Friday, December 15, 2017

Adventures and New Travels for the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle

In 2006 I had a wonderful trip back home in the UK and showed my mother the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle.  You can see it on google map here. In 2008 I decided to make a twin version  and put it up somewhere in Yellow Springs. My choice was the alley on the side of the Gulch on Dayton Street and it did stay there for a couple of years and then I put it up over the door of "would you, could you IN A FRAME". It didn't last a month up
up there because someone yanked it off it's screws and I thought it was lost forever. I decided to do a lost and found bunny poster and posted the flyers in local shops and poles and despite my husband thinking it wouldn't work.

I GOT my bunny back within two weeks. Somebody said they found it abandoned on the side of the road and took it home. Thereafter it was safely perched above my front door for several years. 

Now the Rabbit will find a new home in Arizona. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Credit Where Credit Is Due for #metoo and The Women's Tree in Yellow Springs, Ohio

A shout out to Tarana Burke for starting the #metoo movement, and incredulously omitted from the Time Magazine Cover applauding The Silence Breakers.

An activist, a little girl and the heartbreaking origin of 'Me too'

Ever since the allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein surfaced, those two simple words have become a rallying cry. Women -- and some men -- have used them to share personal stories of sexual harassment and assault.
As we see repeatedly in the news around the world and in the USA, sexual abuse, harassment and rape continues and crosses all boundaries, classes, cultures, politics and is an ongoing problem. Just because a few high profile men have been called out, lost elections, resigned or been fired doesn't mean it's stopped. It's an ongoing problem.

 The reason behind the The Viva La Vulve Tree installed in Yellow Springs on the night of the inauguration is sadly still relevant. To see such a lewd suggestive tweet against a senator is sadly not unexpected given what we knew before he was elected
With that said felt ornaments seem to be popping up on other trees with #metoo on the back of them.
Perhaps they will elicit again misdirected rage, or ideally promote some healthy discussion in the community where women have been fighting for several years to be heard in regards to several predators. Like I said in the interview “ was, and IS, about women coming together and women power, and not wanting to be silenced.” 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Faces In Things - The Iceman Smokes

Paredolia and as far back as I can remember I saw faces in things, just never knew the term for it. Judging by the amount of articles and websites, instagram pictures devoted to it I am not alone in this phenomenon.
 Happy Face by the waterfall in Glen Helen and it looks like he's smoking a stogie.
 This article below states people with paredolia are likely to be religious, or believe in ghosts or ufo's

Pareidolia Is Why You See Faces in Everyday Things | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest

Have you ever been looking up at the sky and notice a shape in the clouds? Or do a double take of a tree because you can see a face in the bark? You're not alone; a lot of people have the tendency to do that. This phenomenon actually has a name.
How that works for me I don't know since I don't believe in ghosts, or ufo's, or the lockness monster.  

Thursday, December 07, 2017

#metoo - Is There a Woman That This Hasn't Happened To

Viva La Vulve
"It was about women coming together and  not wanting to be silenced.”

I will NEVER forget the first incident. I was walking home from school in the wee mining village we lived in and a man with several children my age (6 years old) around him called me over. He was exposing himself and I was horrified and ran home and told my mum. She called the police but they never found the filthy pig. Actually that's an insult to pigs. 

 By the time I saw a man flashing himself in the cinema a few seats away from me I had sadly seen this happen so often during my teen years I was not shocked, just again disgusted and I shouted "put IT away" and reported him. The police came and to my further disgust the officer tried to interview me and ask for my address within earshot of the perv. 

Late teens I worked in a Butcher's department in a supermarket and the head butcher, a man in his 50's, couldn't keep his hands off the women. Our job was to try and protect each  other and NEVER walk by the cooler alone lest he drag you in for a feel. No matter how much we objected, no matter how many times women stamped his foot or dug an elbow into him he insisted women loved the attention. NOTHING could dissuade this piece of trash from his belief and the other men pretended not to see it, management didn't care.

There have been worse incidents, some brutal that led to jail time for the perpetrator, but the sad reality is that I am not alone. 

I was asked by Amelia Robinson in a blog radio interview at WHIO Dayton if the #metoo will make a difference and I can't really answer that. 
Are men listening, are men making changes, are men in power holding others accountable, themselves accountable? Is society listening and demanding changes or are they making excuses for those perps that align with them politically, socially, economically, career wise, etc. 
This article talks of lumping the trivial in with the "legitimate sexual assault". The problem is that the trivial is part of the conditioning and pattern that leads to an unhealthy acceptance of abusive behaviour towards children, teens and women.  I purposefully excluded the word "legitimate" because that smacks of marginalization. 
I have had TRIVIAL up to my eyeballs and 
it's NOT acceptable.

TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that-in the most painful and personal ways-movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Tis the Season and the Art of Jollity

I am just not feeling it this season.
Jollity is being elusive. 
A major MOVE looms. 
 It's my last Christmas with my dear friends.
It's my last Christmas in this wee village surrounded by cornfields.
How I've come to love those cornfields.

The Art of Jollity
Open the door a wee bit and it sneaks in
with that smile of a friend
that connection with a loved one far away
that candy crunch all the way from Ireland
that handmade gift left at the door
that moment you volunteer for a cause
that card that comes in the mail
that video of a grandchild
that smell of roasting chestnuts
and the moment I remember
 how utterly blessed I am.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The Craftivist Sisterhood and Craftivism in the News

altered altoid tinI was asked on a blog talk radio interview at whio Dayton what the Craftivist Sisterhood was. I can tell you what it's not and that is it's not a formal group, club or organization. In our case, the reason for the interview, it was three friends who joined together in a spontaneous act of sisterhood to express our feelings through craft. Definition: Craftivism is joining craft and activism but for a longer explanation check out Betsy Greer who coined the term.
Any women who get together and create crafts to express an opinion or address an issue is in the Craftivist Sisterhood. There are organizations you can join  such as the craftivist collective started by Sarah Corbett OR you can do what a friend of mine, Johanna Smith, did when she moved to a new state and put out the call to fellow Knitters/crochet and started a Crafting for a Cause group. 

Craftivism in the News

Craftivism: Melding of crafting, activism is having a moment

Colleen Haraden-Gorski uses her embroidery skills these days to embellish quilts made by students at school and community-center workshops on themes of social justice and working together to make a difference. Recently, she embroidered images of barbed wire and the serial numbers of concentration-camp victims on a square about the Holocaust.