Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The spice of life???

Here's my newest listing--a book cover/carrier--all done up in pretty repro feedsack floral from the 20's. I got to use some of my new fabric, yeah! It's been listed in my Etsy shop, if anyone is interested.

I don't know if any of you feel the way I do, but I have gotten to the point where I hate to watch the news programs! HATE it. The sensationalism has gotten so far out of hand, that it sickens me. These poor families that have tragedies occur in their lives are mercilessly bombarded by the media. And the stupid questions they ask! Lord help us. I think that being fed such a rich and spicy diet of all that is sensational, it is very easy to forget that there is more good in the world than evil, more kindness than cruelty, more honor than dishonor, and more virtue than immorality. It lends a sense of hopelessness to life when we are constantly bombarded with all that is horrible.

I was just talking with the hub about this very thing this morning, and a little later, as I was paging through some old magazines I ran across this article that just jumped right out at me! The magazine is called "The Modern Priscilla" from May 1921. The article is called "The Spice of Life" and I wanted to share this with you:
"It doesn't take long to accustom the taste to hightly seasoned foods, to highly seasoned drama, to highly seasoned life. The more spice we add, the more we may, and the day will come when the jaded senses rebel and push away the plates, toss aside the books, turn away from the theaters--life itself will have lost it's savor.......

When we are "fed up" on this overspiced diet, it is a healthful practice to look about semi-occasionally, and rediscover the unadvertised fact that the normal is the beautiful, quite as fascinating and far more satisfying than the abnormal. Let us go look at the plowed fields, a sunset, a great painting; or let us sit among the silent thousands and listen to good music. Let us look in upon the folks next door. We shall find a queer sort of satisfaction and a real inspiration in the very obviousness of our good neighbors."

Isn't it something that this woman, from 86 years ago, had exactly the same sentiments then that I had today? This really gave me some food for thought today--some good homecooked food, that is. I think I'll skip the spice.

11 comments:

Jenn Maruska said...

And how interesting that you've paired this insight with a book cover that is not only handmade, but in it's use necessitates that one slows down, becomes quiet and contemplates words on a page.

Beautiful.

Karyn said...

I love your new book cover, the colours are so pretty and I especially love the ric rac bookmark!!

Joni said...

Amen! We too are getting sick of the news. Love the book cover!

Happy House Quilts said...

I can go with out the spice too...isn't that why we are drawn to the hand made? Great blog! Love your shop too!

iSew said...

I agree completely. I've always wanted to have a simpler life (just not as simple as England,lol). I haven't watched the news in years, I just can't take it. I can occasionally tolerate the news from Canada or the BBC, they tend to go with a more worldly view. But most of the time, I can't bare TV at all. Who needs spice when you have fabric anyway?

She'sSewPretty said...

Quick little story. My MIL is 84, never watches the news or reads the paper, eats full fat ice cream every night. My mom is 76, loves court t.v. and all of the news shows, is always on a diet. Both had hip surgery. It took my mom months to recover. MIL is up walking hills six weeks later. Go figure.

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Wonderful timeless article! I can't tell you how many times hubby and I have turned off the TV in disgust over what the media wants to portray!

LazyTcrochet said...

Lovely sentiments. Thanks for sharing! (Oh and thanks for showing my green tote in your favs. What a surprise!) I like the book covers too. Making a note for my Mom's bday!

Anonymous said...

Hi Karen, thanks for sharing this... it's so true! That's why I don't have a tv for 10 years- the real life is much more interesting and beautiful! :) Hugs, Aggie

Ann said...

Beautiful work...and I like your writing as well. Glad I have found you...I will be back!

suchprettycolors said...

love the bookcover.

hate the local news. hate, hate, hate. they are fear-mongers.

and i know what you mean about the "spice". i see life speeding up and heating up...kinda like rumplestiltskin...and we know what happened to him. :)

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