live the questions


public domain image found here

I wanted to post something today….I had been thinking of a favorite quote and thought I’d include it.

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions”

 Rainer Maria Rilke quotes (Austro-German lyric poet, author of Duino Elegies and Sonnets to Orpheus, 18751926)

a favorite book of mine by Rilke is Letters to a young poet. While reading about him this morning I realized all the letters were written between the ages of 27-33 years of age. wise young man.





my simple religion

Dalai Lama-

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.

traveling together

“We travel together, passengers on a little spaceship, dependent on it’s vulnerable reserves of air and soil, all committed, for our safety, to it’s security and peace. Preserved from annihilation only by the care, the work and the love we give our fragile craft.”

 Adlai E. Stevenson quotes (American Politician. Governor of Illinois (1949-53) and Ambassador to the United Nations (1961-65). 19001965)

 Julia Nunes
just love this artist, so do many others. She brings a little sunshine into the world.
Kudos Julia.

part of the whole

Albert Einstein

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Pay it Forward gift Exchange


This is my PIF gift for Tracy at Pinkpurl  It was fun to make and different from things I have previously made…a little freer a little more intuitive. Thank you Tracy for signing up, I hope you like it! I was able to send it to her while she visited her family in Pennsylvania.

My quilting and embroidery was inspired by Jude at

She has recently begun a PIF exchange, and I had to join….I feel a little greedy though because she has already sent me a wonderful gift of fabrics. I received a parcel that made me swoon with joy. It is so nice to share such an enjoyment of fabric with such a gifted artist as Jude and then to have her send me a gift was so very wonderful, beautiful pieces of fabric from Indonesia and Turkey, etc…….cottons, velvets and silks. I can’t wait to use it in the Alaska quilt. A very lovely gift.

Thank You Jude!

Here are the rules for the PIF exchange-

“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3  people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”


Believe that with your feelings and your work you are taking part in the greatest; the more strongly you cultivate this belief, the more will reality and the world go forth from it.
Rainer Maria Rilke

p.s. I would like to extend the PIF gift exchange to those who don’t yet have a blog, if you would like to comment. I will send gifts to 6  people total….3 bloggers and 3 who do not yet blog.

purple mountains majesty


okay..I know they are denim blue….but I like the phrase so…and I may add a purple mountain before the river and sky. Wow…I felt a little omnipotent when I wrote that!…..Let there be light….and it was good…..or something like that…. except my fingers got sore…needed a sewing break…but have been pondering design, which is fun too. I had the quilt and all the pieces spread out on the floor with my safety pins holding everything in place and just sewed…I can see the reason Jude likes the table top is much easier than setting up a frame and having to live around the quilt frame while working on the quilt.

How’s about a quote?

William Schulz

Unitarian Universalism affirms:

That Creation is too grand, complex, and mysterious to be captured in a narrow creed. That is why we cherish individual freedom of belief. At the same time our convictions lead us to other affirmations . . .

That the blessings of life are available to everyone, not just the Chosen or the Saved;

That Creation itself is Holy — the earth and all its creatures, the stars in all their glory;

That the Sacred or Divine, the Precious and Profound, are made evident not in the miraculous or supernatural but in the simple and the everyday;

That human beings, joined in collaboration with the gifts of grace, are responsible for the planet and its future;

That every one of us is held in Creation’s hand — a part of the interdependent cosmic web — and hence strangers need not be enemies;

That no one is saved until we All are saved, where All means the whole of Creation;

That the paradox of life is to love it all the more even though we ultimately lose it.

World January/February, 1990

fountain of joy


Dance like there’s nobody watching
Love like you’ll never get hurt
Sing like there’s nobody listening
Live like it’s heaven on earth
And speak from the heart to be heard.

William W. Purkey

Star quality

Here is Therly’s picture from our trip to the art museum. She was looking extra glamourous that day. I loved her Cleopatra eyes. Therly wants to act…She would be good at it too, and I even think she has the strength and street smarts to survive the Hollywood lifestyle. She would also be a great Social worker, she has seen much. She would be able to help teens in crisis. I hope that she pursues school, getting a degree.

 The painting below of Gauguin’s was one of her favorites from the museum…

I liked it too. I remember an art history teacher of mine, (Tom Howell, how the heck are you?) telling us about how Gauguin had realized while in Tahiti, that in a way his presence, (and that of the Colonists and Church) had spoiled the purity and innocence that had previous been there. I learned more about Gauguin here,

I had not known that his mother was half Peruvian and that from the ages of 3-7 years old he lived in Peru. What a little Globe trotter..

How about a quote……

That’s what really interests me more and more, the investigation of the human heart.
Jessica Lange

Unexpected beauty


I’m feeling a little like the woman on the right today..fever and achey… fish on the head…although I am thinking about salmon for the quilt for my Dad. We took a trip to the art museum last weekend and captured a few pictures, amongst chasing after small children trying to TOUCH the art……….need a new plan for the art museum.

I thought it ironic that before we made it in the museum I spyed these acorns, aren’t they cool. I hadn’t seen these before.


“Faith sees a beautiful blossom in a bulb, a lovely garden in a seed, and a giant oak in an acorn.”

 William Arthur Ward quotes (American dedicated scholar, author, editor, pastor and teacher)

  I couldn’t decide between these quotes, so you get two for the price of one.


  “A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”

 William Arthur Ward quotes (American dedicated scholar, author, editor, pastor and teacher)


Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.
Sydney Smith
English essayist (1771 – 1845)

Thank you for shining your light!

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