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Music I Love

Elvis Perkins in DreamlandAll my life, I have wished for the gift of music. I realized early on that I was not born with a beautiful singing voice, and in high school when I tried to teach myself to play guitar, I discovered I also was not blessed with the ability to create music by instrument. Somehow though I knew all the chords to a song, when I put them together, all I could hear was my strumming, jolting from one note to the next. I decided then that I could claim the gift of music appreciation in the absence of all other musical giftings.

I have three new favorite artists that I have spent much of the last three weeks (as I have been MIA from blogging) appreciating. Read the rest of this entry »

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Knitters Review

Many Knitting Nancies in Amsterdampicture-2.png Growing up the child of a crafter I began learning textile arts before I can remember.  I had my first sewing lesson on a machine in second grade: I made red shorts (four square panels sewn into two legs), a bag with a pull string.  I had a knitting nancy to bring on long car rides (and so many, so long, those car rides were!), I cross-stitched, embroidered, sewed shoelaces into sewing cards, created my own wardrobes for small dolls.  And I learned to knit (but wasn’t interested).

In the past few years, though, I have become interested.  I get great enjoyment out of being able to create what feels like something from nothing, the feel of the fibers in my hands, the warmth of the end products.  So once again I have joined my mother in the fiber arts.  She is always sharing great resources with me, and I had one I’d like to share as well.  Knitter’s review is a wonderful weekly knitting newsletter that I highly recommend.  It includes reviews of books and yarns, explanations of knitting tools, and posting of knitting events.  If only I had more time to knit…

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Blogging: is it for me?

I have had a few different blogs in the past, none of which still exist. I have never kept up on them regularly, and there are a few reasons why. One: I am busy. Busy, busy, busy. I teach high school, I take classes in the evenings, I am involved in my church community. A second, bigger, more real reason: I am afraid. Afraid of what my audience will think of me as a person, as a writer. This is what really stops me from writing. So right now, I have no known audience and I am starting fresh. I am also taking a creative writing class through Cal State LA’s branch of the Writing Project, and I feel like a blog is a good forum to practice writing. So we’ll see how long this lasts.

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