In between the ongoing economic meltdown, world strife and unhappiness, Pastor Rick, Rod Blago's hair, post-water tower exhaustion, pre-holiday preparations, and our normal schedule of activities, I had a bit of good news.
The Queens Council on the Arts awarded my proposal Spindle 7 a Queens Community Art Fund grant. The idea is a simple one (now, now, no laughing!). I will bring my spindle on the #7 train once a week and spin from our stop at 46 Street/Bliss to Vernon/Jackson in LIC. My hope is engage my fellow riders in conversation about what I am doing, possibly teach them to do it too (I will carry some CD spindles and extra fleece) and connect with people who may come from places where spindle spinning is still part of their everyday lives. Along the way, I occasionally will document my activity and encounters with photographs and video.
Also, I like the idea of bringing this activity, which is almost as old as modern human beings, to the subway, or elevated train, as the case may be.
Our hands know how to do this, if we let them.
PS. Normally I would insert an artful photograph of my spindle and some fleece here as an illustration but...I can't find my spindle! A casulty of the above mentioned post-water tower exhaustion (and complete lack of housekeeping that happened, or not, during that whole time period). It's around here somewhere...