Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Musiolarant

     This is more info from Glenn Beck, another quote, and this time it is from the president.  So, leave now if you are not interested!  Below is a blog posting Mr. Beck refers to; the quote I will refer to is below it.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0308/Stop_these_abortions_.html

 "Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old," he said. "I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby. I don't want them punished with an STD at age 16, so it doesn't make sense to not give them information."

     A baby is a punishment????  Since when??!!!   Since NEVER.  To have an "unwanted " baby might FEEL like a punishment, and it certainly might be viewed as a big problem, an inconvenience, etc.--but a baby is never a punishment.  A baby is a sweet, innocent life. It does not punish, and the giver of life--God, if you like--does not punish with babies.  They are a natural consequence of the behaviors that create them.........duh!!!  Killing them is not a good solution........ (yes, I am anti-abortion)......and there are many childless couples who would love them deeply, hence adoption.
     I have a son who might not be able to father children due to illness.  There are more like him.  Someday he would LOVE to have one of these "punishments"!!
     I am so happy that Obama and his wife are teaching their girls morals and values...that sounds wonderful....but what is being taught?
     An STD is not a punishment, either.  Some people who get sick, for example a faithful spouse, are innocent victims.  An STD is a natural consequence, one which is usually connected with immoral behavior.  So it might feel like a punishment (I think many of us still have an active conscience).  I do not believe that God punishes people with STDs.  We are children of a loving God who wants us to turn to Him for guidance.  He wants to help us.  Having an STD could actually become a blessing if we seek God and become a better person in the process.
     Gee....I sure hope the day does not come that sick, elderly people are viewed as inconveniences or punishments that should be done away with by their children, or worse--society.
     What was our president thinking when he said this?  The mystery continues............
 

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Falling

     Today I observed the falling of the leaves.  Sometimes a few floated down; sometimes a mother load in a gust of wind.  The air was cool and quiet, and the sunshine was in and out.
     Change surrounded me, those of colors, shapes and sounds.  We experience change everyday at home and at work, but most of it involves people and the things we own and manipulate--our stuff.  These were quiet changes of nature, unknown or perhaps insignificant  to the inattentive.
     I approached a main road  and watched a few noisy vehicles whiz by.  A nearby tree released a few leaves and I followed one as it quietly drifted down in front of this scene.  The contrast was stark.  How many of us "whiz away" our days and miss what we can find in stillness and solitude? 
     Even in quietude we can "whiz away" in our thoughts, depending on what we think about.  This reminds me of a leaf that fell today in a twirling frenzy...like a  mother hen caught up in worrying about everybody, or a Chicken Little who is anxious  about everything.  Every leaf that fell was going to end up on the ground, but some glided slowly, without a care in the world.  Others did several variations of how to fall, like people who experience much in life.
     I occurred to me that no matter how a leaf fell it landed gently and safely.  We are all "in God's arms", as the saying goes.  So why whiz by with worrying  (I am a worrier--but I am working on this!)?  We will meet our Maker, return to that Tree who gave us life, no matter how we fall.  For me, it is important to make quiet time to study Scriptures and pray.  These help focus my thoughts and my life so I don't whiz my life away!
                                     Be still and know that I am God,  Psalms 46:10
  

Friday, October 23, 2009

New Lambs

    Below are two lambs I made two years ago.  They are not my design; they are sewn from a Martha Stewart pattern in her November 2006 magazine. Fun to make---and I think they are kind of cute! The pattern can be found by going to the Crafts section of her site and searching "lamb template".  The article on Felted Stuffed Animals  has it and more.
     The gray lamb was made out of heathered gray felt and the other out of a felted wool knit sweater.  They both have a pink ribbon, but I added a jingle bell to the sweater lamb.  They are filled with poly fill.  Wish I had a girl to give them to...(without button eyes).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

My Deeply Rooted Tree

     A couple years ago I had the opportunity to be on the 8th floor of the State Department  in the Benjamin Franklin and adjoining rooms.  This was one of the choice experiences of my life.  The ceremony I witnessed was very special but not the highlight of the occasion. What touched me most was the experience I had while virtually alone for a brief time.  As I stood at that quiet moment and pondered where I was I felt a wonderful spirit.  There was a special feeling in the room.  Sounds trite...but I can not find a better explanation.  I was overcome by the greatness of this country and its founding fathers.  I could feel it in the room.  It is real.
     I remembered what I learned after 9/11 and felt it again. Following that event I grieved and in the process became more aware of my deep love for this country.  The best way I can describe this is to pretend that my connection/patriotism/love is a huge tree whose upper branches and leaves are where I usually stay.  When 9/11 happened I felt as if something pulled at the roots and shook the tree.  In the process I became aware of how big the roots were........they were VERY deep and VERY big!  For weeks I marveled at this...I still marvel and wonder where those roots came from.  As I stood in the state department rooms I could feel those roots and a love so deep that I knew I could have given up my life for my country right then, if needed.
     Now I am grieved again........as are others.  I am very disturbed by much of the news and feel that our nation is, and has been, in peril.
     I do not listen to Glenn Beck very often because it  is not good for my health.....I get too riled up...but I think he is a good, honest man who is trying to call attention to things most of us ignore or do not know about.  Today I listened to clips from his show regarding Anita Dunn.  I have never planned to write anything about my political views, but I just can not be quiet any longer.  I am appalled by some of the things I see and hear.  A White House Director of Communications who pretty much voices her admiration of  Mao Zedong's political philosophies --at a high school graduation--and in the same sentence as Mother Teresa??!!  Hopefully you, the reader, are enlightened enough about Mao to know what kind of a "man" he was (I learned reading Wild Swans  by Jung Chang--a book I highly recommend).  There is definitely something WRONG here!!!!!!!!!  I can not think of any reason to have someone like this working for our nation, or any level of government. At the very least it looks and sounds  bad.  Appearances are important when one is in a leadership position!  I just do not know what the president is thinking.  I never do.  I just do not trust the man.  Anyway, I have ranted enough.
     I suppose we have gotten ourselves into this predicament. The majority of Americans voted for this man.  I  don't want to explain this...it would take too long...but we are "soft".  Sometimes this is very dangerous..........especially our "soft" morality.  Some of us are SO smart and educated and so......well, what I call "morally stupid".  As if lots of education and social acceptance negates our need for God ....or gives justification for reasoning Him out of existence.  I am reminded of verses 1,2 and 7 in 2 Timothy: 1. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,...............7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."  Sounds like a lot of us nowadays.......hmmmmm!
     My generation "loved" Him away.  Love was the answer.........we need more love.  God is Love.  If you love someone God doesn't care about you breaking his laws. He will forgive you if you love.  I was recently reminded of what the first and great commandment is (LDS General Conference, Oct. 2009).   Matthew 22:  34-40 states "But when the Pharisees had heard that he (Jesus) had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."   (King James version, New Testament).  Love of God is first.   If not first, things get REALLY messed up!!
     By the way, I am not down on education.  I've had a lot and I am very  grateful for it.  It has been a great blessing in my life.  I want to end with two quotes from the Book of Mormon.  If you have not read the B of M I urge you to give it a try.  It complements the Bible....there is no evil teaching in it.  If you read it, think of it as a collection of journal entries by religious leaders-- prophets from 600 BC to about 400 AD in America, one of which is Mormon-- rather than a collection of stories.  Study and pray about it....give it a fair chance.  Here are the quotes, the first of which reminds me of our society:  2 Nephi 9:28-29  "...........O the vainness, and the frailities, and the foolishness of men!  When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not.  And they shall perish.  But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God."
     Second quote, which is the message of the B of M:  Moroni 10:32,  "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind, and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."
     Enough.  I have probably gone on long enough......lighter posts to come!
    
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Monday, October 19, 2009

Dashees Garden

       Several months ago I decided to open an Etsy shop in the future to sell things I enjoy making.  I originally had planned to call it Musiolarose, the name of my other blog, but I thought something related to Dashee was more personal and different.  As I pondered the name I came up with more ideas for the shop.  I decided to name it Dashee's Garden because I love nature-especially flowers and gardens- and Dashee is also a reflection of me. 
     You will not find any sheep--at least not yet.  So far the shop only has items related to the Dashee theme or inspired by it.  The shop is new so there will be changes and additions as it evolves, especially this week.  The address is dasheesgarden.etsy.com.
     This blog will also have posts showing items I love and some that I make, including the process.  There will likely be some personal history connected to my activities.  Thanks for stopping by...hope you enjoy!
  

Dashee


     When I was very young our next-door neighbor had a dalmatian dog named Dashee.  I have vague memories of the dog, but I have been told I really liked it...so much so that I named my "teddy bear", a stuffed black lamb, Dashee.
     I loved my Dashee and could not go to sleep without it. I especially liked to smell it's nose (imagine that aroma after a few years....my poor mother!).  Hmmm...I think it might have been a musical lamb that played Baa baa black sheep, Have you any wool?.  I have not thought of that for MANY MANY years  (Yup---the piece to wind it up shows on the photo below!).  I do not know why I received a black lamb, but I think it might have been because I really liked that particular nursery rhyme.  So there you have it........the origin of such an odd "teddy bear".

     I began thinking about Dashee a few years ago.  At the time I thought, "Oh no...I am turning into my mother!". When my mother reached middle age she began talking about her childhood Patsy Ann doll and how she wished she had it.  I remember hearing stories at that time about other childhood memories, too; I thought it a bit odd.  Now I think I understand.  It is a way to connect to family and childhood, and it seems related to recording memories and genealogy.  That is at least part of it.
     I now have a small collection of black sheep.  I tried to find  one for years and finally found a black lamb in the gift shop of the hospital in which my mother spent the last week of her life.  That black lamb also connects me to her.  Since then I have made a few and found a few more...and maybe there will be more to come.
    

Friday, October 16, 2009

Wonders

     Last weekend I attended a wedding reception.  At one point a few young people walked up close to the head table and took pictures with their phones.  I know about the ability of cellular phones to do this, but as I
watched I was overcome with amazement.  It was almost as if I was watching a scene from a futuristic movie.  The amazement turned to an awareness that I am alive at a time when I can experience this, and then it turned to gratitude.  Wish I could put it into words....there are none.  I love living now.  Yes, there is much gloom and doom and many problems, but at that moment I could only feel joy.  To me the technology we have is millenial and hints of things to come.  And ah...the internet!!  A library at my fingertips!!  So many wonders.......and I am not too old to learn them!


     October..........I think it is my favorite month.  I love the crisp, cool air and rich colors of autumn.  Below are some pictures of nature's wonders that I have recently taken, along with a few from last year.  Last fall the colors were especially beautiful!





     The following pics were taken this fall.  They are near my home.











          The wind brings 
Enough of fallen leaves
      To make a fire.
             -Ryokan   *






  
       









     The following are from 2008.






     Should it have such worth,
          What would I not give
     For the scenery of autumn?--Soin*














































                            Autumnal Plants, 2009
















            





















               Silent flowers
          Speak also
                  To that obedient ear within--Onitsura*



















   September mist
        on the fir











          *Haikus are from the book  Silent Flowers:  A New Collection of Japanese Haiku Poems  With Original Paintings by Nanae Ito.  Edited by Dorothy Price.  Copyright 1967 by Hallmark Cards, Inc. and Hokuseido Press. 

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In addition to being a violist, I am a wife and mother (three sons). I dabble in writing, handwork, sewing and photography.