Barra Jacob-McDowell
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Barra Jacob-McDowell commented on Brent Bill's blog post 'On The Bible, History Channel, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Angels'
"We have watched all of it so far, which is the first 3 installments. Judging by his hair, Samson is a Rastie....and WHY was Noah from Scotland? In some ways, this is hilarious--or else my husband, who's done extensive Biblical and Eastern…"
3rd month 11, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Chris Beauchamp's discussion 'Any Quilters Among You?'
"Beverly, How lovely! What is the name of the pattern?"
2nd month 9, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Marian Bruffy's discussion 'Cat Lovers'
"Marian, We love cats! I wish we could have a dog, but we agreed long ago that with both of us working during the day and living in a city apartment with no yard that it wasn't fair to a dog to live in those conditions. It's now almost 25…"
2nd month 8, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Timothy Bruffy's discussion 'Discouragement.'
"Timothy, I am sorry thee has had such sufferings! It is a sad fact that mental difficulties are still not well understood or in many cases, much helped in this time period, although thank God, the afflicted are no longer chained in attics or…"
2nd month 5, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Tamara Baverey /Levi's discussion 'Small acts of Violence'
"Tamara, 'This is a difficult issue. Because I have no living children, I can't speak as a parent, so I am speaking as a person who has experienced a lot of violence in her lifetime--from other children (including a sibling), from a…"
1st month 19, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Timothy Bruffy's discussion 'Discouragement.'
"Chris, I love that book, and am so glad my husband gave it to me for Christmas! I'm trying to read it slowly, savoring a section at a time day by day. Thank thee, I do feel a bit better today--was able to stay up, instead of going back to bed…"
1st month 18, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Timothy Bruffy's discussion 'Discouragement.'
"Timothy, I'm so glad that thee's feeling better! Really, I doubt that anyone thought thee was trying to get undue attention, but surely it is right for friends to support and encourage each other when someone in a community…"
1st month 18, 2013
Hilda Bruffy left a comment for Barra Jacob-McDowell
"Hello  Barra! Thank you for accepting my invitation!!! I look forward to conversing with you more in the near future. I am so happy to have you for my friend!!! No, I didn't sew my cap, just ordered it. I'm really poor at needlework.…"
1st month 17, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Timothy Bruffy's discussion 'Discouragement.'
"Friend Timothy, I am sorry to hear of thy troubles and doubts. It is very hard to deal with insomnia AND pain; both really beat a person down and cause confusion and distraction. I have dealt with both, and it can be extremely difficult. Lately…"
1st month 7, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Chris Beauchamp's discussion 'Any Quilters Among You?'
"David,      Chris is right, there are quilt restorers. I would imagine that a museum with a textiles collection, or a history center/period house museum in your area, could suggest someone. I know that there's…"
1st month 7, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Chris Beauchamp's discussion 'Any Quilters Among You?'
"Traceey,   William Penn said, "Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains."    Like Chris, I'm glad you love sewing. I get the sense that you are impatient with your hand-sewing, as if it is of lesser worth or…"
1st month 2, 2013
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Chris Beauchamp's discussion 'Any Quilters Among You?'
"Betsy,        I last knitted about 40 yrs ago, in college, when I made mohair hats as gifts--just knit, purl and a cable stitch. I want to order a lacy shawl knitting pattern that has a Celtic harp motif and a few…"
12th month 24, 2012
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Chris Marcus's discussion 'Quakers featured in novels'
"If we're mentioning movies, then surely one of the nicest (and also a Gary Cooper movie) is *Friendly Persuasion*, which actually includes a couple of incidents from Jessamyn West's sequel book of stories, *Except for Me and…"
11th month 29, 2012
Barra Jacob-McDowell replied to Chris Marcus's discussion 'Quakers featured in novels'
" did a search on www.librarything/subject/Quakers%09Fictionand pulled up quite a few other titles, including Philip Gulley's Harmony series, quite a few that are obviously fictionalized events from historical characters' lives,... and…"
11th month 25, 2012
Timothy Bruffy left a comment for Barra Jacob-McDowell
"Greetings to thee Barra! I did not send out the invitation to cause thee to feel obligated to correspond when thee cannot do so. I noticed that thee hath the harp and on thy blog, thee likest celtic music and the like. . . Yea, even speak Gaelic??…"
8th month 26, 2012
Chris Beauchamp left a comment for Barra Jacob-McDowell
"Greetings Barra: Thank you also for your thoughtful response.  I should have acknowledged all the needle arts in my original composition for I too began with embroidery, learned by watching my mother.  I sewed most all my clothes from an…"
8th month 7, 2012

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I became a convinced Friend when I was 20, Clerk then of the Clarion Student Friends Worship Group, but although I've attended Pgh Friends Meeting sporadically, have never joined. I feel led now to journeying further.
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http://adventuresinbarding.blogspot.com

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At 8:15pm on 1st mo. 17, 2013, Hilda Bruffy said…

Hello  Barra!

Thank you for accepting my invitation!!! I look forward to conversing with you more in the near future. I am so happy to have you for my friend!!!

No, I didn't sew my cap, just ordered it. I'm really poor at needlework. I do enjoy writing fiction and poetry, though I have little free time. I also enjoy playing hymns and classical music on the piano and I adore cats! Do you like cats?

I've always longed to live in the Scottish Highlands but I don't know where my ancestors the Hoyts came from in Scotland. Maybe I could find out. My mother was brought up in an orphanage so I know very little about her relatives.

Again, thank thee for being my friend!!!!

Blessings to thee! I'll write more as time affords. I'd be interested in learning more about thy interests and hobbies.

Thy friend,

Hilda

At 11:20pm on 8th mo. 26, 2012, Timothy Bruffy said…

Greetings to thee Barra!

I did not send out the invitation to cause thee to feel obligated to correspond when thee cannot do so. I noticed that thee hath the harp and on thy blog, thee likest celtic music and the like. . . Yea, even speak Gaelic?? On my side of the family, excluding my wife, there is a heap o' Irish, some Scottish, English, Welsh, Gaelic, a wee o' German, and peppered with Native American—so that my skin nearly always immediately turns brown from the sun.

Sorry to learn of thy husband's situation. It puts a pressure upon thee, I'm sure. My late mother cared for my late father, whom had a brain illness namely: Parkinson's Disease. She laboured long and hard, yea, even got a hernia from lifting him off the floor so many times. I do know somewhat what thee meaneth, not being able to frequently reply to something or to someone. . .

Thank thee very much for thy comment. I hope thee and thy household the very best. May the music of thy harp bring comfort to thee, when thou hast the time to play. Reminds me of a stanza from In Memoriam: 

"I held it true with him who sings,

    To one clear harp in divers tones;

    That men may rise on steppingstones,

Of their dead selves to higher things." Alfred Tennyson

May thee find the Strength, Comfort, and Healing from the Almighty God of Light and Love. Our prayers are with ye both. Take care, dear sister Friend. Again, I thank thee, for my wee little family.

Thy Friend—Timothy Bruffy

At 9:42pm on 8th mo. 7, 2012, Chris Beauchamp said…

Greetings Barra:

Thank you also for your thoughtful response.  I should have acknowledged all the needle arts in my original composition for I too began with embroidery, learned by watching my mother.  I sewed most all my clothes from an early age. . . and began quilting much later.  Quilting is easier and more soothing because I've overcome most of the problems of puckers, fit, and so forth. 

 

Your memories of the three of you stitching together in the afternoon are treasures indeed.  I wish I had that - - I don't.  I remember my mother doing some of it, but not really teaching me.  I have no memory of us doing it together.  You are truly lucky and blessed to have those wonderful memories.  

 

Your idea  for your program is amazing.  How wonderful it sounds. . that would be living a dream.  Perhaps one day I can join you in that.  Crafts, no matter what they are:  soap making, candle making, all the fibers, etc., they're all wonderful.  They make our lives rich in the most simple of ways.   I applaud all of them.  Your love of the harp and storytelling - - these are wonderful and beautiful gifts and they bless your life and the lives of those you touch with them. 

 

This past weekend I attended a huge craft fair among the Amish.  A man had a hand-carved puppet show (Merionnettes) for children.  I have no children yet I sat transfixed watching that show twice and I was not alone.  (It was Briar Rose / Cinderella)  I'm glad to say most of the parents who brought their children probably enjoyed it as much if not more than the children.  I cannot put a price tag on any of those things.     

 

I do have some of the Elm Creek Quilt novels though have not found time to read them yet; I will.  I also have what I believe are some Quaker Quilt Mystery books .. perhaps 4 of them.    I look forward to reading those also one day.  These are so fun to have to look forward to. 

 

I wish you only the best in your retirement and in caring for your husband.  Also in finding a group of like minded stitching women for social connectedness and warm conversation. 

 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me and I look forward to talking with you more.

At 11:46pm on 7th mo. 9, 2011, Deborah said…

Hello! I live in Pittsburgh too!  Please feel free to contact me.

 

Deborah

At 9:49am on 7th mo. 5, 2011, Cindy Boucher said…

Hello,

 

How long have you played the harp?  Isn’t it such a beautiful sounding instrument.

 

Kind Regards,

Cindy

 
 
 

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