Monday, January 23, 2017


When I was a kid 
my mom loved to read aloud 
the Greek myths.

Her favorite was the one about how Zeus punished humans
 for having accepted the gift of fire from Prometheus 
by giving Pandora (a most beautiful woman) 
a box he told her not to open (but knew she would). 
All the miseries of the world
were unleashed from that box as Pandora opened it...
at the bottom of the box, was 
My mom used to say, "there is always hope".
There is a great short telling of the myth here:
 Of course, 
when looking for another poem to memorize 
during radiation, 
I was drawn to Emily Dickinson's beautifully crafted words.

Hope Is the Thing With Feathers
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words 
and never stops at all

And sweetest in the gale is heard
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm

I've heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea
Yet, never, in extremity
It asked a crumb of me.

Of course,
when looking for another quilt to make
(living joyfully)
I was drawn to a big jar of 


  1. Oh what a beautiful sentiment piece you've made; and, yes, hope is what keeps us going--good luck, hon. We're all rooting for you --sending a few little prayers along, too. Can't hurt, may help, right??
    hugs, Julierose

  2. I love your story and the poem about hope. I hope others will memorize positive poems to help themselves through radiation. Your internal emotional process is so inspiring.

  3. My mother loved to tell the story of Pandora's box, too -- your quilt is fantastic and that poem is one of my younger son's favorites (he has dealt with significant health issues for all of his 35 years ... and always will - yet he absolutely believes in the power of hope).

  4. Hope=our wish for Stephanie to be cancer free, healthy, and happy
    Hope=a beautiful quilt with beautiful dreams and love sewn into it
    Hope=I pray that you never lose it Hugs, D

  5. Love the quilt, and the words behind it.

  6. شركة المثالية للتنظيف تسعد بتقديم خدماتها لعملائها بالمنطقة الشرقية خدمات تنظيف خدمات مكافحة حشرات خدمات تسليك مجاري المياه للمطابخ والحمامات جميع الخدمات المنزلية تجدونها مع شركة المثالية للتنظيف بافضل جودة وارخص الاسعار بالاعتماد علي كافة الادوات الحديثة والعمالة الماهرة

    شركة المثالية للتنظيف
    شركة المثالية للتنظيف بالدمام
    شركة المثالية للتنظيف بالخبر