Thursday, June 04, 2009

Today's Lesson Around The World From The Craft Room: Appreciate Your Freedoms

I am sorry it has been so long since I posted to my blog. I have been on my around the world trip and I traveled from Amsterdam to Beijing, China. An interesting thing happened when I arrived in China...well, many interesting things happened...but the one I want to mention here is that I tried to log on to my blog when I connected to the internet and the blog was blocked. As a matter of fact, any blog I tried to go to was blocked. As was YouTube. It wasn't until this moment that I had even considered that in some places, the freedoms we take for granted do not exist. I mean, what harm could there be in blogs and YouTube? Freedom. Freedom to discuss whatever you want to discuss. Freedom to be exposed to whatever you choose to be exposed to. Something I know I take for granted everyday.

So now I am in Kobe, Japan and my blog and YouTube are accessible once again and I wanted to take a moment to appreciate the freedom that is once again a part of my life.

The photo above was taken when I landed at the airport in Osaka, Japan. As I'm sure you already know, I can't wait to get to the craft room to make a card inspired by this photo!!!!! I will be here until Sunday and I finished my work last night so now I will spend a few days taking in as much as I can!!!! I will be meeting my friends today and am really looking forward to presenting them with the small notebooks I created for them. I'll try to take lots of great photos - especially of origami and handmade papers! I know inspiration will be everywhere as I enjoy my freedom :)