Archive for December, 2009

December 22, 2009

Westcoast Tree (or Wall) Ornaments

Ever since my kids were small, I’ve enjoyed getting people involved in crafts at Christmas time. At potluck events, I offer: I’ll bring the craft!

For the past couple of years, I’ve assembled materials to have people create westcoast ornaments. I collect oyster shells on Hornby Island (aka “Magic Island) that already have holes in them. Then I take all sorts of stuff – lots of stuff – and people from aged 3 to 80 seem to enjoy it. Well, as Alexander Keith’s beer ads go: those who like it, like it a lot. I think it might not be everyone’s idea of a good time.

Here are some of the ones made in my housing co-op – We put them up in the hall each year and usually add a few by the time they go back in the box.

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December 5, 2009

Darwins and Unitarians

From Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith

pages 18-19

In only one area did he (Charles’ father) allow [the children]some amount of leeway, and that was in religion. He raised the children as Unitarians. Unitarianism was a lenient Christian faith at the center of social reform in England. It was not very demanding about the specifics of belief. Charles’ grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, had made fun of Unitarianism, saying it was a “featherbed to catch a falling Christian.” Dr. Darwin liked to quote that saying, too. But being a Unitarian was good for many reasons. Unitarians did not stand out in society as heretics, but the faith was easy to live with if you felt uncomfortable with a more serious, stricter branch of Christianity.

December 2, 2009

Necessary Beauty

Anne Michaels writes in her book Fugitive Pieces, “Make beauty necessary, make necessity beautiful”.

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