Today (as many other days)
we stood up for justice
we denounced malpractice
Happy to see our children
taking the opportunity
to voice their concerns
if only that were enough…
Sad to see many stood by
unable or unwilling to join us
many fear repercussions
and miss the bigger picture
that we are a community
that we need each other
to get things done
that it takes a village
Education is always in a participatory manner. The act of learning is to gain foreign information. The only source of foreign information is gained from other sources. Whether you’re reading a book, blog, or looking at a painting, you’re having a discussion, the basic form of exchanging knowledge. Discussions or conversation is the exchange of ideas. You require two parties. It is regardless if the other party is a person, a painting or a blogpost. The exchange is happening. Knowledge cannot be shared, used, or exist if it is not participating in active thought.
Repurposing and recycling are a big part of our work, finding ways to consume less materials and repurpose what is already available. I believe that recycling goes hand in hand with mending.
Mending is an ancient practice across many cultures used often during times of need across history.
I myself grew up mending clothing for the family. That’s how I learned how to sew, replace zippers or flip shirt collars (such a war time kind of save resources sort of practice).
In my own time with my family, I’ve used all my sewing knowledge for patching holes in a garment, reinforcing knees on a favorite pair of jeans, or fixing the back of a worn blanket.
Our friends know that when I visit, it is always fair (and to my great pleasure) to give me something they need mended while I’m there.
Not too long ago, my friend Sava introduced me to the Indian term “rafu” (or rafoo, raphu, rafoogari as I later researched) meaning mending for clothing, the art of darning. I’ve also learned about Sashiko, a form of decorative reinforcement stitching originated in rural Japan back in the 18th century.
The skills, ability, and interest in extending the life of a garment seem to have been lost in our society. I believe it can be brought back.
I find your lack of faith…disturbing.
— Darth Vader