved or tattooed somewhere:
You're just going to quilt the hell out of it.
And she was absolutely right. Yes of course I needed to have already auditioned the threads and thought about little tricks or additions. But for getting started - just do it. And the sooner the better. As with all things that are not pleasant**, sooner rather than later is always the best.
In other news, went to the dentist and was told that I was surprisingly in good shape. I survived with the help of a greatly understanding hygienist who really did understand how afraid I was. I got a new toothbrush. Whoooo hoooo, eh? I have to say that it's very very cool.
OK -- off to work with me now. I am quilting on one quilt and considering the next. And I hope to have enough momentum that I won't need a kick start to get going on it.
** I hasten to add here that as much as I love to machine quilt, it can be hard work.
13. Never compare your inside with somebody else's outside.
The more you practice your craft, the less you confuse worldly rewards with spiritual rewards, and vice versa. Even if your path never makes any money or furthers your career, that's still worth a TON.
14. The idea doesn't have to be big. It just has to change the world.
The two are not the same thing.
Hugh over at gapingvoid.com has one of the best discussions going on about how to be creative. Part of what makes it wonderful are the many comments posted on the initial page and the ongoing shaping of the individual points. It was hard to choose something to quote here, but I chose the last two points. The first says a lot to me about why it's important that your validation comes from inside. The path is as important as the destination. The second is a recent addition and I may have to print it out large and put it over my work room door.