Thursday, August 11, 2005

busy vs. taking care of business

Wednesday_august_10_2005_5 Just so you know I've been busy...but not necessarily taking care of business as it relates to quilting.  I've been stalling and procrastinating blocking Cilium 2 that I'd like to submit to The Indelible Spirit show.  Once I get it blocked and squared it will be smooth sailing to complete it. 

What I've discovered is that when I come up on limitations due to space restraints I get into a postcard making grove.  Probably has to do with getting back a sense of control of the process...I can control small.  But now that I've gotten this out of my system...I'm going to block and square the piece next Wednesday or will be back in session for the kids and I'll enjoy time alone at home for a few more weeks at least. 

The yellow one below is my favorite and the symbol is an Adinkra symbol that means house of peace. (Sonji might recognize the splattered fabric in the postcard at the top as one of her scraps she sent me.) But I selected this symbol because Cindy Sheehan's dedication has been on my mind as well as the nature of what peace really is about.  Wouldn't it be interesting if we had a federal department of Peace and research universities poured billions of dollars into the study of peace.  I think the problem is that we don't really have a working or cultural definition of what peace entails so it becomes the butt of jokes about tree huggers, etc. (mental leap coming but it really is connected)  One of my favorite poets in a lecture requested us not to ask what are we willing to die for because there are those too willing and quick to kill you for it...instead he poses the question what are you willing to live for with every breath of your being.  Answering this question is always one of has changed and I expect it will continue to is not static. I think the important thing is to have an answer at any given time versus not having a clue.

In other areas of living, I've been on the j-o-b though...this is the first time in history that I have completed shopping for school this starts Tuesday here and I'm usually out the weekend before in the last minute madness but my problem is I'm just a pat on the back for me! 

On the health front I'll be having a broncoscopy on Tuesday.  This has been attempted before about 15 years ago and the doctor was unsuccessful due to my gagging and coughing excessively while the procedure was going on.  I'm hoping that this will yield some conclusive answers about just what is going on with me.  Hangeth in,

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  1. I am going to borrow that line "what are you willing to live for", perhaps even for my IS piece. Thanks!
    I also like that peace symbol - can you tell us more about it?

  2. Love the post cards! I have sooo much to live for - thanks for the reminder!! Hope the medical test goes well!!

  3. So worthy to keep in mind every day, "what are you willing to live for?" I think sometimes it is easy to get discouraged and think that your small bit doesn't make a difference, but it does.Every kindness, every effort to teach and learn, every small task done for a cause you support. The passion is what makes it real. Thaks for sharing this.
    BTW, your small art cards are a visual delight. Healing thoughts to you for a resolution of the health issues. Jen

  4. Karoda,
    Beautiful postcards...I especially like the green one with the cool edging. I hope your procedure goes smoothly.

  5. If we could just remember to live every day as if it were our last, savor every moment, squandor nothing. The postcards to too fabulous...envy, envy!

  6. A Department of Peace. That would be wonderful. Love the postcards!

  7. You hangeth in there, Karoda! Hope the bronchoscopy goes well. Your art cards are FABBOO!!!

  8. As always Karoda....a very thought provoking post. Love the cards and hope your test is going well. Sending good thoughts your way!