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Dana
San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
I'm a former graphic designer turned textile designer who married her high school sweetheart and had two boys, now grown up.
Interests: Books: anything by Jane Austen, Lord of the Rings, Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner, A Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck, mysteries by Dorothy Sayer, Villette by Charlotte Bronte, Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Movies: Galaxy Quest, Local Hero, Shakespeare in Love
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The real fun of Fiesta is the range of colors and when we were kids nobody had just one. We would fight over the dark blue bowls. Later in life I discovered the usefulness of the turquoise color, especially since my dear Aunt Myrt (buried in Trona like Aunt Lit) made me some quilted placemats that used that color. It turns out that Fiesta resists chipping and stands up very well to daily use, so I will probably continue to use it, although I notice that the definition on the newer plates is less sharp than the older ones. Your beautiful Sugar Shakers would have appealed to me too. The beauty of glass is hard to resist.
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Thank you Donna. I don't know about me, but my grandmother, my mother and my aunts definitely have Sisu. I think an environment like the desert demands it.
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Oh yes. There were many other family members there and we were fortunate that it wasn't too hot to wander around and find their graves and talk about them. If you have the chance you will find a visit to Death Valley very interesting, but you will be glad to return to the Dutch Wetlands.
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Its interesting that you should ask about everyday settings because I have been leaning on my everyday (aqua Fiesta) plates really heavily lately. I just haven't had the gumption iron anything. When I get stronger I'll do an everyday post.
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Thanks Saskia! You will like East Fork, if they are at all affordable for you. They come in a rotating palette of lovely colors.
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It is easier to bond with a place as distinctive as Trona than with a generic suburban / strip mall kind of environment. Even in its current degraded state it speaks strongly of itself.
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It is easier to feel a bond with a place as distinctive as Trona than with a generic suburb/strip mall kind of environment. Even in its sad degraded current form it speaks strongly of itself.
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There are so many places on this incredible planet that invoke awe. For people who have grown up on the edges of cities it is easy to forget how powerful nature can be. The Mojave Desert is dangerous.
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Thanks Tim. I agree about the dogmas, which seem faintly musty and archaic, no matter which religion we are talking about. How can we step above the parochial beliefs of this group or that and address in a serious and meaningful way the mystery of being human beings in this world?
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They are lovely to the touch. I've ordered some upholstery fabric to make a couple of new square tablecloths. That will be a start.
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Lucky you! I have lots of things gleaned from garage sales or the generosity of others. It doesn't matter where the dishes or glassware came from if they work well on the table.
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They do hark back to the seventies, don't they? The only dishes I have that are somewhat the same style is my mother-in-law's Denby set from that decade.
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Thank you Tina! There haven't been too many table settings lately, have there?
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Yes, I agree that Catholic Masses were completely appropriate for life-long practitioners like my father and my aunt. I don't think a Mass would be appropriate for me, but I am wondering how we can infuse a ceremony outside of the old forms with the power they have built up through the centuries. The mystery of life and death is central to being human and when someone dies their individual lives intersect with the universal cycles that rule us all. Celebrating that life is essential, but the question of how it fit into the overarching human experience should also be addressed and the loss of religion makes that harder. Thanks for engaging on this Liz. I appreciate your thoughts.
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We are distant in miles but together in time. It does seem like magic.
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Oh I hope so!! Our communal need and love for our Earth seems like a good jumping off spot to new, meaningful, life-enhancing ritual. I, too, love Martin Marten and almost everything Brian Doyle ever wrote.
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Dear Marti, I hear you and generally agree with everything you say, including your unhappiness with the narrow parochial attitudes so often found in the Church. I have my own stories of stiff-necked resistance to change and "outsiders", especially when I had the temerity to marry a Methodist. That's part of why I left. I also see the beauty of heartfelt gatherings in natural surroundings and have had the good fortune to take part in such events. I think my question has to do with the difficulty of pulling people from different traditions together outside of the religious forms that have gathered power through long years. The Mass, in particular, is full of prayers said by rote, but at heart is not fooling around with superficial symbolism, but points straight into the mystery of humanity and spirit. The few Jewish ceremonies I have experienced carry similar weight, partly because of the accumulation of time and practice behind them. I am willing to leave the dogma of the Church behind, but I am finding it hard to conjure new rituals that resonate as deeply as those old forms so firmly embedded in traditional religious practice. I'm not advocating a return to church, but wonder how to bring the power of ritual into our approaching future. Thanks for engaging with me in this questioning. I appreciate your insights.
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Oh thank you. Our family is the poorer now for their loss.
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I'm glad you found it thought provoking Tina, and it sounds like your class was also rich in connections with the larger threads of soul and spirit. How can we mark these milestones in our lives when the old forms are fading?
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Yes, I think you are exactly right. The weight of time and custom give the rituals some of their power. So how can we formulate rituals that respond to our needs when the old forms they rose out of are dying?
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It was great of Andy to make the trip for Dad and I hope our effort was appreciated by Aunt Lit's family. Loads of people came to Gail's memorial also, which was great, but I was also wondering about the power of accepted religious forms as well as attendence.
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Yes, working together is something Mike and I can usually do pretty well. I like the feeling of accomplishment when we manage a project as a team.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2023 on Up on the roof at Raven and Sparrow
The perspective from on high is always engaging, I think. You can see things a little differently.
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The older I get the more I wonder about this activity, but it feels good to know that I am still capable. Our roofs are not really steeply pitched, so that helps.
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Thank you Grace, that is a touching compliment. We all come from someplace, but the desert is so unlike the area that I have dwelt in all my life. It could hardly be a greater contrast, but both are places where the natural world is always close to the surface of consciousness.
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