4.13-14.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

We had our monthly Fruit Booth meeting last night. It’s always great to see all the faces we spend a week with out in the woods with music and fruit and frivolity.

These meetings are people from all walks of life coming together so we strive to be respectful and compassionate towards each other. Last night was a big learning experience for me, I usually learn something about myself but last night was a summit. “Speak up!” Was my lesson! Sometimes folks don’t hear me, whether it’s a physical thing or mental block, I wasn’t heard last night and I’m responsible for that.

Take care of you so you can get on with your work!

4.10.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

It was a wonderful Sunday morning with friends at UUCE annual brunch service.

It’s such a warm and welcoming place for us. And I know my kids are safe, respected and even loved by many there.

I hope whatever you do on Sunday’s (or your day off, whenever that is) that you are able to build community with reverence, joy and equity for yourselves and your family. Also important, have some fun while doing it.

Happy Sunday to you all!

4.8.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

More on trauma and an intro on how art can bring you new horizons…

Knitting has not only helped me relaxe while I make things but I get to use my artistic skills with mixing and matching colours and strengthen my math and pattern skills.

Something else happened though that was unexpected, I found ravelry.com, an international community of yarn enthusiasts. Mostly knitters and crocheters but I’ve seen some woven works while perusing the pattern data base late at night.

This international community has taken me  way past my skill points, expanded my knowledge base in both math and patterns and it’s introduced me to incredible artists and incredible people. Most of the time I meet people who love creating beautiful and interesting pieces of art but every once in a while I find other people who are struggling with their mental health. They lost someone they love deeply, they are recovering from surgery, they are in counseling for an abusive relationship of some kind…many of these things are found through the profiles with links to blogs and Facebook pages.

This community, although reaching across the world, is quite small. So bumping into reality happens often. When we share in this way we can start the healing and our art blooms and seeds that can spread and can help someone sow their own art and healing.

I hope you take some time to check out the beautiful pieces being made and the expressions that are shared. Maybe you’ll find some friends along the way and begin the healing?

Again and again and again…keep taking care of each other!!

3.21-24.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

I guess we went on “vacation”. Our oldest arrived home sick and then we all got sick so hubby and I were taking turns taking care of everyone. Thankfully we are starting to feel better and have been getting some things done.

Picture by Jen Moss of Nizhoni Jewlery https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nizhonjewelry

Picture by Jen Moss of Nizhoni Jewlery https://www.etsy.com/shop/Nizhonjewelry

Phife Dawg RIP

Phife Dawg RIP

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Picture by La Abeja Herbs

Picture by La Abeja Herbs

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2.20-21.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

The past weekend was really busy with a lot of celebrating.

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The Eugene Asian Celebration, being with family and friends, tea with amazing people…life is incredible!

Keep taking care of each other, community!

2.17.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand….

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

I haven’t embroidered anything  in years. It’s been even longer since I did cross stitch. I’m excited to get this one going. I haven’t decided which skill to use.

I’ve been drawn to this proverb for many years now. I feel it represents many different a phases of my life and it reminds me that new things are coming and that whatever happens I am strong.

Grow, be brave, you are strong!

2.14.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

It’s too easy to wish you all Happy Valentine’s Day. So here’s a little education for you: look up Smith vs Oregon.

I grew up around these peoples, our peoples.

I can’t help but tear up as my heart swells and breaks and comes back together again watching this video.

2.6.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…

I’ve had an interesting mix of communities today.

Communities in need of what our area does not naturally provide. Communities ignoring this need. Communities working their asses off to meet these needs.

We’ve got to raise the bar and do the work.

Showing up is so important in getting the work done. If you can, meet us here:

http://naacplanecounty.org/event/community-conversations/