Thursday, January 04, 2007

Sensei and Sensibility

The trail today takes us to NYC where an unidentified woman writes

At least four times in the course of the class, these flowers shifted and changed like pieces of glass falling into different patterns when the wheel of a kaleidoscope is turned. It is always fun, at the end of every class, to see the range of arrangements that students have created. We choose from the same materials, after all. This week, I saw a range and different possibilities within my own flowers and that was astounding.

I learned a lot in this lesson. For starters, “boring” is just a piece of information. I chose to see it, hear it and press on. I’m so glad I did! Once I weighed in with “boring,” the class—and the learning--really took off.

Read the full posting here and don't be bored!

Upon seeing some Christmas trees already being discarded on 12/26/06 she writes:

back to the trees . . . . I was saddened to see them on the street, abandoned, their glory done. If they are recycled, that would help. They would still be thrown away—by someone, but, with the changed form, the tree would still be useful.

Recycling doesn’t pain me in the way that planned obsolescence does. I don’t like throwing away something that is “still good.” I really don’t like to see others do it either. Maybe it’s the influence of the frugal Iowa upbringing—or knowing that resources are finite. In any case, there’s some Ben Franklin “waste not, want not” feeling here.

Read the full posting here.

With a gift for some neighborhood birds, she writes

I haven’t been to the neighborhood park in weeks, but now I have a purpose. I’ll hang the seedcake and see what birds are present. This little adventure is in the “simple pleasures” category and I’m looking forward to it!

Though there was no list of ingredients, black-oil sunflower seeds are prominently visible in the cake. These seeds, in most locations, are said to be the best all-around attractant to birds. They have a high meat-to-shell ratio; they are high in fat; and their small size and thin shell make it easy for small birds to handle and crack them.

Read her full posting here.

Consider adding this site to your RSS Reader. I will. Her about page has a wonderful picture but no information, name, likes, dislikes, etc. For someone with such sensibilities as have been written about (see above), there is now a desire to know more about this person.

Who is she?

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