“The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

This is so true and I’ll bet that several of us are wondering how some of those New Year’s resolutions we made got scuttled so quickly. I have a theory that it is just due to the Devil doing his job, which is to tempt you and put roadblocks in your way. That mean old Devil! He is sure good at what he does and he makes it easy for us to stray, and for us to justify it! Now this is not going to be a Sunday school lesson, but it does seem that there is a universal law of some sort, perhaps the law of opposites, that kicks in whenever we try to change our ways for the better.

This weekend it happened to my wife. She had resolved to eat a plant-based diet this month. We were visiting friends at the beach and, being the hosts, they got to pick the restaurant the first night out. Well, somehow they picked a place that did not have a single green thing on the menu. I’m serious; there were not any salads or veggies other than French fried potatoes! Everything was meat, meat and more meat! I, being perhaps a bit less supportive husband than I could have been, ordered the house special, a half-pound “Bob Marley Burger.” With my poor behavior going on right beside her, Merri could have easily stumbled. I could practically see the Devil grinning in anticipation of another victory, with me as his accomplice, but Merri’s resolve was strong, and not only did she not give in, she seemed to thoroughly enjoy her water with a slice of lemon, truly a symbolic plant-based rebuke of all temptations that were presented to block her resolve! Perhaps an even more extreme example of the law of opposition happened to me many years ago when I had resolved to quit smoking and had been smoke free long enough to feel confident that I could hang out with some friends who still smoked. Soon enough, temptation kicked in and my “friends” were offering me smokes, but rather than give in I said my goodbyes and went home to my apartment. Proud of myself, I went to enter the backdoor to my smoke-free sanctuary, and there I discovered a brand new, un-opened pack of Marlboros and a Bic lighter, setting on my back stoop! Flabbergasted, I gave in. I figured that if the universe felt that strongly, who was I to argue? Is there an explanation for this? Perhaps so, but I could have still said “no!” Merri set a much better example with her refusal to give in, even when it seemed she had no practical options. So be like Merri. Resolve, expect resistance, stay strong and you will make it!

Sometimes it’s Mother Nature who forces us to change our plans. For those of you who were disappointed that the Stephen Foster Quilt show last year was canceled on account of Hurricane Michael, here is some good news. There is an excellent quilt show at the Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton, Florida, featuring a display of Art Quilts by Sandy Lindfors titled “CHEWED THRU THE RESTRAINTS.” I like Sandy because she is a free spirit. As evidence of that I’ll share with you that Sandy loves this statement from Cecil Beaton, avant-garde photographer. "Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary."

I think those of you who were sad to miss the quilt show at Stephen Foster State Park will find the drive to Trenton to be worth it to see the work of this award-winning North Florida artist. She is displaying her vast collection of eclectic art quilts in this special exhibit for the Florida Quilt Museum in Trenton through April 2019. Lindfors studied art at the University of Minnesota. After graduation she worked as a graphic artist and illustrator for the Palm Beach County Schools in Palm Beach, Florida. She moved to Live Oak, Florida, in 1993, where she worked with the Suwannee County Schools until her retirement. She has taught oil painting for more than 30 years and has been a sewer all of her life. She began traditional quilting in the early 1980s but it wasn’t long before she quickly eased on over to art quilting where she joined her love of painting with free motion quilting and creative embellishment.

Her current passions include making everyone laugh and have fun while helping make the fiber arts as recognizable as the fine arts and to share her enthusiasm for the textile arts. She is a member of the Lady of the Lake Quilt Guild, the Studio Art Quilters Association, and is the madam for the prestigious Fiber Muse of Lake City, Florida.

Another event at the mercy of Mother Nature and Old Man River is the Suwannee Bicycle Association’s IDIDARIDE, originally scheduled for later this month. The mighty Suwannee has spoken and Suwannee Bike says, “Friends — Due to the current flooded state of our trails and dismal projections for Jan 26th, we (SBA Board) have decided to tentatively reschedule for May 4th. Emails to registered participants went out this morning with more details about the new date. We hope you can make the springtime ride and help keep IDIDARIDE a yearly success for all. Thank You.” White Springs hopes this nature induced change of plans works out for SBA and all of the participants and we look forward to seeing our cyclist visitors in May!

Once again, I want to remind you that if you have news you want to share, you should let “Life in White Springs” help. We’re always glad to hear about goings on in the community and will be glad to share anything that is appropriate for this column. I am thankful that we truly are all connected, and I hope that we can continue to feel proud of who we are and where we’re headed, and that we all appreciate that White Springs and its surrounding region is a very special place, to be honored and protected. As always, I look forward to seeing you out and about, enjoying your community and your life in White Springs.

Walter McKenzie



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