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“The wisdom of the journeyman is to work one day at a time and he always said that any job even if it took years was made up out of a day’s work. Nothing more. Nothing less. That was hard for me to learn. I always wanted to be finished.

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In the concept of a day’s work is a pace and wholeness. To make the world. To make it again and again. To make it in the very maelstrom of its undoing.” Cormac McCarthy, The Stonemason


Preaching to the Choir

Preaching to the choir, or the older reference to the converted, suggests that as you are already before me, for various reasons, you most probably already have a certain mind set toward creativity, the arts, photography, the outdoors, even acceptance of my foibles. But, I need to write this because of something I came upon today that was tucked away for years and the discovery reminded me of several lessons in life…that you know, but maybe might want to share on a broader scale within your immediate sphere of influence.  I am not talking the blogosphere (I hate that clumsy word). I mean your family and friends.  

Encouraging others to create: to paint, to photograph, to draw, to write, to put their senses to use to create something is perhaps as important as you doing the creating and craving the accolades. It does sound as if I am indeed preaching!

flowers-painting-photography-family-SwittersBFor example, my Mother. She came from a harsh, I will call it violent/abusive background. Out the door as a teen and never looked back. She went through life with an edge, an attitude, a harsh streak of her own. Later in life, she attempted to paint. Mostly flowers, mostly looking at someone else’s work and trying to copy it. She did this in a vacuum. No support, no praise, no encouragement beyond a very few that were on the edges of the family. That kept her going for awhile. I won’t go into how it all fell apart here.

Suffice to say, one of the most creative, gentle, proud times of her life was when she painted. I know I liked what she did, but I can’t recall really talking to her about it. I have most of her creations now…the beautiful and the not so.

Encourage those near and on the edges of your personal life. Away from this choir, this congregation, to create and be alive beyond the grind of life. It may well be one of the few lovely times in their life beyond knowing you.


SwittersB’s 4000 Posts

swittersb 4000 postsFor what ever reason, this millennial bench mark feels right to celebrate or personally acknowledge. Not because, I am so darn special, but rather because the creative experience via this medium has been special in my life. Via some career opportunities and through beautiful relationships I have been, at times, able to use my self expressions to show my inner self.

However, the blogging (such a clunky word isn’t it?) experience has allowed me to explore, learn, share, create and enjoy so much in this crazy world. The wisdom, energy, heart, creative vibe of fellow photographers, writers, creators is a daily joy to behold. 

So the post before this one was my 4,000th post at SwittersB. Fly fishing, fly tying, photography, travel and life’s pathways have motivated me along the way to share my creative visions…some bright, some dark, some blurry, some spiritual. Thank you to those of you that are traveling along with me. 

May the visions, creative juices and good health be with us! May we learn more, love more and find inner peace. Thank you!


SwittersB & Fly Fishing: 6 years of growth

6 YearsI received my Anniversary notice from WordPress this morning. Six years and over 3700 posts later, I have a sense of evolution that is overall very satisfying. The growth has been because of exposure to other creative bloggers, their works and their shared discoveries. Images, wisdom, kindness, tolerances have combined to touch me and mellow me out. 

The process of creating something for sharing on the blog in itself is a pleasant distraction. Creating something that I am interested in or excited to share is most enjoyable when it is appreciated by others. But, I have come to equally enjoy the magic created by others with their camera, the ‘pen’, their imaginations. I see other’s discoveries in life and their growth. It has helped enumerable times reconfigure my life decisions and continued growth. Thank you out there!! You are very special.

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