Beginnings, Endings, and the Lessons of Sock Knitting

Here we are. It is Monday the beginning of a new week and also December 31st, the ending of the year. The beginning and ending all on the same day…there are so many ways a writer could approach this situation. Life is full of moments that are at once endings and beginnings. Milestones that bring both sadness and joy. For even when the ending is one that is welcome – the end of a project, a great book, a favorite movie – there exists a slight twinge of loss.

Today I want to talk about knitting socks. It might not seem like there is a connection, but please bear with me. For those of you who are shaking your head and wondering, “Knit socks? Who in their right mind would make something you can buy at Walmart in a twelve pack for ten dollars?” I’ve heard it before and I will share that part of sock knitting another day. For now I have a specific sock knitting story to tell and hopefully you will see the connection in the end. If not, well, that’s ok too. You will have learned about a vast world where people like me use pointy sticks and spend many hours knitting tiny yarn into pretty coverings for their feet. We are a devoted bunch.

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Looking Back To Move Forward

Pearls in the Oyster

According to You Ask Andy a grain of sand inside an oyster can take up to twenty years to become a pearl. The iridescent beauty of a natural pearl is created slowly over time as layers upon layers are added until the pearl is large enough to have value. Isn’t this just the perfect metaphor for life? In a culture that values youth, us old folks should cling to this truth: It takes many years of hard living to be able to truly shine.

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Hopes, Dreams and Resolutions

Are you ready for 2019?

This is the time of year when everyone seems to make big plans to change themselves in hopes that by doing that one thing, everything in their universe will suddenly become like a fairy tale. Life will just be perfect if……. You can fill in the blank. I’m not going to bore you with a long lecture on the futility of resolutions, or throw out statistics on the numbers of people who really won’t loose weight, eat better, exercise more, drink less or stop smoking. Isn’t it interesting that most resolutions seem to deal with taking better care of ourselves, both physical and emotional?

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