Hazel is sure she is being helpful.
Sure that I need her to hold the loose thread as I knit a sock.
Three things I want to share:
One of the other pieces I liked from the interview with Mary Catherine Bateson:
"I like to think of men and women as artists of their own lives, working with what comes to hand through accident or talent, to compose and recompose a pattern in time that expresses who they are and what they believe in, making meaning even as they are studying and working and raising children, creating and recreating themselves."
And revisiting an old favorite that I keep tucked in the side bar of the blog:
"We can not only live for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men, and among these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes and they come back to us as effects." Herman Melville
And from the book I am currently reading, The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer:
"Collecting the dots. Then connecting them. And then sharing the connections with those around you. This is how a creative human works. Collecting, connecting, sharing."
She continues, "When artists work well, they connect people to themselves, and they stitch people to one another, through this shared experience of discovering a connection that wasn't visible before...Artists connect the dots--we don't need to interpret the lines between them. We just draw them and then present our connections to the world as a gift, to be taken or left. This IS the artistic act, and it's done every day by many people who don't even think to call themselves artists."
I've checked Palmer's book out from the library but there is no way I am going to be done before it needs to go back.
It's going on my to-buy list.
And just because, here's one more thing to share, a short little video. Because it is sweet: "Behind the Trees."