Feb 27, 2013

Wednesday Women- Anna J. Cooper

I like to watch Melissa Harris Perry on MSNBC Saturday mornings & it was there last week that I heard about Anna Julia Cooper ....tho she adhered to many of the Victorian social structures of her time, she still championed the rights of black women to educate themselves & speak out against the injustices that were being perpetrated... She was absolutely brilliant....but not as well known as many of the other Civil rights leaders that we know so well today....So lets change that....


"Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (ca. August 10, 1858 – February 27, 1964) was an author, educator, and one of the most prominent African American scholars in United States history. Upon receiving her Ph.D in History from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924, Cooper became the fourth African American woman to earn a doctorate degree. She was also a prominent member of Washington, D.C.'s African American community."
She was married to George Cooper who she met at school but he died at a young age after only two years of marriage...


She was born to a slave woman Hanna Stanley Haywood in 1858..... of her mother she said....

"My mother was a slave and the finest woman I have ever known. . . .Presumably my father was her master, if so I owe him not a sou & she was always too modest & [sic] shamefaced ever to mention him." (Cooper,. 1988, p. xxxi) 

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Anna Julia earned B.A. and M.A. degrees at Oberlin & in 1925 at that age of 67 she received her  Ph.D. in History at the Sorbonne in Paris.....She wrote one book.....A Voice from the South: By A Woman from the South, published in 1892......She gave numerous speeches on Women & Civil Rights......She was a member of many Black women clubs and charity groups.... she was a co-founder of the Colored Women's League in Washington, DC in 1894...she also helped to organize the National Conference of Colorado Women in 1895.

She died at the age of 105 in February, 1964 on the cusp of the signing of the Civil Rights Act in July of 1964......On this 49th anniversary of her death, that Act is now being challenged today by those who wish to take us back to a time when African Americans had no voting rights...Hopefully such a travesty will be averted......She was witness to many decades of changing & evolving civil rights struggles... Hers is an inspiring story & well worth reading....I hope you take the time to acquaint yourself with this woman who made history as a quiet warrior for the rights of African American women as well as for the Civil Rights cause......

On Pages 26 & 27 of every new United States passport is the following quote by this wonderful lady....It should be the motto of this country....

"The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class - it is the cause of humankind, the very birthright of humanity." - Anna Julia Cooper






Feb 25, 2013

Snow Moon...

It is aptly named considering the amount of snow we have received lately....The native Americans named it so because it was a time of heavy snows which made the hunting hard...other names for this Full Moon are the Quickening Moon, Hunger Moon, Opening Buds Moon, Storm Moon, and the Trapper’s Moon.


With the Moon in Virgo this also means it is a time to take care of ourselves holistically....this is a time of contemplating where we are going in life & paying attention of the simple everyday things....to do lists, chores, personal well being...focusing on completing these things in a meditative way can create a much calmer, stress free space in the home...less mind clutter.....I know it works for me... I read this article today & wanted to share it with you....I thought the application of cleaning was perfect for this time in focusing on the practical aspects of living.......Full Moon In Virgo: Practical Magic

Enjoy your Moon time....

There Are Faces I Remember...

 Happy Birthday George.....You are sadly missed....

Feb 24, 2013

It Snowed....

 My Dr. Seuss tree in silhouette last night....


It was one of those storms which left everything looking like a fairyland....
It is a beautiful day here!!

Feb 23, 2013

DIY Friday- Decoupage

I like to decoupage once in a while but I am not fond of the more bold & busy type of decoupage with everything covered by a picture...I prefer the more aged, subtle, transparent look....more of a bleed through effect....That is why I like to use tissue paper or napkins now...You could even draw your own designs on white tissue with a permanent ink to make it even more unique... Here are a few ideas that I really like...
Decoupage an Antique map....I love this idea for one of Maine...


Decoupage on fence .....This gave me an idea of doing the Maine map on wood...

A very simple technique to Decoupage on mirror... it is a 
unique way of aging a mirror 
Furniture Redo...this is my favorite...
It is very subtle and I love the ephemera on it...She doesn't explain her paint technique but it is chalk paint wash with probably a very light stain wiped over to highlight...

I love this Art work with rope or string, white tissue paper & spray on paint... I have some old tin tiles in bad shape that would be perfect for this...& I have hundreds of little pieces of hemp left over from macrame....
I also have some wooden hangers that would be good candidates for decoupage...so with another storm coming this weekend, I guess I will see what evolves...

Have a creative weekend...

Feb 20, 2013

Wednesday Women- Catherine Hyde.... Artist

A UK artist whose themes of Nature, Wildlife & Luna are just beautiful...I first saw one on Pinterst & when fellow blogger, Solstice Dreamer, mentioned someone had given her two of her prints I had to check it. out...  Here are just a few examples of her Art work.....I have provided links to her Website & Facebook page below....Enjoy!!!










You can see more of her Art here...

Her Facebook page is here



Feb 10, 2013

Chicken Chronicles

We cleared an area for the Girls to see if they wanted to get some fresh air after being cooped up during the storm........Here is their response....
I think Elizabeth was pretty clear...
 Ummmmm
 Mmmmmmm
 Ummmmm
NO!

Feb 9, 2013

DIY Weekend- Winter Storm Project

After getting about 29 inches of snow at our place from this week's winter storm, it was a good time to work on a project....The Hubby had an old mirror that I really loved.... It looked like it had been something behind a sideboard ......so after a cleaning & clearing, I touched up a few areas on it but nothing too major .....I though a narrow shelf would look good so I asked the Hubby to see what he could find & he never disappoints...I wanted to add similar flower designs that were on the mirror to the shelf to carry the theme down .....So.....
 Out came the supplies....
First I made a paper template to keep the flower sizes about the same...
I made the flowers & leaves from polymer clay, baked them , added some touches of black paint to highlight areas.... then glued them to a 6 X 52 shelf the Hubby had found ....He had rounded the ends for me so they curved in....then applied a heavy amount of dark walnut stain to match how dark the mirror was... I wiped off the excess from the flowers so it had an aged look to it... 


I put one coat of beeswax on & need to apply one more...& get one more bracket to hold it...but I wanted to see what it looked like up.....If you click on the pictures you get a larger view...


I left the top on from Christmas...It seems to work in my livingroom & the lights are homey looking....Did you know that placing a mirror on the wall opposite a window is good Feng Shui....Helps to deflect negative energy from coming in

Now to find something intersting to put on the shelf....
Hope everyone has a safe weekend...

Feb 6, 2013

Wednesday Women - Helen Nearing & Scott too....

Today I was splitting wood & stacking it.......It felt really good to do that...while I was swinging away with the maul, my old life philosophy filtered back in & with it the Nearings... even tho this Wednesday Women post is titled Helen Nearing, you cannot separate these two....they are a packaged deal....You cannot think about one without the other...

She is the Mother of the Back to the Land Movement....He is the Father... ..Together they laid the blueprint of sustainable living...I admire these two greatly..The lived their convictions & philosophy for over 60 years...leaving New York City in 1932 for Vermont  then eventually Maine...They educated many people who sought to live a simpler natural life....often being credited with awakening the back to the land movement of the Hippies...

 The adage "you are never two old" must have had these two on mind....At the ages of 48 & 69, in 1952, they built their final homestead in Haborside Maine where they lived out their lives...Helen died in 1995 at the age of 91 in a car accident...Scott chose to commit suicide by starving at the age of 100 in 1983....
They were activists, pacifists, vegetarians, raw food advocates, socialists, anti war protesters...they even signed a petition along with 400 others to refuse to pay taxes to protest the Vietnam War...
In our tough New England environment, they were among the first to use greenhouses & cold frames to grow food year round.....


 They wrote The Good Life...

It was one of the first books I read on living off the land.....I very highly recommend anyone interested in getting closer to a simpler way of living...and even if you do not go off the on your grid, there is a blueprint to at least elevate the impact of society on your life... They built many stone houses which they are known for....& they were doing this well into their 70's & 80's.... This is the home, they built, Forest Farm, in Harborside, Maine...

Two other books I recommend starting with along with the Good Life...
Simple Food for the Good life.... as well as Loving & Leaving the Good Life...in which Helen talks about her life with Scott and his death...
Other informational sites you might enjoy....


The Walden Woods Project  - documents on many of their political beliefs....

Even if you do not have plans to ever live off the grid, the information that they have given us enables us to at least become less dependant on those who care little for our welfare... It is a legacy that I am grateful they have left us...

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