Thursday, January 28, 2016

Imperfection



Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
~ Rumi, excerpt from "The Guest House"




WIP Linda A Miller

Playing with fabrics after a long hiatus. Warming up to creative flow.   Allowing imperfection....  imperfect is my word for this year.  There is more aliveness and room to breathe within imperfection, while perfection feels rather tight.  How does it seem to you?  Stay tuned for more.

In sync with these lines from Leonard Cohen:  

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything;
that's how the light gets in.


Beginning to move out of my hibernation, I related to this thoughtful post on solitude by Parker Palmer via the On Being site.  While on retreat Palmer finds catharsis in being forced to sit with one's angels and demons. Interesting reading.  (I have subscribed to On Being podcasts for many years, finding the dialogs between Krista Tippett and her interviewees very engaging.  Visit On Being.)








Friday, January 15, 2016

Contentment


If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself.

Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you. 
~Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching



Contentment, 2011 by Linda A. Miller
Contentment, 2011 by Linda A. Miller

Thoughtful words for reflection from Lao Tzu, shared with you.  Here it is the season of papers, and cleaning out.  How do things accumulate so much?!  

Meanwhile I am  knitting some scarf presents... winter gifts rather than holiday ones.  How  is your January going?

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Monday, January 4, 2016

The New Year



And did you ever note how knowledge holds up flow? What we know how to do and have come to 
depend upon can, in an innocent wander, turn adventure to boredom. Sure, professionalism requires professional knowledge: order, theory, technique, facility. The miracle is that knowledge 
gives its best confidence when  kept quietly in a secondary pocket. 
Only then comes the undisputed magic of letting go.
-Robert Genn


The above quote is a post from The Painters Keys by the late Robert Genn.  Many inspiring newsletters can be found there, now run by Sara Genn who took over the site after her father's passing.  What do you think of this one?

I hope your holidays were good ones.  Mine were and now I am quite happy to be in the solitude of the new year.  I did manage to see a wonderful exhibit Paperworks at the Craft and Folk Art Museum just before it closed on January 3rd.  Some inventive pieces.  A few photos from what I found interesting...

Woven paper constructions by Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia


Sculptural "Red" by Echiko Ohira

Reading one of my holiday gifts-  "In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey Through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks" by Debbie Zawinski.  Great stories shared from her tour through the Scottish countryside gathering bits of dropped (mostly) fleece from the local sheep who graze on the hills and valleys, all to knit socks of Scotland.  Thanks to Rebecca Mezoff, tapestry artist and teacher, for the referral to this book.

The year begins.... where will it take us?




 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays


May you experience each day as a sacred gift 
woven around the heart of wonder.
 -John O'Donohue  


Here is some inspiration for this holiday season.  Sharing Renate Hiller's "On Handwork" video with you once again, after seeing it making the rounds on Facebook.  So worth watching!  A wonderful reminder that using our hands is an essential and valuable part of being human.  Enjoy!

roses

And another inspiring link - a TED Talk entitled "Building an artist's life" by Jolie Guillebeau.  (Thanks to Margaret Blank for this one.)



On a personal note, my exceedingly shy cat Maya finally decided, after 9 months, that it was safe to come up on my lap.  And what a lovebug she has turned out to be!  This is a gift!

Maya
Sun bathing...

I will be taking a bit of break from the blog until after New Years.  Have yourself a peace filled Holiday season.




















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