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Monday, September 30, 2002  
Do what you love to do and give it your very best. Whether it's business or baseball, or the theater, or any field. If you don't love what you're doing and you can't give it your best, get out of it. Life is too short. You'll be an old man before you know it.
-- Al Lopez, baseball manager

Written at: 9/30/2002 05:02:00 PM

Sunday, September 29, 2002  
I DO on the other hand like coffee. I like my coffee in a particular way. For years and years, the code for how I and millions like me like coffee was "coffee, regular." That means -- caffeinated coffee with a regular amount of milk and sugar (or sweetener ,if specified).

So listen up all you wannabe barristas and dunkin donuts workers. "Coffee, regular" does NOT mean caffeinated coffee. It means coffee, cream and sugar. Always has. And if I and my cream and sugar loving friends have anything to say about it - always WILL.

Written at: 9/29/2002 11:14:00 AM

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I do detest your e-mail spam!
I do! I hate it! Spam-I-am!
I really hate you, and your floozie!
I will hunt you with an Uzi!
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Written at: 9/29/2002 11:05:00 AM

Yet another reason to get a Mac -- iSync
What are you waiting for? Find an Apple store near you!

Written at: 9/29/2002 12:52:00 AM

Tuesday, September 24, 2002  
Journal Quilts are done and packed and ready to ship to Houston tomorrow. Now I'm back to quilting on the NYQ! raffle quilt. Here's what the IQA page lists for this special exhibit:
A Page from My Book: Journal Quilts 2002—The Journal Quilt Project

Sponsored by International Quilt Festival
Over 200 subscribers to the QuiltArt Network are participating in this free-form exercise in creativity, specifically planned to encourage quilt artists to stretch and grow. The exhibit will consist of nine small monthly quilt pages and journal entries from each participating artist.

Written at: 9/24/2002 12:05:00 AM

Sunday, September 22, 2002  
I'm a quilting mad woman! Yesterday I quilted a nice-sized quilt at a guild get together. The whole thing. Seven bobbins worth! Last night I started my guild challenge that's due next month. No pressure! Tonight I'm back to work on the NYQuilts! raffle quilt.

Written at: 9/22/2002 09:46:00 PM

Wednesday, September 18, 2002  
Mom just called to say that her quilt won a second place in the Benartex Quiltmaker's Gift Challenge for adaptation of a pattern from the book. Way to go Mom! **sniff** makes a daughter proud!

Written at: 9/18/2002 03:48:00 PM

Tuesday, September 10, 2002  
11 September 2001 - - 11 September 2002

We Remember

Photos taken at the WTC by Ron Goodman

911 - Quilt made in the weeks following 9-11-01

Repercussion - Quilt made January - August 2002

July, August, September 2002 Journal Quilts

Written at: 9/10/2002 08:59:00 PM

Saturday, September 07, 2002  
How Can I Keep From Singing?
traditional, as sung by Bok, Muir, Trickett

My life flows on in endless song, above earth's lamentation.
I hear the real, though far-off hymn that hails a new creation.
Above the tumult and the strife, I hear its music ringing;
It sounds an echo in my soul. How can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest loudly roars, I hear the truth; it liveth.
What though the darkness 'round me close, songs in the night it giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love is lord of Heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear, and hear their death knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near, how can I keep from singing?
In prison cell and dungeon vile, our thoughts to them are winging.
When friends by shame are undefiled, how can I keep from singing?

Written at: 9/07/2002 08:19:00 PM

Since we have a natural compassion in us, and that compassion has to manifest itself, it might be good to awaken it. Violence done to an innocent person, for example, can make us indignant, scandalize us, and in so doing help us to discover our compassion. By its very violence, television might keep us in a state of alert. However, it is very dangerous if violence leads to indifference. Thus, a central point of our teaching is how to reach nonattachment without falling into indifference.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama, The Path to Tranquility
I got this book last night because I picked it up and opened it, not knowing what it was or what his writing is like. This is a book of daily wisdom - a paragraph or two for each day of the year.

The above paragraph is the meditation for September 11.

Written at: 9/07/2002 12:21:00 AM

Friday, September 06, 2002  
I'm working on the September Journal Quilt - the push is on to do the final assembly of these pieces for display and that means I don't have the luxury of time for making the September quilt itself.

Last night I treated myself to a trip to Borders. I got a few new CDs including a different performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. I was listening to it in the car tonight on the way home (last two movements) and I was blown away by the progressions and the key changes and more than any of that - how it moved my whole body and mind. This is the NPR Milestones recording and the liner notes wonder about how it must have been to be sitting in the audience for the first performance. To hear something so powerful, so new must have been incredible for all involved.

I also got Van Cliburn playing Debussy - another group of wonderful pieces of music (and wonderfully played). The last CD is Eva Cassidy - what a voice to match a wonderful sense of what the songs are all about.

Oh my. I needed this music, if only to make me cry a little.

Written at: 9/06/2002 10:09:00 PM


Guess I can retire now.....?

Written at: 9/06/2002 03:10:00 AM

Thursday, September 05, 2002  
Thanks Jeremy for this great article on etiquette. Yes, you should read it. Yes. Go now. Send it to all your friends and co-workers. Yes. Read all three parts.

Written at: 9/05/2002 12:29:00 AM

Tuesday, September 03, 2002  
I have managed to remove - as in, to the garage! - about 80 per cent or more of the ratty, pin-infested carpet and pad from my sewing room. What a chore. mainly in getting enough stuff out of the room that I could actually get to most of the carpet and remove it. Last night I had to resort to using my dyeing fabric face mask because the carpet dust was making me wheeze. Which is one of many reasons I'm getting rid of it. Did I mention the infestation of pins? yeah. Not pretty. Good bye hand me down carpet that had long ago served it's purpose.

What's underneath? The beautiful curly birch floor I remember. I wish they made clear vinyl flooring to lay over such a beautiful floor to protect it.

and I've mostly filled the new shelving units. Here's a photo of what the wire cubicles look like. I now have 10 more of these square units.

I've been thinking more and more about the last year as we come up to the anniversary of Sept. 11. What could we possibly do to commemorate such an outrage? What should we do? I am at a loss. My heart still hurts. I still think about those last moments for all the people in the buildings and planes, as well as the families and friends left behind and all the rest of us. All of us. Do the perpetrators really go to bed joyous in the success of their plan? Has it completed some part of their lives? Will more killings complete ours?

Written at: 9/03/2002 10:43:00 PM

Monday, September 02, 2002  
Wonderful veggie lentil soup today with the apple gang. And it's good for you too:
  • saute one turkey kielbasa sliced 1/4inch thick with
  • one medium onion chopped fine
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • one pound bag of lentils, rinsed
  • 4-5 stalks celery, diced
  • 5-6 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp fines herbes or parsley
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • one gallon or so of water
Simmer about 30 minutes or until lentils are well-cooked. Add
  • one 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • one can beef broth or 1-2 TB Better than Boullion
adjust salt and pepper and seasoning. Simmer uncovered to reduce stock if necessary.

Add 4-10 leaves of fresh kale, sliced into 1/4" ribbons. Simmer until kale is cooked. Serve hot with a healthy sprinkling of fresh grated parmesan cheese.

Written at: 9/02/2002 09:12:00 PM


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