I think a lot about paradox. I don’t actually know how you can be in this world and not think about it. Life is, we are, complex, and while it seems our culture and these times in general urge us into surface-y reactions and superficial interactions, I know that’s not what any of us really wants, or who we are.
No matter what our life looks like, if we aren’t occasionally hitting the pause button to reflect I’m not sure we can consider that living. And that’s the sort of thing I’ve been thinking about lately.
If you know me in real life you know I’m reclusive and shy, but that doesn’t mean I’m not curious, that I don’t like sharing peeks into my world and peeking into yours. I just means I think of it as an unfolding process deserving of the attention and care you devote to any relationship. Which I suppose is why I like blogging. And why I’ve suddenly seem to have taken a great interest in Instagram – I get to do those things my way. I understand the very real criticism and concern that these very medium promote very skewed perspectives – that what is presented is more curated than factual. But what if that weren’t true? Or what if it was true and we chose to figure that into the equation as a factor that helps us correct our own margins of error?
Over all the years I’ve been blogging and reading other blogs, I’ve always loved those posts where people share links of what they’ve found interesting. It feels like a such an expansive share-the-love kind of thing. For a while I did it weekly, and I’m thinking of returning to that practice, beginning today.
- I love a good rant on why we should continue to blog even though it’s so old school.
- Artist threadstories work addresses how we portray ourselves on line through the creation of masks and “falsehoods.”
- Knowing my obsession with abecedariums, a friend shared this fabulous link. Nature rocks it once again.
- I kind of like this brief explanation of what second cousins once removed, actually means. I swear I almost failed a college anthropology course because the instructor was obsessed with family trees and I had such a difficult time grasping this cousin concept.
- Moving from family trees to altered leaves created by Susanna Bauer.
- Creating beauty in an unexpected way – literary star charts.
- And wrapping things up, a short inspirational film.
What have you been thinking about lately? What have you found inspiring? Do tell – you know I love to hear.