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… then bring the mountain or at least a portion of it to you. “Do what you love.” That is what the outpatient therapists reiterate to Steve as we continue on this journey of stroke recovery. One of the things he loves is woodworking, old school craftsmanship. Think The Woodwright Shop. His woodworking shop is in the basement. Hmmm. We’re not quite there yet because yes, it is another spiral stair, but his therapy team said if you love woodworking then do woodworking, figure out some simple projects and go to it. I asked Steve what would you like to do. He said, “Make cutting boards.” Now I’m not a woodworker but I’ve seen him make cutting boards and I responded after a deep breath, “Uhm, do you think there’s something even simpler to begin with? You know you have some cedar panels from a previous project. I can bring them up here. You were supposed to make me some moth repellant hangers for the closets …” He processed it and said, “Okay, we can do that. I need the Jorgenson clamp.” I blinked a few times and then said, “Well, of course,” as I slid my phone out of my pocket to google what that meant. But what I didn’t remember was “old school” and so in the end he had to sketch what he meant and if you google what he meant it falls under beautiful wooden vintage. And so on this journey I’m learning new language (fret saw?!) and new skills (how to make a straight cut). He’s got a goal. He’s making a bunch of very practical (and oh so wonderfully smelling) cedar hooks to give to family and friends for their closets. Life is so interesting. 🙂

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I begin to think that it is the same dove that appears because it no longer flies away even when one is right next to the window.

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… arrived en masse today and what a rowdy bunch they were.

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three sparrows at the kitchen window

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… didn’t make it but the other plants brought in for the winter appear to be doing fine. A lovely sight and scent when the sun heats the basil.

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Hope to see you there! FYI there is plenty of parking and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.

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… prepping prints for a new group show. More details soon!

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What a pleasure to have had my work on view at the honeyjones gallery in Cambridge as part of the Meditations on Climate Crisis: Inspiring Change 2022 Exhibit curated by Adriana G. Prat. Closing reception is this Sunday November 27 2-4 pm. Nibblies and beverages will be available. Hope to see you there, and meanwhile take a look at all of the other activities taking place at this amazing gallery.

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When we first moved in Steve appreciated the craftsmanship exhibited in the staircase. I admired the beauty of the light falling through the stained glass window on to the steps. And I figured we had our very own in-home cardio set up just going up and down the stairs to answer the doorbell, gather mail, etc. In the intervening years the stairs have proven quite the challenge. Now that Steve is back home recovering from a stroke we have to learn to navigate the stairs in a very different way. Our learnings are the same and different. The same learnings are about the body, muscles, tendons, nerves, what has to be strengthened, how long it can take the brain to rewire itself, etc. The different learnings are around trust. As his “assist” down and up the stairs, he has to overcome his anxiety that he might hurt me. I have to learn to trust myself that I know what the hell I’m doing as I give him physical and verbal queues for how to move. Going down I am reminded of a waltz in part. His hand on my shoulder, my hand on his waist and the other prepared to help him sweep that left over close to the wall as we descend in unison. Or mostly in unison … we’re still working on it together. And that is the beauty in this challenge, we are here on this earth and able to work together.

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