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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Wonderful Writing

Quotes from my reading on an occasional basis. 

From Klee Wyck by Emily Carr, from the first story in the book, Ucluelet:  "The sea and the air hug the spilled cries of sea-birds. The forest hugs only silence; its birds and even its beasts are mute."

And this lovely bit:  "Life had sweetened the old man. He was luscious with time like the end berries of the strawberry season."

2.12.2015 From Number 9 Dream by David Mitchell, page 375; "Dreams are shores where the ocean of the spirit meets the land of matter. Dreams are beaches where the yet-to-be, the once-were, the will-never-be may walk awhile with the still-are."

Joan Acocella in The New Yorker of July 6 & 13, 2015 reviewing a Lincoln Center Festival performance by the National Ballet of China of The Red Detachment of Women: "At the end the Tyrant, on his knees, begs Wu for mercy. She shoots him. Then the other women come in, in their cute Bermuda shorts, and they shoot him some more. Hurray!"

14 April 2015
Again from The New Yorker, this time from the March 30, 2015 issue, from a letter to the editor written by Robert A. Juran: "The big problem with commas is the paucity of them in prose;"

11 April 2015
From The New Yorker of March 23, 2015, quoted from In the ring, forever young by Ian Frazier:
"No other passion in the city draws a crowd as diverse as pro wrestling's. It makes the patrons of MOMA look like close relatives of one another in comparison. Latinos, Asians, white people, blacks, little kids, old ladies with their hair in buns, women in hijabs, dads with sons, office pals in sober suits, and eager young date-night couples . . ."

1 comment:

  1. Hello Jean - Browsing around here at your blog, love your work - it feels original and heartfelt (Barbara, in Jane's current class 5/15)