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Monday, September 19, 2011

Happiness is...

Happy Laughter & Yoga  = Health

Happiness is Laughter & Yoga . Kim Selbert and I co-lead this class but I wanted to have it at a park. Then, I found a studio for rent, emailed her about it, thinking we'd check it out. She ended up going there by herself because I had to dog-sit for my sister. Kim really likes the studio, so I agreed to give it a try. We've had many fun evenings of dance, laughter, movement, music & party. However 9/25 will be our last class at Aanand Saagar in Venice. Health = Wealth

I love Judith's take on this topic! Handmade Happiness -I agree that the art of participating in craftwork gives us a sense of competence and completion that may be difficult to find in our digital, ephemeral world. In The Craftsman, sociologist and author Richard Sennett maintains that making things by hand is an, “enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake.” He observes that craft and craftsmanship can enrich modern life in ways that might surprise us. “Modern life offers a million distractions, a million ways to kill time, or at least stand by idly while it expires,” Monica Moses, editor-in-chief of American Craft magazine (AmericanCraftMag.org) says. "Mindless television watching, puttering around on Facebook or playing computer solitaire add up. Such semiconscious downtime can become a weekend, a habit, a lost opportunity.”

Although many people return to an early love of arts and crafts during their retirement years, the good news is that such creative pursuits are also being taken up by young makers, according to Moses. "We’re lucky to live in a time when engagement with the practice of craft is expanding.” She cites the popularity of buy-and-sell craft websites such as Etsy.com, which reported 2010 sales of more than $400 million. Hope you will join me at Vogue Knitting Live.


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