Almost finished! Another patch of snowy white under the blue door to complete, a little more detailing and a few missed cross-stitches to fill in, and I’ll be done. I could return to the fractal I started earlier this year, but that frustrating project may be forever relegated to the “unfinished” stack. The older I get, the less interest I have in unsatisfying projects.
Next up, then, this lovely bit of idealized Americana, a painting by Charles Wysocki. There’s lots of interesting chart work here–and I have a new tool to play with: Pattern Keeper, an app that not only displays the chart at a readable scale but keeps track of where you are. Should be fun to learn and enormously useful on this large (22″x 20″) project. It will occupy my evenings for quite a while.
For me, the needlework has always been a form of meditation, very like a mantra. It keeps my mind and hands busy when my soul is troubled by matters I can’t do anything about it. Like most of you, I am deeply troubled by SCOTUS’s two recent rulings–on the Second Amendment and women’s reproductive rights–and by our country’s dark slide back into its ugly history. This weekend, I reread John Riddle’s book, Eve’s Herbs, a reminder of something that Justice Samuel Alito apparently never bothered to learn: that women have always exerted their right to control their reproductive cycles by whatever means they could find or invent. Abortion and contraception have been a part of our “history and tradition,” and Alito’s assertion that they’re not only reveals his ignorance. Of course the right to abortion isn’t in the constitution, any more than the right to get a vasectomy or drive a car or fly in an airplane is in the constitution. To argue that it must be is not only transparently lame but intentionally fallacious.
I’m glad to hear from so many of you that you are actively protesting these godawful rulings. I can’t protest, but I can help support Planned Parenthood and the ACLU and candidates for office who promise to do everything they can to counter this. (Not that we can have a lot of faith in promises. Look what those justices promised, under oath, during their confirmation hearings.) Thank you for doing what you can, too. It will take everything we’ve got to return our country to its precarious center.
On another subject. I just heard from the publisher of the China Bayles audiobooks that A Plain Vanilla Murder is on sale between now and 7/22. Check it out here. A good time to get it at a very good price.
Reading note: Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.—Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
UPDATE 07/03/22: You may remember that Bill and I have a home in New Mexico. We can’t use it as often as we once could, so we’re listing it. You can see the lovely photos here.
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