The Dancer’s Star Blanket

Blue Star Quilt


Across the ages she has come 


to dance, to love and laugh


“Her laughter,” the old ones say “is too loud.


Her feet do not pound the earth as others do.”


But her heart dances on


and she gives the love


Keeping her promise is all that she knew.


She needed to learn more.


She thirsted for the knowledges


in every leaf and rock.


She annoyed every one


with her searching for the search.


She burped and farted…they mocked.


No one ever knew


the courage it took to ask.


No one ever knew


her deep love for Mother Earth.


No one ever knew


her deep abiding love


for the Creator.


Until they saw her last dance.


She knew.


She laughed.  


She burped and she farted.


When the competition was over…


The young ones, were surprised


that they were asked to join


in the making of her star blanket.


The old ones, smiled and said…


“Just because she did not win in the competition


Does not mean, that the prayers stop.”


The blanket was made amid laughter and tears.


They knew she was dying…there was no fear.


When the time comes


the old dancer will be wearing  


her star blanket


as she dances her way home.

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Hidden by racks upon racks

of colourful cloth and clothing,

Sewing for Kids

celebrated its 10th anniversary

Tuesday afternoon.

The local non-profit organization has been sewing outfits made from excess or unwanted materials for needy children in Grande Prairie since 2003.

The volunteers make everything from bibs and change pads to mittens and dresses, relying entirely on donated fabric for the outfits.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Joey Farnsworth on how far Sewing for Kids has come.

She started the project in her basement 10 years ago with a couple of friends looking to get rid of extra cloth lying around the house.

“We recycle, reuse and hand along everything,” said Farnsworth. “There is extremely little waste.”

Once the finishing touches are made, the clothing is distributed by different charitable organizations in Grande Prairie.

“There’s no cost to anyone,” explained Lorena Ramsankar, who has been sewing with the organization for more than three years. “Social agencies zero in on the people who have the needs.”

It’s delicate work, but Ramsankar and the other volunteers feel it’s worth every minute of their time.

“It’s rewarding because at the end of the day we know we’re making life a little bit easier for many children,” she said.

“One of our goals is self-esteem and when a child wears clothing that is prettier than something they can pick off the rack, that contributes to their self-esteem.”

From humble beginnings in Farnsworth’s basement, Sewing for Kids has expanded to a team of more than 15 members. They have eight sewing machines, furniture to store it and piles of fabric waiting to be cut. But without any funding, Farnsworth said she is always looking for more.

“We want to keep this up until every child in Grande Prairie receives a minimum of one new outfit per year that’s never been previously worn,” she said.

“So as long as we have sewers and material, we’re going to keep providing.”

The group cuts, stitches and knits every Tuesday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Capstan Hauling building on 9511-154 Avenue.(Grande Prairie, Alberta Canada)

For more information call Joey at 780-532-8259.

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The night is dark

as the coolness creeps

through the windows

  into the bones of the solitary  woman as she writes.

Writes about the  simple  things, the joys of the day

solitude, quietude, soul-a-tune..solitary sacred quiet joys.

Remembering warmer, younger days as a child.

Days when she could say

Grandmother, could you tuck me in?

Can you tell me the stories

hidden in this quilt?

Would you tell me about the rocks, the trees, the stars?

Would you help the fever go?

Would you hold my hand while I sleep?

The pattern of the her life has changed

Now she is the great-aunt playing with the children.

She is the one telling the stories of the quilt

made by their great grandmother.

Settling down for a wee nap they ask

Could you hold my hand while I sleep?

I dream the stories you tell me.

One day when I am old like you…

I will tell the stories of the quilt.

I will hold the hands

of the wee ones while they sleep.

“Soon, I am waiting”….the blanket calls to her.

She surrenders to the Creator

In whose arms she will sleep.

Asking only on thing…

Would  you hold my hand?