It hit me one day, while watching “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet” on Lifetime, that the new culture is 40. Not only having a baby at the age of 40, the transition that comes with entering this age is more than a notion. With re-entering the world of journaling, I shared with my over 40 friends my thoughts and feelings, and the journey was the same – men, business, children and sex. So why not blog about it…
An article has been circulating that has fueled a lot of discussion among knitters, entitled “Never Say This To a Knitter. Really, Just Don’t Do It.” What exactly are you never supposed to say to a knitter? You might think it’s a remark about him/her having too much time on their hands, or an ageist joke about who, stereotypically, is “supposed” to knit. It’s neither of those. The author, Anne Miller, argues—and many knitters agree—that the comment she least wants to hear (and does hear, often) is “You should sell your knitting!”
The first thing I noticed is that the article was published by Yahoo! Makers, which is apparently a thing that exists (neat, I guess). The headline is classic clickbait, designed to compel and stir up discussion. But the article’s thesis, that knitters are tired of hearing well-intentioned randos insist that they should commodify their craft, is…
The more I get into being a maker or shall I say embracing a part of me that was lost or forgotten. I have experienced that lack of men in the craft, not because they don’t take part, but the gathering usually ends up being women. The view is that men don’t so or knit. Yet they dominate in crafts like woodworking and metal work. What is this about?
How can a person with a bad self image harness power? At the level of your true self you already feel complete. You are whole. The only thing the true self wants is to see you whole. Also which involve growth, expansion and evolution. Just being yourself you direct the energy of attraction where it needs to go. There is no need for massive will power. But we make the decision. Personal choices define what gets attracted to us. #DeepakChopra
Watching Lionel Richie on #OWNS #Masterclass, he talked about the coming together of this passionate song – We Are the World in 1985. No matter how long it’s been this song continues to have so much meaning and I think now even more. This is what art does it transcends time.
April has so many things to celebrate and be aware of, not only the coming of spring, but Jazz Appreciation month, Autism Awareness Month, American Arab Heritage month, who knew!
But the one the struck me the most, supported by the US Dept of Health and Human Services, is National Stress Awareness Month. The most interesting thing is I don’t see the information forwarded when so many people in this world need it. But it you take the Jazz Appreciation month (the joy of music) and the National Stress Awareness Month tips (http://www.foh.hhs.gov/calendar/april.html) then you at least begin a ritual in April, that hopefully will carry you all month long. So I am forwarding over the information to those that read this.
Is is just me? But how can schools only give 20 minutes to talk about 8 weeks worth of work for a child. Fortunately we have a log that comes home daily and we meet with the teachers every 6 weeks on my sons academics; but that’s because I have been in education for 20 years and I see and know things. But 20 minutes gives no time and so many parents complain about this – feeling rushed and a little lost on what they are learning.
What parents forget and some schools hope you do, is your are their client/consumer, without you they couldn’t exist. So when you need to know what’s going on don’t wait or even just to check in – schedule time. Teachers have a lot on their plate but it’s the nature of being a good educator. THIS IS WHY THEY DO NEED MORE MONEY!!!
I have truly learned that being a parent is the hardest job I will ever have! But it continues to be the MOST priceless one.
I became an advocate for children when I was 19 years old and have bounced in and out of education throughout my professional years. So…this didn’t just happen upon having my son. But the state of education for children has had such a down turn that it makes me frustrated and sad. So when a friend sent this to me – it was synchronicity for a recent project I created (I’ll reveal it soon).