A Convergence of Sorts
For Further Reflection

Start Your Engines

Another Monday.  Time to . . . 

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On Mondays, I share some things I've collected over the weekend . . . to get the week off to a good start.

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A Quote

"There is a lie that acts like a virus within the mind of humanity.  And that lie is, 'There's not enough good to go around.  There's lack and there's limitation and there's just not enough.' The truth is that there's more than enough good to go around.  There are more than enough creative ideas.  There is more than enough power.  There is more than enough love.  There's more than enough joy.  All of this begins to come through a mind that is aware of its own infinite nature.  There is enough for everyone.  If you believe it, if you can see it, if you act from it, it will show up for you.  That's the truth."
--- Michael Beckwith

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A Word

There are a few words that just don't seem to stick in my brain.  I've looked them up over and over (and over) again.  For whatever reason, I continue to need to look them up every time I encounter them.  (Does that ever happen to you?)  (Please tell me it does.)  Anyway.  Here's one of them . . . 

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To Read

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I often say flowers are magical.  According to this lovely essay by the late Oliver Sacks, they really ARE!  Read about the healing power of gardens.  Nature . . . is a powerful force!

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A Challenge

This week, make a point to spend some time in a garden -- either your own or a friend's or a public garden in your community.  Enjoy the blooms, listen for bird joy, watch the butterflies.  

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And in the Audacious BADASS Department . . . 

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We have Ravelry (following in the footsteps of RPG.net) banning Trump and his administration in a brave, bold move to put an end to white supremacy, hate, and bigotry on the site.  I am so proud to be a knitter today.  Read Ravelry's statement here.  Check out RPG.net's list of citations and reference materials here.  And read this opinion piece from The Mary Sue for a glimpse of just how audacious and badass Ravelry's move really IS!

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And, lastly, if you're interested in my monthly Stash Giveaway, be sure to let me know by tomorrow evening at 5:00 pm EST.  I'll contact the winners by email on Tuesday night.

Comments

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Kathleen

Frankly, I think Ravelry should ban ALL politics from the site. By banning one group, they are showing their own prejudices and politics. I don't go to the site for arguments or validation, I go for patterns, fiber/yarn information and inspiration from other creative folks. Let ALL politics stay in some other reality!

Vicki

That clematis photos FLOORS me. It's been a long time since I had a happy clematis... I really need to figure that out. ;)

I am super happy about Ravelry's brave stance -- and banning NO ONE in the process.

Sarah

I was enjoying your garden via IG this weekend and wishing that I had a little spot like you do to sit and relax. (I did sit on my porch to read and enjoy the beautiful weather, but it's not nearly as aesthetically pleasing!)

Debbie

Good for Ravelry!
I hope to enjoy my garden if it ever dries out, it has never been so waterlogged. It seems like too much rain is as bad as or worse than a drought, things are not looking good in my garden right now.

Dee

What Kathleen said ---------banning only one side is a slippery slope. And, while I would have no problem with not ever seeing anything Trump again --- bias is bias no matter who perpetrates it.

sue

I have to agree with Kathleen. I don't go to Ravelry for politics anymore than I go to Taste of Home for knitting patterns. While they have every right to do and say what they did, I have several amazing friends who are far from 'white nationalists' who voted for and support the president and I find the blanket beliefs of some who are 'never Trumpers' sad and disappointing. BTW my friends are well educated African Americans and I respect their views.

Kat

I am an equally proud knitter today - the banning of racist/bigoted comments is a step in the very right direction.

I LURVE your Clematis... and desire them so badly - but so do our deer, lol.

And words.. oh yeah and my words are so much easier than inchoate!

Susan Lemire

I have never tried knitting socks, but I think I'm ready to try. Winning the sock yarn from your stash would be a great way to get started.

Chloe

The state of being inchoate (which I always assumed meant something else) is in itself so nebulous that no wonder many of us fail to remember it.

Bonny

By way of reassurance, I definitely have words that just won't stay in my brain. I can't seem to remember the definition of ineffable, nor the difference between venal and venial. (So I won't be using any of those words in any comments!) I miss Oliver Sacks' writing, and have been delaying reading the new book because there won't be any more after I finish it.

Vera

Your clematis is amazing! Enjoyed the Oliver Sacks article quite a bit. I definitely intend to seek out gardens in my travels.

margene

Inchoate is definitely one of "those" words for me. Usually the sentence structure helps me figure out the meaning so I don't have to look it up (again), but sometimes clarification helps. I love ever picture you take of your garden. I will sit and look out my window at the little garden in front of my house. The bees, hummingbirds, various colors of green and the shades in my lace maple. The birds often make my day! Oh yes, I stand with Ravelry. We are not taking a stand against the prez (only), we are taking a stand against his hate speech.

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