Where do ideas come from?
Today they began with the headlines:
13 middle school teachers in quarantine.
Phased-in hybrid model
Haze over Iowa is smoke from California wildfires.
Normal average temperature is 83 degrees. Current high 90s are well above the average.
Two cooling centers open because of the heat.
167 homes in Cedar Rapids still without electricity two weeks after the derecho.
Rehearsal. Monday night thinking of topics as the evening wears down.
Last night it was cheers of personal success as I considered the next seasonal six items completed and ready for quilting. With a September first deadline in my head, I feel “ahead” of the game. Timelines matter in a process that involves design, execution (doing the work) cutting-sewing-trimming-ironing, redesign, assembling the layers, quilting, binding, and celebrating.
An idea not fully completed was discarded because
these images from last week linger in my mind . . .
As they stare directly at me
Daring me to move
Even a muscle
Will make that tail flip up
Exposing its whiteness
Into the timber.
A buck and a doe near the driveway
INTENTLY OBSERVING ME.
Paying attention to their surroundings
Observant. Responsive. Ever vigilant.
What will you pay attention to today?
What ideas or images will linger in your mind?
How will you honor a variety of “processes”?
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