Saturday, May 25, 2013

Four Months of Blogging or Why I Write

Castles in the air?
Every person who writes, writes for a different reason. Since I was young, I have written poetry, journals, press releases and nonfiction. I have taken courses in nonfiction and travel writing. I have never followed up with proposal letters, drafts and all that is involved in the business of writing. I abandon journals after a short time and most of my poetry was written during the years of my alienated youth.

I started this blog when my father died.  As a woman in her seventh decade, the decline and loss of a parent is to be expected. There were so many feelings to deal with: my own mortality, loss, family issues, and new directions in my mother's life. Was I a good enough daughter? In the old order, the sons and heirs had a special position of honour. I am not as effusive as my sister. Did he know that I loved him? Through writing, I have become a bit clearer on some of these issues and through reading other people's blogs and comments, I have come to understand that I am not alone in my doubts and insecurities.

Our lives for the most part are like Venn diagrams. There is always an intersection of personal and shared experience. It is impossible to write of my feelings and experiences without sometimes involving others. We can handle the intersection as delicately and kindly as we can but, as in life,  sometimes there are misunderstandings.

I love beauty in art, travel, fashion, flowers, and home décor. Blogs have become my new magazines and I value the opportunity to provide feedback to those who have worked hard to create them. But, for various reasons, I don't want to limit myself to these topics. In my seventh decade, I am accepting my own issues of insecurity and alienation as normal and intrinsic parts of who I am.

Janet in Montmartre
A loving thanks to Janet who reads my blog with her heart and knows when I need her emotional support.


4 comments:

  1. Bonjour Madame! Je suis si ravie de faire votre connaissance aujourd'hui! Merci d'être venue voir mon blog, et vous aussi, vous êtes professeur? Je suis institutrice dans une école d'immersion française!

    Vous avez vu mon billet que j'ai affiché après une semaine d'une "fête" à partir de mon blog. On a fêté la FRANCE!

    Merci encore, et venez quand vous voulez; vous êtes bienvenue! Anita

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    1. Bonjour à vous. Votre blog est comme un très beau cadeau pour moi. Une amie m'a envoyé le lien et j'ai vraiment aimé la semaine de la France. Vos images, la musique et toutes les bloggeurs qui ont participé me faisaient grand plaisir. Je suis professeur en retraite et libre de visiter beaucoup de belles villes du monde.

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  2. The timing of this post for me is quite amazing. Today has been a day of intersection and complication. The blogs are my new magazine and today they have helped including this post. Keep writing and posting. It helps make sense of the complications.

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    1. I'm glad that you were able to get a little perspective from reading my blog.

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