Dear friends --
Thank you once again for your insightful comments - you were absolutely 'I'-dea-licious in May!
Blog I Like: Portabellopixie
Oh, I love her fabrics as well. They're so cheerful! I don't know about what's out there made from her fabric, but I'd love to sew something for you--maybe we could make a deal! Janika
Love this idea Janika. LOVE. What a 'farmer's market-y', systergistic proposal. Can't wait to do some bartering.
Will kirtsy please take a bow?
Besides admiring the kirtsy women's perspective and strength, I think the new name is more meaningful than the original. To "curtsy" means to show honor and recognition, which is what kirtsy does so beautifully. Kirtsy honors and recognizes the best in things and people. To my way of thinking, this conflict helped kirtsy drill down deeper to their essence. Janna Taylor
Janna's comment raises two important points: 1) When we bow or kirtsy to the magnificence in others, we give them a gift of inestimable value; 2) the crisis that precipitated the name change from sk*rt to kirtsy could certainly be defined as a Road of Trials along the hero's journey.
I suppose that there are a great many of us who recognize we're uncomfortable in a given situation, but don't realize until later that it's actually anger...Sometimes we've suppressed them all [our feelings] for so long that we forget what they are. Lisle
Just this past week I was flat-out startled at my response to a particular situation. I had so cleverly disguised my anger (again, because girls don't angry - or was it rage?) that I didn't recognize it for what it was until one of my dear friends had the courage to show me to myself. I won't lie -- it was tough.
I think we need to be sure that we stick to the "subject" when we are angry. Define what is bothering us and then only, only, only deal with that one thing. Barbara Torris
What a difference adhering to Barbara's advice would make. And yet because most of us haven't learned how to do anger very well, and thus don't often speak until we've reached the point of rage, sticking to the 'one thing' becomes supremely difficult.
Scribble Press: Helping our children tell their story
Child or not, I think everyone has a story to tell...How great would it be if we could each find enough of ourselves to get published. Emily
So, so true Emily. One of my favorite books of recent years is Robert Atkinson's The Gift of Stories. In it, he writes, "the ability to see our life as a comprehensible story is a key to our happiness."
P.S. Thanks in part to your systergy 'Scribbling our children's way to self-esteem' is now one of this week's most popular stories over at kirtsy. Anna and Darcy have invested so many resources (brains, heart, time, money) into Scribble Press -- it's wonderful to see your support.
If you get defensive, you're getting close
I loved your blog last night. I've read it a couple of times. It hits close to home. I'm really grateful for your wisdom in knowing what to write. Anonymous friend of Whitney's
Janna, thank you for having the courage to tell your story -- because courage is required to tell a truthful story. And look what happened? Janna has helped another woman screw up the courage to dream her own dream.
Also, please note, that even though the comment is posted as anonymous, I did ask for the author's permission to post. It is so important that each of you know that if you want something to be kept in confidence, it will be.
Thank you again to each of you for your comments both on and off-line! Keep 'em coming!