Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace ~Mary Sarton
“It turns out that knitting isn’t about the yarn or the softness or needing a hat (although we really can’t argue with these secondary motivators). It’s really about this: Knitting is a magic trick. In this day and age, in a world where science and technology take more and more wonder and work out of our lives , and our planet is quickly becoming a place running out of magic, a knitter takes silly, useless string, mundane sticks, waves her hands around (many, many times…nobody said this was fast magic), and turns one thing into another: string into a hat, string into a sweater, string into a blanket for a baby. It really is a very reliable magic.” ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Anyone who works on a quilt, who devotes her time, energy, creativity, and passion to that art, learns to value the work of her hands. And as any quilter will tell you, a quilter’s quilting friends are some of the dearest, most generous, and most supportive people she knows. ~Jennifer Chiaverini
To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s Day
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your windo
To be your Valentine.
William Shakespeare from Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5
On Monday and Tuesday I put out different coloring sheets of children acting in kind ways–raking leaves, doing the dishes, comforting someone who has been hurt, taking care of a pet, etc. Then at circle time each child talked about what was happening in their picture and how that portrayed a kind act.
On Wednesday and Thursday I put out lots of small heart shapes that I had cut out of white drawing paper. I also put dollops of pink, red and purple paint onto the small plastic lids that I often use as make-shift pallets. I let the children use their fingers to paint the hearts. They could take the hearts home that they painted and when they saw someone doing a kind act, the child could give that person a heart. Continue reading
Some things are black and white
This week we learned about the contrast between Dark and Light. We talked about the colors black and white and the concept that if you add a bit of black paint to another color, it darkens the color. And, conversely, if you add white paint to a color, it lightens the color.
From Darkness Unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon by Michael Hubbard MacKay and Gerrit J. Dirkmaat
Opening the Heavens: Accounts of Divine Manifestations 1820-1844 Edited by John W. Welch
The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt and David L. Weaver-Zercher
Approaching Antiquity: Joseph Smith and the Ancient World Edited by Lincoln H. Blumell, Matthew J. Grey, and Andrew J. Hedges (Chapters 3&4)