December 10, 2015

New notice from Fredericton, New Brunswick
Looking for artists (knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters, and quilters )

to work for free …

… until January 29
… accepting handmade goods for newly arrived Syrian refugees.
They want hand-made mittens, hats, sweaters, socks, blankets and throws for all ages to stay warm during a New-Brunswick winter.

Drop-off locations for donations:

artsnb office at 649 Queen street, 2nd floor
Yarns On York at 72 York street
Fredericton Public Library at 12 Carleton

What do you think? Great idea! But why stop there? Do you suppose there might be some homeless New Brunswick street people who would also appreciate nice newly knitted warm fuzzy mitts and hats and socks and sweaters and blankets too.
Also …

How about if the NGOs and businesses and Government do-good agencies paid the artists (knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters, and quilters) for the their time and creativity?

Also George … Maybe if the refugees were donated some nice wool and needles … Do you suppose they might like to knit their own? Canadian winters are not only freezing cold … They can be long and boring with nothing much to do unless you have money to go out somewhere.
Hang out in malls? Even buses cost money.

By its resolution 217 A (III) of 10 December 1948, the General Assembly, meeting in Paris, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with eight nations abstaining from the vote but none dissenting. Hernán Santa Cruz of Chile, member of the drafting sub-Committee, wrote:”
Quote from UN webpage http://www.un.org

#12

Pi

Enjoy life, live in peace but carry a big stick …

Perhaps the best advice I ever received was from a dear artist friend who told me this years ago:
” Never forget that you are a human being.”
This advice has helped me survive the effects of a dehumanizing world that grows worse year by year.

While the games and movie industry and the war machines that run this world might encourage us to believe otherwise, we are not owned by them. We are human. However, we are also very vulnerable.

As long as we can remember this and retain some bit of our humanity there might be hope for future generations.