I just finished reading Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt. I would like to post a few quotes from chapter 7:
“‘….I got to thinking-when it was too late-you have to reach out to people. To your family too. You can’t just let them sit there, you should put your hand out. If they slap it back, well you reach out again if you care enough. If you don’t care enough, you forget about them, if you can. I don’t know, girl.'”
That was Dicey’s grandmother speaking to Dicey.
Now, on the next page:
“‘….And I’m sorry, the way it turned out. Because somebody’s slapped your hand back good and hard. But I don’t want you to stop reaching, just because it didn’t come out the way it should have.'”
That was still Dicey’s grandmother.
A bit further down that page she says:
“‘I took him-in the nature of an experiment. You know? I wondered if I could. I like him, don’t you?’
‘Sure,’ Dicey said. ‘We all do. But that’s why you told him how poor we are.’
‘You don’t go reaching out with your hand closed up,’ Gram said. ‘It worked out all right this time.’
‘It took me so long to learn,’ Gram explained. ‘I’d like you to have more of a head start.'”
I love when she says “you don’t go reaching out with your hand closed up.” That’s the main reason I posted all this. I had to post a bunch so it would make sense, but that part and the first part about reaching out is really what I wanted to quote.
Think about it. Really think about it. The more you do, the better it gets.
The quotes are all from chapter 7 of Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt.
My friend was saying that many of her family members voted for Trump. She said that she doesn’t think less of them, or not like them because of this. She said that many people say that Trump supporters are stupid, dumb, or evil people. She said that that makes her very sad.
This makes me sad as well.
My mother has said that Trump supporters are dumb.
I have thought less of people who voted for Trump.
Trump supporters are just expressing their opinion. Even though these opinions are rather racist, sexist and generally not good. They have a right to their views, just like people who didn’t vote for Trump.
We need to respect them for the humans they are. We need to respect their views. We would not be happy if people called us stupid because we have the views that we do. So we need to think, would we like it if someone called us stupid?
Calling Trump supporters stupid is along the lines of what Trump himself would call non-Trump people. We don’t want to be like Trump, right?
At least I don’t…
Love is the way through this.
Love the people who are targeted by Trump. Love the people who are scared. Love the your friends and family. Above all, love the people you don’t agree with. Trump supporters included.
You can’t say that something is impossible until you have thoroughly tried it.
I just finished reading Anna Deavere Smith’s book letters to a young artist. I really, really liked it. There is a quote I would like to share from the second to last letter, entitled The World Is Your Lab:
“As you go on this journey, BZ, I cannot promise safety. I can try to help bring you to a kind of artistic leadership. And that calls not for safety, but resilience, and breaking molds when you can. It calls for absorbing this fractious world, absorbing it, sifting through it in your dreams, in your subconscious, in less than obvious ways, and giving it back to a viewer or an audience so that they see the cover of the newspaper differently.”
I think this quote really sums up her message of the book. And I think it’s really what being an artist-of any kind-is.
Whoa. It’s really hard for me to believe that it’s already 2017. I can remember last January so clearly!
Anyway, a brand new year. What will come this year? Brand new opportunities, brand new insights, joys, imaginings and changes. Hope fully those changes will be mostly for the good…
Here, it was gloriously sunny and in the mid 40’s. A great start to the new year.
I love the new year, January is so nice because you have the entire year ahead of you! It’s so new! That’s what’s so inspiring.
This morning, I sneezed. My mom said “bless you” and I thought, my first sneeze of the year and the first time my mom said “bless you” to me. Weird thing to think, probably. 😛
This morning I started out doing two loads of dish washing! Which I never do. I think it was a good productive start to the day. 🙂
I like the William Faulkner quote Tim Kaine used at Hillary Clinton’s concession speech:
“They kilt us, but they ain’t whupped us yit.”
I liked the whole speech actually. In my opinion Hillary definitely is not a sore loser and she seemed just as fired up to continue her career, in spite of this set back.
My take on it is that, yes, it’s a set back, but it also is a learning experience. As Hillary said in her speech “So my friends, let us have faith in each other, let us not grow weary, let us not lose heart, for there are more seasons to come. And there is more work to do.”
This is a time to continue our fight, renewed because we tried our best.
You can see Hillary Clinton’s full speech here: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/09/politics/hillary-clinton-concession-speech/
My mother and I just discovered this very interesting website/blog http://www.becomingamish.net written by Jeff Smith, who also wrote the book Becoming Amish. About a modern family who decides to convert to the Amish way of life. I haven’t read it yet, but I have it ordered from the library.
My mom and I were reading the blog section of the website and he had several quotes, among them this little one by Mahatma Gandhi:
“There is sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.”
Just think on that for a bit. 🙂
I have been tidying like crazy and the time I’m not tidying, I’m doing important things or reading about tidying.
Did you know that you use about 20% of your possessions about 80% of the time? That means you could get rid of a all your things except a fifth, and not really notice much of a difference. I mean, you would notice the lack of clutter, but you probably wouldn’t miss any of it.
That seems pretty crazy. But, at least to me, it’s totally believable. A lot of us keep so much stuff on hand, though we hardly use any of it! Think back to the stone age. All you would have had, would be the bare necessities. One, maybe two sets of clothes- all you needed could be carried on your back. WOW! These days we’d be lucky if our stuff would fit in two truckloads!
By all that, I don’t mean that everyone has that much stuff, or that it’s a sin to have a lot of things. Everyone is different. I might be able to get by with five or so long sleeved shirts and four pairs of shoes. But someone with a different lifestyle or different age, might need only two long sleeved shirts or might need ten or more pairs of shoes. It all depends on what you need.
My dad is rather messy. It’s hard for my mom and I to get him to take care of his clothes (they lounge all over the floor). That’s just him. My mom and I are very neat people. His messiness annoys us, and our neatness annoys him. That’s just our needs and personality differences.
Some people love living in a rather “messy” house, while others want every surface to be bare. You don’t need to make yourself uncomfortable. Just try it for a while and if you don’t like having a barer living space, that’s fine. You know what’s best for you.
Another great thing about tidying is that it’s easier to clean when you have less stuff. I asked my mom what her goals for her bedroom are and she said “dust free.” Then said “less brick brack.” I told her that once you have less brick brack, it’s easier to dust, since you don’t have to pick up a million little decorations to to get at the surface. You don’t have to dust all those decorations either. Once you get rid of things, cleaning is so much easier.
Maintenance is, of course, kind of hard, but if you do a bit everyday, like a ten minute pick up of your things every evening, then your surfaces stay tidy. You also have to keep unnecessary things from coming in, like gifts. Those are hard. It’s not the gift, but the thought that counts. Let me say that again: It’s not the gift, but the thought that counts. You can keep that little bag of candy or that wrapped up necklace that you’d never wear, from getting comfortable. Pass it on to another person who would enjoy it much more. Don’t feel guilty. The giver wouldn’t want the gift to sit around gathering dust.
I think that maintenance is a small price to pay for having a tidy home.
One more month of summer vacation left! I plan to make the most of it. This year, since I’m going into 8th grade (I started “first grade” when I was 7) , I want to do some more structured “school.” Just a few subjects that I’m interested in, but still, I’m looking forward to it.
My viola teacher was talking about how much you can teach yourself, what with the internet, and online classes. So if you can teach yourself so much, and like that option, why pay thousands of dollars to go to college, when you can learn the same stuff without spending nearly as much money, or any money, for that matter?
So I am just thinking about that. For the longest time I said I didn’t want to go to college at all, but then about two years ago, I realized that I really liked the idea. The community, the cool people you get to meet and the great opportunities and connections you get.
But now I’m thinking again about not going, or may be just for a year or two and taking a few college classes, but not necessarily getting a degree or whatever.
The other challenge I face, is what to study. I love Art, Viola, Theater (though I’ve not done much with it) and Writing. and more sciency things like Botany, Forestry and Biology. So what do I focus on? I think I would have a hard time choosing just one or two of those things.
So I’m tossing around the idea of that self taught stuff and only taking a few college classes. Who knows, I could figure some ingenious way to blend all the things I like into one really cool degree or business!
I’ll give you all updates about my progress. 🙂
So, we’ve been getting up around 5:30am to milk Meg. All night Gracie is put in small pen in the barn, so she won’t eat all the milk, then we milk Meg and let Gracie out. Sometimes my dad gets up, sometimes I get up. It’s really early, so I go back to bed for a bit. It is nice to get up that early, but it’s kind of too early, Hopefully we can push it back a bit so we don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn.
We had our music festival last weekend, which was fun and exhausting. The kids played a great game of tag, which was so great!! I love tag.
It is definitely true that “absence makes the heart grow fonder”. Since the festival ended, I haven’t wanted to leave home at all. I’ve taken pleasure in everything. Even weeding the onion row today, was so satisfying. Milking so early is also great.
This Sunday we are leaving to go to strings camp. I am excited, but also nervous, since I haven’t been in 3 years. I’m also nervous that we will get lost on the way. We’ve been 6 times before, but still. I’m also sad that we’ll have t be away from home. 😦
The chicks are giant. So is Gracie. Time goes so fast!
I read ‘An Acceptable Time’, which I’ve never read before. I LOVED it. I like physics, just not the really mathematical kind.
I’m writing a lot lately. I’ve been liking writing almost more than drawing. Viola is going good. I’m kind of tired of it, I kind of want to take break, oh well.
I need to wrap up, since we’re about to eat dinner. Goodbye!