Over the summer I decided to play with knives. I bought an X-Acto knife and carried my cardstock. I didn't think I'd have enough time to do beads or crochet. Plus, paper-cutting is a lot simpler. I just need the knife + paper as opposed to yarn + crochet hooks or beads + needles + thread. I liked the freedom of taking my paper and knife out of my pencil case and working at a design whenever we had breaks or whenever I thought the instructor wouldn't be offended. In a lot of cases, the motion and need for precision helped me focus more in lectures - even though it looked like I wasn't paying attention. (It's pretty hard to fall asleep when you have a sharp object in hand.) I didn't do much but I enjoyed what I created. I guess I should add paper-cutting to my inventory of craft skills.

Dimensions: 4 inches x 4 inches

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If I knew, I promise I would tell you.

I want this to be the post on DDCSP - the one that gives all the feels and provides me with complete closure until next year. That's probably putting too much pressure on one little post huh? I'm still going to try though. At this point, it's less about remembering every detail and more about remembering moments. Maybe it's more about touching the memories as they pass through my open fingers and not clutching on to all of them, hoping nothing slips through. If I'm holding those memories so tightly, what space will I have for new ones?

A blurry photo of a photo of Squad minus one
Lying on the grass. Sharing a blanket. Having a friend point out the Milky Way. Seeing a shooting star.

"How will I know if it's a shooting star or just a really fast plane?"
"Trust me Keren. You'll know."

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Hello there. Happy Sunday if it's still Sunday wherever you are. I am officially done with DDCSP and I'm still processing that. But I'm home and I'm very thankful for that. Here is my fifth Sunday Currently. Read it if you'd like. If not, it's all good.

All the emails I've been putting off.

Writing Reflections on DDCSP. 

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The cohort stayed in Seattle for the first part of Week 6 and then we went out to Eastern Washington. Moses Coulee was our destination - a place that was like a desert but wasn't quite a desert. Okay fine. It wasn't a desert but it was very dry. We drove by stretches of dry grass and low shrubs. We also drove past agricultural lands which provided a visually appealing contrast to the un-irrigated vegetation. The theme for this week was "Food and Islands of Habitat". We spent the first half looking at urban and community gardens around Seattle and talking about food systems. (I want to spend more time learning about where my food comes from and where it goes.) During our time at Moses Coulee, we visited a large organic farm and then learned about the shrub landscape and conservation issues related to fire, water dynamics and invasive species.

I'll start with Moses Coulee because I encountered a rattlesnake and I think that was one of my favourite parts of the week. A group of us went on a hike to a cliff facing the house we stayed in. We were trying to beat the sunset and we succeeded. I could try to describe the view - how the (almost full) moon looked, and the colours the sun made across the sky - but it was one of those moments that words and pictures could never do justice. I'll never remember exactly what I saw but that makes it even more valuable.

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Oh hey there. Look at that - it's August. I haven't written for a while. I missed last week's Sunday Currently and I haven't written about Week 5 yet. I think I'll end up compiling Weeks 5 and 6 into one post for my sanity.

The photo is from the latter half of last week. We were stationed in Eastern Washington in an almost desert. (Not the scientific term but it's late.) I'm keeping this post short because we're traveling tomorrow and I have reading to finish up tonight.

Reading: Climate Science as Culture War by Andrew Hoffman.

Writing: This blog post.

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