2013 starts off the with turn the page Tuesday. I just finished "The Light at the End of the World" by Lorraine Dopson. I picked this book up at a thrift shop and it has been sitting on my shelf for quiet awhile. Looking at the back I realized the author a counselor, artist and writer lives in Bismark approximately 100 miles south of our farm. Perhaps I will meet her someday? This is a fascinating book and one of the best I have ever read.
"We danced in the night until we became the night, our feet kicking up stars" Thistle's words could have been spoken by any of those around her, the people of the Mother, a peaceful folk roaming Europe's windswept plains. For this is the time of the Great Mother, a primal period in which humans experience themselves as part of a group, not as separate beings. But around 10,000 B.C., some among them sense a warning of change.
Through no more than a child, Thistle ponders her elders words and ways. Puzzling images soon come to her as well, forcing her to set out on a journey for the truth. Her path takes her to to the camp of the Arn, yellow haired giants with eyes like the sea, then leads her through loss and loneliness to the terrifying realization that will change her life forever.
The Light at the End of the World is not only Thistle's story. It is the tale of all who lived at the end of the last Ice Age, an era remembered in myth as the time "when sky made war on earth" taking our ancestors to the threshold of catastrophe. And perhaps it is our story as well. In the turbulent decades that await us, our challenges are the same: to align ourselves with love rather than fear and to remember that everywhere we walk is sacred ground.
I took down the Christmas decorations and did a bit of redecorating. The fire place mantel was looking a bit drab, so I redistributed the decor that had been sitting above the fireplace and searched high and low for just the right pieces to accessorize our mantel. I think it looks much brighter and cheerier now.
Out with the old and in with the new.
on another note I've come up with my 2013 new years resolution. To be inspired and enjoy the good things life has to give. I want to surround myself with things that inspire me. Good music, pleasant scents, the wind blowing through my hair, watching the dogs, the sound of birds, gazing at the sky, skiing, skating and hiking, going out on the boat, an ice cold beer, ice tea, good memories, good books and there is so much more......
There is a tradition in the small town of Elgin Oregon
where I grew up. Santa comes in his bright red fire truck and brings bags of treats to every child in town. He stops at every house and bursts through the door with a jolly "Ho, Ho, Ho" handing out bags full of candy, peanuts and an orange.
We always spent this special evening with Grandma Simmons when we where children.
It's not a novel that has been holding my attention lately but a craft book. Beading Artistry for Quilts has three of my favorite things going for it. Beads, art & quilting. This book has beautiful pieces made by Thom Atkins. It has inspired me to start several projects.
This was an embroidery piece I picked up at a thrift store that I turned into a wall hanging embellished with beads.
Here is the next project I am working on.
This book has great ideas to bring your quilts to life. In fact I think I'm going to have to join "Quilters Anonymous"