Chesed and Gevurah in Netzach…..lovingkindness and Discipline in Endurance

Today is my husband’s birthday.  Over these two days I counted the omer while I hand-sewed stitches that my grandmother would have made me remove if she saw them.  But they are the best stitches I can do with these big hands of mine.  I constructed a new tie for him from painted silk fabric scraps saved from when I used to work in MaryJane Sarvis’ studio  (everything she designs and makes is exquisite–if you can own one beautiful thing, her clothings are the one to have).

My husband likes the tie and that makes me happy.

Today is also the three year anniversary of my haircutting at the Peace Pagoda in Grafton, NY.  Thank you, Phoebe, for remembering.  I will never forget that haircut, nor the poem you wrote about it.  Nor the feeling of your hands holding the shaver completing the job before chemo eliminated all the hair on my body completely over the ensuing days and weeks.

This is the first year of the garden returning after last year’s plantings and garden establishing.  The daffodils and narcissus bulbs are blooming like crazy. Another count begins:  When to start the seeds, how many gardens left to clear and clean up?…..How many dandelions are already out there going crazy? Can you really make wine from them?

This week of endurance brings different counting….less work in the studio and a fair amout of regrouping in the house and in the yard, field notes and sketches.  Sustenance in Exhile:  working from whatever is on hand, using every opportunity for creative expression.  Counting my beautiful and sometimes painful little life.

Tonight, Wednesday evening, April 21, we count twenty three days, which is three weeks and two days of the Omer.

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(American, b. 1958)
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