As far as the witch thing, well I grew up with Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie. I want to believe that there is magic in everyday life, whatever form it takes. It's more often than not the smile of a new baby, the first bloom of a flower. There is magic all around you and you just have to take a minute, open your eyes and see it. Sunrise, sunset, a miracle every single day.
I want you to look at the year at the top of this sampler. 1692.
Now check out these news stories:
Child Witches: Accused in the Name of Jesus - ABC News
BBC News Africa Child witches in the Congo
As a world we've come a long way haven't we? I was sick last week when I caught the story on ABC News. Here I am stitching away on Salem Remembered and half a world away, hundreds of years later, people's problems are being blamed on witchcraft and the people being blamed are too young to have a freakin' clue about what is going on. You know, life is hard, life is pain, bad things happen. Your grinder is going to break and it's not because your five year old is a witch.
Here is a link to information on the Salem Witchcraft Trials:
An account of the Salem witchcraft investigations, trials, and aftermath.
What is going on in Africa today is no different than what happened here a few hundred years ago.
Here's a link to National Geographic's Salem site:
National Geographic: Salem Witch-Hunt-- and here's a link to the kid's site:
The Salem Witch Trials -- National Geographic Kids
As much as we like to believe the world has come along way since the days of Way Back When, we haven't. It's much easier to blame your troubles on everyone else and toss in a good mix of greed from these so-called ministers and everyone loses except the ministers charging for their exorcism services.
So when someone tells you cross stitch is obsolete, out of date, has no relevance today, well Salem Remembered is more current than I ever imagined.