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Wednesday, May 09, 2007


Read a couple of interesting e-news articles recently which made me smile. It's official, I'm a Spinsterella - I LOVE IT ! or, is that Quirkyalone, (defined as "a person who enjoys being single , but is not opposed to being in a relationship, and generally prefers to be alone rather than date for the sake of being in a couple.) Then there's Bella DePaulo's Singles Papers and Lectures . So singles unite ... we're not alone and we're FAB.

The second article which affected me was, ok wait for it ..... in Wikipedia! Anyway, bla bla bla it was talking about the issue of intelligence, measurement thereof and social acceptance/adjustment. It seems, and didn't I intuitively know this already, there are several kinds of intelligence (defined as the ability to associate, or more simply, to learn.) Apparently there are at least eight types of intelligence, logical, linguistic, spatial, musical, kinesthetic (the capacity to use your whole body or parts of your body), naturalist (ability to discriminate among living things and/or a sensitivity to the natural world), intra-personal (having an understanding of yourself, of knowing who you are, what you can do, what you want to do) and inter-personal intelligences (understanding other people),. Personally I would combine intra and inter personal into emotional intelligence.
Now, having been tested and informed of my IQ (?). I would hazard a guess that I am strong in musical, kinesthetic (I work well with my hands - needlework etc - but am not an athlete), naturalist and intrapersonal, somewhere in the middle for logical and linguistic, and weaker in spatial (don't know my directions and still can't judge distances), and inter-personal. My "IQ" has made the development of a strong sense of self esteem somewhat challenging because schools, educators, parents, society in general and psychometric tests address only linguistic and logical plus some aspects of spatial intelligence. Added to that is the known correlation between IQ differences and social acceptance. So, there is hope for me yet, I'm not quite the moron I frequently feel I am ...


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Pace of Life

This morning on the BBC I heard a story about the accelerated pace of life. NO KIDDING! Now, I am a slow walker, I admit it to everyone. I'm neither a slow nor fast talker, I talk normally - people can understand me- I think. I am willing to admit that I am also a slow eater. According to this BBC story "People are walking 10% more quickly than a decade ago" which confirms my suspicion that I'm not getting slower but that everyone else is getting faster! Again, according to the BBC article "We are constantly in touch with each other and getting back to people as quickly as we can. That's driving us to think everything has to happen now!" No, you don't have to be in contact with everyone ALL the time! Everything does NOT have to happen NOW. And while I'm on this rant ..... your personal priorities are NOT the same as mine!

That's why I prefer hand quilting to machine quilting. Hand quilting takes more time - IT'S SUPPOSED TO. For me, the purpose of making a quilted item is to enjoy the journey

So to everyone, including myself, I say - RELAX ..... SLOW DOWN ..... enjoy the road less travelled!