– The truth of the matter

Retrospective (12/5)

Patch #318 Don’t follow the herd

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Back in the day when I was an elementary school librarian, one of my favorite lessons was about the Tree Octopus …

I made worksheets with questions like “What is the habitat of the tree octopus?” and “What is their means of locomotion?”
I linked to this website on my SmartBoard
and pointed out how hard it was to read compared to books written for the students’ age level.
Always there were one or two students who would raise their hands while saying, “But Mrs. Ackert …” Knowing my students, I would gently reassure them, “Not yet … I’ll call on you later, I promise.”
The final part of the worksheet was “How do you know this website is correct?” To which students would say “if it’s on the internet it has to be true” or “check the encyclopedia.” So I would hand a print encyclopedia to someone and ask them to look it up. While they flipped pages, I’d turn to one of my hand-raisers and ask, “You had something to say earlier?” At which point they would blurt out words to the effect of “Mrs. Ackert, there can’t be any such thing as a tree octopus!”
I don’t know how many kids “got” that lesson, but I’m hoping there are a few more skeptical information consumers in the world by virtue of my efforts. Judging from this article:
“We the People” need all the skepticism we can muster!

Addendum
In response to Dana’s comment, here’s what I was seeing on Facebook and what I did about it …

– What’s in a name

Patch #310 Red letter day

Years ago, when I was the Needleworker at Colonial Williamsburg, my father suggested that I create a stylized signature in stitch. A brand, if you will, although I don’t think he called it that.
In hindsight, this wasn’t a surprising suggestion as he was a marketing exec for a toy company and worked on Madison Avenue. However, my modus operandi at the time was cross stitch and I wasn’t able to see my way out of the figurative box that format imposed.
Indeed, I neglected signing my work more often than not. And when I did, it was arguably “over-wrought” as these two samplers amply depict …

So today I was faced with signing a newly completed gift and once again found myself supremely dissatisfied with the result. As I tore out the stitches, I thought about my recent forays into eccentric lettering and started to play …

At long last, I actually liked what I saw … 

and went with it …

– Three-fer Thursday

Retrospective (10/14)

Patch #280 Hazel’s swirled

I loved seeing what Hazel did to her hair in this post at Handstories 
She called it metamorphosis, which fit perfectly with the bit of butterfly Shibori in this patch/homage.
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I finally finished the September patches with this trio …

For those of you coming over from Jude Hill’s SunMoonStars, I’ve been making a patch for each day of 2016. Sometimes (okay, many times) I get behind. So when I do finish a patch, I insert it retrospectively into the original post. I’ve even got a subject heading titled Retrospective in the Index with 100+ entries.
So today I finished the patch for September 19
which was inspired by Jude Hill’s post Turning. In the original post, I pictured a close-up shot of my antique clock reel, which coincidentally resembled a rising/setting sun …

The original post for September 20th
promised a take on yellow indiangrass. So I cut a stem to better see the colors …

then found a variegated floss that would work …

resulting in this …

Last, but not least, I conjured up memories of my teenage peace activist years for the September 21 post about Vietnam

My mom’s family was quite conservative (as was my mom), but I took after my liberal-minded dad. Consequently, I wore black armbands and clothing embellished with peace signs quite frequently … including at family gatherings. One uncle used to disdainfully point out that I was wearing the “sign of the American chicken,” but in spite of the glowering looks and shaking heads, I persisted. I’m proud of it to this day and my only regret is that I stopped wearing peace signs after the Vietnam War ended …

I guess I could remedy that anytime, right?