Sunday, December 23, 2007

moon and mars...


It's raining here now, so I don't know if I'll get to see this one...

from SpaceWeather.com:

Please do not miss this: After sunset on Sunday, Dec. 23rd, the full Moon and Mars will rise in the east less than 2o apart. So close together, the two brightest objects in the evening sky look absolutely dynamite. The display will be visible all night long, even from brightly lit cities, and requires no telescope to enjoy.

Monday, December 17, 2007

getting ready...

...for the holidays, and playing with some of my favorite things...



...book and spoon by me...cup by Cara Graver...
...the moon a few nights ago...

...frightened a squirrel today......pulled this old nativity set out of the closet...not sure how much it fits for us these days...but look at that expression!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

meteor showers...

Space Weather News for Dec. 12, 2007
http://spaceweather.com

Earth has entered a stream of dusty debris from asteroid 3200 Phaethon and, as a result, the annual Geminid meteor shower is underway. Sky watchers around the world are reporting a slow drizzle of late-night meteors at least as bright as the stars of the Big Dipper. The best is yet to come: Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Friday, Dec. 14th. No matter where you live, watch the sky between local midnight and dawn; people outdoors before sunrise on Friday could see dozens to hundreds of shooting stars. Depending on the details of Earth's encounter with Phaethon's debris stream, the shower could continue into the weekend as well.

Visit http://spaceweather.com for updates and full coverage including sky maps, photos and eye-witness reports.

Monday, December 10, 2007

embroidery inspiration...

I recently bought the Oct/Nov issue of american craft magazine. Someone had left it in the crafting section of the magazine stands in Barnes and Noble...I like when that happens, and I find something that I might not otherwise see...the cover had a photo of Nathalie Lete and an article inside called House of the Hand-Made, and I was intrigued. This is something I had always wanted to do...fill my home with things made from my own hands, as well as that of my family and other artists... It didn't happen, for various reasons, though that doesn't mean that it never will. In the magazine, I came across the work of Mariska Karasz, who's style of embroidery developed into one that emphasized the stitches themselves over the idea of creating a pictorial effect. I found an early book that she wrote at half.com...I think it is still available from the same seller for 99 cents! It was originally published in 1949 as 'adventures in stitches' and republished in 1959 with an added 'and more adventures - fewer stitches'...the first book was about pictorial stitching and the added section went into abstract uses of stitches...all of it is inspiring and I have photographed some of the pages of my copy to show here...





















































































I've also been enjoying the work of Sara Lechner through her blog. So much variety and creativity, even to her straw bale construction studio/store/coffee shop that you can see on her Flickr account, linked from the blog.

I don't know what I'll do out of all this inspiration...sometimes just taking it all in and letting it simmer inside is enough for me, as it all feeds me on a deep level in many ways...but hopefully there'll be something to show for it as well and then I will share that here.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

aikido demonstration...

Michael had the honor of participating in an Aikido demonstration on Tuesday at Philadelphia University. The demo was initiated by a visiting professor from Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia, Gulmiza Seitalieva, who you see here practicing with him before the demonstration. Gulmiza is a Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Religious Education at Kyrgyz State Academy of Physical Culture and Sports, and is a visiting professor at Emory University in Atlanta, GA for this academic year. She holds the rank of 4th Dan in aikido and founded the Aikido Federation in her home country...quite a lot of accomplishment for a woman in her culture.

It was a wonderful experience, even though there were only a few spectators in attendance. I do think we will have three new students at the dojo because of it, as well as a little more exposure of the concept of Aikido to a new audience. The university is only a short drive from the dojo and I think new friendships have been formed through this collaboration, which is always a good thing. I know that Michael was very affected by the whole experience, in very good ways. George was there as well. He had been sick over the weekend, and so was not up to performing, but was well enough to come with us on Tues and helped with setting up the mats and bringing them back to the dojo with Russell Kleinbach, who is a Professor of Sociology at Phila. U. and who has spent several years in Kyrgyzstan where he met Gulmiza and her family, and he is responsible for bringing her to PU and setting up this demo as well as several lectures that she gave this week on the subject of Islam in Central Asia.


One more photo...
she is actually carrying Michael here, as she also did with several of the men who are much larger than she is. She practices a form of aikido called aikikai, which is different than the kokikai that my sons practice, and there is quite a bit more strength involved along with throws that involve lifting the other person and flipping them onto the mat.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

snow...

The leaves are still falling from the trees, so we have an odd combination today. I raked the leaves off the hill in our backyard just in case...sledding is no good on a base of leaves and dirt.




today's daily quote...

What is the definition of procrastination? It means: I can feel within my Energy sensor that this action is not in perfect alignment at this time.

Excerpted from a workshop in Boston, MA on Sunday, October 10th, 1999

All Is Well

http://www.abraham-hicks.com/


Sunday, December 2, 2007

what I've been doing...

I often wonder, when I'm trying so hard to get a handle on the things in my life that I am working on, why do I suddenly make a 90 degree turn and start getting very enthused about something else? I'm thinking/hoping that it's a way to shake up my energy and rekindle creativity, and therefore, to help me to reorient myself in regards to the things that I've been getting stuck on. I think it is, and I know that it feels good to start something new (or restart something old) and start the creative juices flowing again.

I've been suddenly pulled to explore fabrics and embroidery again, though in a very different way than ever before.
I used to work from kits and patterns, and that was very soothing and calming for me and a good way to learn the basics. Now, I want to do some simple projects that involve embroidery and maybe appliqué, though I'm just in the idea gathering stage right now. I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects that I've done in the past.

Here is a crewel embroidery that I did when I was a young teen....



I think that I was around 12 or so when I did it, and I'm sure that it was from a kit with the design printed onto the fabric. Lots of work, here, though. This one is 16 x 20 inches.












Next is a Christmas ornament from 1990...counted cross-stitch from a pattern, maybe from a magazine....it's a small pillow, about 3 x 2 1/2 inches. I think it should have a hanging loop, but I used to just set it up on a branch in the tree.








And this, very wrinkled as I just pulled it out of the closet where it's been for years, was something I was very enthused about for long enough to embroider the tree and a few animals, but there are still some deer and rabbits to be done before it could be considered finished. I love it, but I don't know if it will ever get done. Maybe I'll have to find some creative solution so that I can frame it and put it on display anyway.


There's more...I think I like these best, though. I have a large needlepoint of mother and child that I started before my first son was born, and some other large cross-stitch pieces that didn't hold my interest for very long. It's funny to look back and see what I thought I wanted but now wonder what it was that interested me in them. I guess I was just trying out different possibilities.

I've been very inspired by several artists lately and have been following blogs and getting books from the library, buying new needles and planning a trip to the fabric store. I will try to share some of that in the future. It's been fun for me to discover the techniques and styles that excite me now, though I don't know exactly where it's all leading me. The adventure of it all is the main thing.


Monday, November 26, 2007

foggy...


The high temperature yesterday was around 50 degrees. Last night, the low was listed as 50 as well, and again the high today is 50. All of that, plus the early morning rain, resulted today in fog...at 2:00 in the afternoon this is what my backyard looks like. I love the way it looks, so mysterious and enclosing. The air smells good, too. I'm feeling foggy as well, though. The weekend felt longer than weekends are supposed to feel. Thanksgiving worked out well. I had no idea what we were actually going to do. Normally I'll hear from my brother early in the week, and we decide if we are going to drive out to Lancaster for the day or stay home and cook our own turkey. Traveling on Thanksgiving Day can be very slow, so it's not such a simple decision when a one hour + ride can take three or more. We've learned, though, to avoid route 30 which is a direct route to my brother's for us. When there's traffic there it slows down to a crawl, so we take the PA turnpike and go north and then head down south into Lancaster and backtrack to my brother's. In any case, we didn't do that this year. I had bought a turkey breast and a small ham for us, and a pie for visiting, so I had all the bases covered. We got a call on Wednesday....late, but we did want to go. However, on Thursday no one really felt a strong pull to get in the car and hit the road. It was just as well, since they were having heavy rains and winds which were heading our way and would have made traveling difficult. So, I spent the day cooking and we had a nice time at home. I spoke to my brother and my mother on the phone, which was also nice. However, I did get a call on Sunday from my sister-in-law telling me how all the family is worried about me and wondering where I've been. I tried explaining how life has been lately, sometimes like walking through molasses, but it became clear to me that she really wasn't interested in how I was, just wanting to let me know that I wasn't living up to some family standard and needed to shape up! Well, I don't believe in standards, so I think I was a bit infuriating to her. I wasn't happy with her call either, but felt that I held to my own truth pretty well, considering that she wasn't really listening, but all the same, I didn't get upset and just tried to be as clear as I could about my situation. I thanked her for her concern, also, since after all, there was concern there, and that's always nice no matter how it comes across. I've always wanted a close family...my sons and I are very close, and so I do have that, but the extended family has always been a challenge for me. I am the 'rebel' to them....into such things as astrology and flower essences....crazy new age stuff....why can't I just toe the line and be 'normal'? I send them good energy...I don't dwell on the negative, but I also don't go out of my way to fit in with them, that's too unhealthy for me to not be true to myself, though it's been a struggle at times. I could hear her getting more and more angry, but holding it in...not healthy either...but a good way for people to try to manipulate others....'well, you do what you like, let us know if you need anything, bye'. I always wish for more clarity, better communication, but there are times when trying to do that just creates more conflict, and then I end up looking like an antagonist, so I stay relatively quiet, and just let the other person say their piece. If they want to listen, I'm ready to talk, but sometimes people just want to let you know that they're in charge and that you don't know anything, so what can you do?

I've had some wonderful realizations this weekend, I think that's why I feel so foggy today. It takes time to incorporate new ways of being and to start to know how to put them into action. The fact that Mars is retrograde right now just turns action inward, so it may take time for anything to actually be put into practice. When I was born, Mars was also retrograde. For me, this means that I do a lot of inner processing before taking action. Most people, with Mars in forward motion in their birthchart, are accustomed to taking immediate action...so I tend to confuse people. Now, with a double dose of Mars retro for me, I'm still trying to understand what it means...I do feel slower than usual, but with so much going on inside...tons of creative ideas and plans for the future, but not much actually manifesting in day to day life. At least it's not just me now, as everyone is being affected by this to some extent. I think that Uranus going direct this weekend has just added to the creative, unusual ideas running through my head...what a combination!

I am reading a book that I highly recommend to anyone who is trying to understand the recent outpouring of information on the Law of Attraction. It is called The Astonishing Power of Emotions by Esther and Jerry Hicks. This one fills in all the gaps in what we are being told through books like Think and Grow Rich, Ask and It is Given, and the movie The Secret. It's what we are feeling in any given moment that has the most effect on what happens in our lives. In any given moment, we have the possibility of reaching for a better feeling...just a slightly better feeling is enough to set the wheels in motion towards an even better feeling and ultimately towards a better outcome in our lives. Abraham likens it to traveling on a river and either fighting the current and trying to paddle upstream, or going with the flow and co-creating with the flow of the current to get ourselves to where our lives want to take us in the first place. I think it seems from all the New Age messages that are out there that we can just choose what we want in our lives and it will happen....well, there's a bit more to it, and this book puts it all in to perspective. Many will not be ready for what it says, but the message is very simple and easy to absorb for those who are ready to hear it. I've put a link to it at the sidebar, Amazon.com shows you the table of contents and some of the inside pages so you can see what it's about. The message is very empowering...there is no need to have your life all figured out, to try to manifest a future that you don't know is right for you or not...but just to take life one moment at a time, continually reaching for that better way of feeling from within yourself that is always there just waiting for you to notice it.

I've ordered some more stamps, these are coming from a seller in Thailand. The first set are Thai stamps...very intriguing to me....click on the photo to see the detail...
and find some info on Thai amulets here and here...

These stamps are from China...images from the Yungang Grottoes...


I wanted Buddha images to put into my glass pendants. I've been slow at getting these made as well, but looking forward to playing with these stamps and others that I have, as well as some photos. I've been collecting origami papers for the backs, though I may also use some of my handmade papers, too. I've dabbled in so many different forms of craft that I am amazed now at how much I can draw from to put together a single piece of jewelry or a sewn item...I love the range of possibilities...hopefully you'll be seeing results some time soon.

More to come, I hope. I've been so quiet lately, but I always know that this is how my life flows, and eventually the words come pouring out again.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

looking back...

The other day, when I was taking photos of the fall colors near the railroad tracks behind my house, I was also photographing little details and taking other photos of the effects of the mist on my surroundings. I played with some of the photos, cropping them and putting frames around them. Today I look at them and see an interesting theme.

To the left...I had cropped in to this part of the photo where a leaf had fallen while I was photographing....the branches seem to be trying to catch it, and the idea of letting go seems to fit.










And this, to the right...I focused in on an old post with wire and a vine wrapped around it....tied up...grabbing on, maybe...or tied up in knots...






That brought me to this one...it seemed unconnected to the themes of the others, but maybe not...today I see a connection. The circles...enclosing each other but not grasping or holding on?...some form of harmony or unity here...

I think there are many themes that can be seen in these photos...even the opposite to what I have pegged onto them....


I like that they were all taken at the same time, while I was in a particular mood...I can look back now and wonder at what it is I was seeing from within myself...and you can find your own meanings in the photos depending on what mood or state of mind you are in at the moment.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

a bit of fall color...




creativity...

About this Talk (from TED.com)

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining (and profoundly moving) case for creating an education system that nurtures creativity, rather than undermining it. With ample anecdotes and witty asides, Robinson points out the many ways our schools fail to recognize -- much less cultivate -- the talents of many brilliant people. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. The universality of his message is evidenced by its rampant popularity online. A typical review: "If you have not yet seen Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk, please stop whatever you're doing and watch it now."




Sunday, November 11, 2007

november sunday...

It's been so long since I have felt like writing. Today, I'm not sure what I feel like doing, it's just that kind of a day. Yesterday, my sons took the train to Center City Philadelphia, to meet up with Carter for a day in Philly. They painted his basement and then headed out to tour the city and get something to eat. They entirely enjoyed themselves from what I was told. It's funny...I grew up in Brooklyn and was no stranger to trains and buses. Then we moved to PA and I guess I forgot all about those means of transportation. There was one trip on the train when the boys were little, because the train runs right through our backyard (practically) and I wanted them to see the train from the inside and know what it was. Now, they are finding out how easy it is to hop on and go...everything happens in it's own proper timing.

I drove them to the Glenside station again yesterday...not even thinking to check the schedules at the two stations that are in walking distance from home! It was a good thing, though, as I found a farmer's market and bought a beautiful head of organic lettuce, and also read the sign on the cafe at the station...they are looking to hire a high school student to help them clean and organize...just perfect for Michael, who's been bugging me about finding a job for him. While they were out, and with George's permission, though I don't think he expected much....I gave his room a total overhaul. It was several hours of picking through all kinds of stuff and moving things and cleaning from corner to corner. Anyone who has ever seen his room will understand....today I have sore muscles that I had forgotten I ever had...I guess I was so intent on getting it all done before they came back that I didn't even notice what I was doing. It was well worth it...George has a new start in a clean space now that had been becoming overwhelming for quite a while. He has plans to build a shelf unit for his clothes and books and things, and the space is clear for him to do that now.



I took my camera out to the backyard today when I saw two deer grazing on acorns. I went slowly and quietly...they saw me, but didn't get alarmed, and I was able to get pretty close for some decent photos. I think it was a mom and her little one, probably the ones I saw 'kissing' a little while ago. To the left is mom...she was quite calm about me being there. The younger deer was more nervous and was the first to run away, but came back when mom stayed. The next photo was taken when my neighbor came walking down the back driveway...they were pretty alert for that...the further away one is the younger deer.



So now I am alternating between computer time and cleaning some more and also getting ready for Michael's birthday which is next week. He'll be 15...he's very happy about that...no longer so new at being a teenager. He's borderline for being taller than me now (I'm about 5 foot 8)...I keep getting reminders of that, so I'm actually looking forward to when it's definite so I won't have to hear about it anymore.

My next project is going to be rearranging the living room. I would like to do that this week before Michael's birthday. My plan is to exchange places between the ferret cage and the piano, so the piano will have a more central position opposite the front window. George used to play a bit when he was younger. My mother taught me to play and I enjoy it when I can sit down and experiment with it. Lately, with two teens in the house full-time...these things are not so easy to do, but something I am planning to do more of in the future. Maybe I can get Carter to come back and play some more as well...(hint....and thanks Carter for the free day yesterday ;-)).

Time to go finish doing whatever it was I've been doing today...maybe I'll figure it out eventually.

...and, one more....from the train tracks while I was following the deer...a blurry photo of a fox as well.....maybe a little hard to see...to the right just below the first post and in between the two sets of tracks...

Friday, November 9, 2007

november new moon...

The Sun and Moon will be exactly aligned at around 6 pm est today. They are in the hexagram called The Creative...hexagram #1, which is in the sign of Scorpio.

This can be a time for opening up to higher principles and higher knowing.

From "A Guide to the I Ching" by Carol K. Anthony....

"Ch'ien (Heaven/The Creative) also represents the creative idea (Cosmic image) before it is transformed into reality. Everything that now exists, first existed as a Cosmic image. Accordingly, Ch'ien also represents the hidden, creative potential inherent in any situation. By creative potential is meant the path that, if taken, will further everyone and everything in that situation. This creative potential is the particularly appropriate answer to the problem at hand."

The Creative asks that we let go of our need to make anything happen through our own desire for a particular outcome, and that we open ourselves to possibilities that we may not have thought of on our own.

What a great way to start a new cycle for this lunar month!

happy dance...

This was originally posted on the Bird Lovers Only Rescue blog. I found it through this article at NewsTarget.com. This is Snowball, a rescued medium sulphur crested Eleanora cockatoo, dancing to the Back Street Boys' Everybody...



Wednesday, October 31, 2007

halloween fun...



I took George and Michael to meet up with Claire and Cathy for some trick or treating tonight. It was fun. There were three ninjas and a black cat. It was the first Halloween that we didn't spend at home and didn't give out candy. It feels strange to be taking candy from people that you cannot reciprocate for. Everyone was very sweet and gracious, I wish them all lots of sweetness in their lives, at least I can do that ;-).



Here are a few photos from the evening....

Sunday, October 28, 2007

peace train, again...

Deja vu again ;-). I had put up a video of Cat Stevens performing Peace Train after a conversation about pianos and 70's music. Then I received a notice from Jerry Wennstrom about his new work, The Piano, and posted some information about that. Well, I just received an email from Jerry and Marilyn Strong with a new version of Peace Train, with beautiful images of Iran...sometimes things just keep coming around again and again...I want to honor that by posting this video here.

I think that focusing on the beauty of a place that is now under threat of war may be a good antidote to all the negative messages that we normally get. This is a slide show with a new version of Peace Train sung by Yusuf Islan (aka Cat Stevens). If you click on the video it will take you to its own page on YouTube where there is more information and links at the sidebar concerning Iran.


Slide show of images in Iran MEDIA WILL NOT SHOW YOU

Piano...the video...




More music by Uakti...a Brazilian band who make their own instruments...


deja vu...

I just finished watching this movie...Deja Vu, directed by Henry Jaglom...with Victoria Foyt, Stephen Dillane, Vanessa Redgrave...

Henry Jaglom creates movies that have the feel of a home-movie...lots of 'real' people, acting that is not scripted, etc. It felt a little funny, almost like I was listening to people in a documentary, but the theme and the dialogues that came out of it were fascinating. Now, I'm watching the movie over with commentary by Henry Jaglom and Victoria Foyt, husband and wife, who wrote the story to begin with. They are commenting on the scenes, interrupting each other, and having a philosophical discussion about the differences in how they each see life as either psychological/mental (Jaglom) or mystical/emotional (Foyt)...this may be even more fascinating than the movie!








Los Angeles store owner Dana (Victoria Foyt) is shopping in Israel where a meeting with a mysterious woman leads her to Paris and the White Cliffs of Dover, an appropriate spot to fall in love with English painter Sean (Stephen Dillane) who is married. Soon, however, Dana is off to London to rejoin her business-partner Alex (Michael Brandon). Dana and Alex, and Sean and his wife all wind up together as weekend house guests of John ('60s rock performer Noel Harrison), brother of Skelly (Vanessa Redgrave). With true love looming on the horizon, Dana and Sean decide to abandon their companions for each other. Screenplay by Foyt and director Henry Jaglom, who took a different approach to the theme of love and affection in his autobiographical Always (1985). Shown at the AFI/Los Angeles Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

Saturday, October 27, 2007

blue skies again...

Always, the rain eventually stops, the rain clouds clear, and today the sky put on a show for me...lots of blue and pink and white.
I am choosing to see a bird in flight in this cloud, maybe a dove...peace...what do you see?

Friday, October 26, 2007

where did the flowers go?...

Once again I find that I have posted something about a planetary phenomenon and didn't actually get to see it myself. Kateri and Pixiedust both commented on how beautiful it was (thank you!)...we've had nothing but clouds and rain since I was able to post my photos of blue flowers and hearts in the trees....what a switch. It makes me so happy to hear about other people's experiences of seeing the moon...at least I can live vicariously through their words ;-). Good enough reason to blog about it.


This is my bit of color for today...the Glenside train station in the rain. I brought my sons here so they could take the train to a Halloween party, then drove later tonight in a heavy downpour to pick them up from the party...they wanted the fun of taking the train there, though I was told later that the ride was boring...not much happening, only commuters getting on and off...oh well...I probably would have enjoyed it more than they did ;-).


Today's transits brought this (in Kim Marie's words):
October 26 - Mercury retro makes the second of three waning sextiles to Pluto on October 26 at 27 degrees Libra-Sagittarius. The first one was September 24 and the last waning sextile is November 8, both in Libra-Sag. This aspect will bring repeated messages of speaking the truth in all our relationships.
Pluto is direct and in the final degrees of Sagittarius. Lies are coming out all over the place, the question is - are we listening? Libra is the psychology of listening, while Mercury is the anatomy of listening. Together, Mercury in Libra is learning how to really listen to what another is actually stating. Pluto has some powerful messages so make every effort you can to listen to the many voices coming through.
Trust your intuition as the most powerful voice may be just a whisper. Universal truths are timeless, and bring a sense of relief even if we still feel some insecurity with Sun in Scorpio. As new information settles in, the relief and sense of “rightness” comes through stronger and stronger.

This was a tough one for me. Miscommunication was pretty rampant, and looking back to Sept. 24 (through the magic of saved emails) I found that ease in communication was a very major issue for me at that time as well. Hopefully the third time around on Nov. 8th makes everything more clear. At the time of the transit in late September I was feeling so very unheard...I am not one to shout, I have always needed people to ask me questions and really, truly listen to me. So, what I wonder is, am I supposed to learn to shout?, or just make sure that the people that I associate with are ones who know how to listen and care about what I say? I'd prefer the second choice...but sometimes I wonder what it is that the Universe is trying to show me, and if maybe I'm just not 'getting it'. Sometimes shouting is the only way, when you've spent most of your life trying to keep the peace and 'make nice' in the hopes that others will be nice in return. It doesn't work ;-)...though I'm not sure yet what does.

I did spend the afternoon sewing a Halloween costume...just a black ninja top...I had fun with it. No pattern, just a rough outline taken from a martial arts gi top. I cut rectangles out of black broadcloth and then pieced them together...I've actually never done that...I always needed a pattern, even if I had to make it myself. The top actually came out great, if I can say so myself. I guess it was great because I was so afraid that one wrong move was going to ruin the whole thing. The last part was the edging around the front. I made a strip of fabric into a folded-over belt-like piece, and then sewed it onto the collar area and then down the front of the gi on both sides. Mentally, I couldn't see how it would work, almost like working with a moebius strip, but my fingers knew better what to do and it worked...so funny...my mind works differently these days and I find that I can do things that I never would have thought I could.

Oh..and now I'm re-reading what I wrote and realize that I'm wrong! My first clothing creation was one that I made when I was about 7 or 8. Someone gave me a wonderful piece of purple and white striped material that was only about a foot wide, but maybe 6 or more feet long. I used one part of it to make a wrap around mini-skirt with fringe on the side, and the other to make a halter top that I cut into to make straps and tied the rest in the back. No sewing at all, just some safety pins for the skirt. There's a photo somewhere of me standing with my bicycle (I guess I rode it with the mini-skirt ;-)) in front of my grandparents house Upstate NY. I wonder where that photo might be now. I think my memory of it is good enough, though...I was so proud and happy with that outfit. What happened then? School, maybe...somewhere along the line I thought I had to have patterns for everything. Almost forty years later, I find that I don't ;-).

I guess I'm learning, slowly...just don't always know what it is that I'm learning until I look back at it and see it from a distance.