A Work in Progress

We all know life is a work in progress. So are many other things: our selves, our relationships, our creative expressions, our spiritual development, our ability to look beyond the moment and visualize a better future for ourselves, each other and this planet.

So, before you think I’m going to regale you with my political views, let me say this is all about my fabric art, and my creative process. But even that has many layers.

I think a lot while I create. I tend to think rather than do. I might sign a petition, send an email, or if I’m really steamed up, I’ll make a phone call.

First panel of Bargello Jumble. I like the “hinge.” The corners need some re-doing.

I finished this first panel yesterday. Not too impressive, I know. I hate the corners. I couldn’t sleep last night, so I’ve worked out how to fix it without tearing it all up, just the bottom and top edges.

Sometimes our problems can be fixed with a small effort. The trick is not to make the same mistake a second time.

All pinned up, but needing a different approach

It’s always good to have a plan, but then, leave room to improvised and improve as you go. The plan is not the important thing, the result is. Test an idea on one small area or section. If it works, go for it. If you have to redo something, consider it another learning opportunity. More therapy. A chance to grow and improve.

I’ve started to take on-line dulcimer lessons from a master player, Stephen Seifert. I love how he encourages wrong notes, and “feeling” where your hand is, rather than looking. He says trust that you know more than you know.

It’s liberating to make mistakes and NOT feel that someone will yell, belittle, or somehow shame you for making that mistake. I haven’t felt that liberty very often in my life. I’m so grateful to be in a place where I can enjoy it now.

I can’t resist. I feel our society is in a place where changes need to be made. We can’t solve all our problems with police force and overcrowding. We can’t continue to repress whatever group stands in the way of profit for a few. We need a more equitable, gentler, more compassionate approach to living, learning, and working. We need a more focused means to keep everyone safe and peaceful. We know we need to make changes. We need to be brave enough to “feel” the right direction to take, and go for it. In short, we need a plan.

That plan needs to be a work in progress. It needs to leave room for making mistakes, learning from those mistakes, and re-doing whatever isn’t working. The plan is not the important thing, the result is. We all need to play whatever part we are capable of. We need to keep in mind the seventh generation. And, most important, we need to consider our global environment in all we do.

Governance without regard for Nature, is a recipe for chaos. We have arrived at that point. Hence, my obsession with the Green Woman/Man. He/She is a symbol for death and rebirth, growth, change, renewing cycles. It’s time for all of these elements.


Happily retired! Renewing my interests in music and art. Hoping to improve my skills in all creative areas.

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