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Posted by: | Posted on: May 28, 2016

Memorial To Dad

Steve Jackson just wrote this poem to his Dad. Find Steve’s book on Amazon.image

Kidnapped

My Dad,

bless him for this;

when I was 5 or 6

he read to me at night

before I went to bed.

Robert Louis Stevenson’s

“Kidnapped”

is the story I remember best.

It took my father

many nights to read to me

that whole book.

I’d lay curled up

on his lap

while his gentle voice

took me away

with the story.

So loving of him,

to come home

tired from work

and read his little child

“Kidnapped,”

the story of a child

kidnapped away from childhood

and taken

to roam

the ocean.

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 24, 2016

Knitting Inspirations

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I am a baby boomer baby. Growing up in the 50’s I always remember my Mom carrying her knitting bag. It was probably more important to her than her purse. It went everywhere with her. Whenever she had an idle moment, out would come the yarn and needles. I always could tell the difference between a handmade sweater and a “store bought” one. We would drive up to Aspen, CO to their Scandinavian shop to look for buttons and yarn. Scottsdale, Arizona also had such a shop that Mom loved. Grand Junction had one knit shop during the 50’s and 60’s. It was located near the downtown. As Mom explained it, it was run by three “old maid” sisters out of the large Victorian house. I remember sitting in their very filled living room listening to my Mom and all the ladies laughing and the faint clink of knitting needles. New yarns were brought out to sell. Lots of show and tell. The atmosphere was full of gentle laughter. I don’t really remember the “old maid” sisters. They were supposed to be master, master knitters and would guide Mom through her patterns. I do remember cats and cats and more cats. While Mom would knit I would roam around this huge old house and follow the cats about. I never went upstairs where the sisters lived but I would follow the cats to the large, distinguished staircase and watch them disappear. I learned to knit too as time went on. But by the late 60’s we were all wanting to be with our friends listening to this new, rock and roll sound that we could listen to on our portable radios and  on our record players. Mom continued to knit up in to her 90’s. Painful arthritus had set in. But I remember one of her last projects was a hat for Skyelar, her Great Granddaughter. Mom would tell me that her “count” was off and the hat was a little to pointy. She thought Skyelar rather resembled a gnome with her pointy hat! My daughter Tiffany would bring her beautiful baby  wearing this hat, over to see us. Tiffany being Korean and her husband being Norwegian we thought the gnome look was quite  acceptable.

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 19, 2016

Words that inspire

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The Meaning of Life

Some say

the meaning of life

can be revealed with words.

If the meaning of life

can be revealed with words,

then you are my language.

And with you as my language,

I find the meaning of life

is love.

Steve Jackson is a poet, songwriter and musician. His words  inspire. His book can be found here:

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An Affair In The Valley
by Steve Jackson
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Posted by: | Posted on: May 10, 2016

Quilts that inspire

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 6, 2016

Quilts that inspire

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 5, 2016

A Knitted Treasure

My beautiful Mom passed away this year. She was an ever creative crafter. She had been a Model for Nieman Marcus in Dallas.This is a dress that she knit, probably the late 1940’s. Super thin, and even glittery yarn.

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 4, 2016

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 4, 2016

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 3, 2016

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Posted by: | Posted on: May 2, 2016

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