52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 10

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

I recently saw some images of sailboats that reminded me of my longtime friendship with Connie and Ginny.

NEW SAILBOAT

At one time we were three magnificent sailboats.  Our sails caught the wind sharply and our hull gleamed with fresh paint.

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Now after having navigated the happy and sad seas of life our sails have been mended many times and the paint on our craft has faded but still maintains a beautiful patina that cannot be reproduced without having lived a long life.

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And I give thanks that we still have our friendship and we are still sailing our own boats.

 

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. We’ve seen it all, tried it all, and even done it all.  I am so grateful that we’ve been through it together.

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

PLEASE ADD YOUR POST AND TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

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THE TROUBLE EATER – #WRITEPHOTO

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The tale had been told since I was a child.  If you follow the path though it my be hard, at the end you will find the trouble eater.  The trouble eater has a fierce expression, a bulbous nose, green whiskers, and hidden all seeing eyes.  It has a cavernous mouth to eat all troubles.  Only the most faithful to the arduous walk arrive at it’s doorstep.

I walked the path for many merciless years.

I stayed faithful and brave.

I found the trouble eater.

I laid down my troubles and found peace.

I became the trouble eater.

bernadette

This is written in response to the photo prompt provided by Sue Vincent at:

https://scvincent.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/writephoto.jpg?w=288&h=210

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FEMINIST FRIDAY

 Katie Paterson (1981) is a Berlin-based visual artist from Glasgow, Scotland whose multimedia artworks concern translation, distance, and scale. Paterson holds a BA from Edinburgh College of Art (2004) and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (2007), she is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Edinburgh (2013).

She has developed a project combining books, hopes for the future and the environment.  What follows is an article from the Huffington Post about this fascinating project called the Future Library.

‘Future Library’ Reminds Us How Connected Books And The Environment Really Are
06/10/2015 08:07 am ET | Updated Jun 10, 2015

Claire Fallon
Culture Writer, The Huffington Post

When we imagine libraries 100 years from now, many of us might picture sterile environments more like computer labs than book depositories — or even cloud-based apps from which we’ll be able to access digital books without moving from our seats. It’s not a vision print book-lovers savor.

For artist Katie Paterson, books remain inextricably bound with the earth and the paper they’re printed on. This relationship inspired her project “Future Library,” in which she’s commissioning authors to help write 100 works to be kept in the trust for 100 years. They will be published in a limited-edition anthology in 2114, on paper made from 1,000 Norwegian spruce trees planted near Oslo last year.

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Katie Paterson

“The idea to grow trees to print books arose for me through making a connection with tree rings to chapters — the material nature of paper, pulp and books, and imagining the writer’s thoughts infusing themselves, ‘becoming’ the trees,” explained Paterson in an email to The Huffington Post. “Almost as if the trees absorb the writer’s words like air or water, and the tree rings become chapters, spaced out over the years to come.”

While technology often seems to move at the speed of light, books grow like trees do: slowly, meditatively. Though Paterson said the project isn’t a “directly environmental statement,” it “involves ecology, the interconnectedness of things.”

And, like environmentalists, she wants to inspire us to think about the world we’re leaving for those who will come after us. The span of 100 years until the project’s completion was chosen carefully to challenge our own mortality in a very tangible way, she explains. “It is beyond many of our current lifespans, but close enough to come face-to-face with it, to comprehend and relativize.”

It’s easy to live for now, accepting the rapid changes our world is undergoing because we presume we’ll be gone by the time it’s past saving. Certain things, however, like our irreplaceable natural resources and the joy found in books and libraries, are surely worth protecting for future generations, as the Future Library inspires us to remember.

Of course, by the time the project comes to fruition, Paterson herself almost certainly won’t be alive to ensure its completion, but she seems unfazed by the inevitable letting go. “When I had the idea for Future Library, I knew instantly it would outlive me (and most of us alive today),” she said. And as for the possibility of the project being abandoned before 2114, she’s sanguine: “We have an incredible project director who can move mountains (or, in this case, plant a forest for a century), a group of foresters who I have great trust in, and a dedicated Trust; all will be passed down.”

The Future Library Trust is tasked with ensuring the manuscripts remain locked up until 2114, and with selecting authors for the series.

Though Future Library sounds something like a time capsule, it’s more of a rolling-admission anthology. One author will be announced every year until 2114, “so the project doesn’t become static,” explains Paterson. The first author, Margaret Atwood, submitted her piece, entitled “Scribbler Moon,” last month — it will be locked up in the City Archive in Oslo — and the second author, David Mitchell, was announced recently. That these first two are acclaimed writers of speculative fiction is no coincidence. “In different ways, both authors’ works travel through time, imagine and project into future times and places,” said Paterson. “Two key words in our Trust’s author selection process are ‘imagination’ and ‘time.’”

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Margaret Atwood on the day of her piece’s submission.

Atwood, said Paterson, compared the invitation to Future Library to being asked to donate a kidney to a loved one: “You either say yes or no immediately, and I said yes.” (Future Library, Katie Paterson, Photo (c) Kristin Von Hirsch 2016)

The Future Library’s plans seem diametrically opposed to the popular vision of the future of libraries. The manuscripts will be kept from the public longer than necessary, rather than rushed to them; the publication will be limited to 1,000 paper copies rather than infinite digital ones. Readers will also be able to visit the original manuscripts in a reading room at the new Oslo Library opening in 2019, said Paterson: “It will be a small, intimate room, encouraging only one or two people at a time, containing the manuscripts with the author’s name, the title of their text and the year visible. We will be building the room using the trees we recently cleared from the forest, still containing the scent of the trees.”

How rarely, as readers today — and in our imagined future — can we see a book so tantalizingly before us that we’re unable to instantly read? How rarely are we encouraged to think of the connection between the book we’re reading and the tree that created the paper it’s printed on? (If we’re using an e-reader, it’s even easy to forget the environmental connection — the energy sources and minerals powering the screen.)

Technology has built a society of instant gratification, at least for the relatively affluent, and there’s no doubt that it feels good. But so does delayed gratification. Though the 100 years of waiting may be frustrating, the payoff may be accordingly sublime.

Most importantly, the Future Library sends a message that to preserve our world and our culture, we need to relearn patience, planting the seeds now for solutions that will be our children’s children’s salvation.

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THOUGHTS ON THURSDAY – OUR FUTURE ENVIRONMENT

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Tomorrow it will be my pleasure to talk about artist Katie Paterson, for whom books remain completely bound with the future, the earth and the paper they’re printed on. This relationship inspired her project “Future Library,” in which she’s commissioning authors to help write 100 works to be kept in the trust for 100 years. They will be published in a limited-edition anthology in 2114, on paper made from 1,000 Norwegian spruce trees planted near Oslo last year.

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STRENGTH – WRITER’S QUOTE WEDNESDAY

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I have always believed two things about difficulties in life.

  • Problems are lessons that need to be learned.
  • God helps those who roll up their sleeves and help themselves and gives you the strength to do it.

bernadette

This is written in response to Silver Threadings Writer’s Quote Wednesday Challenge.  Here is how to participate:

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SENIOR SALON#36

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                        Revealing the beauty and truth of life through the eyes of our elders.

Welcome back to the Senior Salon. I am astonished and delighted with the huge amount of talent that has come together to share their artistic vision. It is my pleasure to invite you once again to link your blog to mine today and reveal your artistic creations in any field: fiction writing, nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, pottery, cooking.

We have had many new bloggers join our Salon.  Please pick out some new blogs to read and introduce yourself and make them feel welcome.  If you post early in the day, consider coming back later or the next day to read more posts.

After linking to this blog, in the true spirit of a salon, please take the time to read someone else’s blog and comment and offer encouragement on their artistic endeavors.

We have walked our paths a long time and have a lot to offer. Come and reveal your artistic vision.

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52 WEEKS OF THANKFULNESS – WEEK 9

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BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.

I invite you to come and join me on this pilgrimage to change the world through thankfulness.  Perhaps if enough of us join together we can change the negative climate that exists and is overtaking our planet. Together we can move our fellow citizens of to a better, higher and finer place.

At the end of the post you will find a link up frog and I hope you will join me on this venture and once a week write a post and link up to others and share what you are thankful for this week.

I had very many things to be thankful for this past week.

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MY VERY DEAR FRIEND FRAN COMPLETED HER TREATMENT FOR CANCER.

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I AM SO THANKFUL THAT IN ADDITION TO BEING A WONDERFUL HUSBAND, I AM MARRIED TO A VERY CARING PHYSICIAN.

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MY DEAR FRIEND KIM INVITED US TO USE HER SEA ISLE CITY BEACH HOME

AND WE WERE GREETED BY THIS RAINBOW.

I hope that by writing these posts that we will move together beyond thankfulness into appreciation. Because appreciation for the moments and things for which we give thanks requires us to be mindful of our lives. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

Thank you for joining me today,
bernadette

PLEASE ADD YOUR POST AND TOGETHER WE WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.

I am sharing this post today with my fellow writers at Two Writing Teachers.  You might want to stop over there and take a look at this wonderful site.

Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity  to share your writing.
Every Tuesday Two Writing Teachers provide an opportunity to share your writing.

APPARITION – #WRITEPHOTO

I entered the cool darkness of the chapel and felt immediate relief from the heat and the harsh glare of the sun.  I went seeking some time to gather my emotions.  As usual, after a visit to Andrew, my heart ached with sadness.  I felt anger at the waste of his life and futility that there was nothing that could change his situation.

I suppose I went to the chapel seeking the answer to the question that has haunted me for 15 years.  WHY?  Why Andrew, why me, why should our family have to experience so much pain?  My brain knows there is no answer but my heart still seeks it.

I glanced up at the window and saw this ghostly apparition.  A figure surrounded by sadness but offering consolation.

I left the chapel again knowing that there is no answer to why but there is consolation if you look for it.

bernadette

This post is written to a photo prompt.  The above prompt can be found at: Thursday photo prompt – Glimpsed – #writephoto, at svincent.com.

I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES

“I believe in miracles
Where you from, you sexy thing?”

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A light hearted response to the prompt at Silver Threadings miracle.

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