I haven’t written much for a while.
Some people need to stop worrying about me when I DO write a lot because I derive a lot of joy from putting my ideas out there. Let it be known that I have this thing that I do, under control. I don’t spend a lot of time baking great cakes. I also stepped into a mall for the first time in five years (no lie) over the holidays because I was to meet my son-in-law in the Shopper’s at South Center. I don’t shop.
So, instead of listing the other 200 things that other people do while I am writing, I’ll just say that I am pretty dang happy at this time of my life. There were two dark moments in 2013…the moment my beautiful mother had to let go of her life in May and that instant when my friend of over 25 years, Elma Flaherty, died. I continue to deal with these losses on a daily basis, but, truly…my life is one of blessing.
I wanted to enter into the dance of the New Year with an acknowledgement of three of my readers. I’m not very well connected to the ‘blogging community’ because that WOULD end up eating up a lot of time…but, these same readers are three amazing writers and I need to say just how wonderful it has been, sharing their writing journey, so I’m going to do that now.
John Clinock lives on the west coast, in Vancouver, hosts a blog titled Art Rat Cafe. He is a talented writer and also has a fondness for art that incorporates text, as well as a love for good music. I’ve been reading and admiring his work for a good long time and I think I originally connected with one of his posts when I went searching for blogs that focused on the artist’s journey. Generally, his life on this techno-high wire is an optimistic one. Some would wonder if optimists are presenting a facade in all forms of social media, but John writes about ideas, music, the seasons, human celebration and pain, with a particular beauty and authenticity. I want to thank you for your writing, John, because it consistently inspires. I’m posting one of your images here, likely mixed media, and will ask your permission AFTERWARDS!
Dear Shimon lives in Jerusalem., Israel. He writes beautiful narratives that convey the simplicity and beauty of life, but from a far off land. I gather from his beautiful photography and his writing that he treasures observing his world and taking the time for those things that really count. Deeply connected to his cat, Charlie, his family and traditions, I have learned very much about his customs through his posts and through my inquiries. I consider him a dear friend although we have only shared the common elements and differences in our stories along the way. A huge reader and appreciator of music, I hope to take on his reading list along the path of my life. I strongly encourage my readers to visit The Human Picture and to have your eyes opened to Jerusalem in a very new way. Something very interesting this past year was that Shimon experienced such a huge snow storm that temporarily transformed his home land in a dramatic way.
And finally, on her blog titled, Year-Struck, I have been enjoying reading everything by a woman I know only as Year Stricken. Her humour and her intelligence are the two reasons I return again and again to her writing. Well-crafted, her words bring me to tears through the power of a moment or cause me to laugh hysterically in the next. I have appreciated her vignettes that cause me to think about teaching, mothering, loss, serendipity. Through her writing, I enter into a new way of seeing this thing that is common to all of us…life.
I don’t know the art of blogging. I know that I enjoy the immediacy of this world at my finger tips. My children will surely not suffer for lack of ‘getting into my head’ ever! There are a couple of other blogs that I really treasure for their personal connections with me and my life. I love reimer writes! I have learned so much from Nikki. Through her honesty about loss and grief and how to write your way through it. I’ve learned about matters of the heart. Through her blog, I connect with someone who shares in my outrage at the treatment of countless animals. We share in our desire to respect and honour life. Thanks, Nikki.
Finally, one of my dear friends has been making an exceptional effort in her vision to bring the arts to the marginalized in our city and to constantly open up the narratives that we share through her Love Art in Calgary tours. Wendy, you are so important to me. I wish you the best for this coming year.