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What are we becoming?

I tend to avoid politically charged issues in my blog, but the current climate has me quite disturbed.  In light of recent comments attributed to the President and the ensuing days of talking heads commentary on those remarks and their meaning, we have had a few discussions here at home.

I am a senior citizen, I lived through the period of segregated everything, the marches and riots.  In high school, as a senior, I was part of a group of students who were taken to the segregated black high school to a symposium as the schools were to be integrated the next year. I was graduated by the time it happened and had gone on to college. I guess even then I stood out as seeing people as people, not as people who were different by color or religion.  My friends as I transitioned into adulthood and employment were diverse, we went out together, ate at each other’s homes, were in each other’s weddings and celebrated baptisms of our children in each other’s churches.  Those people were and many still are my friends.

The civil rights movement at least on the surface seemed to improve race relations, but in light of recent events, I think that maybe it just drove those who were racists, bigots,  and intolerant of others of different skin color or beliefs to become silent and less visible.

There have been a lot of changes in our society very quickly.  Changes that are good for the country, good for the people.  Changes that allow people to express their sexuality openly, changes that allow same sex marriage, changes that are supposed to make all people equal, give all people equal rights without regard to gender, color, race, or religion.

We are a country  founded by immigrants.  There are few in this country that are true pure Native Americans.  Our country has embraced a statue in the harbor of New York with this quote based on the sonnet by Emma Lazarus,

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

It does not say to welcome only white, Christians.  It does not say to suppress the rights of those whose belief or color are different than yours

I fear that the current climate, though not a majority, just a very vocal minority, emboldened by our leader has determined that it is okay to be openly racists and bigoted. This saddens me, I had hoped that we had grown as a nation but fear that we are becoming a hated nation, a laughing stock.


Bridge Day and Spinzilla

The village that carries the zip code in which we reside, is home to 3 old covered bridges.  Two of them are on private property, but the third belongs to the village and is maintained through donations and volunteer effort.  This year, that bridge is 100 years old and though I have never worked on the bridge maintenance or grounds maintenance, I have contributed monetary donation toward it’s upkeep.  As this treasure is 100 years old now, today we had a birthday celebration and after talking with our local historian at an event in May, we discussed what this celebration should include as far as demonstrations and displays.





The celebration was scheduled for yesterday, but yesterday we had cold rain and wind, so the event was postponed until today, a beautiful blue sky, lots of wind and cool.  It was pleasant when the wind was calm and in the sun.  We had our local blacksmith, basket making, chair caning, genealogy, a photo history, commemorative T shirt and sweat shirt sales, music, a birthday cake, and me demonstrating spinning.  The historic house across from the bridge allowed us to park along their long drive, set up the displays along that drive as well and opened their restored home for tours.

Bridge Day 1Quilts

It was a wonderful event, with lots of foot traffic, many questions, much conversation.  Another great time to share the fiber arts and let people see a skill that many have never seen.  It amazes me how many people share that their grandmother had a wheel, that they have a wheel displayed in their house, that they have never seen anyone use a spinning wheel.  Shortly after the above photo was taken, the area where I was spinning was cast in shade and it became quite chilly and very windy.  I spun outside for more than 3 hours, a chance to work on the last of the yarn that I was spinning for the team challenge.  It continues until 11:59 tonight, but I am done.

I came home, had dinner, and finished plying the 8 ounces of fiber that I have been working on for the past two days.  I had 4 ounces each of Targhee and Cheviot that spun very fine and plyed into 350+ yards of beautiful white yarn.  Once it has been washed, it will be dyed and put in the shop.   Yesterday, I finished a lovely skein of gray, blue, rust, and brown yarn that will also go into the shop.  Below are pictures of today’s spinning, the colorful skein, and my total Spinzilla spinning.  For this competition, we measure the length of each ply and the total length of the yarn plyed,  With this formula, in the past week, I have spun 3105.11 yards.  Now I am going to thaw out from today and rest.


Goodbye Spinzilla 2016 and Happy Birthday Clover Hollow Bridge.  Goodnight all.

The Demonstration

I grew up in the hippy age, an age of demonstrations, some peaceful, some not so much.  Even though I witnessed some of these demonstrations or the aftermath of some not so peaceful, I never participated in one.

Tonight as a senior citizen, that changed.  The companies that are trying to force the fracked gas pipeline through our region are holding federally mandated “Open Houses” to feed more of their rhetoric down the throats of the landowners whose property will be despoiled by the installation of this 42″ pipeline, if the pipeline company gets all of the permits it will need.  One of the companies involved has criminal charges against it in Pennsylvania for dumping or improper disposal of toxic waste byproducts.  Neither of these two companies that are hiding under an LLC have ever built a 42″ pipeline and not through karst topography in the mountains.  Each of these Open Houses is being held in a county affected and in each case, the county has tried to organize an anti Open House against the pipeline.  Tonight, the Open House was in the next county and they picked a site where there was no room for the opposing meeting, so the opposers advertised to their involved residents and to the adjacent counties opposition groups to come out during rush hour and demonstrate on the side of the highway in front of the venue, beginning an hour before their Open House was to start and continuing well into the dark.  We had 8 and 10 foot banners, a 10 foot long mock up of a 42 inch pipeline with a banner on it’s side, hand drawn signs and some of the printed signs that most of us have posted on our property.  We waved signs and held a peaceful demonstration right near the entrance to the venue until well after the meeting was underway.  It was cold, brutally cold and windy out there, especially as the sun set.  There were far fewer demonstrators than we had hoped, but it was poorly advertised and as I said, it was cold.  The counties are unanimously opposed to this proposed pipeline.  The pipeline builder will be taking land and right of ways by eminent domain for their personal gain.  This pipeline will not benefit the landowners, will not provide jobs, will not benefit the businesses in our counties, but will put us at risk, will threaten our groundwater, will damage or destroy 3 caves near us that are home to bats, including albino bats, will threaten 2 historical covered bridges and threaten or destroy several historical homes.  We wish more had come out, but we did have media coverage and were told that more opposing public had gone in to the Open House.  We heard that there was to be a peaceful “Sit In” during the last half hour of the Open House, however, we had to leave before it all broke up for the night.  Our hope is that this profit making company will give up due to the opposition, the sensitive nature of the area they are trying to traverse, or due to the falling crude oil prices.  Perhaps more states will follow New York’s lead and prevent fracking in their state for health and safety reasons.