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I bought this piece of indigo fabric years ago at a craft show. Just a single yard. I’ve always loved indigo. The deepest blue, so dark it is almost black but not quite. I knew one day I would come up with the a project for it, and today I may have gotten the right inspiration. It will be so much happier being out of the fabric bin.

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I don’t have piles of money or gold to photograph. The word “rich” for me conjures up either delicious food, or saturated color.

Today I attended my favorite quilt show.  One of the display categories was “Glorious Color”. I especially liked the quilts that used color against a cream or black fabric. It really made the colors pop.    I usually don’t use bright, saturated colors when I quilt, but this show gave me something to think about.

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I had a hard time with this challenge. Courage is one thing I feel as though I lack. This year has been especially hard, and I’m afraid I put my head in the sand rather than facing things.

In pondering this prompt, I thought about my great grandmother, and my father-in-law. Both faced amazing challenges and uncertainty, and still boarded  boats to make their way to America and created new lives. Not easy lives, at least at first, but they persevered in the face of adversity.

The Wizard of Oz has a character, the Cowardly Lion, who is looking for courage. In the end, he…along with his mates, find they already had what they were seeking all along. May we all discover this.

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It might be from reading so many fairy tales as a child, but I love a building with a turret.

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The Lehigh River in Jim Thorpe, PA.  In the summer it is filled with kayaks, tubers, and white water rafters. In winter, the ice stills its surface.

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I’m lucky to live in a place where kids still walk to each other’s houses, where parents send everyone outdoors on a beautiful fall day, and where no one minds if a quick football game suddenly materializes in the road.

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I am a summer person. There are so many fun things that happen every summer and I look forward to them all year:outdoor music festivals, trips to the beach, eating corn on the cob,  and the used fabric sale fundraiser our local 4H holds.

Fabric, yarn, books and craft supplies are all there. Fabric is sorted around the walls of the room by fiber. There is everything from lame & tulle to cottons and denims. There are pillow trims, boxes of zippers, threads, scissors and elastics. There are bins of yarn being sold for $1-3 a skein. There are treasures if you poke deep enough into the hodge-podge boxes.

Each August I meet up with a friend and we hit the sale on the first night. Last night we filled our bags and our craft closets with new-to-us finds. She had the score of the night with 15 yards of Laura Ashley fabric on a roll for only $20. It’s the perfect backing for the quilt top she just finished, and probably 4 more as well. My big find was in the vintage fabric section. I bought a bag labeled “Lots of Napkins” for $1.50.  When I got it home, there were 27 linen napkins in it.

It may not say “summer” to most people, but it does to me.

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These kids are teenagers now.

Photos can make you painfully aware of how fast time goes by; but how wonderful to have moments preserved to enjoy again.

 

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America is basically a two-party system politically. This week, one of the parties, the Democrats, held their convention to nominate their presidential candidate. It was in my city, and we decided to take a subway ride down to check out the different protests taking place.

I treated this sociologically rather than politically. We talked to protesters, police and attendees of the convention. We stopped at a rally for the “Black Lives Matter” movement and one supporting Bernie Sanders.  Both groups were large, passionate, organized and, for the most part, orderly.  It was a hot day and there was free ice water being passed out through the crowds even offered to the police who were stationed around the area.

You could feel the energy generated by the community of so many people coming together uniting their voices. One person yelling looks a bit crazy, but when thousands gather, the chants have power.

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Everyone thinks their dad is the greatest, but my dad continues to astound me. He graduated college at 19, married at 20, started a family at 21, raised 3 children, and worked hard for many years.

Once he retired, he decided to do all of the tings he never had time to do. He joined an oratorio society because he always wanted to sing. He travels with my mother and they have visited many countries (and never with a tour group), and recently he bought a small sunfish sailboat.

My dad is 80 years old, and is still does all the home repairs and DIY jobs himself, but I’m glad to know he is grabbing as much of the fun side of life as he can. I want to be like him when I grow up.