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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…

                                             Ecclesiastes 3:1

Landmark Park offered a Folk Arts Workshop Week-end. The Wiregrass Hitties and Mad for the Farthing Crowd made a clever plan and decided to attend, en (small) masse. Their purpose? The Hitty Hive Mind determined that wood-turning could be a clear path to population growth.

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A basket of dollies; models and inspiration

A pepper-mill seemed like a good choice for learning to turn the lovely curves of a farthing doll. The teacher was very responsive to the request for a small change in the pattern and provided great instruction for both a traditional style mill and a rather differently shaped one.

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A fellow student with instructor, Paul M. Cox, turns an easy-to-grasp pepper-mill.

During the short breaks, Agapanthus admired the work of the more experienced wood-turners. The bowl of spalted wood was charming; the winged bowl of flamed box elder, breathtaking, but Aggie really loved the quirky, colorful bowl turned from colored pencils.

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Agapanthus rejoices in the beautiful work of Wiregrass Woodturners Murphy Jones and Bob Newsome.

The Queen’s Doll decided the Pepper-Mill had gotten ideas above her station and thought to bring her down a peg or two. Still, she definitely has a head, shoulders and waistline.

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Not an elegant introduction to the family…

After the dusty class, everyone went to the Martin Drugstore for a Black Cow, an ice cream soda and not-quite-a-penny candy.

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Tottie chooses horehound, an old-fashioned treat for an old-fashioned doll

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Landmark Park, Dothan, AL

Wiregrass Woodturners

C & S Wood Products

Martin Drugstore. Scroll down to see the store before it moved to Landpark Park, where it now resides, exactly as it was.

 

 

 

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:14

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We all have those peas in our lives…sometimes we are the pea.

Throughout the year, Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth is knit during particular sporting events, when The Knitter can hardly excuse herself for sitting in front of The Box without something to occupy her hands…but not something that requires a great deal of thought or talent. Later in the year, every Christmas stocking beyond the immediate household is stuffed with those same dubiously handy dishcloths, both as a genuine gift and a poke in the ribs.

But before the stuffing of stocking or the mailing of boxes this Season,  Hitty Hedydd declared that the DD’s (Dratted Dishcloths) should be put to good, illustrative use in a Fairy Tale for a Kinder World.

 

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Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

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Sunset on the Feast of Saint Francis

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon of St. Francis of Assisi

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“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father…Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10:29-31 KJV (abridged)

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Hittys Risable, Elodie and Helen Enigma say “Farewell” to a little Comfort Bird, carved in cedar, winging it’s way with prayer and affection to a new home.

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The 2 o’clock sun unfortunately filtered through the blinds, faintly illuminating the stage manager’s station. No need for a work-light during the matinée performance of ESCC’s “GODSPELL”. Suitably costumed, in case an understudy might be required, Hedydd gathered tools of the trade around her, to assist in the task of calling the show: script, com, flashlight, pencil…chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

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Day by day, or show by show, there’s always Hedydd

You can see more photos of ESCC’s “Godspell” on Facebook at ESCC Theatre.

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Peas on Earth

Good will, and good luck, to all!

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Hitty Hedydd joined friends and family at the park to celebrate the Enterprise, Alabama Taoist Tai Chi® Society’s 10th anniversary. She was mesmerized watching the graceful motion of the practitioners moving silently as one. The sword set was thrilling! Of course, there was a delightful variety of things to eat and to share with others enjoying a perfect Autumn day in the park.

 

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“Compassion” was the highlight of Hedydd’s day. Based on the “Allegory of the Long Spoons”, relay teams manipulated yard-long chopsticks, placing cornstarch packing-peanut “rice” into their neighbor’s bowl. Everyone, thankfully, was a winner.


One version of the Allegory of the Long Spoons may be found here.

And to learn more about the Taoist Tai Chi® Society and the benefits of Tai Chi, please visit http://www.taoist.org

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