Thursday, January 22, 2009

One World One Heart 2009

My offering for this year's event is a two-parter, consisting of a painted and collaged papier mache box and a necklace.

The pendant is made from a tiny tin with a lid that slides open to reveal a mini collage inside featuring an image transfer and the word "kiss". The outside of the pendant says "Pure passion". Because of various paints and metallic finishes the necklace has proven near-impossible to photograph so trust me when I tell you it'll look much nicer in person and what appears like a black smudge is actually the silhouette of a rose. (Click images to enlarge.)
The focal image on both items is from Christine Adolph's "Rose Print" stamp.

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Just a glimpse...

...of a couple of the ATCs going out to my ongoing swap partner. It's been so great to have time for a few little (non-home related) projects lately. I can really tell the difference in how I feel vs. those weeks (months?) when I don't. And it's cheaper than therapy!

*Big-eyed creature is a found image; artist/source unknown.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thank you, Mr. President

I feel a great sense of pride in my country on this historic day. I was a child living in the south during the sixties and grew up as the Civil Rights movement grew into fruition. I am so proud that we can not only elect a person of color to our highest office, we can do so with minimal race-based strife and protest. However, I felt deep shame and sorrow when I heard some of the crowd at the inauguration boo President Bush when he was introduced.

Yes, there were mistakes and missteps during his administration. No, I do not agree with a number of his choices and policies. Yet my appreciation for this man's resolve and commitment outshine all my issues with his presidency. There is simply no excuse for the kind of scapegoating going on for so long now. The excerpt from a collaborative article (below) states it far better and more succinctly than I can.

Mr. Bush, my sincerest respect and gratitude for your years of service. Mrs. Bush, you have been tried by fire and are an incredible example of grace and poise.


January 20, 2009, 4:00 a.m.

Farewell, Mr. President
Bush did what he thought was right—and on the biggest issues, what was right.

An NRO Symposium

As George W. Bush prepares to leaves the White House after eight misunderestimated years, National Review Online asked a group of experts in policy and politics to assess his presidency.

I appreciate President Bush for many things. He took great care with the issue of stem-cell research. He was steadfast on “life issues” in general. He withdrew the U.S. from the ABM Treaty, allowing for greater progress on missile defense (vitally important).

He chose Dick Cheney as his running mate, and he became vice president. He made some staffing mistakes, Bush did, but he also named some excellent people who were thought to be “untouchable,” because of their “hard-line” stances. I think particularly of Elliott Abrams, Otto Reich, and John Bolton. Two of those men required Senate confirmation. They didn’t get it, blocked by Democrats. Bush gave them recess appointments.

He defeated two men who would have been lamentable in the Oval Office: Al Gore and John Kerry.

In 2000, he grabbed “the third rail of American politics,” running on Social Security reform. He did so again four years later. He tried for this reform, but the country was not ready. It will be someday, when it has no choice. Bush tried to solve another big, stubborn issue: immigration. I was on the other side from him (i.e., I was anti-amnesty), but I admired his willingness to tackle the problem, rather than have it shoved under the rug for another chunk of years.

He nominated excellent judges, including his two on the Supreme Court. He was widely derided for his nomination of Harriet Miers (later withdrawn). He still insists she would have been an excellent justice. Who knows?

He looked the central evil of our time, Islamofascism, in the eye—and did not flinch. He knew we had to go beyond law enforcement and intelligence gathering: that we had to pursue what amounted to another cold war (which, as with the first, would of course include some hot ones). He removed the Taliban and Saddam Hussein, effacing two of the worst dictatorships known to man.

And he did what was necessary in the area of “homeland security,” as it came to be called.

He was a friend of Israel, a nation that is virtually friendless, and that deserves friends. He realized that Arafat was a liar and a terrorist—and Arafat had been the most frequent foreign visitor to the White House during the previous eight years. He thought enough of Arabs and Muslims to think that even they deserved freedom and justice, instead of tyranny.

He was a friend to Cubans, who are often friendless—Cubans and Cuban Americans have called him “the first Cuban president”—and he did not forget Chinese political prisoners, even as he dealt with Beijing, as all presidents do.

He showed immense personal charm, ease, and sympathy. When talking to a New Orleanian who had fled to Utah after Hurricane Katrina, he said, “Were you the only black man in Salt Lake City?” When a citizen flipped him the middle finger, he turned to the man sitting next to him and said, “Not a fan.”

He took a tremendous amount of abuse, particularly from elite opinion, and did not buckle. Neither did he lash out. He showed tremendous personal grace, as during the recent shoe-throwing incident in Iraq. He could be a real cool cat, this president. He has his faults, as everyone knows: They have been well gone over. But what has not been well gone over is that he is kind, decent, honest, principled, devout—and full of love.

I’m very glad he was president.

— Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review and the author of Here, There & Everywhere.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Now showing...

...go HERE to view the Cyber Fyber gallery exhibit which opened this week. I am very proud to say that my long-time art buddy Hope Clinchot has won Best in Show with her fabric postcard. You'll find my submission at postcard number 117.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Happy 2009!

The weekend after Christmas DH helped me take down and stow away our enormous Christmas tree, then we made a break for it during the first break in the weather. We dropped Darcy off at Puppy Camp, left my car at the Detroit airport, and I rode back to Pennsylvania with him. He's living in Harrisburg and working at the Three Mile Island nuclear generating station, located on an island (not three miles long) in the middle of the Susquehanna River. I took this picture from a ridge just behind the training building, where DH works.

A few minutes west or south of the plant and you're in Amish country. We came to love the serene beauty of Amish farming communities when we lived in Ohio and the hills of Lancaster County, PA make this area even more appealing. We spent almost a week driving the region, scouting for possible areas to search for our next home. So far this is our favorite prospect.

After a cancellation due to freezing rain and fog in Detroit (and an extra day with DH!) I flew back to Michigan on the 5th and I'm now buckling down on looking for a job and will be brainstorming with our wonderful realtor on selling our home here. 2009 WILL be the year we sell this house and I move to Pennsylvania!! So be it. Amen. What are your goals and dreams for 2009?