Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Links and Inspiration

Collage by Lani

My buddy jaihn sent me this wonderful link to an amazing bookbinder/paper maker, Joanne Kaar. She's got such inspiring images and ideas for everyone, but I loved all of the Taiwan images. Simple stone carvings of Puli! Do take a look.

And do you know Granny D? (HBO did a documentary which youtube has clips from) There's no moss growing on Granny D. And she certainly doesn't believe that grannies can be seen but not heard! The things she has to say...

This showed up in my inbox today:

The Greatest Danger Before You, Granny D
In the end -- and it will end -- your life will seem to have sped by like a fleeting dream. Much of your story will be the age-old but ever joyful human experience: romance, family, satisfying work, and happy completion. I wish you a great fountain of successes. You will also be provided with all the failures and tragedies necessary to deepen and widen your soul -- sufficient, I hope, to make you wise and forgiving of all human frailties. I pray that these necessary troubles will never long crush your optimism nor your love for this magical life.
The greatest danger before you is this: you live in an age when people would package and standardize your life for you -- steal it from you and sell it back to you at a price. That price is very high.
You have already been selected for this program. You have its credit cards and designer labels already expensively around you. In the months ahead, you will find yourselves working long hours, too exhausted for community life or even good friendships -- too compromised to take a stand against the abuses of the system you serve. A great treadmill has been devised for you, and its operators do not care much if it wears you out or kills you. A system is in place to steal your life from you, if you will let it. Don't let it.
Read, study, meditate and think for yourself. Let your most serious education now commence, if it has not already done so. Refine and hold your own values, and pay the high price necessary to live those values. Decide what is important to you, and hold your ground against all temptations and tortures. From the pink granite of your own values, build a fortress against the world's ethical compromises, or you will soon be among those dead of eye who stand next to you in elevators but who are not alive. Don't let them steal your life. This is the only warning you will receive.
--Granny D
“We have a duty to look after each other. If we lose control of our government, then we lose our ability to disperse justice and human kindness. Our first priority today, then, is to defeat utterly those forces of greed and corruption that have come between us and our self-governance.”

-- Doris “Granny D.” Haddock

My Artella buddy, Glenda Miles, sent me the link for a new SuziBluTube video.

So watch the video with your Muse, have some tea and sparkles, and then figure out how to grow up to be like Granny D! Make sure to be seen and heard today! Why not?


Ellen Lyn said...

Hey Lani!
I really enjoyed your latest entries...good job on the cod pieces! =) Have you seen Suzi Blu's vlog about fairy jars? It's cool!
P.S. Granny D gets my vote...she's the bom-diggety!

Lani Gerity said...

Oh, yes, that one is posted over on the 14 Secrets blogspot!

Neda said...

Hi! I am thrilled to have "discovered" your incredible blog. I love everything about it (the art is fabulous and your texts are thought-provoking). Thank you for inspiring us. I am hooked :)

Lani Gerity said...

You are very welcome Neda!