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Summer’s Green and White

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Summer rains have brought grass to my back yard.  Wild grasses most people call weeds, I admit. P1000616Here the green shows against the new brown path.  The landscaper who put in the path for me couldn’t understand why I didn’t want mulch – wood or stone – around my plantings.  This is why.

One day last week (time has flown by) I took my camera with me on a walk around the neighborhood and captured some white blooms.  The first is in a neighbor’s yard.P1000617The others are wild or weedy.  Datura is blooming grandly in the arroyos after the rain.620daturaI would love to have some of these next flowers, wee morning glories, in my yard, but others don’t like them.  Between the day I first saw them and the day I went back with my camera most of them had been pulled out.P1000618I don’t know if these are truely morning glories because I haven’t been by after noon to see if they close up.  I’m looking forward to cooler weather, when going out to walk in the middle of the day is a pleasure again.  That’s at least a month away.

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Another Anniversary: The Ribbon Project

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Thirty years ago a huge crowd of people connected a “ribbon” made of yard-long panels around government buildings in Washington D.C. Justine Merritt had a vision to make a ribbon for peace that would be a mile long, enough to encircle the Pentagon. Her idea “went viral” as we would say now, in that pre-internet time, primarily through church and women’s groups.ribbon

The ribbon grew and grew to eighteen miles. It went around the Pentagon, down the mall, around the White House and around the Capitol. My place to stand was near the Capitol building. (There were not as many barriers in those days.)country

There were quilted pieces, appliqued pieces, painted pieces. Some had words, some just had images. I did a country scene, a city scene, and a fish. Already in those days I was concerned about water.fish It was a wonderful way to use scraps from my many sewing efforts. I did not find such an outlet again until I discovered Project Linus about six years ago.city

There were many follow-up events. The ribbon is now an international organization which is still active, though not much in the news: http://www.theribboninternational.org/

August 1985 was the fortieth anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year is the seventieth. Has the cause of peace advanced?

Dancing

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flash mob1603This past week I went dancing with a few of my friends, actually, quite a large number of friends. I attended the Sacred Dance Guild Festival at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. One day we made a trip to Chautauqua Institution where these pictures were taken. (The rest of the time I was too busy dancing.) Bythelake612

Chautauqua was established in the 1870s. Many of the buildings still date from the early years of what became a small enclosed town which, for nine weeks each summer, has a very lively program of events and many, many outside visitors.P1000604

The Hall of Philosophy has no walls. That seems fitting. At the time I went by, there was a concert before a worship service. Across the road a building with “Aula Christi” over the door was filled with people watching a slide show about music in movies.

For more on the organization which sponsored the event go to http://www.sacreddanceguild.org