Choose Kindness

Choose Kindness

“Choose Kindness!! That’s what I tell my kids constantly and I stand by wholeheartedly!!” Melinda Sazama, Quilter & Mom, Naples, FL.

Thanks to my friend Lisa I found Melinda when my Great-Nieces and Nephews were being born in to the world. Because I had the great idea to gift them each with a handmade quilt and also monogram their name on their very own quilt. (see below for illustrations) And, that’s what Melinda does!!!

I had an appreciation for quilting since my high school sweethearts grandmother would sit at her picture window in front of a bird feeder surrounded by piles of pieces of colorful cloth assembling the most envied, soft, comfortable blankets for her family.

I was so grateful to have found Melinda. She has made seven quilts so far and one on the way July 2022.

I asked Melinda to write a little about herself. There’s a Grandma thread…Enjoy!!

“I am an energetic, homeschooling mom of 3.  Originally from Grosse Pointe, MI, I have lived and worked in Naples over 15 years with jobs ranging from landscaping, massage therapy, house cleaning, and minor home renovations. 

A devoted mother and friend, I spend time caring for and encouraging my family, collecting and no longer overwatering potted plants, and spreading my love of the outdoors and active lifestyle.

Having grown up loving (and still using!) a quilt from my grandma, I learned to sew over a decade ago to make quilts for family and friends.  

I now sells quilts for fun and to help support my family. ”

Thanks Melinda!! It has been a pleasure knowing you.

You can reach Melinda at melindasazama86@gmail.com

The first one for Rowan. I added the shells though maybe not the best idea. Made from her Great Grandmother Judy’s Flannel Robe.

Here’s her sister Penny’s Rainbow Quilt :))

Charlie and a Rainbow!!

Variations for the Bates Family :))
Emilia Rose

Nora 2022
They grow so fast!!!

Expecting one in July 2022….:)) Stay tuned for an update!!!

PS:

Imagine my surprise and delight when I opened a box that contained this “practice” quilt made by my friend Barbara Vanderwater in Hawaii. She sent it to me on her exit from the island to work for a spell back in her other home Catalina Island where I’ve visited with her in the past. This is such an exquisite gem. It’s amazing. It arrived with two Heart Rocks. Aloha!
I don’t know if I’ve shared with Barbara the tradition that I’ve upheld of having a quilt made & monogrammed for each of my great nieces & nephews. 7 so far and 1 on the way in July!!  I was fortunate to have met a quilter here in Naples who accommodates me when needed. My family is prolific and I imagine there will be several more ahead. When I showed her this she exclaimed, “batik print”. I like that. And the colors!!!

Aloha!
Xxoo
Alvina

ALOHA from Hawaii

Here is a poem someone shared with me recently.

Vera Jewel

My grandmother ruffles through a box of material

that smells of mothballs. 4X4 squares

of old curtains, denims, dresses, ties, scarves.

Anything that could be cut to make quilts

packed so tightly in a yellowed box

the color on the fabric has no room to fade.

She searches for a newspaper article.

I’ve been through the box twice. Its not there.

She is so sure, so serene

as if by memory alone she can will it there.

Her fingers lull through the fabric

loosening the earth of her past.

Each square, a sermon, a kiss, a new dish.

Hands still immersed, she recites the article.

It is of my father’s early promotion in the Army.

I know how she must have studied it, line by line,

until the words became his uniform,

his boots, his medals, his tags.

She does not find it but she smiles. She offers me

the fabric to make quilts, pillowcases,

anything that can be sewn into a memory.

I take it, though I have already memorized her:

the smell of mothballs on her hands,

the rows of vegetables she nurtured

wearing the flowered dress that lies in pieces in the box.

I see her in my sleep. Words on a page.

I recite her.

~Poem entitled Vera Jewel

by Michelle McMillan-Holifiel

ALOHA XXOO

Alison Babil    True North Healing

Alison Babil True North Healing

Alison Babil, founder of True North Healing, helps people access the healing wisdom of their body.

She is a:

Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner,

Certified Sounder Sleep System® Instructor,

Certified Soul Lightening Acupressure Practitioner,

Alchemical Alignment Practitioner (bodywork for trauma resolution and embodiment of spirit)

Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master-Teacher since 2004.


Alison specializes in pain reduction, anxiety management, and insomnia improvement. Alison’s work focuses on movement education through the Feldenkrais Method® and gentle trauma resolution through Soul Lightening Acupressure and Alchemical Alignment. Alison works with clients in person and virtually.

Alison’s extensive teaching experience includes teaching at The National Institutes of Health, The United States Postal Service, Shady Grove Hospital’s Aquilino Cancer Center, and more. Her classes are warm, fun, and always applicable. She regularly offers online Sounder Sleep System and Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® courses.

Alison’s own journey of healing and discovery began with a Feldenkrais class in 1998 that changed her life. Feldenkrais resolved Alison’s long-standing back/neck issues and taught her to move with greater ease and grace, both internally and through life. Her work is also informed by her deep engagement with Non-Violent Communication (NVC) and her longtime meditation practice. Alison is passionate about supporting others to find the small, doable pieces in themselves that lead to great insight and transformation.

www.truenorthhealing.com
Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner
Sounder Sleep System® Instructor
Alchemical Alignment Practitioner
email: alison@truenorthhealing.com

Autumn/Metal Season Support Foods

Autumn/Metal Season Support Foods

Autumn/Metal Season Support Foods include:

Sulphur Veggies—Radish, Leek, Celery, Watercress, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumber, Daikon, Garlic, Ginger, Iceberg Lettuce, Kolrabi, Lotus Root, Onion, Mustard Green, Rapini, Turnip, Tempeh, Rice, Taro, Great Northern Bean, Navy Bean, White Potato, Peach, Pear.

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”  Hippocrates

“That which tonifies (supplies) when taken in moderation, will sedate (drain) when taken in excess: quantity changes quality”      John Garvey Five Phases of Food

Autumn/Metal Season is the time of harvest when things die off and go back into the ground.

Autumn/Metal Season is related to the Lung/Large Intestine Organ Meridians

The taste that supports Lung/Large Intestine is pungent.

Learn More About Seasonal Support!

The JetLag/Insomnia Class is useful to learn Horary Acupressure Points to gently press and support our body, mind, emotions, spirit during the day year-round!

Also, Soul Lightening International’s Advanced Clinical Acupressure 2: Meridians (prerequisite Clinical Acupressure 1: Basic Applications)

Taken from Values & 5-Elements Coursework.

Late Summer/Earth Season Supporting Foods

Late Summer/Earth Season Supporting Foods

Late Summer/Earth Season Supporting Foods include:

Almonds, Yams, Chick Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Pecans, Millet, Mango, Pumpkin Seeds, Healthy Fats — Flax Seed Oil, Evening Primrose, Borage Oil, Olive Oil, Fenugreek, Anise, Licorice, Marjoram, Vanilla, Pine Nut, Macadamia, Anchovy, Salmon, Swordfish, Tuna, Bamboo Shoot, Collards, Squash, Eggplant, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Spinach, Corn on the Cob, Tapioca, Coconut, Fig, Dates, Grapes, Melon, Orange, Papaya, Pineapple, Plantain, Prune, Raisin, Cherry.

“Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”  Hippocrates

“That which tonifies (supplies) when taken in moderation, will sedate (drain) when taken in excess: quantity changes quality”      John Garvey Five Phases of Food

Late Summer/Earth Season is the time of transition and end of growth season. Everything is sweet and ripe and ready to harvest.

Late Summer/Earth Season relates to Spleen/Stomach Organ Meridians

The Taste that supports Spleen/Stomach is Sweet.

Learn More About Seasonal Support!

The JetLag/Insomnia Class is useful to learn Horary Acupressure Points to gently press and support our body, mind, emotions, spirit during the day year-round!

Also, Soul Lightening International’s Advanced Clinical Acupressure 2: Meridians (prerequisite Clinical Acupressure 1: Basic Applications)

Taken from Values & 5-Elements Coursework.

Summer/Fire Season Support Foods

Summer/Fire Season Support Foods

Summer/Fire Season Support Foods include:

Bitter Greens, Swiss Chard, Black Beans, Red Lentils. Bitter Dark Chocolate, Pistachio Nuts, Corn, Asparagus, Dandelion, Escarole, Okra, Apricot, Guava, Loquat, Persimmon, Raspberry, Strawberry, Sesame, Hops, Tomato.

Summer/Fire is the time of year which is exciting and joyous! Everything is fully growing in the hot summer sun.

Summer/Fire Season relates to the Heart/Small Intestine Organ Meridians.

The Taste that supports Heart/Small Intestine is bitter.

Learn More About Seasonal Support!

The JetLag/Insomnia Class is useful to learn Horary Acupressure Points to gently press and support our body, mind, emotions, spirit during the day year-round!

Also, Soul Lightening International’s Advanced Clinical Acupressure 2: Meridians (prerequisite Clinical Acupressure 1: Basic Applications)

Taken from Values & 5-Elements Coursework.