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Cat Ellen (Eilidh Swann)
singer, yarn spinner, effervescent
singer, yarn spinner, effervescent

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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. - First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America

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And for those looking at my spinning photos wondering, "How do you spin and ply all on the same drop spindle as you go?" Here is a video:

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Just finished another set of skeins spun on my drop spindle, and then I realized I hadn't shared the images over here in a while. Please enjoy some yarn. #spinning #dropspindle #crafty #textiles

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“Choosing How I am Invested” @cayswann

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Finding #MyInspiration

Trying to make sense of my emotions, post-election results 2016, I continue to think about how I can provide a safe space to those around me. And as I started to list the images in my head, I asked others to help me grow this list.

These are some of the ideas I came up with, along with suggestions from others: #MyInspiration

* The countless righteous ones who smuggled Jews out during WWII
* The men and women of the Underground Railroad
* The lone man in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square
* First responders running towards the Towers on 9/11
* The protestors at Standing Rock, protecting the Sacred #NoDAPL
* The tireless operators, working the Suicide Prevention Lines, day after day
* The Angels with Wings who stand at funerals to protect against hate speech
* The women and men who work long hours in the Emergency Rooms
* The #BlackLivesMatter protestors who have been kicked and hurt and beaten
* The tireless workers who staff domestic abuse shelters
* Social workers
* Scientists and researchers who are fighting to save the planet and fight diseases
* Advocates who sit with victims helping them file police reports and hold their hands while they deal with the paper work for rape kits
* The folks who walk women past and protect them from the protestors at abortion clinics
* Bikers Against Child Abuse, who escort and guard child victims in court to make them feel safe when their attacker is in court
* The caregivers who spend their time and energy with the mentally and physically impaired
* Those who spend time talking or just sitting with Alzheimer patients
* Refugee relief workers
* People who step in to stand up to and stop abuse — physical, verbal, or emotional abuse
* Hospice workers

Help me find other examples of the people who rescue others, stand up for others, and make safe spaces. Help me find #MyInspiration in this time.

(image: One candle in the dark)

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Being a Safe Space

The Five Stages of Grief are reportedly: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.

I don’t think I spent anytime in denial or bargaining. I’ve gone between anger and depression, non-stop. I used to say, “The world is a mess and I can only influence a tiny circle. And in that tiny circle, I will try to be sunshine and light.”

Today I feel lost and ineffective. I barely know how to be a light at all today. All I know about “acceptance” is that I will ALWAYS want to be a safe space.

I cannot offer much. But if you need a safe friend or a safe space, I will be that person, that space. You can have any religion or no religion, even if I don’t share your beliefs. You can be any gender or no gender. You can be gay, queer, bi, and even straight. My spaces will not harm you. You can be HIV positive. You can be fighting invisible diseases no one can identify. You can be healthy or unhealthy. My space is a safe space.

The only persons who may not spend time in my safe spaces are those who would keep someone else out. Even if you are a majority, male, white, straight, married, Christian with every privilege in the world–If you are fighting to keep our world safe for the broken, the weak, the lost, the hurt, the oppressed, then you are welcome, too.

But the minute you say, “THOSE people don’t belong,” you can find the door. Because my house is an inclusive house. If you can not be inclusive, you can leave my safe space.

(image: Rare moment of rain in SoCal, view from inside my car, also the view from inside my head)

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