Here are the final products. They went over very well. There is a bit of meaning to these. The question marks partly signify uncertainly. For last year's Thoughtsgiving day, we were reeling from the recent election of Trump. The theme for last year's pins were in opposition to his hatred and bigotry. We were all uncertain about how bad it could get. It has gotten pretty bad. A secondary suggestion of the question mark could be fragility -- specifically, the fragility of life. The pins were dedicated to Andre; who took his own life this fall and left us reeling from that. But here we are, near the end of another year. The colors of these pins and the third possibility for our question mark signify inquisitiveness and hope -- two things which we must continue to carry on living a life worth living. I was pleased with how these turned out.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Those of you who have followed this blog for a while might remember that a couple of my friends and I made up a new holiday now 7 years ago. We call it "Thoughtsgiving"... the day before we give thanks for Thanksgiving. We all meet at the pub tomorrow and blow bubbles (i.e., thought bubbles), eat some food and enjoy a couple cold pints of beer. I also have made commemorative collage lapel pins for the last 6 years (i.e., all but the first year). I began working on this year's edition over the weekend. With as busy as I have been this semester, I was really wondering whether I was going to have the time to come through with the pins this year. I am happy to say that not only are they coming together; I rather like this year's festive feel. I will post the final products tomorrow!