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There is … be…

There is … beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. – Rachel Carson

Happy Earth Day to all.  How do you connect to the Earth every day?  I find even the simplest actions help – looking up at the stars before I go to bed, listening to the chaos of bird chorus when I wake, trying to identify one bird at a time by song (harder for me than by sight), loving that we saw our first Red-breasted Grosbeak on a Sunday morning bird walk.  My newest shawl is a Color Affection shawl (pattern on Ravelry) in muted teal, moss-olive green, and bright blue – colors of the sea, earth, and sky.


There are two w…

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
– Albert Einstein

When my partner John initiated The 500 Hats Project earlier this year it seemed like it might be a miracle if we even received 100 hats from strangers in the Valley who knit or crocheted.  To have now received over 1000 hats is truly a miracle of generosity and we extend our gratefulness to those anonymous creators.  The project update is on the front page of today’s Greenfield Recorder – you can read it here .     Hats will be collected until the end of October at the many yarn shops, libraries, and book stores in the Valley – see that list on the 500 Hats Project website at  The list of social service organizations who will be receiving the hats on November 6 at the Seuss Sculpture Garden in Springfield and distribute them is also posted on that website.  Kudos to John, to all of the hat creators, and to the places willing to collect them. It should be a warmer winter for many in the Valley this year.