This is Culture

arts and writingI was lucky enough to attend not one, but two cultural events this weekend:  The Etsy Made in Canada craft fair and Kingston WritersFest.

My children and I admired the work of Etsy sellers on Saturday.  From artwork to jewellery to stitched items, each table held impressive talent and creativity.

This morning, my sister and I listened as Camilla Gibb read from her new memoir, “This is Happy” and spoke eloquently about her life to Merilyn Simonds.  I was moved by her reading, and awed by her willingness to share what so many seldom talk about.

It was a truly inspiring weekend.

Mixed Media

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This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

I have thousands of photos (and don’t intend to stop taking more any time soon!), and have been wanting to try something new with them. Starting with a blank canvas, I worked at this piece layer by layer, knowing only the beginning photo I wanted to use and the quotation by Rumi that I love: “Let yourself by silently drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.”

I am happy with the way all these little pieces have come together in a cohesive collage.

(If you’re interested, you can find prints here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/178452902/do-what-you-love-8×10-photography-mixed)

The Writing Life

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Sometimes, it is the words on a page that give me pause.

I love to learn from books, to gather ideas from books. At the moment, I am reading Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. I am slowly beginning to think of myself as a writer, aiming to have published work. But here is always that tiny inner voice, that is cause for hesitation.

This book makes me believe that I can, that I am.

It is the definition of inspiration.