"The free play of art is the result of mastery. " --Ernst Fischer, The Necessity of Art

"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." --Ladybird Johnson

"...a well-trained ear, a well-trained intelligence, a well-trained heart, and a well-trained hand...." --Zoltan Kodaly


Adventures in Learning: 1--News from the world of a novice crafter

Lessons learned while making a seat cushion for my back porch:

1. Needles tend towards sharpness. Have some respect.
2. If you sew without laying out the material and pinning it first, the result will look as though you did not lay out the material and pin it first.
3. Master craftspeople can probably use cruddy materials and still end up with a beautiful, polished product. I'm not yet a master craftsperson.
4. The learning process is absorbing and probably never-ending. It's also nice to have some useful products along the way.
5. It feels GREAT to be able to do it myself.

OK, there's the news from my first ventures in DIY land. I realize it's not about public school education, directly, but hey--all of life can be about learning, right?

More later.

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