Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This series of pictures is like an illustration of my life.

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There I was at Squam Art Workshops, surrounded by nature and beauty and inspiration and genius, and I try to do a selfie with some of my cabin mates (love) on the way to breakfast.  Instead of making the timer wait longer before it shoots, I made it take 10 consecutive pictures.  Not only that, but I forgot that I left it in manual focus, hence the fact that not one thing is clear.  (Not even the spider web photo that I put it on MF for in the first place.)  Then I scurried back to the group in an awkward manner and knelt right on Sweet One's fingers, perhaps maiming her for life.  Thank goodness she is a good sport.

It was silly.  Like life.

I have been really annoyed at the fact that I WANT to post here and I just clicked to see when my last post was and that birthday party feels like fovever ago.  I had my oldest friends visit and never really wrote about it!  My mom has been here for a month!  My sister and her kiddos came and I met my niece for the first time! My brother came to vistit and nary a post has been posted.  Sigh.

Back to the point of this random post: Thank the heavens that we can still find beauty and joy in the awkward and silly, because that gives me hope.  And when I went away and took a few days for myself, I was able to breathe and be still inside.  And it was like in that wonderful children's book ...ish, I didn't try to capture it, I just soaked it all in.  I watched all the other artists and writers and poets and creative souls capturing bits and pieces and that was good enough for me.

Here is the only other picture I got that is worth keeping and sharing:

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And the reason that it is worth it, even though every other squam post has a picture just like that one, is because the lake helped me be still.  It helped in my reflections.  It aided my capacity to breathe deeply.  Watching the sun rise in the mornings and seeing the night sky reflected on its surface grounded me. 

11 comments:

Shelley said...

Love the photo series. I recognized 3 of the wonderful women right away, even with the lovely blurriness (Amy, Amy Gretchen & Jenica). A great bunch you got to hang out with!

Bee said...

all these squam blog posts are driving me fruity. yet, i love them and can't get enough. :)

Steph said...

OMG I love these pictures! They're perfect!

I was so happy you were in our cabin. So very happy.

xoxox

Shannon Gish said...

You make all of us want to find our "squam place". And by the way, I am a HUGE Peter Reynolds fan. ...Ish is a favorite of mine too.

jenica said...

i love you.
you sparkle.
i'm so lucky to know you.
even when you maim me.

xoxo

mary lawrence said...

It was great seeing you again this year and reconnecting at the art fair. i'm just thinking i'm going to grab some needles and yarn and begin a knitting project just so i can carry around my maya bag...its funny that the bag is the inspiration to pick up my knitting! i didn't take many saw pictures this year either but i've poured over all the flicker and blog pictures that people have posted and love your photo of the dock.

merr said...

love.
that picture moves me.
it never gets old.

manyslices said...

I have read in several magazines about the Squam Lake retreat. I am so happy that you had the chance to go, absorb, breathe, and re-charge. If you are at all like me, not having to "do", is a vacation in itself. I hope the renewing you experienced keeps you buoyant and strong as you plunge back into reality. And don't worry about the absence of posting...its always there when you need it, and so are your readers.
Cheers,
Leah

manyslices said...

I have read in several magazines about the Squam Lake retreat. I am so happy that you had the chance to go, absorb, breathe, and re-charge. If you are at all like me, not having to "do", is a vacation in itself. I hope the renewing you experienced keeps you buoyant and strong as you plunge back into reality. And don't worry about the absence of posting...its always there when you need it, and so are your readers.
Cheers,
Leah

amy gretchen said...

How did I miss this post? Those photos make me so happy. I want the series because you're right, it does have a way of summing up the whole experience. I'm so grateful we have that happy memory--what a perfect day. Love you big! xoxo

thousandislandsmama said...

Ah. You did have a fantastic time...as promised : ). Thank you for your card. You were right. Everything was okay. All the best, Kelli