11 October 2014

inspired by warriors of peace

small metal pieces - 2014 mjd

we live in a troubled world
we live in a beautiful world
we live in a world where each one of us makes a difference. 

some people do it quietly
some people forcefully
but all do it courageously. 

find your way.

we notice the light most 
when it's dark.

we notice peace most
when there is chaos and unrest.

but each should be constant
however else the conditions might be. 

simple things can carry great impact. 

i try to hone my pieces so that messages 
are clearly stated
and the wearer will feel 'more' for having them.

i have this hope that my physical act of making marks in metal
sends the message out into the ether
like a chant in hammer strikes.

the new addition of scallops 
represents the way things can radiate - 
all those good things we can choose to put
out into the world. 

the shining sterling orbs
are physical representations 
of light and self realization.

peace, love, kindness, compassion, grace
coupled with accountability
abstract in nature,
but ever so real 

and ever so needed now. 


the recipients of the 2014 nobel peace prize were announced yesterday - 
one is the youngest ever. you can read about them and be inspired here

and might i share these words with you
that come from young holocaust victim  etty hillesm

ultimately we have just one moral duty:
to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves,
more and more peace,
and to reflect it towards others,
and the more peace there is in us,
the more peace there will be in our troubled world.

06 May 2014

mjd - 2014 - fragile strength talisman pouch - moonflower

it is no mere coincidence that the moonflower blossoms at night. 

it requires darkness 
and the silvery light of the moon
for the creamy white bloom to open.

reverse - fiddlehead

there are things that grow in the dark night of the soul
that, quite simply,
would never come to exist in any other way.

these gifts are meant to come to you in times of struggle or sorrow.

don't miss them because you are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel -
be in the tunnel -
and be aware that surely they are present there along with you.

fiddleheads in the yard 2014

26 April 2014

mjd 2014 - no act is too small

one small stitch at a time

makes for work that is intentional and time consuming 

in the best possible way. 

mjd 2014 - no act is too small

as makers we are gifted with the ability 

(with much practice and attention)

to speak our hearts and minds

through our willing hands.

mjd 2014 - no act is too small

how fortunate is that?

consider the strength of one stitch.
then consider the strength of many.

how much power resides
in each act of kindness,
each act of bravery (no matter how large or small),
each thought of gratitude,
each expression of love and compassion?

mjd 2014 - no act is too small

while one alone holds it's own integrity,
the accumulation over a lifetime can be staggering.

mjd 2014 - no act is too small

no act of kindness or generosity is insignificant. 

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