Thursday, March 5, 2015


exhibited at Fremont County Fair
approx. 2012

The young woman who painted this zebra did not attribute the quote to anyone, and oddly I found two individuals online who are given credit.

Despite the source, the words are profound and should be displayed in every school. Students should be encouraged to be creative, independent thinkers and inventors. It's currently the season of testing in nearly every school in Wyoming (probably the nation); a season where children are assessed to determine if they fit into the niche that some bureaucrat thinks is "ideal," a niche where everyone is the same.

Most veteran educators know that the pendulum of ideology swings broadly and that eventually those in authority will come to their senses and precipitate the swing back to a less constrained approach to educating the future leaders of this country. Personally, I think this swing is long overdue and that if it does not change direction soon, America will lose an entire generation of creative thinkers.

Many of today's young teachers have been trained in the testing and standardization era and will find it difficult to change the style of their teaching, but change they must. America's future depends on it.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Back in Time - Photography Assignment

Bruce M.
approx. 1982
The summer I returned from Japan and accepted a position to teach English and sponsor the school's yearbook, I took a photography class at the local community college. That summer, nearly everyone on the farm became a "model" for the various photography assignments.

My nephew travelled from North Dakota to work on Grandma Rosie's dairy farm for a few summers. In addition to milking cows, Bruce fed calves and the cows, irrigated, and worked in the fields.

The calves in the pen behind Bruce are just a few of those who were bucket fed twice a day. The heifers were raised for the dairy herd, and the bull calves were castrated when they were branded. Those steers were then fattened to take to the sale barn in Riverton. Each year, one steer was taken to Farmer's Packing in Kinnear to be butchered. Nothing tastes better than beef from your own herd.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Binding Distractions

Last week, four Quilts of Valor (Wild and Free, Old Glory, American Valor, and Uncommon Valor) were returned by two volunteer machine quilters and needed to be bound. While I worked, I listened to audio books (The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag and Gray Mountain by John Grisham).

What do you like to listen to or watch while crafting?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lucky Little Clover

Lucky Little Clover
12 x 15 inches
Lucky Little Clover is the small quilt featured on the February Temecula Quilt Company 2015 calendar card. 

My attempt at quilting circles leaves a lot to be desired, so don't look too closely. I'm pretending the crude quilting adds a bit of charm to this small quilt. 

A commenter on an earlier post asked how these small quilts are used. Presently, I am hanging them on the wall of my sewing room, but they could also be used for placemats, for table displays, or for doll quilts. 

Posts showing previous months:
   January - Simple Stripe
   February - Sweet Valentine

Friday, February 27, 2015

Foreign Friday

Prayer rugs
Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque
Johor, Malaysia
December 1979
These photos give you some idea how large the prayer area (sorry I don't know the official name) was in the mosque. 

Some people asked me about the significance of the clock on the top of the altar ( see a closer photo in last week's post) but I can't remember. I'm guessing it has something to do with the call to prayer. If I remember correctly, they prayed four times a day. 

Tour guide explains parts of the mosque

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scrappy, Cuddle Blanket

Garter-stitch is becoming a new love of mine, especially for baby blankets,  as it is thick and cuddly.

This scrap blanket was knit on US size 11 needles with double strands of yarn, one light and one dark. The blanket will be donated to a local charity along with the Gradient Garter Blanket shown in an earlier post.

Have you knit anything in garter stitch recently?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Just Around the Corner

Waiting for lunch
Spring 1979

Next weekend, clocks will be set one hour earlier and with that action comes the anticipation of Spring. Can it really be just around the corner?

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