Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Embrace Continues

Hawaiian Coconut Nesting Bowls by GlazedOver

Shore Merino wool felt necklace by MaisyandAlice

Isadoa Dancers by Maclancy

I Heart Fridge magnets by LauraSlocumPainted

Teal Heart by Sigmosaics

There are now 337 items tagged etsyprojectembrace, to show support of Laura Slocum in her battle against stage 3 ovarian cancer. What touches us all is Laura's bright and beautiful attitude, the way that she cares so deeply about others.

"I believe that you must play the hand you’re dealt...I’m going to play the hand I’ve been dealt in the best and most positive way I know how. There will always be some people in this world who have it better and some who have it worse. That’s just life."

Laura's words call to my mind words that I read often, words that I endeavor to live by, those of George Bernard Shaw:

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.


  1. Laura's art is beautiful, I love her painted glass pendants and her water colors are elegantly simple and very expressive.

    My heart goes out to her.

    Will you lend me your torch, I have to get mine lit!

  2. Laura's work is indeed beautiful and I know this from having purchased from her. She is a marvel in more ways than one.

    Thank you, Lee for this blogpost and for including my bowls in your selections. Your philosophy on life is spot on, bravo!

  3. I love that Lee, "The Embrace Continues". That sounds like a book. Thanks so much for featuring my Isadora Dancers here. What a privilege to be a part of something so wonderful and for a woman who really is deserving of one huge continuous embrace...Laura.

  4. It is indeed a privilege to be part of this uplifting embrace that spans continents. Thank you for featuring Shore in your wonderful post Lee.

  5. oh... and this is me, too! I just commented below - i have many different looks! ha ha
    I have two user names - so i wanted to cover all the bases! I'm burning my torch! Thanks for featuring us, I really appreciate it! laura xxoo

  6. Thanks, everyone! I'm happy to get to know such really incredible people through etsyprojectembrace.