One of Betty’s few quilts that step out of the realm of geometric design and add a bit of nature.
Betty made this one for our daughter Alysha. It’s huge. The photo shows it before quilting. This design has a name: Wedding Ring Quilt.
Sometimes it’s hard to come up with names for Betty’s quilts.
Another of my wife Betty’s quilts. This is one of my favourites, because of the colouring: earth tones tipped with blood-red.
Another of my wife Betty’s creations. This is for our grand-niece Makaia.
This is another of my wife Betty’s quilts. This is a log cabin style quilt, possibly her first and last effort in this style.
This is another of my wife Betty’s quilts, with quite a crazy design. Not knowing what else to call it, I name it the Horseshoe quilt because of the quasi-horseshoe shape of the truncated white squares.
Betty made this quilt way back in 2010, for Mike and Jen. It’s shown here before the border and the quilting were added. Nine different mariner’s compasses, sixteen pinwheels.
Made in August, 2016 for a little girl.
I’ve left Facebook. Why? Read ‘Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now’ by Jaron Lanier, and make your own decision. I’ve made mine.
Here’s a link to a review of this important book. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37830765-ten-arguments-for-deleting-your-social-media-accounts-right-now.
And for once, I can say: Read the comments.
Facebook (and Twitter and Google) are behind Brexit, behind Drumph getting elected in the States, and Drug Frod getting elected Premier of Ontario. Facebook is behind suicide (there are higher suicide rates among people active on social media). Facebook is behind the anti-vaccination movement, behind the Yellow Vest movement in Canada (quite a bit different from the Gilets Jaunes movement in France.) It’s behind jihadism and far-right terrorism. And what goes for Facebook goes for YouTube, Google, and Twitter. Of course, Facebook doesn’t actively encourage these movements. Its algorithms just allow them to flourish on its servers, in order to make money from the increased advertising activity that they generate. Facebook’s algorithms don’t care about social justice. They just seek to maximize profit.
Quitting Facebook was a little like quitting smoking, which I did in 2004. I quit several times over a few years, picking up the habit again after a few weeks. But I finally cut the cord on February 1, 2019. It took a month for Facebook to finally delete my account, and now, as of April 1, 2019, I am absolutely free of my addiction.
Like many people I know, I experienced a wave of happiness when I left Facebook. I no longer felt tied to my feed, to the constant scrolling in search of a crumb of validation via a “Like” or a comment. I no longer felt consumed with coming up with a smart reply to someone’s stinging comment. I’m a musician, and on February 16, I had one of my best gigs ever at The Rex. I just felt great, like I’d not felt before in a long time.