I dragged my feet on this blogging thing for years. Several times in the past, I’ve designed blog sites, only to abandon them. Writing and painting and photography have always been part of my life. But I’m such an introvert. the thought of sharing my writing with the world somehow made me think that it would be like turning myself inside out, exposing my brain to the elements.
That hasn’t been the case.
I worried that if I put my photos and paintings on the internet, that I’d lose my copyrights, and wouldn’t have material for a book or two (or ten!) that I have planned.
That hasn’t been the case, either.
Giving my Sunday Flowers to you gives me a huge amount of joy. They aren’t my creations, after all. And I really shouldn’t be such a photograph hoarder…I have twenty years’ worth of photos to share! Why have I been hiding them away, archived and forgotten? Maybe someone else needs a moment of beauty, too. What if somehow, one beautiful bloom given to you could make your day a little brighter?
I like that.
I used to worry that giving my writing away in a blog would leave me with nothing left. But the opposite is true. Now I see that putting just a few months’ worth of stories out there is more like pulling a few timbers from a dam. There are decades of laughter and tears jammed up in here. Watch out below. : ) If some of my words and pictures make you laugh and cry, then I have done my job. If they give you hope, or help you to remember love, joy, and peace, then I will have really succeeded.
On November 24, the Christmas issue of Guideposts magazine will be out. Look for my crazy Las Vegas Christmas story in it, in both the print edition and at guideposts.com. I got to illustrate the story, too. Betcha didn’t know that I used to live and work in Vegas! And I know, ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,’ but this is one story you will like.
Thank you for your comments and encouragement along the way, and thank you for reading my blog.
I like that.