Fiber Trail and Neurodiversity—Connection? You Decide

imageFiber Trail

In the July 30, 2010 of USA Today, there is an article about the NM Fiber Trail. In the print edition there is a nice color picture of the gallery at Weaving Southwest. Inside is shown a picture of WSW outdoor dye studio, with skeins of yarn hanging. To bad that one is not in color also—their colors are yummy!

Below is a quote from the article, where Teresa Loveless is compared to Lucy in the famous grape-stomping scene. Now for me, I’m not sure grape stomping and dyeing compare, but who am I to say what it appears to others?

A tough economy may have crimped sales of the contemporary, high-end tapestries at Taos’ Weavings Southwest, but not of its luxuriously supple, candy-colored yarns.

“When things go bad, more people turn to knitting and weaving — it’s a comfort thing,” says owner Theresa Loveless, 27, whose 84-year-old grandmother, Rachel Brown, started the gallery a quarter-century ago. At the family’s outdoor dye studio in nearby Arroyo Seco, visitors are welcome to watch as Loveless, looking like a radiant Lucy Ricardo in that famous TV grape-stomping episode, swishes hanks of wool in wood-fired pots and drapes them to dry in the hot New Mexico sun.

For other pictures of the Weaving Southwest dyers doing their magic outside, go here.

Neurodiversity

image Interestingly, I read Rebecca Mezoff’s blog about her quest for peanut butter and her seemingly puzzling inability to see things when they are right in front of her (like the jar of peanut butter). Now this happens to me all the time, so I guess I’ve adjusted. However, this whole problem made me think of a public radio program that I had heard just the previous day. This is a locally produced program called Think. It’s two hours every day, and on this day, the topic was neurodiversity. As a believer in diversity, this struck me as an idea that I had not thought of before. Thomas Armstrong is the author of the book called Neurodiversity:  Discovering the Extraordinary Gifts of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Other Brain Differences.  The premise of the book is about how many people with what we might consider a disability have other abilities and ways of thinking that might be considered more important in the right situation. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all find our particular niche no matter what our “disability” or neurodiversity?

2 thoughts on “Fiber Trail and Neurodiversity—Connection? You Decide

  1. Rebecca Mezoff

    Sherri, you and I must be on the same wavelength today. My dad called me to tell me about the USA Today article–he happened to be visiting someone who gets the paper in NY. Anyway, I am going to have to read the Thomas Armstrong book you are talking about. I’m an occupational therapist and this sort of thing is right up my alley. Thanks for the tip! Maybe my inability to see the peanut butter jar is somehow an asset to my way of life!?

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  2. Sherri Woodard Coffey

    Well, you know what they say about great minds and everything :)If you wanted to invest the time, you could probably listen to a podcast of the program. I found it fascinating, and I do think that we compensate in other areas when we are challenged in others. Plus, I just liked the term neurodiversity!

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