One Wild and Precious Life | Remembering Kitty


The Summer Day, by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean - 
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don't know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


(All photos in this post are shared with consent from Kitty's family.)

The sailing community joins Kitty's family in mourning her passing. Here are other posts that do a better job of putting into words what I cannot.

From Melissa:

From Amanda:

From Behan:

From Brittany:

From Anne:

From Laureen:

From Cindy:

Kitty's family has asked that donations be sent to Equusearch in memory of Kitty.

This post originally appeared on our Rebel Heart blog on May 4, 2015.

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If you've ever had a parent suffering from dementia, Marrying George Clooney will probably speak to you, as will her candid discussion of her mother's emotional absence from her childhood. She deftly addresses how an aging parent can somehow end up like a child and anyone who has had to mother or father their own parents will appreciate how she moves through this bizarre circle of life so many of us may face.

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Birds and Bees Quilt, Flora and Fauna in the Winter

This quilt was sewn and photographed during the great Mammoth Lakes snowstorm of January 2017. It was freezing AND snowing outside when my six year old daughter took this photo for me. We kept trying to get a picture in between gusts of wind.

After we managed to get a full shot of the front and a full shot of the back, C went inside to warm her freezing digits, and I grabbed a chair and started doing detail shots. Every photo is peppered with snow pellets. I kind of like the look, what do you think?

This is the perfect quilt to cheer you up and help you remember the promise of spring. It also coordinates with a pillow I've made which includes a quote by Emerson, "The Earth Laughs in Flowers."

Made of 100% quilting cotton fabrics, this is a whole cloth quilt from Hawthorne Thread's Nectar line of designer fabrics. The panel is free motion quilted (FMQ), so each quilt made in this line will be slightly different than the others. 

The back fabric and trim is Crosshatch in Niagara from Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures designer fabric line. The batting used is low loft for a light, snugly, and warm feeling. 

The quilt you see in these photos is being donated to Texas Equusearch for their annual auction and fundraiser. Texas Equusearch was the search organization that stayed after all the other agencies had given up on my finding my friend, Cidnie's daughter, Kitty. You can read about Kitty here. She will never be forgotten. You can help Texas Equusearch too, by donating to their important work here.