So the prompt for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday brought to mind a 1967 film titled Up The Down Staircase. The film stared Sandy Dennis (“Splendor In The Grass” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”) and featured Jean Stapleton (“Edith Bunker” on “All In The Family”), Sorrell Booke (“Boss Hogg” on “The Dukes of Hazard“), Florence Stanley (“Bernice Fish” on “Barney Miller”) and other actresses from stage and film.
I came across this film several years ago playing on t.v. and even though I’m not much of a movie watcher, I really liked the film. The plot of the movie involves a young, newly graduated English teacher who begin working in a tough, New York high school. Her background is very different from her students and the environment she is going into is a far cry from the suburbs she most likely grew up in.
Wearing a hat has never been a hit for me. I like hats but for some reason they just don’t seem to look right on me. For this reason I never wear hats. People often ask when I’m doing some activity out in the hot summer weather, “how can you stand the sun’s heat beating down on your head”? I guess you can say I’m a bit of a hot-head…ha ha.
Before my grandmother passed away one of the many things she enjoyed doing was weaving Navajo rugs. Growing up I remember watching her collecting specific plants to make in to different colored dyes. Then came the arduous task of shearing sheep for the wool, which then had to be cleaned. The cleaned wool was then hand-carded and spun into yarn using a hand-held spindle. I remember she would always take her spindle and spin wool while she was traveling as a passenger. Once the wool was spun she would dye the yarn into the colors she would need. These colors were mostly brown, gray and black. Once all of these task were complete, she would take the yarn and weave them into beautiful Navajo rugs with geometric designs she learned throughout her life.