Ask Someone to Help With a New Technique

I started a poetry MOOC yesterday.  One of the presenters talked about her technique of collecting words she encountered through her day.  When she was ready to write, she intuitively combined different parts of her collection and found pleasing rhythm and observation. Today I cross trained my poetry lesson into CreativeSprint: collection and juxtaposition.


A Year of Listening: Final Post

An adventure is, by its nature, a thing that comes to us. It is a thing that chooses us, not a thing that we choose. — G. K. Chesterton

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May our year end in the presence of good company.

A Year of Listening: Week 44

This is the lesson that history teaches: repetition. — Gertrude Steinstitches

Silk scarves stitched for dyeing.  The simple running stitch is meditative repetition.

A Year of Listening: Week 42

Partnership, not dependence, is the real romance in marriage. –Muriel FoxQuilt3_3

A Year of Listening: Week 41


In the long run,we shake out lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. — Eleanor Roosevelt

My favorite tool for creating shape is a familiar pair of scissors.  I would welcome a pair of scissors that could trim out clutter, tiresome relationships, and ill-conceived ventures.  Maybe I need to do some shaking out first.  I can let loose of useless perspectives and meaningless habits. I can be selective about companionship.  Then I am going shopping for new scissors.

A Year of Listening: Week 40

blog and arboretum 023Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all — that has been my religion. — John Burroughs

As a child I marveled over the shape of plants.  They continue to hold me in wonder.

A Year of Listening: Week 39

day lilies 010To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. — Emily Dickinson

I studied flower arranging as a 4-Her in my youth.  Using day lilies was an introduction to wabi sabi, a term I would not learn until many years later.  What is blooming today, and only today?

A Year of Listening: Week 37

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The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. –Marcel Proust

A Year of Listening: Week 36

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Silence is not the absence of sound. Silence allows many sounds to reach awareness that otherwise would go unheard — the sounds of birds, water, wind, trees, frogs, insects, and chipmunks, as well as conscience, daydreams, intuitions, and wishes. — Thomas Moore