Good Morning From a New Voice

Hello Creative People,

I’m happy to say that I am resuming The Plaid Portico from the wonderful Carol Van Zandt. She is graciously teaching me how to take over her job of networking, reporting on events, sharing many of your beautiful quilts, and more.

I am thrilled to start this endeavor, as I have wanted to be blogging. She has shown me how many of you come to this site. Seeing each other’s quilts are very inspiring. And I find that other forms of art inform mine.

Sometimes in the face of what’s happening in this country, I wonder if my art is really contributing to making the world a better place. Then I look on the many forms of creativity, including the sounds of beautiful soothing or exciting music, the smells of artful cooking, beautifully pruned trees and landscaped gardens, the hard work of small farmers who grace the farmer’s market tables with the beauty of their labors and I know that whatever each one of us chooses to do with their own creativity (many more ways than I have listed), I know that because we are creative creatures, it’s what we must do!!!

Here in northern central California, we are having another so needed rainy day!! I look forward to walking in my beloved Nature, hearing the water rushing, breathing in the smells, viewing the sites, listening to the birds in Nature brought to us by the greatest creator of all!!!

May you enjoy this new day. In immense gratitude, Lisa Carey

Redwood Park in Oakland California is a favorite place of mine, the soaring redwood trees, the quiet sounds of the forest, the bright green of our rainy season. Here’s a photo I took of the creative way that the regional park workers have shored up the bank of the now rushing stream to protect the trail from slipping down. Remember Lincoln Logs?

8 thoughts on “Good Morning From a New Voice

  1. Welcome, Lisa! It’s so heartening to see forest rangers using their creativity and ingenuity to take care of the natural spaces in their care. To me it shows such love, that they would direct their imagination and energy that way. When it occurs in that setting–forest rangers taking care of our shared spaces, the country’s treasures–it’s a gift to all of us and we should be thankful for it. Other times it plays out on much smaller stages: between two people, when a quilt is gifted or a poem is read. To me, it’s always beautiful.


    • Thank you Beth for your welcome! Yes, I’m so grateful that people work in our lands to keep them safe and open to all. And yes, creativity is so necessary in this sometimes harsh world! Beauty is good for our souls.


  2. thank you for taking over and for your love of nature and beautiful photos! I wonder if these creative “lincoln log” park rangers know about introducing mycelium into the soil; it repairs forests and holds soil from erosion. Much of it comes from mushrooms and it can be “seeded”( probably through spores) into disturbed and eroded slopes with fantastic results; another ingenious gift from Mother Nature!

    But I digress, ha ha (ecologist though I am first and foremost); this is about quilts and beauty and imagination and inspiration! It’s good to know Plaid Portico will continue on; thanks to your efforts, and Carol’s. I have spent many a long afternoon delighting in the posts and the quilts – so welcome, and thanks for your willingness to do this labor of love. Soooo happy all the archived post entries are still here too! there is so much human made beauty in these quilts.

    Welcome, from the grateful followers of this blog!


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