FiguresI see numbers first, then realize the word also means beings, persons; after a while I think, oh yeah, sometimes women are dehumanized just into shape--so figure could also be that. I do love that it took me a while to think of that one. It might be like fighting windmills, but I see great power that stems from innocence and hope. See what I did, I said STEM.
Science Technology Engineering MathLove that it's a verb and a noun. Stem, branch--growth, living plants... Today, as I sit watching the my morning show, the light of the day illuminating behind the trees and my neighbors house; I sip my cup of coffee and plan my day. Thinking of the math classes I've taken in my life. I can't say I loved all my classes, one math class short of a math minor, but oh how I love numbers! Seriously, part of my baseball fascination is twisted in the numbers, math and metrics. Tonight, along with others working in my field, I'm attending an early screening of Hidden Figures. Why? Because the opportunity presented itself and I want to stand and be counted with those who honor these Hidden Figures in history. STEM not STEAM Yes, I left Art out on purpose. Engineering and Math are so connected to Art, that ART is hidden inside. Are you saying, it's not fair? That is true, it's not fair. Life is not fair. Life is life. I think that we should work to make life good and more equitable, because
With great privilege comes great responsibility.I won't ask Spiderman to forgive me for replacing Power with Privilege, because in asking for that forgiveness, I'm saying I don't have Permission to create this saying. Permission is a funny topic, be polite, stay in line, keep your voice down--these all have a place, I don't advocate anarchy or chaos. I do advocate learning, growing, going beyond. Yes, and now I've gone beyond my morning time to write, sew or otherwise create. Be You and Be Awesome--and look for the awesome in the everyday, right under your nose.
That Day, That Dress
Ode to 26 February 2015Spark of Science, Allure of Art Frayed edges, snags and lies. Day Five-Seven of Two-Oh-One-Five Opposing views, left and right Blue-n-Black or Gold and White Like insects swarming in the night Converse and Curse across the Waves Piercing my fibers, I form a knot Our viral Web spun, will it stop? Attired in questions, we cannot! Trust we must, that which we see Or set our sights on mystery? Science isn’t Black or White In packets, waves, shines both the light Tugging a thread, I soon regret Are Science and Art, such worlds apart? Building blocks, unraveling thoughts Beauty, Knowledge coexist Woven fibers; Warp-n-Weft Pulling Biases we must resist Ripping our borders, edges, seams Concealed a veil, a wish, a dream Tricked by truth, fooled by thought All turn and look, What is, Is not Spark of Science, Allure of Art With great disdain, I must confess Unraveled us all,
That Dress.For beautiful art that is also beautiful science, see the New Moon Rises exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The Dress BBC article on The Dress
Oh, is that when we answer questions with other questions?Do you think it applies to this story?
What story are you talking about?
Are you trying to confuse me?
The Question Game was my favorite segment on Whose Line is it Anyway? Wasn't it awesome?
Seriously, embrace the joy and fun in life. Lighten up a bit, help when you can. Protect yourself. Sometimes a question, a joke or a deflection is the best response.
Like in sports, don't let them get in your head!
Except it's not the moon, it's just one of the stadium lights in Bowie at a minor league game taken with a cellphone camera. It's still a beautiful photo, if I do say so myself. Why do we feel the need to qualify everything? It's a beautiful photo, on a beautiful night for baseball. Loving the pitching tonight for the All Star game, was 1-1 through four innings, now in the 6th watching my hometown pitcher throw to my hometown batter - yep I claim both Baltimore and Washington as my hometown. When Harrisburg plays Bowie, I know that my team will win, just not sure which of my teams that will be. 10 pitches, 9 strikes - Nice job Jacob deGrom. Love seeing the defensive game. However, Mike Trout with your base running you might just make me a fan of the offensive game, especially with the "running game" as he was flying around the bases. Does anyone else call it the running game? I know that's a football term, but seems right for base running. Did you know that we almost named our puppy (who is almost 6years old) "Tulo" after Troy Tulowitzki who in 2007 performed an amazing feat of the unassisted triple play. We named Rocky after Rocky Colavito, so he did a baseball name. So back to perspectives... and a great essay on baseball by Bart Giamatti http://funfromatoz.com/2011/09/11/summers-swan-song/
Ya know I manipulate time so that I get more than just 1 day for a birthday. Feel free to do the same yourself. My birthday month starts September 15 and ends on November 15 - yep, bonus - cause birthday month is 2 months long!So this year during birthday month (lots of circular stuff):
- Both of my hometown teams still played baseball into October
- Bloodmoon Lunar Eclipse
- New Handrail by Steve Baker of Whollyterra
- "Guitar" quilt came home
- Sisterly Reunion birthday gathering!
- Watermelon Cake - WATERMELON, fruit with homemade whipped cream icing - best birthday cake!
- Saw my mommy and daddy two separate visits
- Wore a tiara - with BLUE hair (wig, not my real hair)
- Got asymmetric haircut (my real hair)
- Big deal day job twice yearly meeting presented the data on data to lunar scientists
- Big deal art job yearly event, where astronaut who quilted in space, Karen Nyberg gave a keynote
- Rode a scooter (while in blue hair and tiara)
- laughed so hard I was crying (this is a good thing) - not while on the scooter, but that was pretty fun
- Smiled at an old pup that reminded me of Lucky
- Watched video of Lucky singing happy birthday earlier this year
- Demonstrated techniques for not so traditional quilt I designed as part of a traditional shop-hop (featuring a moon)
- Got on the twitter... love that I am calling it "the twitter"...
- Had a logo designed so I can get a superhero costume made (slightly kidding)
- Held various 70's dance party studio retreats
- Watched the sunset - remembering to look outside office window in the evening!
Eh, that's kinda impressive huh? Oh, that's just the beginning... I'm keeping one of my birthday month adventures a secret for now...
Can't wait to share!
- Wrong side of denim used as background - great color
- Appliqued fused bias wavy strips free cut using a Multi Step Zig Zag stitch - I love the shape created where the strips in the center meet forming a nice curvy v in lower right corner.
- Free Motion Machine quilted - leaving the center bar unquilted
- Hand stitched 13 cream buttons and 37 "X's" using 50wt sewing thread (4 strands red, 4 strands blue)... 13+37=50, get it?
- Free Motion Zig Zag edging
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A couple lessons to share along the way...
1- Find what you LOVE!
- I really enjoy working with real ultrasuede. Love the rich matte texture it adds.
- I love free motion machine quilting. I find it a way to getting the creative flow going and relax while scribbling on fabric with thread. I know many find it to be stressful. My advice, turn on some good tunes and machine quilt on some scraps to get into the groove.
- forgive all my sports analogies, at my core I am an athlete - in sports we practice so that when it comes to games we don't have to think, so ideally in practice you get to the point of not thinking and just doing!