Not Much to Say...
After reading this and this earlier this week, I retreated to my dining room where I cleaned up our arts and crafts table a little first. Then I organized a little. Then I sorted through magazines. Then I started cutting and pasting and writing responses to what I had cut and pasted.
After far too long a lay-off, I returned to the joyful practice of making collages. I love gluing words and images into my journal. I love the bulk and heft of the journal pages after they have been covered with the goodies I discover in the magazines I subscribe to: Oprah, National Geographic Traveler, and The Week. Plus Skirt, the local freebie, always has fabulous articles and artwork, ads and poems that bring a smile to my face and beauty to my dream-keeping, life-containing, soul-nourishing daybook.
So, nope, I don't have much to say this week.
I've been too busy getting glue on my fingers.
I wish us all a happy weekend and leave you with
a nugget that Oprah wrote that resonated with me.
"These days I am often surrounded by other people.
I have to interact constantly, so when I get to spend
time with just me, I delight in every moment.
Alone time is when I recharge and go back to my
center, distancing myself from the voices of the
world so I can hear my own with clarity.
It's when I consciously count my blessings, take a deep breath,
and try to absorb the wonder and glory of all my experiences...
Now I know for sure that if you don't replenish your well,
it runs dry."
This week, I have set apart some alone time to replenish my well of creativity; thank you Jen and Andrea for reminding me to give myself permission and space to let the paint and glue and markers and ink fly.
The following is a photo of a collage I made last year. I think I posted this photo once before, but here it appears again. I still smile everytime I look at this image.
Notice all the goodies behind my journal: many of my blogging and writing buddies will notice their logos and banners and words there. Thanks for your constant inspiration.
One more thing: I want to express my profound thanks to you for reading my blog. I know that many of you do not comment on what you read here and, although I would love to hear from each of you, I prefer your silence to your absence. To those of you who do write to me, I appreciate your feedback and commentary more than you can imagine. To those of you who have had difficulty posting comments for one reason or another, I humbly apologize. As convenient and helpful as internet technology can be, it can also be finicky and unreliable. I am far more impressed with the fact that the internet has allowed me to find, initiate, and maintain meaningful relationships online than I am disheartened by the fact that occasionally our words get off on the wrong exit of the information superhighway.