This video has wandered its way back into my life. Here's just 6 minutes, but if you watch 1 minute you will probably get the point. Here's. the full 20-minute version.
I think there are important points in it, but also think it bashes our government. Is it just me? I know our government hasn't done everything right, but this bothers me.
Have been pondering a lot in the last month about how we are supposed to be good citizens and help stimulate the economy and spend money, yet give generously and save (some say at least three month’s salary) for a rainy day.
I usually try to keep this blog all fluffy with no politics or anything, but I just can't stop myself and am wondering about your views or if I'm taking this all the wrong way.
Guess I'm into squiggle swirlies. Started this in November, carved on it in December, and then the kilns weren't running regularly so it took this long to acheive the finished piece. Pottery requires much patience.
Here and here are the links I promised my favorite graphic artist I would post for her. The links are for a book called "From Mud to Music" which is pretty pricey and an ensemble that plays clay instruments. I just figured out that a guy in the band wrote the book (which Mary, an instructor, got for Christmas) and didn't even know they were related until now. The book comes with a CD, but not the Terra Cotta CD. Think it's on itunes.
Should be bringing some finished pots home soon since last Wednesday I glazed about eight things.
A couple Saturdays ago, chalk was handed out at church. Paul told us to write 20--CMB--08 on our neighbors' front steps which stands for something in latin and basically means "Bless This House in 2008"
Guess our neighbors and their dog gave us a blessing in their own language instead of latin.
"Good Morning Mushy" Thanks Penny! "1-800-Da-Bomb lives here" "I 'heart' my neighbors"
Does this mean you love us or we love you? Oh well, we love you anyways!
p.s. Yeah, I know these photos aren't very good, but it's raining ice pellets and they'll be gone soon.
Since Paul tagged me by email to post about books, I'm just going to totally change the tag game which is somewhat related to books to "Things on my nightstand".
Before I start the list, I would like to share that I usually have a few books going at a time and read different types. I need at least one storybook going and at least one educational/informational one, and if a book comes along that I am anxious to read then I add that one to the rotation.
--Bibles including the Archoelogical Study Bible (which is too big to read in bed), the Message (which is also not very comfortable to read when in a horizontal position), and a King James little leather one that was my dad's and brings back memories when I scratch and sniff it.
Had a wonderful day at pottery class yesterday! I was so happy to be doing better and to be advancing. However, one of my INSTRUCTORS actually had a hard time yesterday. That's kind of how it goes. Some days you can "throw like a dream" and other days it's hard to concentrate and the clay seems to have a mind of its own.
I was very nervous when my pastor asked me to do a communion set for our church, but yesterday helped me feel like I might actually be able to do it with God's help. Yes, I did think of Philipians 4:13. Just kicking around some ideas about the design. Would like to do some type of carving.
p.s. The first picture is upsidedown because I threw the stem parts of the goblets today (which are done upsidedown). Here's a Simon Leach video about goblets if anyone's interested.
p.p.s. Hey, I sent Simon Leach an email this morning, and he just sent me one back from Spain! Cool!
In honor of Monday being Dress Up Your Pet Day, I'm posting the only way my pet has ever let me change her physical appearance besides trimming her paws, and I can respect that. She is donning a tie-dyed bandana. This was after we went to "Woofstock", an event to raise money for the humane socieity, a few years ago.
On another note, the kilns should be firing regularly now that the winter pottery classes have officially started, so should have a few pieces to post soon. I did go in over the break while classes weren't in session when I needed a "break from the break". Am trying goblets now.
A paper wasp nest in the middle of my dead clematis vines. That's why I got stung a few months ago while trying to take it down! Was stung just proximal to my nailbed on my index finger. Did have gloves on, but they were cloth which didn't help.
If you're interested in seeing the pictures from the Christmas open house, you may click here to go to my flickr account.
Played a great game of "Hot Potato" on Christmas Eve at Uncle Bob's and Aunt Janice's. We also ended up with a Rubik's cube and 20-questions from the gift exchange. My Kansas Mom made a birthday cake for Jesus. What was the best part of all? It wasn't at our house!!! I wasn't up to hosting this year.
We had our traditional Christmas burritos and chili on Christmas Day at my brother's-in-law (this proper spelling/grammar looks weird to me). Don't have many pictures of Christmas Day, as I didn't feel very good and what pictures I took didn't turn out very well. Could it have possibly been due to a combination of a sinus/cold bug, Christmas stress, and having stuffed myself with sweets the night before? I think so! But...I was just being polite, tasting all the different kinds of cookies, and I think Jesus would want me to eat a piece of his birthday cake!
Visit Yosemite or, oh heck, visit every national park in the U.S.
A really good pot is in the details. --Doug Casebeer at the Ceramics Workshop in Jamaica '10
There's only one way to grow while making art: take risks and allow yourself to make a lot of bad work, then look at it. I consider what is working well, what missed the mark or confused the reading, what needs to be adjusted on the next one. --Linda Arbuckle in The Penland Book of Ceramics
All great actions have been simple, and all great pictures are. --Ralph Waldo Emerson