Saturday, November 28, 2009

My 2009 zine

I apologize for not posting more lately. I am paddling along in the river of life right now, trying to keep my head above water. (Hoping not to drown in the flood of the holidays!) I know I will find a rhythm to this, eventually. I think blogging will still be a part of my routine, but I'm open to whatever will be the best path for me.

I did want to show you the covers of my zine:

"Something Extra" #2 zines

I am participating in Alma Stoller's I Heart Zines 2009 swap. Last year's swap was really cool -- I loved the zines I received. It was a huge push to get this year's zine finished and out the door on time, but I did it. It's called Something Extra #2 (The Circle Issue).

I made my covers by hand again this year. I painted white ice cream bags, then stitched them to the pages of my calendar from last year. (Every recipient gets to read my family's appointments and events for a month of 2008.) Then I cut out a bunch of circles from fabric and paper, and glued or sewed them on, and also traced blue and white circles with markers. Each cover is its own goofy self.

The swap theme is art/craft zines. I wrote a large article about the art of sand mandalas. I also wrote an article about a no-sew fabric doll that you can make with kids, plus a couple of other small pieces to fill it out. I tend to struggle with article ideas, but in the end, I am amazed that it comes together. It's a good stretch for me. And when the swap package arrives, it's wonderful to read everyone's else zine. So much honest effort and beauty and passion . . .

There is a postscript to last year's swap. Somerset Studio asked Alma to write an article about the 2008 swap; the article is in the current issue (Nov/Dec 2009). She highlighted a few of the zines, and Something Extra (#1) got a mention! It's a thrill to see my work mentioned in a national magazine.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Charter for Compassion

The Charter for Compassion is an international, interfaith document that urges us to consider compassion:

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.


We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

Watch a reading of the entire charter (approx. 2 minutes) here.

To learn more, and to sign the charter, see