Yearly Archives: 2014

Winter meditations.

This quiet time before the year turns is one of the best times of the year, time for introspection.
Winter meditations

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Christmas Eve

Christmas eve morn

Christmas Eve

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Walking

Walking

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winter sky

winter sky

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Modern mantras

We have Good Friday and Maundy Thursday; we have Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Unlike Good Friday and Maundy Thursday, however (though like “fiscal cliff”) these terms are repeated and reported by the most serious of journalists. Like all mantras of ritual, they work on us from the inside. They are an economic event by which we measure a certain kind of cultural health. -from “on Being” by Krista Tippett

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If you look carefully you can see the faint tire tracks left by my brother James as he drove off into the sunrise from my home. He gave me a gift beyond measure this weekend

Tire tracks

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My sisters gave me a night in an AMC Hut with them next year!!

Dot Lafayette

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My birthday surprise…. my brother flew from New Hampshire and surprised me

Brother surprise

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But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself.

If I had been downright honest with myself,” Ishmael admits, “I would have seen very plainly in my heart that I did but half fancy being committed this way to so long a voyage, without once laying my eyes on the man who was to be the absolute dictator of it, so soon as the ship sailed out upon the open sea. But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself. And much this way it was with me. I said nothing, and tried to think nothing. —From Moby Dick

 

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Our Christmas tree is crooked because our floor is crooked

Crooked Christmas tree

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I’m pretty sure this is a red Oak

it’s the last to hang on if anyone knows for sure let me know

Red Oak

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Group of teenagers checking their cell phones while sitting next to Rembrandt’s “Night Watch”

A few weeks ago, I was at a spiritual retreat.  We viewed the sunrise on a mountainside cliff.  There were many young people there photographing this on cell phones. The parallel for me is that the art, or beauty, or nature  becomes compressed into an electronic capsule. But in a way just by posting this, I am doing the same.Sigh

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Working on Christmas. Teaching Gothic cathedrals always get me in the mood.

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Winter berries

Berries

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Tennessee landscape

Yesterday we went visiting for the first time on Thanksgiving; we went to three Thanksgiving dinners and oddly enough we arrived exactly at dinner time on each one. I posted some pictures below the landscape we drove through. An interesting and fun day. Many various incarnations of turkey; roasted, hickory smoked outdoors, deep fried…….oh and none of these were the places we actually visited, they are random shots of terrain. I wonder the story on the refrigerator house.

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Tree

Tree

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My good friend posted this picture of her scarf done in wool jersey.

Stretchy Wool

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A dust of snow

Dusting

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In the course of creating a design class for the Spring I discovered this. Enjoy, everyone.

Animated Music Video for Bonobo by Cyriak Using Repurposed 1960s Stock Footage

Cyriak uses mid 20th-century stock video as building blocks to create machines, robots, and other bizarre tableaus reminiscent of Terry Gilliam-esque zoetropes.

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Yay ready to sew the two halves together of this piece begun July 2012 has taken 2 Years to finish.

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Frost and the leaves falling softly

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I have always deeply believed that truth is revealed through beauty and that the pain of experiencing beauty is the same as the agony of the blackness.

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All things change and yet stay the same…..

gbb

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I love the place where we vote

I love the place where we vote

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No power today or tomorrow they don’t know how long up here on Stoney Creek

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So glad I came out for a walk.

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Split

Oak

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Good morning. Studio time today.

Studio time

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This is a losing prospect….how many out there observant and can see why?

There's a hole in the bucket

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Edible??

Edible question mark

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Physics reveals how nature sparkles

Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed “a universal explanation” for many of the dazzling coloured and silvery reflections in the natural world.

Sparkle

Silvery fish, like sardines and herring, use their dazzling reflective skins for camouflage in shallow water

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Advice for stitchers.

Put on a clean dress.

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Stormy dawn creates beautiful light

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UK’s ‘Greatest Geosites’ announced

The Geological Society of London has named its top 100 geological sites in the UK and Ireland, including 10 “people’s favourites”.

The list, compiled into an online clickable map, marks the start of Earth Science Week. Categories for the popular vote included landscapes, outcrops and coastlines, as well as industrial and educational sites.

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It’s almost done!

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Morning has broken.

Morning has broken.

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Accomplishment.

Accomplishment.

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This is how it happens.

Tires

Mountains of used tires lay on a dump in the countryside on September 24, 2014 in Sesena Nuevo, near Madrid, Spain. The used tires dump site in Sesena is a major environmental problem and was declared illegal back in 2003. It currently stores over 75.000 tons of tires.

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Green Yellow Blue

Green

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Frost on the field this morning

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We still have way too much fun fooling around with the jeep at the shop getting stuck

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UN Climate Summit Poem “Dear Matafele Peinem”

This lady read this out at the UN. Love it.

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The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

Chris Hedges | The Myth of Human Progress and the Collapse of Complex Societies

The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.
White Whale

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Work

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Light

Light

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Our home on the hill

Home

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Alternative Energy Revolution

XKCD

Alternative Energy Revolution

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Woodland friend

To those of you who know about Woodland things here is a tree that I found that I hung out in a little while today. It is an oak tree and one of the pictures you can see little feces left behind by an animal friend. Who do you suppose he was what kind of animal leaves a trace like that

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Green

Hills of green

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Nature’s patterns

Abstract

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I am almost finished creating a complete catalog of my work. Thinking of printing it.

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Cows

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Boro is more than an art form in our hill on Stoney Creek. It is a way of life.

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I love the use of useless objects for new uses.

We have one of those sink things that only screws into the sink so you have to use the drain piece that goes with it. The little nut on that broke yesterday so rather than buying a whole new piece Danny fixed this by using an old key that didn’t open anything. I love the use of useless objects for new uses. We keep everything and this is an example of why. Now it is like a little handle.
Key drain

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It is going to be hot today. The sun is visibly burning away the morning mists

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The Snake

I am pretty sure this is a copperhead. I was getting ready to do some dyeing and all my stove parts were piled on the stones. He struck at me Yikes! I ran. Hard to get a good picture with a phone from a distance…I am not sure how to get rid of him, so stopped my project. In the last photo you can just see him going underneath the little round thing. There is only one picture of the whole snake and his head was moving but I am fairly certain there were venom pockets.

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I am thinking of posting a series of enigrammatic covers on FaceBook.

Peeling Paint

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Mountain green

Mountain

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Red

Red

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On my walk

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Morning fog

Fog

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The lawn was long

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Wind power.

Wind power

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My father noticed the detail in all the small things.

He is with us when we notice them too and with every kind and loving word to family. Love you, Dad

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The hibiscus are so rich this year

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Emily dyeing at Peters Valley School of Craft

Emily at Penland

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“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.” —Ernest Hemingway

Strong at the broken places

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I finally felt as if my eyes were opening on my walk yesterday.

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So What If It’s Ugly? It Just Keeps On Going …

Welwitschia

It is the last remaining plant in its genus, the last in its family, the last in its order. “No other organism on earth can lay such a claim to being ‘one of its kind,’ ” writes biologist Richard Fortey.

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Colourcharts

Nature has its own ways of displaying colour, and it does so with abandon; colours in their natural state are wild, uninhibited, free. They shift and vary, they grow and recede—always dynamic, always unpredictable. Colours like to mix it up, and they don’t sit still. These tendencies are inspiring, but not always practical—at least not from the standpoint of humankind. Let’s be honest: there are times when we need to contain colour, to isolate and dissect it.

Some of the colour charts that were used as inspiration and reference for the design of issue #22. uppercasemagazine.com

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Having fun splitting a stump while I wait for the dye pot

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A year ago I got on a plane to talk to Dad for the last time.

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Blackberries

Blackberries

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Polly Apfelbaum: ‘A Handweaver’s Pattern Book’

What do you think?

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Handweaver's Pattern Book

An installation view from “A Handweaver’s Pattern Book.” Credit Courtesy the artist and Andres Ramirez/Clifton Benevento, New York

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Sky

Sky

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A moment to reflect.

When You’re Frustrated by a Delay: 8 Reasons to Appreciate It

Time

“All great achievements require time.” ~Maya Angelou

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Titans playing ninepins

We are having a tornado warning. Sky is rumbling...we used to say Titans playing ninepins.....Clouds gathering

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Riches.

Riches

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Tiger Lilies

Can you see him? He was sipping the tiger lilies right outside the window

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Who we are

Motherhood

Delight in the children looking.  Michael and Emily would look at everything and when I watched them, I looked at the world with fresh eyes.  I always strive to retain this childlike wonder when I look at color and form.  Emily is deeply involved in the shape of the leaf.

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Piece

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Blackberries

Blackberries

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Danny in his element

Danny

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Blackberry picking.

Birdsong, insect song, silence.It is a thick tangle but sweet rewards. All over the hill behind studio; I wonder if I pull out the dead stuff after they all ripen if it will be easier next year. Of course, have to hope the guy doesn't brush hog it

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“I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.” ~Charlotte Bronte

Looking upward

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“Every single moment of a person’s life, both of the understanding and of the will, is a new beginning.” — Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg

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8 Ancient Beliefs Now Backed By Modern Science

I believe that the spirit has an innate sense and will naturally follow the good as a tiger lily seeks the sun

Ancient Beliefs

The Earth may not be flat nor is it the center of the universe, but that doesn’t mean old-world intellectuals got everything wrong. In fact, in recent years, modern science has validated a number of teachings and beliefs rooted in ancient wisdom that, up until now, had been trusted but unproven empirically.
Here are eight ancient beliefs and practices that have been confirmed by modern science.

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Tiger Lilies

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Heron Cove.

My childhood refuge and still is. Memory to carry me through the next months.

Heron Cove

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An example of human created ecosystem by accident. Is it an accident?

These sundew plants are growing on an old dock in the very end of dog cove. An example of human created ecosystem by accident. Is it an accident? Or are we less than we think they are, part of the planet as worms and snails are?

Meat-Eating Plants Getting “Full” On Pollution

Carnivorous plants in nitrogen-rich bogs eat fewer bugs, new study says.
Sundew

A dead mosquito rests on a roundleaf sundew plant. PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEL SARTORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

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Light Perspective

There is something different about the sky when the light is fading in early summer over the ocean.  Sky and water meet. Broken fences soon to be lost under the shifting sands… late June sunset, serenity.Beach sunset

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Hiking Lafayette

Me on Lafayette

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Squam Sunset

Sunset

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The twenty first century reflection on what is remembered about Van Gogh

An Unusual van Gogh Work at a German Museum — His Ear

A replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s left ear is on display at a museum in Germany.

Van Gogh Ear

The ear is on display in Karlsruhe, German.Credit Diemut Strebe, via Associated Press

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At the green house.

Green house

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Me

Me

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Red grasses at Heards Pond

Red grasses at Heards Pond

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Spring!

Spring

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light Sun 119

light Sun 119

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Blossoms

Blossoms

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