Another quick positive update, my daughter received in the mail one of the best craft books from a family member yesterday in the mail. It is called, “Tissue Paper Crafts” by April Chorba. I have to say, with all the craft books I have purchased for myself and also for daughter, this book is on the top five combined.
Since I once taught English and ESL in public schools and adult learners in Adult Ed classes, I have mostly put all of these real life stressors aside right now with COVID-19 and I am enjoying my time home with my daughter with homeschooling. I am really loving this craft book with all the different art skills this book is teaching, in addition to the typical educational aspects you’d find in the classroom. Depending on the age you can do this with a beginner approach of using just your fingers, to intermediate with using a ruler and notch it up, with a bone folder (sounds scary maybe, but it is otherwise known as a creaser) to make precise creases. I included a picture of the tool in the slideshow. You can also make elaborate decoration, with colorful flowers.
Since the Book Project, God’s Children, is completed and we followed through with our intention despite the countless hurtles, instead of losing hope, giving up, we condensed each book page and selected certain poems and drawings, while putting others aside. As they say ‘the teachable moment’ is to never give up, no matter what.
Here’s hoping everyone is getting along during this difficult time, with some goodness to share. I am grateful I was able to finally add this second gift, which is a landscape picture taken by my Father, Ross Burton. This to me has always been sacred land, which I wrote about in my first book, in 2001. It has been a family reunion amidst such challenging times. I have been truly blessed to see something good come from this. See the note below.
This first picture was taken my Dad, Ross Burton. This sense of place, which is a Quarry, he’s captured for years in ways that I have always felt show the vastness, while the infinite ways of being and also our seeing.