Monday, July 21, 2014

2nd Quilt - The Homestretch

I'm on the homestretch - the last three rows of twenty-four squares each and I'll be finished with the second quilt. It's been more than a year since the it was rolled onto the frame. Our son and daughter-in-law took less time to make a baby than I have to finish their wedding quilt. Maybe I'll make it before their second anniversary in November. Only 3,000 stitches to go.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Return to Locarno

Just announced - The European premiere of "Land Ho!" will be at the Locarno Film Festival in August. Here is a link to the announcement in "Variety."

What a setting - 8,000 seats in the open air Piazza Grande. WOW!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Several years ago before we moved from Bainbridge Island, black feathers appeared in my path too often to be a coincidence. I was going through some dark times at work with difficult decisions to make. I left my job, we moved away from the island, and the feathers stopped showing up.

Last week a friend wrote on her blog about finding feathers in her garden. This morning during my walk on Mt. Tabor a small brown striped feather with an orange spine left by a Norther Flicker caught my eye. On the way back home, seagull feathers blew across the walkway.

Feathers are thought to be symbols of a spiritual path and a sign of encouragement along the way. They could be a message to lighten up, to not take things too seriously, to look for joy.

I've been feathered at just the right moment.

Can't Get "Land Ho!" Out of My Head

I wrote about the title song for "Land Ho" written by Aaron's long time friend Keegan DeWit back in January when the movie came out at Sundance. I provided a link to a clip of the song online. Unfortunately in the fast moving world of the Internet, the linked article was deleted.

Happily this morning a new article about the song appeared on the site "HitFix." This time it is possible to hear the whole song. WARNING - this is one of those ditties that will play on a loop in your head. You can at least read the article by clicking HERE. Scroll to the bottom to hear the song. Enjoy!

Friday, July 11, 2014


Land Ho! launches today. Theaters in New York and Los Angeles have already started to screen the movie for audiences. Will it be a hit at the box office? Will "Boyhood" the other indie release this weekend, outshine the low budget film made by a small group of hardworking under paid film makers? My fingers are crossed.

I'm overwhelmed by the quantity of articles, interviews, and reviews zooming across the Internet. More than 50 "Tweets" in the last hour. One reviewer says the movie is "A balm for the harried soul." I could use that "balm" right now, but Land Ho! doesn't open here until August 15th :(

At trip to the news stand this afternoon netted the Friday, July 11th New York Times. There's no substitute for the feel of real newsprint in my hand and the pleasure of opening the arts and entertainment section to a half page ad for the movie followed by a half page review. I read the complimentary words on the page and know this is no longer just a dream for my film obsessed son. Real newsprint, real words, real achievement.

If you want to be overwhelmed, visit Land Ho! on Facebook for links to dozens of online articles including the New York Times, NPR, and the Los Angeles Times. The movie is even AARP approved.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Less than a week until release of Aaron's movie "Land Ho!" in New York and Los Angeles. The Internet is starting to buzz. Interviews, clips, twitter messages, and Facebook activity keep me in touch with the excitement.

There is an great article and video clip on the New York Times website. Check it out HERE.

10 - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 - lift off to Iceland :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

The Miracle of New Life

Our family grew to eight this week. In the blink of an eye, a new life burst into our midst. Well maybe it wasn't a "blink" for the new mom and dad, but it seemed that way to us when a photo of our new granddaughter appeared on Gary's phone minutes after the birth.

We are still trying to absorb the concept of "grandparent," these kids aren't old enough are they? Neither are we. When the new little one arrived on the scene she changed us, moved us to a new status on the continuum. Wow, a big job for such a tiny and innocent being.

Blessings on little Vivian Maeve and her happy parents. May she live a long and fruitful life of love.

Some words from John O'Donohue "As a Child Enters the World":

As I enter my new family,
May they be delighted
At how their kindness
Comes into blossom.

Unknown to me and them,
May I be exactly the one
To restore in their forlorn places
New vitality and promise.

May the hearts of others
Hear again the music
In the lost echoes
Of their neglected wonder.

If my destiny is sheltered,
May the grace of this privilege
Reach and bless the other infants
Who are destined for torn places.

If my destiny is bleak,
May I find in myself
A secret stillness
And tranquillity
Beneath the turmoil.

May my eyes never lose sight
Of why I have come here,
That I never be claimed
By the falsity of fear
Or eat the bread of bitterness.

In everything I do, think,
Feel, and say,
May I allow the light
Of the world I am leaving
To shine through and carry me home.