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Remembering poet Mary Oliver. I just heard news of her death today on my way home from a meeting with Ellen, doing more planning for our hooking sail this summer. Mary Oliver was one of my favorite living poets, and now she's gone. Tomorrow I will post an interview with another of my favorite living poets, but for today, let's remember and appreciate Mary Oliver. I hope when death came, it was much like she hoped for in this poem.When Death Comes
by Mary Oliver

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it's over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it's over, I don't want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don't want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don't want to end up simply having visited this world
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OK, folks in snow zones this weekend, including those well to the west of this map... Who's going to cozy up to a hot wood stove and hook? Or head out in to it and get design inspiration? What are your plans?Let's get it. ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Events

Jan
19
Sat
9:00 am Beginner Cold Process Soap Making @ Parris House Wool Works
Beginner Cold Process Soap Making @ Parris House Wool Works
Jan 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Beginner Cold Process Soap Making @ Parris House Wool Works
  Join Beth’s other half, Bill Miller, for a fun morning of cold process soap making. We will be making an all natural cold process soap recipe using vegetable oils for the base and essential oils for the scents. These soaps are vegan friendly! Each student will leave with a 2 lb. soap wood soap ... Read more
Jan
22
Tue
11:00 am Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Jan 22 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Join us every Tuesday at the 200 year old Parris House for hooking, camaraderie, and refreshments from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Bring your lunch and stay for the whole time or pop in and out as is convenient. The Parris House studio supplies everything you need for hooking, including patterns, as-is and our own ... Read more
Jan
26
Sat
9:00 am Beginner Hooking Class – Two Sol... @ Parris House Wool Works
Beginner Hooking Class – Two Sol... @ Parris House Wool Works
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Beginner Hooking Class - Two Solitudes Heart Pattern @ Parris House Wool Works
  Would you like to learn the heritage art of North American rug hooking in an easy going, relaxed environment? Join us for a two session (second follow-up session scheduled at the students’ convenience) hooking class where our project is the Two Solitudes table mat/wall hanging Session One – Getting Started, January 26th, 9 AM – 1 PM: Introduction ... Read more
Jan
29
Tue
11:00 am Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Jan 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Join us every Tuesday at the 200 year old Parris House for hooking, camaraderie, and refreshments from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Bring your lunch and stay for the whole time or pop in and out as is convenient. The Parris House studio supplies everything you need for hooking, including patterns, as-is and our own ... Read more
Feb
5
Tue
11:00 am Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Feb 5 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Weekly Hook In at the Parris House @ Parris House Wool Works
Join us every Tuesday at the 200 year old Parris House for hooking, camaraderie, and refreshments from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Bring your lunch and stay for the whole time or pop in and out as is convenient. The Parris House studio supplies everything you need for hooking, including patterns, as-is and our own ... Read more