This is my 75th, my diamond, my brilliant, sparkling, exquisitely-valuable blog post! I’ve been blogging for a year now. Thanks for coming to my Jubilee Celebration.
I’m still in shock over the tragedy in neighboring Boston, and I can barely imagine the depth of pain of the families and friends of the injured and lost…
but I have learned that in the midst of darkness, there remains a memory of past, and a promise of future light. And because of those memories and hopes, we who live, must keep creating–keep writing, painting, singing, dancing, loving.
Back in the ’90’s people called a moment of enlightenment, of light breaking into the darkness, an epiphany-moment. The insight comes. The Aha-now-I-see-it instant arrives. I had one of those moments this week, while thinking about my blog. If this were a movie, the music would swell emotionally, the thunder would clap, the rain would shower, everything would indicate the promises of spring, new growth, abundance…
I discovered a simple little thing that changes the way I think about blogging: I hate Categories. They corral my thinking into boxes. They make me believe I have to whittle things down, to fit into a mold. They do something I really, really hate having done to me–they limit my understanding, which limits compassion.
I’m no anarchist, and I understand that categories are useful for some people. But as for me and my blog–I’m done with them.
Poof! They’re gone. Ta-da–
look over to the navigation guide on the right. No more categories! (Oh, if only the whole world could be fixed just like that!)
For a year now, I’ve been herding my limitless thoughts into a narrow categories–food, writing, creative people I admire… No good can come of all that confinement.
It has felt like trying to fit a watershed–all the springs, brooks, and rivulets that flow together to make a mightily-rushing river–into a 2-quart pitcher. It just won’t happen.
And now I feel free to blog about my real life, and all my Whitmanesque interests and passions (I am large, I contain multitudes)–art; ecologically-minded fashion; food; gardening; nature; friends and family; the pursuit of excellence; books; pottery; glass; the joy of nurture; the sanity of wellness; textiles & yarn; meaningful work; sustainability; did I mention food? slowwwww-food-natural & seasonal living-walkable communities-respect for the environment-artists-designers-creative-people and everything else that I love! And everything else I want to explore!
It always takes me a while to get the hang of a new adventure (in this case, blogging). First, I want to do the accepted thing. But that never works out because pretty soon I start seeing how the accepted thing doesn’t work for me. Sometimes the accepted norm is inconvenient, or just plain dumb, and in some groups (among gangs, terrorists, coercive sales organizations, agencies/companies/people who believe that monetary profit is more important than decency), the accepted thing is just plain wrong.
Categories are hindering my creativity. So, I’m re-introducing my newly conceptualized blog–without Categories. (Whenever something is limiting my ability to respond creatively and passionately, I’ve found great success by just cutting it out. Delete it. Get rid of it!)
So, hello again, world! Welcome to my passionate, creative search for a natural, seasonal lifestyle. I call it Artisanal Living.
By reconceptualizing my blog, I have set myself free to blog as my un-categorizable self!
(For this transformation, I owe credit–for inspiration–to an intelligent, creatively wide-ranging, un-categorizable blogger–click here to visit Suzanne’s Mom’s Blog)
What small thing are you going to do this spring, to liberate your thinking? And who is inspiring you?