What’s this blog about anyway? Take two.

Amazing green river-leaf

During the latest excitement here on Lake Spirit lots and lots of visitors paused by the “About” section of this blog.  They wanted to know:  What’s this blog about anyway?  

Since I couldn’t remember what I’d written hastily back on January 1st (after deciding to start a new blog) I ambled back there this morning to remember what the Blog Was About.  Here was the explanation: 

After a full year of going outdoors every single day for 365 days at centria.wordpress.com I am starting a second blog here at WordPress to share more photographs and stories about the north woods near Lake Superior.  Please enjoy the images and ramblings of someone who loves birch trees, stones, owls, and feathers.  I love viewing the world at strange angles, looking deeply at the mysteries and enchantments and joys of our natural world. 

Just as amazing newborn light green spruce tips!

Hmmm, is that what this blog is really about?  Yep, that’s what it was about as of the beginning of 2010.  But methinks it’s time for a sprucing up of the intention. 

So shall we try again to write something which better describes the “About” of Lake Superior Spirit? 

Let’s give a try: 

I love telling stories.  To look closely at the day’s unfoldings and create a magnificent story around the latest happenings.  To share awareness.  

Of course all stories are not necessarily magnificent.  Some stories are ho-hum.  Some stories are shades of gray.  Some stories are rocky.  Some stories are challenging.  Some stories are joyful. But, nonetheless, one of my greatest pleasures in life is crafting a story out of the ordinary details of a day.  A particular slant.  A singular view.  An attempt to make the ordinary details of life into something extra-ordinary. 

I love living in the presence of a story as fully as possible–and then opening the hand and releasing it.  Life is experienced with gusto and intensity (feelings, thoughts, happenings) and then the wave flows in to the shore and another story births itself.   

This blog is mostly conversational.  It doesn’t attempt flowery or  absolutely grammatically correct. Some paragraphs will start with “I” and flow into “you” and eventually settle into “we”.  I don’t believe in static pronouns.  We’re in this together.  When you share a story or dream it’s no longer only yours.  It belongs to the community of listeners who will shape it in new patterns and understandings. (I also adore mixing tense:  past, present, future all doing the polka, hip-hop and tango!) 

It is my sincere hope that you will see yourself reflected in some of these stories.  You will see more clearly through what another shares.  You will perhaps feel inspired to look under rocks and behind fences and through keyholes of your own life.  Because isn’t that the truth?  We so often get a glimpse of our infinite potential through others.  That is one of the gifts we give one another. 

I have been learning to take photographs during the past year or two.  Learning to look closely at the details of lives.  The photos so often flesh out the story of the day.  Whatever photographs present themselves…thus the particular story of the day blows its wind across the lake of WordPress.  (And I publish BIG photos because I’m a recovering non-visual person and want to really SEE the visual world along with the dancing letters of story-telling.) 

Flowing underwater seaweed finds its way to the beach

We live along the shores of Lake Superior.  One quarter-mile from lapping waves, some of the oldest stones on the planet, icy cold water–even in mid-summer.  We live in the middle of Upper Peninsula forest (hence the name of this blog.  upwoods.wordpress.com.  You can call this U.P. woods. or upwoods, whatever name appeals.)  Our nearest neighbors are poplar, maples, a smattering of oaks, lupines, wild strawberries, Jack-in-the-pulpits and dandelions.  We get a lot of snow.  Our winters sometime last from October through April.  We’re supposedly hardy folk.  We sometimes see moose and bear.  We think of ourselves differently than Lower Michiganders.  (Although not me.  I am a Lower Michigander by birth and therefore can never aspire to be a true Yooper.  Only our kids, born and bred here, can be true Yoopers. And they leave elsewhere.  Go figure.) 

One of the reasons I write a blog is because people have been asking for years, “What have you been doing?”  I can never remember what.  It seems like I have been doing nothing.  Nothing.  Life is passing by and Nothing is Happening. 

When I started to write a daily blog back in December, 2008, suddenly it became apparent:  I was doing a LOT.  Living really well.  Living fully.  The blog proved it.  When people asked, “What have you been doing?” I could run to the computer and begin listing everything.  Phew!   Thank goodness for a blog which proves we really exist–and that we’re doing something. 

This blog feels like it is the culmination of a conscious twenty-three year spiritual journey.  It attempts to describe a life of presence without ever–OK, hardly ever–talking overtly about spirituality.  It hopes to show the fruits of presence, compassion, flexibility and openness, and it hopes to bless those qualities in everyone who pauses to read or comment. 

Sitting along the shores of Huron Bay with you

 

Thank you for sitting along the shores of Lake Superior with me.  Thank you for lingering beneath our shady trees.  For snowshoeing in deep snow.  For adding your own insights about life to the comments of this blog.  For showing you care.  For swatting mosquitoes and black flies and wading in icy waters and admiring spring flowers.   

You are part of the spirit of this blog…and I feel immense gratitude for you. 

 P.S.  Remember that tomorrow will be Rock Day.  Suzi, over at Laundry Line Divine and Dawn over at Dawn King and I will be photographing stones.  Sounds exciting you say?  Well, you never know!  Grab your camera, find some stones, and join us.  Stop by and comment tomorrow and tell us where your photos might be showcased.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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38 Responses to What’s this blog about anyway? Take two.

  1. Dawn says:

    Yes I will photograph stones….somewhere! I had BEAUTIFUL stones at the shore of Lake Michigan when I was there in March…but I suppose I will have to find some regular run of the mill beautiful stones from middle Michigan now…

    This gives me something to look forward to AFTER I dig up my vegetable garden…Small though it is it will still be a lot of work and I am procrastinating which is bad because the sun is now up!

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Dawn! Hope you finished digging up your vegetable garden. Bet you were hot down there. It was 92 degrees here today! That’s when we’re lucky to have the lake–with lots of stones in it–to photograph. Suppose to be hot tomorrow too!

      • Dawn says:

        Got the garden dug. Then went looking for rocks! LOL! Going camping in the backyard with Katie the dog tonight. Awful muggy though..we’ll see how long we last before we retreat back to the air conditioned house!

  2. Kathy – I love when you said, “We so often get a glimpse of our infinite potential through others. That is one of the gifts we give one another.”

    [this blog] “It hopes to show the fruits of presence, compassion, flexibility and openness, and it hopes to bless those qualities in everyone who pauses to read or comment.” Well, you it’s working because I’m blessed every time I read your blog — it’s a daily gift — thank you.

    Laurie Buchanan
    http://holessence.wordpress.com/

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you, Laurie. I so admire your sense of presence. It is a gift YOU share with all those who visit your blog. Actually, you show it wherever you go!

  3. Elisa says:

    Thank you for being what you are!
    Kiss on the top of your head.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, Elisa, what a delight to see you today! I truly mean that. It’s so good to see you when you stop by. And your kind words…and that kiss on the top of my head. It must have helped. Because yoga was fantastic today! Hope you are well.

  4. jeffstroud says:

    Kathy,

    I will second Laurie’s words, what she said, and what she said was quoting you!

    This blog is testament to your life and experience of that life wether you are at Home in UP or off to other adventures you have always offered some piece of the time with words and Photographs.
    When I begun reading this blog I immediately had to think what is my blog about, what did I write in that space? And since I just shifted to using my blog as my “morning pages” I may have to adjust my “what about”!

    What resonated for me was this paragraph: “I have been learning to take photographs during the past year or two. Learning to look closely at the details of lives. The photos so often flesh out the story of the day. Whatever photographs present themselves…thus the particular story of the day blows its wind across the lake of WordPress. (And I publish BIG photos because I’m a recovering non-visual person and want to really SEE the visual world along with the dancing letters of story-telling.) ”
    Which if I may, use in my blog, and refer back to your blog. Because these words sing to me, and the journey that I am on with Photography and creative recovery…

    I am Love, Jeff

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, glad that you want to use these words in your blog! That is a delight–how we all inspire one another–and then keep one another inspired through our sharings. Your photography has inspired me so much. And now you’re having the courage to do Morning pages in your blog. I will try to visit soon to see how that is working for you. Thank you for what you shared here. Love to you, too, Kathy

  5. Karla says:

    To share awareness…Learning to look at the details of lives…I can identify with your words here. That was part of my intention as well when I started but then discovered that I enjoyed reading blogs like yours more!

    • Kathy says:

      Karla, glad you can identify! I like your blog a lot, though, so please don’t quit sharing your awarenesses! (But always love it when you visit…)

  6. Barbara says:

    Great update – never knew (or forgot) that you considered yourself a “recovering non-visual person.” I love the details in your photos, more than once they have prompted me to look at my world a little more closely. I had to laugh when you mentioned, “What have you been doing?” It is always a question that makes my mind go blank and the answer is inevitably a lot of stammering… Why is that? Becoming more aware is hard for me to describe verbally to most folks… noticing “newborn light green spruce tips.” Thank you for helping us all to apreciate how wonderful are the simple little miracles in our lives.

  7. Beautiful – pictures AND words.

  8. shellypolly says:

    I use to live in Quebec (born and raised). So I know what you mean about the black flies (little buggers) until they die down then it’s they turn into those DREADED mosquitoes. Now I live in Vancouver so I don’t have to worry about that. Yet I still remember those summers man they were HELL!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh yes, yes. The dreaded black flies and mosquitoes. Now that the craziness of tick-mating season is slowing down, we’ll soon be swatting and welted and itching. But it’s warm. So there are trade-offs. No snow = dreaded insects. Glad you remember this particular slice of living HELL. LOL!!

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  10. Colleen Lloyd says:

    Kathy, me too! I’m also very grateful for the gift of YOU and what you do here. It’s a reminder each day that yes, this truly is what it is all about.
    Just love this…and love you:)

    • Kathy says:

      Awwww Colleen, you have such a way with words. You really do. Everything you say always fills my heart with gladness (so far! Just kiddin’, you can say anything…) It felt SO GOOD to write this today. It felt like–more than other posts–that I had to write this for clarity, for my deepest inner self. I have smiled all day. 🙂

  11. june says:

    The idea that or blog proves we have been doing something – living, writing, living is interesting – for writers our footprint in life is words, and for bloggers, words, memory, image, I always enjoy your thought provoking posts.

    • Kathy says:

      June, love that image! These blogs are our footprints. Muddy, sandy, earthy footprints that trackers can read and follow. I like your posts too! Like I said before…we all keep inspiring one another.

  12. Kathy,

    I have a confession… I saw you had made it to the wordpress front page and I quickly dropped in to congratulate you and thought to myself “oh my, this is going to be a busy place for the next few days… I will drop in again when I return after the weekend – things should have quieted down by then.” Don’t get me wrong. I love your blog but when your engaging spot on Lake Superior turns into blog-comment-party-central, I laugh a joyous laugh and head for the hills… or if I were a cat I would be under the bed waiting for the guests to leave before ambling out into a sunny spot next to one of your photographs.

    So I am back meandering between the words of your newly defined focus and contentedly browsing the images while I wait for the next story to be served up – and rocks I hear. Wonderful!

    • Kathy says:

      Hey Terrill–I headed for the hills too! Once the blog hit front page at WordPress I didn’t write another word until Monday morning. Don’t blame you…it gets wild here! Wild and crazy party! And I sort of become an absent host monotoring the comments making sure no one gets too mean. Two comments were simply malicious. One against another commenter; one against me. I gave ’em both the axe. Chop, chop. This is not a mean place you commenter…

      So are you photographing rocks too, Terrill? I would love to see some of the rocks in your western neck of the woods!

  13. You know, Kathy, you could have stopped after the first paragraph:

    I love telling stories. To look closely at the day’s unfoldings and create a magnificent story around the latest happenings. To share awareness.

    Makes for a very good mission statement for your blog. I don’t begrudge you the details you wrote after this. Just thought you could give people the short and the long of it, too. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      There you go, Scott. I could have stopped after the first three sentences. But then it wouldn’t have been so much of a story, would it? I sat here in utter bliss at the computer writing this story. Letting the words unfold. Letting them sprout and grow. And then–tomorrow–all this might be Old News. It might not even be true any more! Then another story will birth. And then another! And then another! Until there are no more stories and then… OK, we won’t go there. LOL, Scott!

  14. See you tomorrow dearest!
    Love and hugs, S

  15. Thanks for sharing nature through your eyes. It is very refreshing for someone who is an office and the laboratory all day. I am a true scientist at heart and enjoy nature, but do not get out enough any more to experiance it as much as I would like too.

    Kim

    http://snoopykg2.wordpress.com

    • Kathy says:

      Kim, I’ll bet you do enjoy the glimpses of nature when you’re inside most of the day. I am glad to show you our world!! (And hope you get to get outside in the evenings and weekends.)

  16. Cindy Lou says:

    Your first photo is absolutely beautimous! Love your ‘updated’ vision of this friendly place we all meet each day – you have helped me to keep my eyes and my soul open to the simple beauty of life around me.

    And I will tell the story of “Crazy-Eyed Kath” of last Saturday night….perhaps later today when I have a bit more time!

    • Kathy says:

      Didn’t that green leaf turn out cool, Cindy? Yeah, basically you have described my demeanor last weekend. Crazy-eyed Kath! Thank goodness for your calm urgings to breathe. Thank goodness for friends when the world starts to turn upside down and backwards!

  17. kathusitalo says:

    Rock on!

  18. flandrumhill says:

    ‘This blog is mostly conversational.’

    I love that about your writing. It’s so ‘you.’ Ever since I started reading your blog, sometimes, when I’m walking outside, I’ll have a ‘Kathy chatter’ going on in my head. It’s sort of a running commentary on the situation from your point of view.

    • Kathy says:

      I love writing conversationally, but also admire other blogs that write differently. I LOVE the teaching tone and stories that you share in your blog. Laughing…sometimes I have an Amy-Flandrum Hill view-of-the-world going on in my head! Isn’t it fun and aren’t we lucky to have so many different perspectives to draw from?

  19. Reggie says:

    Hello Kathy –

    I love what you wrote here:

    “One of the reasons I write a blog is because people have been asking for years, “What have you been doing?” I can never remember what. It seems like I have been doing nothing. Nothing. Life is passing by and Nothing is Happening.

    When I started to write a daily blog back in December, 2008, suddenly it became apparent: I was doing a LOT. Living really well. Living fully. The blog proved it. When people asked, “What have you been doing?” I could run to the computer and begin listing everything. Phew! Thank goodness for a blog which proves we really exist–and that we’re doing something.”

    I feel exactly like that too! Amazing… 😀

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