Poetry of Resilience – Irina Ratushinskaya

Poetry can inspire by acknowledging a person, telling their story, celebrating their life's witness.  I just came across a poem by Luci Shaw, which tells us another poet/person's story, their persistence through harsh circumstances.  Encouraging.  Luci's poem begins with her introduction to Irina, in italics. Irina Ratushinskaya —Russian poet and physicist who was sentenced to …

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Quilting and the Community

OK, so this is a video hosted by giant company Google, applauding Youtube - BUT it's still an amazing turnaround story: economically devastasted couple and village rejuvenated by - quilting classes online:  Missouri Star Quilts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ERW95xHGMY Long before I saw this video back story, I had seen Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt company in …

Calming words

Writer Anne Lamott before her 61st birthday sat down and wrote all the truths she absolutely knew.  They include the importance of radical self-care https://www.ted.com/talks/anne_lamott_12_truths_i_learned_from_life_and_writing?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tedspread#t-355195 "Being full of affection for one's goofy, self-centred, cranky, annoying self is home; it's where world peace begins." "Every writer you know writes really terrible first drafts - but they …

Kaleidoscopic mixed media – Jill Ricci (NY)

Just met Jill's work this morning, and I'm a fan. Jill Ricci’s one of a kind collages immediately stand out with their unique and playful shapes & figures.  - http://www.artisticmoods.com "I am exploring the place between “high art” and popular culture, text and image, figuration and abstraction, past and present, and two and three-dimensional space." …

Baking Calm

Seattle-based Oh Honey Bakes made this enticing recipe to celebrate St Valentine's Day this year, on her visually sumptuous blog. At the same time, the blog post (link below) speaks to the deeper movement in society at that time, the unsettledness of international relations.  And also to the baker's personal anxieties, with her beautiful remedy …