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Ode to the Mothers

Ode to the Mothers

Ode to my Mama by Anna Frient
The warrior chef cooked dinner for a full table.
Drove to ballet classes and football games,
Sat in the theatre to watch us act our dramas,
Took us to church to sing our prayers.
Wrote yearly Christmas poems,
updating others poetically, her pride in her family.
Allowed us to follow our dreams,
and let us make our own mistakes.
Made us fresh cookies for our lunches,
and dropped them off at school when we forgot them.
Gave us natural remedies,
and didn’t let us eat anything with MSG.
Mother, mama, madre,
>you are beautiful to me.
Thank you for it all,
but especially the cookie recipes.

fanny d

Happy Mother’s Day from Simply Wood Rings! This is a selection of our mother of pearl inlay rings, which represents the purity and love reflected in the warm wooden rings. This nurturing spirit is found in mothers like yours and mine. simplywoodrings.com

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Go Green

With both Earth Day and Arbor Day coming up at the end of April, it seems like a good time to evaluate how we treat the Earth. Let’s make sure that it is with love! Here are a couple ways you can share your love for the Earth with others.

A billion acts of green.
Earth Day is April 22. The Earth Day Network is getting people to “pledge an act of green.” http://act.earthday.org/

Wedding Favor Trees.
Arbor Day is April 27. The Arbor Day Foundation offers gift trees as wedding favors. Do the Earth a favor, and give your wedding guests a gift to last a lifetime. Plant a tree! http://www.arborday.org/shopping/gifttrees/weddings.cfm

How will you help protect the planet, and help create a healthy, sustainable environment?
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The Covenant of Family

The Covenant of Family

The Covenant of Family

Outside of Portland, Oregon there lives a loving family of four.

This Easter, one of our customers will be presenting her husband, son, and daughter with a ring, to represent the covenant they all entered at the parent’s marriage. The wood comes from a 90 foot tall cherry tree that was in their backyard. The tree had to come down because it was dropping an unhealthy sludge. Sad to see it go, the family which hosts more then one woodworker, will be salvaging the wood in different ways, including creating a cherry table. The rings we created came from a mossy green branch she had sent us. Also included in the ring design, is an inlay of acacia wood, which holds religious significance. It is thought that the Arc of the Covenant was made out of acacia wood, and also that Jesus was crucified on a cross from an acacia tree. On the inside of the rings are each family member’s initials, as well as a favorite bible verse.

When our time on this Earth is limited and even the trees decay, the most meaningful thing we can do is share our time, our space, and our stories with the ones we love every day.

The Covenant of Family

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Wed with wood; celebrate love now this Valentine’s Day

e.e. cummings is one of my favorite writers. His obscure punctuation choices, his lack of capitalization, his spontaneous line breaks, all contribute to his unorthodox writing style.  But mostly what I love about his writing is the natural rhythm of his verse, despite the absence of traditional structure. e.e. cummings is to poetry what Simply Wood Rings is to the wedding ring industry: inventive, non-traditional, and organically beautiful. We listen to the natural rhythm of the world around us, and use it in our craft. And so on Valentine’s Day, in celebration of all types of love, I leave you with an e.e. cummings poem, anyone lived in a pretty how town. In the context of our wooden rings, this poem seems to embody the preciousness of the life cycle, and the idea that we hold dear: love is to be celebrated now. 

anyone lived in a pretty how town
(with up so floating many bells down)
spring summer autumn winter
he sang his didn’t he danced his did.

Women and men(both little and small)
cared for anyone not at all
they sowed their isn’t they reaped their same
sun moon stars rain

children guessed(but only a few
and down they forgot as up they grew
autumn winter spring summer)
that noone loved him more by more

when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone’s any was all to her

someones married their everyones
laughed their cryings and did their dance
(sleep wake hope and then)they
said their nevers they slept their dream

stars rain sun moon
(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)

one day anyone died i guess
(and noone stooped to kiss his face)
busy folk buried them side by side
little by little and was by was

all by all and deep by deep
and more by more they dream their sleep
noone and anyone earth by april
wish by spirit and if by yes.

Women and men(both dong and ding)
summer autumn winter spring
reaped their sowing and went their came
sun moon stars rain