This week we went off site and gathered with a few Curio celebrities for Postcard Parlor night. Cass brought her mobil mic and captured some of the highlights from our hours long session. We wrote postcards, told stories, drank wine, laughed, hollered a bit and exercised our rights as American citizens. We used our words, and the USPS to share our outrage and also our gratitude to the politicians who still work for America and not just their party and lobbyists.
The Postcard Parlor idea came about from a need to connect and DO something together about the issues we care about. Something amazing happens when people gather in the same space. It’s far too easy to air our grievances on Twitter and FB then walk away and go about the business of daily life, leaving all that angst to fester while we wash the dishes, mow the lawn and pay bills. The satisfaction of a snarky quip on social media quickly dissipates and no ground is gained for the cause. The energy sits and becomes dysfunctional; gnawing away like a loose end screaming to be resolved. But when we come together in groups both large and small, that energy becomes part of a chorus and the scream is transformed into a melodic howl moving through time in space. No longer a dangling fiber of discontent but a unified thread – stronger, more beautiful and crafted with the kind of energy only physical proximity can provide. As Cat worked her spindle transforming an unruly grip of wool into a finely crafted thread, our collective energy wove around the table, strengthening us with connection.
Of course the wine helped too ; )
I am so grateful for these ladies with their big brains and enormous hearts, grateful to share space and ideas with them. It was so much fun!
The word parlor is a bit antiquated, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as,
1: A room used primarily for conversation or the reception of guests : a room in a private dwelling for the entertainment of guests.
We all need more time in the parlor, no matter where it is.
- Guest fibers: Caitlin, Cat and Mary
- Edit fiber: Cass
- Blog fiber: Kim
- Music fiber: Quinn
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If you get the notion, have a parlor night of your own! You won’t regret it.