Monthly Archives: December 2004

Women of the Cloth

I HAVE THE MOST FABRIC AND I’M NOT DYING UNTIL I SEW IT ALL! Sally Hickerson created this bumper sticker and, like most people who love textiles and love to sew, she really means it! And like the early rock …

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Poetry: The Basics

| By Maria Fire | How can we pray for peace with these gritty mouths drooling tricky words from sticky teeth and lips? What we may bring to any altar (kneeling, bowing, or not)are silent-tongued flowers kissed by ravenous bees, …

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Being In A Relentless Pursuit of Grace

| By Zelle Nelson and Maureen McCarthy | “Grace–is necessary in any union…” ~ Rebecca Robison. “Through Beauty” Parabola Vol 27; p. 44; Fall 2002 I’m happy. The presidential election was full of negative campaigning. I’m happy. There was little …

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CosmiComedy: The Precious Present

“We almost never think of the present, and when we do, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future.” ~ Pascal When I lived in New Jersey, there was a new age gift …

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Pet Therapy

| By Paul M. Howey | She instinctively recoiled when the man approached her. It was obvious she’d been abused. Nobody knew how she’d ended up in the Arizona desert with her babies. Maybe she’d finally gotten the courage to …

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November Third

| By TD Hughes | It’s the morning of November third, two-thousand and four; the day after Election day. In Asheville, nestled in this western corner of North Carolina, a damp, grey mist obscures the view of the mountains of …

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Mothers of Invention

Ahhh, its January … long nights and short days and not as much color outdoors — might be a good time to bring more color into your living space. I have been experimenting with color, faux finishes and textures on …

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Profile: Ila R. Seltzer

| By Arlene Winkler | Ila R. Seltzer is a sculptor in the Toe River Valley, an area so dense in artists, creative and spiritual people, she claims, the energy just powers off the mountains. Since her arrival here four …

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Vague and Imprecise Guidelines For Writing Humor

| By Gloria Good | GUIDELINE #1 Have a ridiculous life.This comes easily for some people. Poor judgment, a refusal to change course when things go awry, an inability to admit wrong-doing or blame … these are all excellent qualities …

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Chris Spears’ Heartsong

| By Julie Parker | It’s all about balance, really: maintaining balance in the physical system, and restoring balance when it is off kilter. It is also about a balance between a Traditional Western medical approach and the use of …

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Funny, Isn’t It?

I am a person who runs way ahead of deadlines … always have been. Even in grade school, I would race home and get my homework done so that I was free to go out and play with my friends. …

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Dr. Willie’s Best Day

(An email written to his friends by Willie’s human, Clyde, on Dr. Willie’s Very Best Day) Today Dr. Willie went to the hospital to make his rounds among the patients in neurosciences. It started as an ordinary visit, but as …

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The Dressmaker

| By Lisa Horak | Clothes. We all wear them. We all buy them. But how often are they less than perfect, fitting just a little to loose here or a little too snug there? And don’t we wish the …

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Dog Pearls

| By Linda McLean | Like so many others who truly connect with the natural world, both Debra Roberts and I have had lifelong, deep bonds with the animal kingdom. Many animals – companion and wild – have been teachers …

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