I glanced over this article today.

Since I don’t have children or nearby relatives, suggestions for things people can do together as a family grab my attention less than other things might. But after walking away, I found myself thinking about things I liked about it–simple things to notice that will help us keep the Sabbath day holy.

Jeffrey Hill says, the Sabbath should look different, sound different, feel different, and even taste different. He neglected to mention “smell different” which my Sabbath always does when I go to church–perfumes abound. But laying that aside, I like the idea of the Sabbath being different in these simple, easy to remember ways.

I might also add, the Sabbath should think different, if you get my meaning. It can have a different attitude. Though I carry on many of my humanitarian works on Sundays, there are little rules I’ve set for myself. For example, I don’t operate machinery–spinning wheel, sewing machine, iron. I don’t go into mass production–laying out a lot of fabric or tracing and cutting out patterns. If I use scissors, I use them to trim threads, not cut out bear shapes.

Long ago I learned a song in Primary, “Saturday is a special day, it’s the day we get ready for Sunday.” That’s been a lifelong lesson for me.

It should watch different, listen different. It should do different. Ideas about writing books–note them, but don’t start working on your book. The Sabbath shouldn’t further your career. It shouldn’t be a day to carry out tasks for convenience sake, i.e. business in the church hallways. Clean up the dance room. Watch that Jerome Robbins video I’ve been wanting to rewatch.

This little suggestions can lead to greater Sabbath observance. Be mindful, be present, listen within; be guided by the Spirit. That’s how to make the Sabbath day different.

And when the day draws to a close, we can start working on this:

Alice walker

Saw this meme on Facebook today and wanted to remember it. It was posted by a fellow named Marc David, founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating in Boulder, CO.

Good advice.

Good advice.

My first inclination was to think, “Yeah, yeah. Another way to look at exercise.” But the more I’ve thought about it, the more I like it.

I like exercise, I really do, but something’s come along and contorted it in my mind. It’s become A DUTY; a personal duty, and therefore, neglectable in the face of all the other less-optional, outer-DUTIES I’ve signed up for.

Today I shall begin anew (again), enjoying life in this body that was becoming increasingly hard to live with. I’ve been reflecting lately that Heavenly Father knew our bodies would age and that for some, if not all, of us they would begin to seem repulsive. Another blessing–we learn to embrace the many, many lessons associated with aging.

I’m not sure I can be in love with my body–rather, not sure that’s my goal–but I can certainly seek more peace and happiness in and with it.

Maybe my stern-faced other reminder is on its last legs.

Let's try to be a little more encouraging, shall we?

Let’s try to be a little more encouraging, shall we?

I’m not including a photo of the picture I started painting last night. You’ll just have to use your imagination. But I’m including a few photos of old artwork, to give this post some color.

A mood, a place, objects that may inspire . . .

A mood, a place, objects that may inspire . . .

This was a totally new experience for me. Last night I sat down to make a “midnight sketch”–something I’ve done three nights in a row now. I started sketching a little landscape scene, but my imagination got going and I found myself drawing a possible location for the story I’m working on with my writing partner, Heather.

Random landscape photo.

Random landscape photo.

Soon this imaginary place started suggesting stuff that could be in our story: maybe the people live up in the mountains, maybe there’s a lake, maybe . . . maybe . . . maybe . . . Don’t want to get too specific because it’s all a big secret at this point.

All you writers might want to give this a try. Draw a picture and see where it takes you. You might create a setting, an event, a character, or a mood for your next or current project.


Three variations of 4-inch woven hearts.

Three variations of 4-inch woven hearts.

The pattern for the bas relief (raised) pink heart in the photo above comes from the book Pin Loom Weaving by Margaret Stump so I haven’t included it herein.

The jumping off place for all those interested in pin loom weaving.

The jumping off place for all those interested in pin loom weaving.

But I invented the pattern for the sunken heart depicted in the other squares, so I’m sharing it here.

The method I use is: Warp the first three layers in one color, then switch to a second color for the last layer. I wrap an extra five wraps around the loom–9 3/4 wraps total–and either tie on at the end of the long strand and weave pulling the extra long length through, or tie on after the 5 wraps. When finished I either crochet the border from corner four or two. Weaving the entire length puts the crochet tail at corner four. It doesn’t matter which way you choose; it just depends on where you want your final knot or whether or not you mind pulling an extra long weaving length through your work.

Please keep in mind these instructions are the intellectual property of Sue Burton. Do not copy or sell them. You may share the link to this blog.

Row 1: Plain weave (P)
Row 2: U-3, O-1 across; end with U-3
Row 3: P-2; U-3, O-1 (2x); U-3; P-5; U-3, O-1 (2x); U-3; P-2
Row 4: U-3, O-1 (2x); U-3; P-9; U-3, O-1 (2x); U-3
Row 5: P2; U-3, O-1, U-3; P-13; U-3, O-1, U-3; P-2
Row 6: U-3, O-1, U-3; P-17; U-3, O-1, U-3
Row 7: P-2; U-3; P-21; U-3; P-2
Row 8: U-3; P-25; U-3
Row 9: P
Row 10: Repeat row 8 [Or see Variation instructions below]
Row 11: P
Row 12: Repeat row 8
Row 13: P-2; U-3; P-9; U-3; P-9; U-3; P-2
Row 14: U-3, O-1, U-3; P-5; U-3, O-1, U-3; P-5; U-3, O-1, U-3
Row 15: P-2; U-3, O-1 across; end with U-3; P-2
Row 16: P

Variation for Row 10: P
[This will produce the effect in the pink/blue heart shown in the photo.]

As you can see in the photos below, the effect of the raised heart on its reverse side is different while the sunken heart itself looks the same on both sides.

Reverse of Margaret Stump's heart pattern.

Reverse of Margaret Stump’s heart pattern.

Reverse of Sunken Heart pattern.

Reverse of Sunken Heart pattern.


The heart is less obvious in this two-color version. Layers 1 and three in green; layers 2 and 4 in pink.

Sunken heart.

Sunken heart.