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Sunday, January 5, 2014
Of Two Minds
Of Two Minds
When I was a little girl I had a love hate relationship with
Sunday. All the best musicals were on T.V. all day long, but there was no one
to play with (they were all gone doing fun things with their family, which made
me feel I was lacking.) Now I love Sunday. It is the one day of the week where
I do not feel stress about things that I should
be doing; I get to do whatever I want to do. I still choose good films to
watch, usually ones that make me think or feel passionately and deeply.
Today I watched Of Two Minds, which is a visually beautifully
constructed documentary about bi-polar disease. Mental illness has found itself
a thread in my life in SO many different ways, each one significant and
impacting; it always finds me.
What I loved about this film is the relatability
of the characters, but mostly the relatability of the illness to anyone’s life.
I am not saying that the illness does not afflict in reality, or that it is
less significant because we all experience some of the symptoms as they are
described by those diagnosed with the illness; I know I cannot full identify
with living on a daily basis with the disease, however I feel we have all
experienced some of the highs and lows and the devastating consequences of
those feelings. I would like people to remember that and have more compassion
when it comes to thinking about, or being confronted with, mental illness. I
also liked how the move looks at both the perspective of the patient and the
Photo: 24.media on Tumblr
I also finished a necklace yesterday that I wanted to share
with you. It was quite a challenge because it is very tightly woven, one bead at
a time with needle and thread; the thread kept breaking except for where I used
six pound fire line. I recommend only using six pound or heavier strength if
you are going to do any tight weaving. It is so much work, I want it to last.
This is a Cellini Spiral technique with a reverse spin at
the center. I used dyed coral, and seed beads in sizes 6, 8, and 11, in silver
lined crystal, pearled turquoise, coral red, and peridot lined apricot colors.
Outside the twist I stranded more dyed coral, natural coral, and brecciated
turquoise. You cannot see the extra-large, silver clasp. I will also be making
For the rest of my day I think I will make a soufflé or
quiche with roasted asparagus and bacon, and another baklava or maybe some
turnovers or cookies with tart cherry paste.