About This Blog

Welcome.

I love this quote from Louise Beebe Wilder that I recently came across that, even though it was written in 1928 or so, applies to the blogging world of today.

‘…that each of us should feel free to express himself–his most extravagant, whimsical, ardent, honest self; to work out his own theories and bring his bit of earth to what seems to him its finest and fittest expression.’ 

This blog is ‘my bit of earth’. On it you will find pieces and oddments of what I’ve been reading or doing. Some flowers and some weeds, if I may continue the analogy. Some of what I write on this blog is long-form essay.

I indulge in a bit of ramble at times, like an old garden rose, perhaps…and I can’t always predict what subject I will be intrigued with, and inspired to write about, from one day to the next. That being said, you can consider this the short version of About This Blog. For the long version, put on the coffee, and keep reading….

 


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It took the genius of Virginia Woolf to describe what many of us ordinary, modest readers and writers would like to accomplish with a blog.

‘The common reader,’ she wrote, ‘…is guided by an instinct to create for himself, out of whatever odds and ends he can come by, some kind of whole–a portrait of a man, a sketch of an age, a theory of the art of writing.’

This is about those odds and ends I come by.

In terms of literary tastes, I am slightly stuck in the past, when the clumsy word ‘blog’ did not exist (oh happy time!) but the concept of journal, letters, belles-lettres, monographs, and elegant diaries certainly did.

When we read the works of authors long past, it is as though we were looking back at after-images in time; seeing ourselves reflected in the words and worlds that went before us. As we read, we renew them in that moment. (That’s pretty exhilarating, if you ask me!)

However you define it, we readers and lovers of words never cease to thrill at the sight, sound, and smell of opening the pages of a new book.

“These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.” Gilbert Highet

As a wordsmith, I love odd, antiquated, whimsical words. This is not an intellectual pursuit, but a knack I inherited from my dear mom, who also loved to collect tiny jars, and put tiny things in them. At times I will feature my favorite word finds here, in the category of ‘The Curious Word‘.  Or perhaps I should title it ‘H.W. Fowler Turning in his Grave‘.

I’ve written two works of fiction. These have been generally well received, and you can read more about them here.

My friends call me a gentle person. I don’t know if that is true, but I can tell you that my idea of an ‘f’ word is piffle, kerfuffle, and fluffification.

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One of my favorite authors, Margery Sharp, is featured with a blog of her own here. I have authored this since 2000, but it is still a work in progress.

All original writing is copyrighted, which is the general thing that people say right at this point in the ‘About’ page.

(I try to use my own photos if possible, but on occasion I borrow from the web. In this I attempt to use public domain images, or locate the original source to give proper credits. If I have inadvertently used one of your original photographs and you object to its use on my site, please let me know and I will remove it and buy you a croissant.)

 

21 thoughts on “About This Blog

    • That is a great compliment, thank you! I truly believe in a bright future ahead, and I’m glad to know my writing reflects this. Just as the saying goes ‘you are what you eat’ the same is true with our minds–I want to read and contemplate things that are uplifting. Thanks for visiting my little blog!

  1. What a lovely introduction to a Blog that is. I’m a published writer myself, although my telling you that reveals that I am not a very successful or known one, but it has given me a little a small identity at the café where I drink coffee when I can. I love people who think and write, so its very nice to meet you and read your nice comment on my Blog 🙂

    • Thank you–it is nice to meet you too! I enjoy your blog very much and can only say, based on what I read there, that you won’t be unknown for long. :o) Your cadre of coffee companions will be increasing! As for my published books, I have hopes that in about a hundred years or so, they will be discovered and enjoyed by a new audience, described as ‘fresh and original’, and perhaps the subject of scholarly articles titled something like ‘Whatever Happened to Gentle Fiction?–Nostalgic Women Authors of the Lost Baby Boomer Generation; A Retrospective’. In the meantime, we do what we do: write, think, and think about writing. Thanks for checking in!

  2. Hi. I was just trying to find out where in the country you are. I’m trying to track areas of drought to see exactly how widespread the problem is.

    East coast? West coast? We seem to be dry on both coasts and a good many places in between too. What kind of drought affects an entire CONTINENT? Why aren’t more people alarmed?

    • Hi Marilyn: I’m on the west coast, in Portland, Oregon. The river I live by is the Willamette. I have never seen it this low!! We have all been enjoying our beautiful summer of no rain, (rather unusual for us webfoots here!) but now comes the reality.

  3. So the drought is spreading northward. I figured. It’s already all over the southwest and California coast … throughout New England and parts of the Carolinas and some areas of the midwest too. This is one big ugly drought. You really would think the media would be on top of it. It’s real news, not the nonsense they usually cover. Garry says that’s the problem. It IS real news and they are forgetting how to cover real news. He’s getting cynical. Or MORE cynical.

  4. My first impression reading through your blog was, ‘She has three brains!’ How does one woman manage to convey such varied subjects with such wit and intelligence? Oh, what fun I’ll have reading the adventures and interests of such a vibrant personality. I will be back. 🙂

  5. I love your blog, and I do love your theme, as I’ve used it previously. Found you through Blogging 201 and am a new follower now. I hope you’ll stop by, too, and maybe follow mine back if you find it interesting enough! See you on 201.

  6. I just nominated you for the Liebster Award! It is an award given by bloggers, intended to recognize the writing of other bloggers with fewer than 200 followers and to introduce readers to your work. There is no obligation for you to accept this award. I just want you to know someone likes what you are doing. You can go to my blog to see the instructions if you are interested in participating.

    http://reknutson.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/liebster-award/

    • It looks like you have a lovely start to your blog! Thank you so much for the award nomination. I work hard at having good content, and appreciate it when people enjoy what I write and interact with comments on the various articles. That is my award, so I thank you very much. All the best to you!

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