Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Safety pin: definitions

1. A holy object that can be used for multiple purposes. These uses are: Putting things together, prying things out of things, eating with, fixing one's braces with, preparing food, an ear ring, nose ring, naval ring, a fashionable piece of metal that comes in handy, and many other things.
"Do you have a safety pin? I gotta hole in my shirt."
-Urban Dictionary A veritable cornucopia of streetwise lingo, posted and defined by its readers.
2. a metal pin that is used for attaching things and that has a point at one end and a cover at the other into which the pointed end fits
- Merriman-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
3. British Englishsafety pin safety pin is a bent metal pin used for fastening things together. The point of the pin has a cover so that when the pin is closed it cannot hurt anyone....trousers which were held together with safety pins.
4. "[Safety]Pins never unfit you. You can wear them your whole life." - Open House for butterflies, Ruth Krauss (author) Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)

5. "A safety pin is both a tool and an effective metaphor for doing and believing there are small miracles to hold us together, the magic is common, practical, ever present, and versatile." - "About Us" The Safety Pin Cafe

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Monkeying around and welcoming the New Lunar Year

 There was time to sit in the dappled sunlight of a New Year's Eve to talk story, and listen to what the Year of the Green Goat (2015) offered us ... what resilience did we experience, how flexible did we prove to be or not ?

 Warm food and conversation filled the space as we gathered under the banners made by our dear friend Ela Winstanley
 Moki demonstrated the weaving of ti leaf bracelets a way to keep the story going with the rhythm of twist, twist, over ... twist, twist, over

 The twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac spin and dangle in the breeze. We found the perfect place for the banner of The Safety Pin Cafe
 The rainbow came to fill in for friends who could not be there with us.
 There were lucky monkeys to be made ... everybody had such fun with the copper wire and colorful pipe cleaners

 And when the tide began to flow out ... just after 3:00 P.M., we chose a lid and a banger (a spoon) and walked the land blessing the old (good bye!) and sent all that no longer serves us out with the outgoing tide.
Gong Hey Fat Choy !! Happy New Year, and thank you 'prairie front', the South Whidbey Tilth