Creative Thinkers Inspire Ideas

This is how it began:

Avi working.

Avi working.

Me to niece, Avi, “What is that thing on your head?”

32a9ddb85b9ef37eb2ca7ec614efc4fcAvi: A year ago, I made a hooded-scarf from remnants of beloved old sweaters. It felt cozy and warm, and when I put it on, a quiet sense of courage and completeness flowed through my body. When I wore it out into the world, people noticed, and they’d ask, “What is that? I want one!” I heard the same thing from each person who tried it on:

“It feels like a hug.” and “I feel like a warrior.” 

Today, Avi created her company, 1622750_601194333340169_5622470938837346483_n

and began her Kickstarter Campaign last week.

Christmas is near—wouldn’t your loved one look great (and stay warm) in one of these mantles?

Made is U.S.A. • Upcycled Buttons • Natural Alpaca • Organic Cotton Tags

Weekly Photo Challenge: Angular

Bridge At Strathmere

Bridge At Strathmere

Daily Gratitude: seeing Dapper G after nearly three weeks; a nice and productive visit with my parents in Pensacola; watching the Eagles at the Maplewood while eating homemade pasta

Quote of the Day: Look at the situation from all angles, and you will become more open. ~Dalai Lama

My niece’s new business. You’ll find you must have one of these hoodies: 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

Arches National Park, Moab, utah

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah (Dapper G in the background.)

Daily Gratitude: spending an afternoon with Amy & Harper; new bed pillows; breakfast invitation with my brother tomorrow

Quote of the Day: Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter. ~Harold Kushner, 1935.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Walking down to the water at Cuttyhunk Island.

Walking down to the water at Cuttyhunk Island.

Looking down toward Martha's Vineyard.

Looking down toward Martha’s Vineyard.

Speeding down through the rainforest in Costa Rica.

Speeding down through the rainforest in Costa Rica.

Daily Gratitude: organizing all my paints in my new (old) cart; dining with Dapper; an invitation to a show next weekend

Quote of the Day: The expression “to write something down” suggests a descent of thought to the fingers whose movements immediately falsify it. ~William Gass, “Habitations of the Word,” Kenyon Review, October 1984

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The Marriage Of Our Spirits: An Evening With Peter Yarrow

 

Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow with his arm around me!

When I saw the advertisement featuring Peter Yarrow, I knew I had to see him. I missed the trio at Kennett Square and scolded myself for having missed them because Mary Travers died shortly after that.

I recall singing 500 Miles on the bus coming home from basketball games—almost the entire bus, basketball players and all, singing; singing If I Had A Hammer at family picnics where my Father would try to sneak in a Harry Belafonte album as he wasn’t overly fond of Peter, Paul, and Mary;  singing Leaving On A Jet Plane in LaVon’s old Chrysler that had a push-button transmission—she used to make me nervous between pushing buttons for the gears, radio, and that damned cigarette lighter which were all in the same general vicinity.

I remember every lyric, so does Dapper G, so did the audience and almost everyone I know who grew up in the 60s.

What Peter Does Best

What Peter Does Best

Before each song, he gave the audience a short history of the meaning that inspired the lyrics, and he urged us to sing along. Or, rather, we could not help but to sing along which seemed to have given him much pleasure. He even asked the audience what it felt like after we had sung our first song together. 

“In one word what did you feel while singing the song?”  he asked.

And we replied, “Community.” “Love.” “Inspiration.”

I thought, “Happiness.” Who wouldn’t be happy joining in song with such an iconic figure?

Puff the Magic Dragon

Puff the Magic Dragon

At the time Peter, Paul & Mary were a forceful paradigm for folk singing about social, cultural, and political issues at the forefront of our lives; therefore, important to us all—that’s what many of us remember, that’s what I remember. And Peter, with his gentle voice, did share his thoughts on The Civil Rights Movement, The Cold War, Nuclear Plants, Fracking, Climate Change, The Vietnam War, and… Bullying. He’s still an activist.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

I was thrilled to have spent an evening with Peter, sitting alongside Dapper G, and crooning the songs of our young adulthood. Each melody uncovering long forgotten memories of that era.

Many of the entertainers with whom I spent my childhood are aging or have died: Barry White, John Ritter, Troy Donahue, George Harrison, Etta James, Richard Harris, Sandra Dee, Dudley Moore, Alec Guiness, Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Marlon Brando, Janet Leigh, Robert Palmer, Johnny Cash, Ricardo Montalbon, Luther Vandross, Eartha Kitt, Isaac Hayes, Michael Jackson…

I can’t help but feel a sense of loss and do not want to lose the impression of something that I can no longer see, but I know that the union of our spirits will be forever joined.

Daily Gratitude: a nice run through the Songbird Trail at Forsythe Wildlife Refuge; cranberry bread pudding; positive energy

Quote of the Day: What we remember from childhood we remember forever — permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. ~Cynthia Ozick

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Writing

Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art

Restaurant Review

Restaurant Review

Airport Novel

Airport Novel

Gardening Book

Gardening Book

Victorian Novel

Victorian Novel

Wouldn’t it be lovely to see one’s own photographs gracing the cover of a book?

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Daily Gratitude: a lazy day watching Monarch of the Glen; pizza; hundreds of mum blossoms in the garden

Quote of the Day: Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like. ~David Alton Harvey

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction

Sky Over Great Egg Harbor Bay

Sky Over Great Egg Harbor Bay

Daily Gratitude: birthday breakfast with a close friend; another summer-like day; Monarchs in my yard–yay!

Quote of the Day: Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light
through whom is splintered from a single White
to many hues, and endlessly combined
in living shapes that move from mind to mind.
Though all the crannies of the world we filled
with Elves and Goblins, though we dared to build
Gods and their houses out of dark and light,
and sowed the seed of dragons, ’twas our right
(used or misused). The right has not decayed.
We make still by the law in which we’re made.

~J. R. R. Tolkien

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Lovely Refracted Visions: Look!

 

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