Wednesday, January 12, 2011


aimee is leaving soon for her teaching gig at mills college in oakland. (wish her good luck)

hannah is leaving a few days later to go back to school in to boston. (wish her good luck)

katie left last week to return to laramie and college. (wish her good luck, too)
i will be staying. i will be trying to sort out how to eat, exercise, and live more moderately, not so extravagantly. (for example, because i love to ski i tend to go for a big, hard ski the first time out. not this winter. not if i want my knees to work afterward.) it's uphill work. the american dream is NOT moderation. i never bought into the dream...or so i thought.

i have been asked about teaching next summer, out west, and not so far to the west. some requests will be possible, not all. i have been asked to show my work. i don't know how it will come together. but leaving and beginning are interwoven, like cloth, like a basket, like a nest, in the web of my life. i am beginning to balance the interior physical with all the rest. it's all new to me, i'm on rocky ground. but my ankles have grown stronger with age, and i'm ready to walk well, if not run.

some new worlds are opening up, at a distance, even here at home. the year looks exciting, here, in the cold and snow (though we missed the big nor'easter).
i will have to take my time and be careful about how i manage it all. like always, negotiating the trail. i hope i am ready. and good luck to aimee, to hannah, to katie. i love you three!


Valerianna said...

Good luck to them all! And with moderation, I could use some of that....

That fiber basket is beautiful. I have an inkling about some vessels I want to make this year... maybe I'll find the time, we'll see!

We're buried in 2ft of snow. Tomorrow I bet will be great for photos, suppose to be sunny. I will have avalanches coming off the metal roof and piles of snow that might reach over the windows!

kaite said...

beautiful basket, quirky snow creature with balls,
hope everything goes well with aimee, hannah and katie
and for you - enjoy your taking of time, i've never managed moderation myself. k.

onesmallstitch said...

I've always believed in moderation just haven't always achieved it. The beginning is the end--the end a new beginning.Good luck to you, too.

neki desu said...

wonderful news at the beginning of the year.good work!good job!

Fiona Dempster said...

Hi Velma, it sounds as if a year of explorations and discoveries, opportunities and experiences awaits you. How it all falls into place is one of the magical rides! I wish you well with teaching and showing - if only we could pop over for a quick class!

Deb G said...

Sweet beginnings... Moderation, that's a hard one.

Cait Throop said...

Velma, I always seem to have more oxygen after reading your beautiful words...xo

Velma said...

oh, cait--

Barry said...

Hi V- such a poignant post - seemed to be filled with the sadness of the leavings of loved ones and the challenges of going on and new beginnings; and yet also filled with the joy of the challenges and opportunities ahead - life - so unpredictable but who would have the dull and bland? b

Velma said...

not me...most of the time, anyway.

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