There's just one picture I have to post today. It was part of a terrific show of political quilts at Quilt Market in Houston this past October. The photo is of a quilt by Susan Shie (apologies for the railing and post in the image). Here's a link where you can see a larger image of the quilt and read what Shie has to say about the piece, (scroll down under "2008 gallery complete" posting). She's also got information on the site about an entire show of Obama quilts by 60 fiber artists—President Obama: A Celebration in Art Quilts opening Feb. 9 at the Cafritz Foundation Arts Center at Montgomery College in Silver Springs, MD.
Whatever your political persuasion, I hope you feel a sense of the promise and power inherent in today's events. There are no magic bullets for the troubles of our country and world, but we can hope, and we can implore the God or gods with whom we touch base, that the change in Washington will bring a change for the better. Obama was elected because Americans of many races, creeds, backgrounds, and belief systems (including those of us who caucused for someone else) supported and worked hard for someone we believed would bring much-needed change. That we still have the ability to join forces, despite all that divides us, can provide a powerful example for others. Obama's facing unbelievable obstacles and challenges. We've proved we're willing to put aside differences and work together for something new. I hope we can do the same in the days, months, and years ahead. Today, I feel optimism all around.