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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-11-12 09:46
Subject: Every single one of us still left in want of mercy
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Tags:lighting candles
I used to be frustrated by comics because the world never stayed saved and then I realized that this was perhaps the truest thing comics had to say. The world doesn't stay saved. It's always a fight. We've lost some valuable ground, but America is still more accepting now than when I was a kid and the bullies are easier to identify, and I at least have more power against them. I know this isn't the case for everyone, but maybe people like me can help hold the bridge until the people who thought things weren't this bad open their eyes and get moving forward again.


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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-11-11 15:35
Subject: Remember
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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-11-10 11:00
Subject: Chop water. Carry wood.*
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Tags:civic duty, notes to self
Do the good deed in front of you.

I have just gone shopping to support our local food pantry's food drive.

If the world is (demonstrably) full of people doing bad things, it is also (perhaps less noticeably) full of people doing good things.

Have heart. Keep doing good things.



*This is the New England winter variation.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-11-09 06:45
Subject: Pale Blue Dot
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Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
 
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
 
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
 
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
 
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
 
-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
 
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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-11-08 22:58
Subject: Tonight
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Tags:crafts, movies, quilting, sewing, superheroes
Because I wanted to watch something more wholesome and less disturbing than election coverage, I watched Deadpool on HBO.

I also finished the tops for a couple of small lap quilts.

Here are my digital mock-ups for the quilts:


Owls-sketch


Birds-sketch

(The swatch I have for the bird fabric in the second design doesn't show the full pattern.)



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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-11-08 07:59
Subject: I voted
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Tags:civic duty
 That is all.

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-10-18 07:13
Subject: Two birds with one stone
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Tags:crafts, quilting, sewing
I think I am going to make an "exploding Tardis" rag quilt using denim from our pile of old jeans waiting to be thrown out (it's a case of being too worn to repair, but so much otherwise good fabric...).

In other quilting news, I'm about 40% done on the Barn Bats mini quilt: I cut my strips, sewed them together, cut them at a 60-degree angle to form the component units, sewed all the "face" strips together, and am working on sewing the "wing" strips to the faces.

The plan for my Goldfinch Quilt hit a bump when the accent fabric turned out to be a true orange rather than a yellow orange: The pattern I want for it doesn't seem to come in a compatible color, so now I have to look for something else. 

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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-10-17 17:25
Subject: 50 Books 2016-37: Goldenhand (unabridged audiobook)
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Tags:50books, audiobooks, fantasy, magic
The Old Kingdom, book 5
by Garth Nix, read by Heather Wilds
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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-10-12 07:22
Subject: I seem to be quilting
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Tags:crafts, quilting, sewing
Quilts in progress:
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Gwynedd
Date: 2016-09-20 23:14
Subject: 50 Books 2016-36: The Family Plot
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Tags:50books, ghost stories
by Cherie Priest

Spoiler: Qba'g ernq gur rcvybthr.

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