Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Good Earth & Good Friends



The good Earth and good friends make my world go round, even when I'm down. Gratefully, I am on the ascend. I haven't shifted from introspective yet, but it's okay. Good things come through with me when I finally emerge on the other side. I can tell from some of your letters over the years that you know how I feel: Like Good n Plenty, but Peaceful n Quiet. It's how I imagine this part of Texas feels since Bill moved on. There's so much water. There's still rain but it drizzles more than it falls on Katy. 

Tell me you didn't know about this though: http://calligraphersguild.org/envelope.html. You can find the winning entry here: http://www.calligraphersguild.org. This year's theme was "There's No Place Like Home." Did anyone I "know" enter the contest? I hope so! So many of you have mad skills that would gain you entry among the contenders. Even if you didn't enter, The Washington Calligrapher's Guild's web site is an interesting place to visit, with links to transport you to places you'll enjoy. Just a heads-up from me to you? I'ma be in next year's contest! 

Did you know that the typeface designer and calligrapher, Hermann Zapf, passed away? I just read it on the guild's site. He left us on June 4. I liked Typeface classes in school, and Zafp Chancery was a favorite among his designs. Fleuronette is ideal for letter-writers. BTW, I still have my Designing With Type text book! If you're interested in "The Story Behind Zapf Chancery," then read on: 

http://www.fonts.com/content/learning/fyti/typefaces/story-of-zapf-chancery



Did you ever read The Good Earth? Did you see the movie. Bad acting. Did you fall in love with Pearl S. Buck too, when you were young? I bought a copy of Peony last year on a trip down my literary lane. It didn't read the same. I shelved it unfinished. Anna sent me this beautiful key ring charm and three postcards--two are photos from Buck's home. 



The library is so hers. I mean I can see Pearl S. in every part. The chair is beautiful but all the sharp angles and straight back speak to a woman who sits consciously. I like padding and soft comfort, but all those books! And the globe. I dream of owning such an orb, although my Nat' Geo maps adequately serve my needs, but maybe some day. No! I have too much stuff. Too-too much.


Then there's this. Anna and I love gardens, and flowers, and good earth that makes things grow. The Pearl S. Buck House graces the 68-acre property of Green Hills Farm. Can't you imagine yourself there? Thank you, dear Anna.


I like grosbeaks! A lot. I like notecards and stamps that match. I'll bet you do too. I buy grosbeak bird seed. I figure they will come if I buy, and they do. The little dun rose-kissed birds blend in especially well with the fences. It saves them from the hawk that stalks my feeder. These are beautiful, Anna. I hope I might find something equally as special for you some day soon. 

I get such good mail and still feel like I'm showing off when I do a show and tell. It's as if I'm saying, "Look what I got!" Wait. I guess that's what I'm doing now, huh? But not in an ugly way! I will stop while I'm still ahead.


This little sketch is about making a bee line to friendship. "Of all the good things we can choose to be, let us choose to be a good friend." 


I made this envelope last year from a 2009 ad. Oh, what I wouldn't give to be so talented and skilled!


A spoon sticker from Flow puts on a good show as an address label. I wrote a single letter last night. I couldn't sleep. My pen was heavy. Again. So I wrote. And I'm sorry to say . . . I did not make it to the post office one more day. The good Earth, good friends, and lovely mail makes me want to try again. Tomorrow.








10 comments:

  1. I checked out the winners of the "no place like home" calligraphy contest. They are stunning, but I thought the honorable mentions were actually better than some of the winners. What I would give to be able to create beautiful images like those.

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    1. I agree. I had to really study the first place winner to see if all the required elements were in place. I stopped when I saw their location on the map. I liked the idea of Earth being home best of all.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the art too! :) What makes you think you cannot create beautiful images like those???

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  2. Oh hey we all have those days when we forget or just plain don't feel like doing something I so know that feeling ...have you heard what happened in Charleston yesterday is that not awful ...bad things happen to good people ...I always say if bad things are going to come then let them come where friends are gathered and we will weather them together . I will pray for those familys .

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    1. Thanks for reminding me. I notice how I seem to recover quicker. I try to understand what makes me the way I am. Examining my experiences goes a long way toward helping me help myself. Psychologists study human behavior and patterns in order to understand humanity. We're not as unique as we think. We have ups and downs and amazing spaces in between.

      Yes, I heard about the murders in Charleston. Bad things happen to all people, but I disagree with your belief that bad things should come where friends are gathered. We don't weather bad things together. Sometimes bad things fray and break bonds, families and friendships. I wouldn't want anyone to be gathered around me for any of the "bad things" I've had to live through. We'd have been traumatized or wounded (or dead) together. Lord, no. I'd prefer to have those who care about me . . .

      Your prayers are blessings.

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  3. well you are talented in your own way , why oh why do we strive to always have or be more ? I think it is human nature that is why . I think the Good Lord designed us to keep striving for more in this life and not to be settled with just being okay . I think the Good Lord designed us to strive and reach for perfection and may we never stop until we are 6 feet under . Sorry if that seems too simple but that is my view on it and you are an awesome friend and very much admired by all who know you im sure . I know I am a big fan and friend .kudos to another great post .

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    1. We're all talented in our own ways, aren't we? :) I cannot draw like you. The crab always comes to mind! LOL. I strive to learn new things and improve on the skills I have because I'm wired that way. Most humans strive for perfection. Some settle. Some don't try very hard. Remember the parable about the men who were given talents. They all did different things with them while some did nothing. Those who increased their talents seemed like the way to go. :)

      My first drawings were stick figures drawn on a slate. I wanted them to look real. Through the years my skills grew. My aim was to draw like the masters. Well, I'm pretty good most times but I'm not good at mail art. Then I discovered the mistakes some of the masters made in human anatomy! And they used a cheat! I stopped drawing for years. I'd struggled and suffered all my life to become great like frauds. I got over it yet I'm thankful for my skills. Wanting to be better is what we're meant to do. It is what I believe anyway. Did you know that the law of the angels is to be the best one can be?

      Don't apologize for your opinions. They're a part of what makes you who you are. :) I'm really not a very good friend, although I try to be. I don't think I even know what makes one, but there are people I like, people I don't like, and people I have to work hard at liking. I feel like a sister from another planet trying to fit in. If everyone liked me I'd be worried. And goodness no! I am NOT admired. I've offended, hurt people's feelings, am too outspoken . . . Now I'm stripping in front of you. I'll soon be naked!

      Yes, I consider you one of my friends. You make me think before I comment. You make me examine my heart . . .

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    2. you honor me my friend ...I think you should be admired for your being outspoken , I happen to like that in people is that a flaw ? I hope not if it is , then to the lower place with it , cause I like that flaw if it is one which I don't think it is ...yes you make me think really hard too about things .

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    3. We know most people prefer us to be polite and pc. :) Hope your Saturday's been great!

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  4. see now you make me also think about things just from your post and then again from your reply. yes there are people whom I don't much care for or like as well .well I happen to think that being outspoken is a nice trait to have since I have it as well . some folks have told me that im too opinionated oh well that is just me and I don't happen to think that is a flaw at all . It is what makes me , me . yes im sure my heart needs examining at times too as well and I have to think on that a lot . well you take care my dear friend and stay safe and well .

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    1. Well, everyone has opinions. I admire anyone who's smart enough to know when to keep their opinions to themselves. LOL. We don't, so . . . I do have to work on learning when to simply hush.

      Be well. :)

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