Saturday, September 3, 2011

kindness

mary jane dodd


'it is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned
with the human problem all one's life
and find at the end
that one has no more to offer by way of advice
than 'try to be a little kinder'.
~ aldous huxley

for surely, nature can ravage... life can be difficult... so why aren't people nicer to each other?





my daughter and i went to the beach last saturday to wander the boardwalk and take a look at the building sea... 


the weather channel and other stations had set up in convention hall...

and here are some shots of the sea during the storm... (interestingly, i found a photo shot from very near to where i took the first one)... we heard that the concrete benches moved into ocean avenue... 



this is the inlet from the ocean (left) into the river i live on probably taken by the bridge tender... it is a large opening bridge that allows the sizable fishing boats through.... those are 2 and 3 story apartments across the street... 

and we are grateful... power outages, basement flooding, downed trees... grateful... my friends who live inland had 6' of water in their basement - and they are grateful... it took a couple of days for me to hear about the damage in new england... my thoughts go out to them... and i hope that fema is there for those who would have never thought to get flood insurance... 

and here i offer a stamping tip - not a tutorial - but a really helpful, material and wits saving tip... use a brass head or deadblow hammer when striking your stamps... steel stamps on a steel anvil or bench block hit with a steel hammer = double strikes, bounce backs... you need a hammer that absorbs the energy... in addition, all of that steel banging together creates work hardening of your tools which can eventually cause them to become brittle and break... 

9 comments:

MaCarroll Beads said...

Wow, Maire! Those are some amazing pictures! I'm relieved that the storm, although powerful, did not continue to remain as powerful as was feared. I, too, wish the world were a kinder place. We all need to do our part to make it that way :o)
MaryAnn

Alice said...

Nature can be frightening at times, but also quite spectacular, although I'm guessing those hit the hardest might disagree with that last part.

Thanks for the tip. Often in jewelry making books you will see instructions on which hammer to use, but not why you should use this particular hammer. How can one learn the right way if they don't know the wrong way?

Kelli said...

such graphic pictures. my heart goes out to those who've had damage or had to leave their homes. Having had my house flooded from storm waters several times in the past, it is a sad, expensive and traumatic event. But yes, I was always grateful that I still had a roof over my head, my husband and my animals were safe and for the many many other blessings in my life.
Our world can definitely be short on kindness. And is such a shame, as what could possibly be easier to give??

Izzy said...

I've tried stamping letters on several occasions and it has definitely tested my patience. I can get them to look "evenly" stamped, but can never tell the placement of the letters so I usually end up trashing it... =( You, dear friend, have definitely got it mastered.

Pretty Things said...

I just adore Maire for so many reasons.

Carol said...

Hi M
I get this post.
No matter how much you remember to be the kind of person you want to, sometimes the power of the Universe just moves it to the top of your priorities.

xx, Carol

Kathy said...

Scary but awesome pictures! Love the jewelry. I adore stamped jewelry but only tried it once. Slammed my thumb. Yours is gorgeous! - Kathy

For My Sweet Daughter said...

Beautiful pieces, I must get a brass hammer. I can't believe those pictures. We got a lot of water in out basement but were otherwise alright.
Have a great day,
Shannon C

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Oh... my... absolutely amazing. The pictures, the jewelry, the sentiment... incredible, Marie.

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