Teach peace

 

 

September 21 is the International Day of Peaceand this marks the second year I have the privilege of joining with two Australian artists in sending pieces of peace out into the world …
Weather-grams by Fiona Dempster and …
silver-plate peace tags by Barry Smith

 

As I considered how best to participate this time around, teachers became the focus of my intention …

 

It was a challenge with so many teachers who have been, and remain, a part of my life. In the end I decided to choose two new teachers, two art teachers, two writing teachers, and the one person who, more than any other, inspired my own journey into teaching.
To each of them I am sending …
In the spirit of Tibetan prayer flags, any or all of these pieces of peace may be placed outside. According to Wikipedia, ‘”prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion … to all

 

Note: You can read about last year’s International Day of Peace here: http://imgoingtotexas.blogspot.com/2017/09/ripples-of-peace.html
And for those of you who recall last year’s Peace Pin Project, there is more to come.

Imagine that …

Senator Cornyn is actually considering the possibility of a ban on bump stocks (insane contraptions that turn semi-automatic weapons into virtual machine guns), which we have all learned about as a result of the Las Vegas mass shooting rampage. It took over sixty tries to get through to his office today … I have no doubt the NRA was flooding the phone lines. All the more reason to keep trying (by comparison, it took but one call to get through to Senator Cruz’s office).

This arrived, the coolest envelope ever, from Fiona …

another call from Australia and response from Texas …

although I confess Don claimed one for the hearth …

where my daily shreds are beginning to accumulate on Mo’s satin pennon …

Certainly you have to love this earthbound orb…

a moon in a mushroom …

or so it seemed to me, glowing in the early morning light.
Finally, imagine this: Don and I met on a blind date 43 years ago today, first commemorated in this 2009 post:
We’ll celebrate with hamburgers on the grill followed by leftover cake with our after-dinner decaf.
I’m sure we’ll count our blessings …

Ripples of peace

I have been inspired over and over again by the peace-spreading artistry of Fiona Dempster
https://paperponderings.blogspot.com/search/label/Peace?
and Barry Smith

of Maleny, in Queensland Australia.

The Peace Pin Project was begun as a result of their example, as detailed here:

And now I am privileged to be a part of their latest efforts in observance of The International Day of Peace this September 21st.

Last month Barry sent me ten peace leaves, here arrayed on some hand-dyed silks from a workshop I attended in 2015 …

the making of which he wrote about in this post: 
And Fiona sent a trove in June …

including ten letterpress pieces …

which I am now sending out to the stitchers who answered Dee Mallon’s call two years ago to create the Hearts for Charleston quilt
https://deemallon.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/sent-hearts-for-charleston-quilt

The Hearts for Charleston stitchers are/were:

And if all this sounds a bit complicated, so be it. This paraphrase of Robert Frost’s poem The Silken Tent says it best for me:

… [Peace] strictly held by none is loosely bound

by countless silken ties of love and thought

to everything on earth the compass round …