Humans are funny creatures, full of paradox. Change is very hard for all of us, even the most adventurous, and we want it only under the “right” circumstances, meaning when we want it and for what we want. We like to control it all.
But still, change is good, and I’m celebrating a little shift in things around here. Just as the dog days of August bring on the requisite languishing and desire to hide inside away from all that HEAT, I’ve suddenly gotten my second wind. This summer hasn’t been at all what I planned and I can hardly believe we’re into August now. But thankfully my creative mojo has finally awoken from its long nap. Bonus points because my blogging desire is back as well, and looking for a challenge. Of course nothing delights me more than creating abecedariums, so I’ve set myself a task to blog my way through the alphabet for the rest of the month. On whatever random topic inspires me that happens to reference the letter of day. Summer really should be filled with random surprises don’t you think?
Because today is also Thursday, I’m inspired to kick off my abecedarium with 3 “A” things that delight me, so I can play along with Nerd in the Brain’s Three Things Thursday.
Let’s begin simply, with August.
I have a charming little litho-printed accordion-fold perpetual calendar by artist Rima Staines entitled the Wayfarer’s Year. Proceeds from the sale of this went directly to funding the Hedgespoken off-grid travelling theatre project.
Here’s a peek at a couple months, including August.
While I’ve never actually gone fishing, looking at this reminded me of the fabulous quote from Pablo Neruda:
“We need to sit on the rim of the well of darkness and fish for the fallen light with patience.”
Here’s a piece I did a while ago.
The quote reminded me that that Perseid meteor showers are upcoming with peak times August 11 and 12. I’ve been thinking about the night sky quite a bit, particularly since I’m working on a talisman for a client. One of the botanical elements I’m using is Star Anise. And so there we have my second of three As.
It seems every time I work with a botanical my understanding deepens, and I’m really enjoying listening to Star Anise. I’ve always sort of associated it with autumn and winter – that rich, heavy scent seems so well suited to those times, and yet, suddenly now I’m loving it even in the heat of summer. A lovely surprise.
And finally, I had a dream the other night about a Rose Angel. I was discussing the dream with someone, and she mentioned how the Victorians were somewhat obsessed with pink-winged angels. I didn’t know that, but here’s a wonderful old vintage image. Pink wings AND roses. Score! I think this may well be the start of an obsession for me as well.
So there you have it – the first entry in my Random abecedarium. Now I’m tagging you. What “A” thing is inspiring you? What plans do you have for August? What magic are you fishing for? Do tell – you know I love to hear.