Friday, May 22, 2015


 thursday there was so much good news:
my sister claudia macdonald, 
got her masters in school administration degree.
she did it just days before she turns 71! 
my hero.
and my friend wendy
wrote about textiles and healing
in the on-line hand eye
with lots of captioned photos 
crediting the textile makers, too,
of her healing work with and children.
my first botanical paper and shifu book is there.
there was other book news in north russell:
housed in this birch box
is a letterpress book set
and the words
are excerpts from
who just graduated from esf
(another masters degree!)
was interning at the center and helped with
making the cover papers...
she sent me this.
she took it to dr kimmerer's office 
also at esf,
and had her sign it for me.
such a treasure,
words, well, they fail me...
the illustrations:
one in each booklet,
are lovely, too.
fiber raining down
pink maple seeds, too.
circlet of sweetgrass.


jude said...

all good things

Sharmon Davidson said...

A beautiful collection of magic here...

Velma Bolyard said...

jude and sharmon, good magic!

Mo Crow said...

what a beautiful post, the set of Braided Sweetgrass books, Wendy's Hand Eye article bringing tears to the eyes for the good heart in our cracked world, thank you for all you share and do (((Velma)))

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, thanks back atcha. have you read it yet? an amazing book.

onesmallstitch said...

congratulations to Claudia, quite an accomplishment. heartwarming - all of it, lovely to have Robin Wall Kimmerer sign the book - I loaned out Braiding Sweetgrass and it never came back, maybe they needed it more than I do. Loved the piece in Hand/Eye.

Fiona Dempster said...

What a bundle of good and beautiful news in this post! Sealed with a circlet of sweetgrass...

Valerianna said...

Full nest! I liked that we were both in that article by Wendy.

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, yes, claudia rocks! i'm sorry about the book never returning, annoying. yes, it's a good article.
fionabeautifully written fiona
valerie, yes, it's a fine bunch of makers that i'm proud to be a part of

Anonymous said...

I'm blushing, dear sister
I stand in your shadow
of creativity & artistry
as dear barry always ends
go well...

Velma Bolyard said...

claudia, dear barry AND dear claudia! you rock!

Genevieve said...


Velma Bolyard said...

genevieve, a sigh...and wait for some mail to come...

neki desu said...

because you deserve it

Heather said...

Oh, what a book! I loved Braiding Sweetgrass (and Gathering Moss.) Nice connection for you to have.

Velma Bolyard said...

neki, you are a sweetie!
heather, yes, i am really really pleased

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