I’ve really let blogging slide on my to-do list, but I’m asking that everyone who happens to see this please consider donating even just a couple of dollars to this family that is trying to save their grandmother’s house from foreclosure in Philadelphia. They need $32,000 USD by February 2nd to make this happen. Please remember the importance of community, family, and helping fellow humans and have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Happy Solstice, or just a Fantastic Winter :D
Some years ago I saw the Decemberists at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby. I think I was a sophomore or freshman in college. Oh those were ye days! Anyway, new album is coming out. Take note that for once I know about an album before it actually comes out.
One of the most awkward parts of Thanksgiving is when we all say what we’re thankful for. Usually it sounds hokey, if not fake. Faux thanks? There are alot of things I’m thankful for, but I’m not inclined to list them all at the table. By the time I finish the stuffing will be cold and the green bean casserole will be gloppy. Nobody will thank me for that. So I’m giving thanks here, for all the world to see.
I’m thankful for Mike, Mom, Dad, my brothers, my friends, Weasley, kitties, Harry Potter, books, thick blankets, wool, blue moons, striped sunsets, red light in the evening on the trees in Chester County, chilly fall nights, scarves, apple cider, Great Britain, orchards, farms, cameras, soft tissues, knit hats, amaretto, the deer population…
I’m thankful for big things and little things. I’m thankful for my ability to trust my gut instincts, no matter how unpopular they are with others. I’m thankful that I value my dreams and mildly disdain some facts of the real world.
Thanksgiving is what we make of it, like any holiday right? My friend Marisa was telling me that donating to Native American funds should be a part of Thanksgiving, and she’s right! Let’s give thanks. Yes, many nations have been overthrown and have had their land stolen. However, the fact that conditions on reservations are, at best, awful…well, that’s just not acceptable. It’s 2010 and it’s time to really GIVE thanks.
Native American Heritage Association accepts donations to help provide for families in need on reservations. They “provide food, clothing, heating assistance and self-help programs to the Native American families struggling to make ends meet each month”. This Thanksgiving, make it possible for families in need to have a turkey and other necessities by donating HERE. Here’s to a Happy Thanksgiving for everyone!
What are you thankful for?
After a very long break I’m finally putting jewelry up in my etsy shop, Marquesa Jen. I’m leaning towards a simpler style using quality materials. I spent way to much time trying to make things that I didn’t feel proud of. While I was thinking about fall and my favorite things about it, it hit me. All of the things I appreciate in the changing seasons are simple, bold, quality experiences. I don’t mean bold as in big, but like something that stands alone and isn’t cluttered by other trappings. I’m going to list items slowly. One or two per day. I used to post my favorite piece first, but this time around I love everything I have made. Everything I make now I would wear myself, and there are some I intend to make a duplicate of for myself. Here is a picture of one of my creations. I feel good :)
P.S. My blog is going to be taking a similar turn. I spent too much time trying to contrive what I write, so I’m going to write about whatever happens to inspire me. Shouldn’t we all?