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December 23, 2011


wow, what an amazing, articulate and comprehensive post! really moving. You make up for less posts by including long ones like this... so much food for thought, but I esp. loved the part about there being struggles, fatigue, healing, and "then there was Paris". I also love the 'friendly / disciplined' self-talk ... congrats on what you accomplished with that. I can brag that I got a little organized this past fall, and instead of collecting movie/book recommendations in 7 notebooks, 100's of scraps, I now have a place where I put them, that I can always find! (an excel spreadsheets with a shortcut on my desktop) -- so I just cut and paste yr movie/book recommendations. Anyway, too long here - Happy New Year. Let's hope we can all stand to get through an election year without losing our sanity!

Hi Elaine, this is Robyn in Australia. I would agree that 2011 was a doozy (ozspeak for pretty awful) and I don't really have a take on it fully. I am glad you have recovered some of your confidence in humankind and very happy to read your words of wisdom whenever you put them out there. Have a wonderful 2012, love and hugs from across the sea.

Enjoyed this and will be back to visit the links! Have a restful and happy year's end and may your dreams come true in the new year, Lainie.

I read every word and was totally absorbed, will come back tomorrow and check a few links but it's late now. I like your self improvement strategy, i shall take it on board next year and see how it fits. I have one that serves me well "start with the known and work into the unknown".
Have a safe and happy Festivous weekend.

Thanks Mark! I just remember that Mom said he wore a cowboy hat - maybe I imagined that? But he was indeed a magician. xoxo

Thanks Elaine, this is a gem and so are you.xo
p.s. the renegade cowboy is Dr. Duke Cameron. More of a Gandalf than a cowpoke but def larger than life.

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • I defined Slow Cloth several years ago on this blog. Read the original post at http://lainie.typepad.com/redthread/2008/01/this-must-be-th-1.html. (Copyright Elaine Lipson 2007-2011; all rights reserved).
  • Joy
    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.


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