Saturday, July 19, 2008
Fell into a black hole?
Well, not exactly - but it sure felt like it for a bit.
It's been over 5 weeks since my last post and while I never intended to take such a long break, I think some things generally work out as they should.
I have run into a creative dry spell. As with the normal course of life, I have had some unpleasant and rather challenging things happen in the last few months which I have allowed to overshadow so many other aspects of a generally happy existence. In the last 3 years beading has helped me over such speed bumps. Not so much this time.
I draw inward when I'm feeling out of sorts and since I tend toward being a bit of a hermit under 'normal' circumstances - I had really withdrawn in an attempt to lighten my heart and find some answers. For those of you that have encouraged me through email messages - I thank you. And for anyone else that reads this blog - I thought you were due a bit of an explanation as to why I have been absent. So there you have it!
I have also allowed weeds to overwhelm the few flower beds I have in the yard, but I was happy to see the hollyhock and other seeds I planted year before last bloom for the first time
as well as some old favorites.
In addition to flowers on the outside - I have a wonderful friend that sends me cheer in so many ways - most recently by way of a smiley face mug filled with lots of bright, happy yellow flowers (thank you Anne!)
I have quite a few email messages to return - if you have sent me a message and haven't heard from me - you probably will in the next several days. I'm reading through many of them now.
Next up... a post (and imges) about my March Bead Journal Project. I have been beading a bit. I have also finished the April page and should soon have my page for May completed. I have consistently had my camera on hand and will be posting about summer fun and what that has meant to me and my loved ones (right now it seems that would be poison ivy for my son and grandson and lots of mosquito bites for me).
I hope you too are finding ways to enjoy the summer!
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman