I woke up this morning to news of the earthquake in Japan. I don’t even have “regular TV”, but get my news in the form of the NY Times and Chicago Tribune in my email box every day. I try not to dwell on the news, but I do like to stay informed. Many times it is overwhelming for me.
Since joining here at Lumberjocks, I have met many people from all around the world. There are also many that I haven’t really interacted with, but I have sat back quietly and admired their beautiful work and contributions to the site. Being here has made the world much smaller as far as I am concerned.
Yesterday I received the chip carving knives from Jaime Speirs. I had mentioned that I was thinking of trying of trying some chip carving and looking at purchasing some knives from Lee Valley. Jamie immediately contacted me, saying that he had some extras from a class he taught and offered them to me. He sent them, and the first set never arrived. He was kind enough to send a second set which did indeed make it here.
He didn’t ask anything in return. He just wanted to see them get used and enjoyed by someone. He lives all the way in Scotland, which is an ocean away from Nova Scotia where I live. But he treated me as he would a friend who lives right around the corner. I want to publicly thank Jaime for his kindness in sending me these knives not once, but twice. I will think of him every time I use the knives and it will remind me of the kindness that lies in people’s hearts. Much like I do with the beautiful turned pen I received from Steve in England and the jewelry box from Grizzman in Alabama. These are all reminders of how wonderful people can be and how we make ‘friends’ through sites like this.
I have a new friend on facebook this week. His name is Carl and he is from Hawaii. He turns bowls from Koa trees. I have not heard of Koa before and I was fascinated seeing his beautiful work with them. When I heard about the tsunami heading toward Hawaii this morning my thoughts went to him. I checked my Facebook page and he had posted that the warning sirens have gone off and they were instructed to get to safety. I hope I hear from him later.
It is difficult to concentrate on my trivial things here knowing the peril that others are facing. The sights and stories of the pain and destruction weigh heavily on my heart. I don’t really feel like writing about my own experiences today. I just want to know that my friends and the others are safe.
We need to be grateful for what we have. At any given moment it can be swept away. We need to live each day with appreciation and care for others around us and be aware of our gifts. Family and friends. Appreciate them.
May you all have a safe day. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"