Sunday, July 22, 2018

The wonders of being weird!!



illustration by virginia fitzgerald. © 2018

the adventures of Joey - made by a Potato Hill poetry writer
There's a whole category of people who miss out by not allowing themselves to be weird enough. 
Alain De Botton
Once again I had the pleasure of spending a morning with some very creative kids at Potato Hill Poetry's Summer Writing Program. This week we created a comic/graphic novel using thumbprint art. I have posted all the amazing pieces on my other blog, http://virginiafitzgerald.blogspot.com, and I high;y suggest that you visit as the variety and storytelling of these comics are outstanding!

However, during our creating session, the general conversation moved to the topic of weird came up and I was saddened by the group's response to the idea of being weird. They saw weird as more of a negative while I see weird as something to celebrate. We discussed being weird for a bit, and I might have gotten a few of them to see the wonders of being weird, however, their response gave me pause.

I truly do believe that our unique weirdness should be embraced and celebrated because that is what makes us our own person and is the one of a kind gift we can give the world!! However, weirdness is something that much of our everyday lives tries to squash, through advertising, marketing, and peer pressure.  
So to combat those social pressures, I want to preach the wonders of being weird!
Today find your weird and let it shine!!
love, mom

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

May this dress remind us to learn the wonders of balance ...

'dresstag' left at Karma Coffee, Sudbury, MA

Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot.
 I am learning to live between effort and surrender.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

May this dress remind us all to take good care of yourselves!


"If you want to do your best 
for future generations of humanity, 
for your friends and family, 
you must begin by 
taking good care of yourself."

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche

love, mom

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Don't forget, truth and love have always won!!!



“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. 
There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, 
but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” 

The past week I fell into a well of despair, for oh so many reasons.  In the last few days I am feeling a bit better and that was a wave of relief, as my nature is not to be sad and hopeless.  So with a little lightness clearing out the dark clouds I can thinking of what I wish to post here.  

My desire for this space is for inspiration and supportive quotes, however I also feel strongly that 'we, the people' can not be silent, we need to speak up, say our piece.  One major crux missing from out government is discussion, conversation.  So my aim is to walk a line, being inspiring as well as adressing the state of our union. 
love, mom

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Happy Summer ....

I'm gradually finding my footing after my sudden need to relocate, 
meaning I could create a printable calendar for July!! 


Feel free to download and print out this calendar for your personal use this month.

p.s. if you are having problems downloading or printing the calendar, 
just leave a comment & email and I will send you a PDF.

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

ALWAYS remember that YOU are ENOUGH!!




Believing in our hearts that who we are is enough
is the key to a more satisfying and balanced life.
Ellen Sue Stern

Listen to your heart, know that you are enough,
as you are, right now!!
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

introducing 'waste not wednesday 's ...



“The environment is where we all meet; 
where we all have a mutual interest; 
it is the one thing all of us share.”
-Lady Bird Johnson

I am not sure if it because of our current environment-hating administration or the amount of pollution and waste that I see on a daily basis, but I feel like we all need to take more steps to ensure the health and future of Mother Earth. There are so many big and little actions that each of us can take to improve our environment now and for generations to come.  So I am planning to post on this blog, eco-friendly quotes, and ideas on Wednesdays.

let's be better stewards of mother earth!
love, mom

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

May this dress remind you that you and you alone are responsible for you!!


Remember, you and you alone are responsible
 for maintaining your energy. 
Give up blaming, complaining and excuse making, 
and keep taking action in the direction of your goals 
- however mundane or lofty they may be. 
Jack Canfield

you alone need to take care of yourself, your health, your heart, your life,
so please be good to yourself! 
love, mom

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Monday, June 25, 2018

May this dress remind us how actions now will affect our future!



It is easier to build strong children 
than to repair broken men [and women]. 

Frederick Douglass

I believe that it is PARAMOUNT that we consider the repercussions of our
government's actions in regards to separating families. 
The current administration is creating at least two generations of traumatized and
damaged people which will be our responsibility.  
We live in a global community and no matter where 
these children and parents end up, 
their pain and distress will affect us, 
the United States of America, and
we will only have ourselves to blame. 
I feel so strongly that the current actions on our borders are
unamerican and inhumane and must be stopped.
Also that we, as a country, need to stand up against these 
menacing policies and commit to helping and healing those
families who have been used as pawns in the bully regime that 
tweets out of the White House.
 
peace-
love, mom

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Our future depends on our fairness, kindness and humanity.


The future which we hold 
in trust for our own children 
willbe shaped by our 
fairness to other people's children. 
Marian Wright Edelman

We must rise above our differences
and protect ALL children!!
love, mom

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