Tuesday, July 29, 2014 

Kathryn Ashley-Wright and Ewetopia Fiber Shop


As a young girl, Kathryn Ashley-Wright moved with her mother Lisa Ashley from  New York to  Wisconsin where farm life became their life, and Kathryn learned to spin wool on her mother’s wheel. She learned to knit at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, and later as a student at the University of Wisconsin she studied rural sociology, and she bought three bred Merino ewes, who soon became ten sheep. Fibers hold it all together.  Now Kathryn Ashley-Wright is the proprietress of a ...

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  • Treasures in the Marketplace


    I first saw the bracelet at a music festival some years ago in Toronto.  The copper color caught my eye, and I was attracted by the beautiful design of the letters cut from metal. “What do these words say?” I asked the Tibetan vendor. “It’s a mantra,” he answered, “inviting enlightenment for everyone on earth.” That sounded good to me. I bought the metal wrist band and slipped it on. It felt good. It fit. I’ve worn that mantra on my wrist ever ...

    Teaching Moments in a Desert Garden


      When I arrive at Las Milpitas de Cottonwood community gardens, Josh Banno and a group of students are already working. They had taken the city bus from their downtown high school as they do every Friday afternoon as an after school option activity to work on their small piece of ground in the larger community garden. The Garden Class is one of a number of afternoon options for students offered by City High School in Tucson, Arizona.  Josh has been the ...

    Getting Out the Word


    Letters, the foundation of our literacy, the beginnings of our intellectual technology, lead the way in the study of history and art, traditions of the intellectual life of people on earth. The western Roman alphabet, A to Z, reached a design pinnacle with 23 letters in second century Rome. For 2000 years the identifying shape, with the addition of “J,” “U,” and “W,” of the Roman capital letter, has not changed. Calligraphers, type designers and font designers for computers have all ...

    11th Annual Mesquite Milling, Pancake Brunch, & Fiesta – A Neighborhood Event


    Nov 26, 13 Pedaling quietly down tree lined streets in the crisp autumn morning, we round the corner into Dunbar/Spring Community Park and meet the sounds of gasoline engines driving mills grinding mesquite pods. It is the 11th Annual Mesquite Milling, Pancake Brunch, & Fiesta at the Dunbar Spring Community Garden, Orchard and Mini Nature park in west-central Tucson, a celebration of the Desert Harvesters. Two milling rigs stand on the street along the park, each with five gallon buckets of pods lined up waiting ...