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December 01, 2009


i am practicing being outside myself and looking at things from a different perspective.
and it is so warm here for december it is scary, almost 70 today.

The only thing that made me feel better was that there's an "end" - heaven knows if we'll actually stick to that, but it give me a glimmer of hope.
I hate war and I'll never understand it, but I'm trying to stay positive.
Thanks for the fabulous fabrics - I LOVE Britex and will head over to their site next! :)

well, i'm headed back to SF Thursday but not sure how much extra I'll get in to the trip. Won't be able to visit Britex which used to be an account of mine back in the button days but really, I should turn them on to my ribbon. For now, it's The Ribbonerie where you can find my ribbon which has Paulette Knight at the helm in her beautiful new corner shop in the Laurel Heights area.

I feel your frustration with things. It is hard to imagine what the future will bring when we insist on continuing wars that can never be won and perhaps can never end.
Not that we should bury our heads in the sand and escape into creativity but it does seem like a place we can abide and feel safe in.

We are surrounded by media instilled fear these days and living in trust is more of a challenge. But trust we must, it is how we go forward and face the world.

As for bitter cold, there is none of that here and I think a retreat is a sound idea. When I get back from SF I will put some thought to it.

Oooh, lovely story about Britex. I have been lucky enough to visit there a few times. It is the fabric store of my dreams - literally. Amazingly my brain retained enough detail that I can continue to visit from my pillow. Sigh.

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