CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

July 8, 2008

BRAMBLES (Brief RAMBLES) 1-5 June 15, 2008


All three pieces of this BRAMBLES issue are about jigsaw puzzles: NEW BLOG ABOUT PEACE ISSUES TITLED “PEACEPUZZLE,” ABOUT JIGSAW PUZZLES…, and CREATE A JIGSAW PUZZLE PIECE (CHRISTMAS) ORNAMENT

NEW BLOG ABOUT PEACE ISSUES TITLED “PEACEPUZZLE”
     A Beanery Writers Group member, Joe, has a passion for developing peace. As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ligonier, PA, he leads a small group of others who also have an interest in issues of peace.
     His latest endeavor is a blog, which is designed to engage its readers in a dialogue on peace issues.
     He presents the concept of approaching peace like one approaches a puzzle, starting the process somewhere, it matters not where, and finding a place to fit in.
     “The symbol for the Peace Puzzle is a jigsaw puzzle. All the pieces for the puzzle are there. One just has to find them and put them together in the proper order to form a complete picture. Where one starts this process doesn’t matter. It can be on an edge, in the middle—wherever one chooses. One just has to keep looking until all the pieces are found and put in the places where they belong. At some point the puzzle will be complete and whole. There is no doubt of that. How long the process takes depends upon the diligence and dedication of the people who are looking for the pieces. But sooner or later it will happen.”
     Welcome Joe’s blogsite. Click on www.peacepuzzle.blogspot.com , and don’t be shy—add a comment!   

ABOUT JIGSAW PUZZLES…
     According to the Rev. Fred Vanderhoff (Feb. 12, 2006 at Heritage United Methodist Church, Ligonier, PA) each piece of a puzzle has a place.
The question is: What happens when the picture is completed, or when it is perceived to be completed? Many churches act that way. They act as though their work is done, and having accomplished that, they can sit back, like the retired person, and rock their lives away.
     I contend that isn’t true. There is always work to be done, and the church can always be busy being God’s representative to the poor, the weak, the downtrodden. Because, no matter how much progress society accomplishes, these people are always with us.
The same with “retired” persons. There is almost always something retirees can accomplish, pieces of the puzzle that can be fit in.
     The conclusion: we must always be piecing away at the puzzle, but it will never be completed.

CREATE A JIGSAW PUZZLE PIECE (CHRISTMAS) ORNAMENT
     Each year I create a tree ornament and send it out in lieu of a Christmas card. One year I came up with the bright idea to paint faces on nice sized jig saw pieces, with the theme “We are a piece of the puzzle for someone.” I enjoyed the project, which gave me experience with a paint brush—moving it from being an arch enemy to a bearable enemy.
     There is much truth to the theme “we are each a piece of the puzzle for someone.” I had to laugh during one of the family support group meetings, which I facilitated. We had someone new come in, and I was giving my spiel about confidentiality, not taking the information out of the meeting and gossiping about it, and how the meetings functioned. Another group member was there and interrupted me.
     “Let me tell her about this.”
     “OK,” I said, leaning back to listen to her give the information.
     She did a great job. And since then, she has taken the knowledge she learned at the meetings and used “rippled it along” to other victims of abuse that she meets.
I provided pieces of her puzzle for her, and she continued on to do so for others. Insomuch as this occurs, we all become a piece of the puzzle for all others.

Additional reading:

BLACK FLIES AND OTHER INSECTS: Then and Now

LOGGING IN MAINE AND ON THE PERU-BRAZILLIAN BORDER

OF FIREFLIES AND LIGHTNING BUGS

BEAR STORIES ACROSS THE NATION

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

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