What's New - August 22


Dear Henry,

What's new with you?

The last couple of weeks Fish and I have been experimenting with living in different cities while he works in Tulsa Oklahoma and I maintain our home in Bella Vista Arkansas and it isn't an experiment we are enjoying.   I am reminded of the quote from Homer's Odyssey - "There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends." - and I think we are coming to the realization that the two of us, living separately for most of the week, are confounding no one but ourselves are we are now thinking of moving to Tulsa full time.

I taught, for the first time a photography class, and well, let's just call it a rehearsal for a time when I teach a real class one day.  I'm not very good at paying attention to the schedules around me and  I scheduled my class to run at the same time and in roughly the same area, as an orchestra practice.  Also going on at the class site were the preparations and pickups of a hot meal delivery project offered for the homebound.  Consequently, there wasn't a great turn out (two people!) and it was very loud.  It was a great trial run though, I've never taught anything before and I was very nervous. The two people who attended were two people I feel very comfortable with, so, really, I was happy with how my first class turned out, even if it was set to music.

As I was working on my flower bed maintenance this week, I stopped for a moment to write about my experiences growing flax, I had such big dreams about making a lace tablecloth out of the linen thread that I grew myself.  

The reality is, I have so many other things I want to do and I was unable to pencil in the time it would take to pull off this project.  There will be, of course, other flax growing adventures, and maybe someday, creating my own yarn will be a project I will make the time for.  At this stage in my life though, I have so many other priorities and will, for now, just admire the flowers.

This week at  www.riteoffancy.com I reviewed the book Democracy in America.  I've been watching the news, the rallies, social media feeds, and the protests, and I begin to wonder if everyone understands how our government works and how we (as citizens) can change its direction and its laws and how we can do it without resorting to violence. Tocqueville is correct, however, our form of government is hard to learn and it requires quite a bit of time and effort to work. I've often wondered if we devote enough time to teaching it and I'm quite sure that I, personally, could (and should!) devote more time to my civic duties.

I didn't manage to get any biographies completed at www.everydaypatriot.com this week, I've hitten a roadblock in my research and the week got away from me.  It's amazing how many rabbit holes you can find in old documents.  

We will see where I pop out next week.

xoxo a.d.


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