Thursday, April 2, 2020
Love, Plague and Quilting!
We are enduring one of the greatest pandemics of all time...and I keep thinking about a book I read some years ago called Love in the time of Cholera by the Columbian author Marquez.
Here's a good review of it
In the story, the heroine has to decide between two men: she makes the pragmatic choice for her mate...but he is a doctor who is devoted to finding a cure for cholera...that's his first love! and so.....we see how that plays out over time!
And it brings up the point of WHAT we love as well as WHOM we love!
Right now, many of us are focussed on very dreary stuff - all that sanitization for example....our house has never been so clean!! Which is not a bad thing really. (I think!).
Also there's an awful tendency to stay glued to the internet or cable news for the latest disaster number...but actually - once you have the best game plan at hand i.e. staying home with sufficient basic staples in the cupboard to keep you going - it would be healthier to switch off the dire news.
There are good things to be learned, and practiced. In my former life - of 3 weeks ago (!) I was racing around town, socializing, teaching classes, taking classes, exercising at the Y, checking out various dance opportunities - square - swing - salsa - ballroom....
going to the library, shopping etc...an endless round of activity.
Now, I'm quietly at home, taking life much more slowly...and realising that I probably didn't need all that rush and bother!
Now I can relax with a book, or some paints or a pile of fabric and the sewing machine....
and it's great!!! It's time to try out some new ideas...I have taken a lot of classes in the past, and also bought a bunch of DVDs, and I'm reviewing those and thinking where to go next.
I do miss not having easy access to a teacher for critique/evaluation though. and also the encouragement of fellow students and artists...
Noting that...I have made a point of being Very Available for critique/evaluation/coaching etc to my online students at academyofquilting.com
Take a class with me, and you can ask me a question any time, show me your work and we can discuss your next steps. And that feels good. For you and for me. And that's what my doctors and my dear pedagogue are doing...
And there are lots of other classes on that site, and many other sites on the 'net. Think on!
We actually can enjoy our various beloved activities in the time of the plague.....and that will help us get through.
And, if you have been, thanks for reading!!
Please add your thoughts in the comments....I will reply!!!