About Daisy Do

I started out blogging about spirituality to help with the stress of raising a young family. Now, I just like to write and frequently share what I am learning about hearing loss, Deaf gain, and American Sign Language.

Jesus on Telling the Truth

“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

~ Jesus (John 8:32)

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my brother keeping the peace one kitchen at a time

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the difference between healthy and unhealthy secret keeping.

The horrific events of the past week in our nation should have us all taking a close look at what the difference is between “fake news” and “real news.”

These are dangerous and baffling times in my great nation.

I have decided to try and avoid reading or watching news all week long and hope for the best that on Sunday mornings before I go to church I will be able to stomach catching up a bit.

My favorite memory of my relationship with my brother’s daughter was when she was very little – maybe six or seven. She was and is quite a sweet thing. She had painted me a little wooden jewelry box with glow in the dark paint and was very proud. She and my mother and I are all very into boxes and containers to store and sometimes lock up our journals, or sketches, or artwork. So, at some point around the time that she gave me this gift we were hanging out in my parent’s front parlor room and she said very quietly:

“Can I tell  you why I love you and Grandma the most?

You are the best at keeping all my secrets.”

I’ve never been a little boy, and though I’ve raised three and married one, I’m still not sure how secret telling works between guys.

I do know how it works most frequently between girls and women.

It’s different.

I’m very thankful that Aunt memory. It has been at the front of my mind during this past week.

That kind of trust which my dear niece seems to still have in me is, and will always be a precious and humbling gift.

I’ve been needing a lot of music to get me through a tough week. It’s going to be a challenging back to school couple of months.

The YouTube video that I’m most attached to at the moment is Hozier singing VanMorrison’s “Sweet Thing.” What a talented young lad.

Peace – especially with back to school excitement and worries that may be happening in other houses than mine.

 

 

 

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9 Ways to Avoid Emotional Eating Over the Holidays — Therese Borchard

I call the two months between Halloween and New Years the “eating season.” No matter where you turn, there’s a bowl of your favorite candy on someone’s desk, decadent holiday treats at your doorstep, and invitations to parties. The holidays are packed with stress, and we all know the easiest, safest, most affordable place to…

via 9 Ways to Avoid Emotional Eating Over the Holidays — Therese Borchard

Prepare, Prepare, Get Ready, Get Set

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Prepare, prepare, get ready, get set.

Prepare, prepare, and don’t forget.

This is a special time of year.

Christmas is coming, Advent is here.

Prepare, prepare, make ready, make way,

to hear the story of Christmas Day.

Prepare, prepare, the time has come,

soon we will welcome Mary’s son.

 

I heard this on an online Advent Calendar from Ireland – there are two short audios, both recorded by a young Irish boy and they are both lovely. Listen HERE if you would like.

 

 

 

Reflections on St. Lucy and the “Plus” Sized Women’s Clothing Industry

…in this time of inclusiveness,

why should 80 million women be marginalized?

~ Tim Gunn, Fashion Designer on Project Runway

On the one hand, all I want to do during this month-long break from school is to rest and be lazy. On the other hand – I want to read and do things that have nothing to do with American Sign Language or interpreting.

The first thing that caught my eye on my Facebook feed this week was a short video clip from Tim Gunn, a fashion designer on the reality TV show “Project Runway.” A dear friend who lives at a distance has been helping me to come to terms with my poor fashion self – esteem, so this clip was perfect timing. Last August, just before classes started, I sent him a message that included a plea to help with ideas about how to organize my clothes. We have small closets and I had just finished adding a new bookshelf and organizing my growing piles of school books and materials. My desk and school things are in the same room that I have my closet. So, one day I went on a complete ninja culling marathon. I kept on finding ugly clothes that I never wear. I was stressed about my final and very busy year of classes for the ASL-English Interpreter Training Program that I am working on, so it makes sense that I was worrying about my looks as well.

Its interesting – it only took one hissy fit and one hour of pulling and dumping a pile of every single piece of clothing that I have in my dresser and those items plopped on the floor of the closet  – to know that I needed a friend. I was so upset with myself.

I found item after item that was either: 1: sloppy and huge, 2: impossible to fit into, 3: possible to wear, but don’t make me feel even close to good, or, 3: were totally unflattering.

So, my friend messaged: “We can do this together – do it! Garbage bags pronto!! Send me photos, I want proof that you are doing this.”

So, a few weepy fits later and about 15 garbage bags I started sending him photos.

“Good job, I’m proud of you – still too much shit there girl. Keep on dumping.”

And, it started to get fun, and I started trying things on. My friend, and then also my cousin, started chatting about specific fashion and colors that would work for me.

“You are amazing and I’m so proud!” said my cousin. “Get rid of those thick ass socks and show your legs!” said my friend.

So, the Tim Gunn clip I saw this week? It talked about how unfair it is that larger women’s clothing is not backed by the fashion industry, because it makes the industry less money and it is, well, “not fashionable” to be less than thin and fit.

Because of my classes and being mildly Hard of Hearing my self, equal access is on my mind and a part of my every single day – most often all day long. Then, the other day I stumbled onto some amazing sales at a store for larger sized women and I was incredibly excited to find some work clothes that looked and felt professional. So, the follow-up of stumbling onto this rant by Gunn about how unfair it is for my body type to not have equal access, not just to clothes, but clothes that fit right and feel spiffy – well, it cheered me up almost as much as the heeled boots I found. See for your self what the clip says:

Why the Fashion Industry Needs a Makeover

And what is the connection to the St. Lucy doodles I made a while back and included above? For the Catholic Church, St. Lucy is the Patron Saint of eyes. She was tough and blunt, and legend has it that being her own woman got her killed.

“Rather than accept the hand in marriage of a lover who desired her for the sake of her beautiful eyes, (Saint Lucy) she plucked them out, and sent them to him with this message: “Here hast thou what thou so much desirest; and for the rest, I beseech thee, leave me now in peace!” Nevertheless, as the legend expressly tells us, her sight was restored to her the next day. Her martyrdom, instigated by her rejected lover, was accomplished by a dagger thrust into her neck in AD 303.”

So…there you have it. The struggle is real, and I’m so very proud of my now very bare, but well fitted for the most part clothing collection. Moving on up!

The Start of June 2016

 

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“Green was the silence,

wet was the light,

the month of June trembled

like a butterfly.”
Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

 

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American Sign Language has hand shapes that represent English ABC’s.

I carved rubber stamps to make the letter A, C and L.

My friend is having a Deaf baby and her name requires that I need to also carve the letters: R, I, B, and E. Soon I will have the whole alphabet!