Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Valentine out-of-season

Vintage Valentine, with thanks to

When I began writing a blog it was with an unformed notion that it might lead to something resembling income-producing work. I have always leaned toward fantasy.

As I made a commitment to post a minimum of ten times a month, the purpose was to take my writing more seriously, to give it greater attention.

The morning I woke up with the urging to expand my blog reading, find more writers, I followed the guidance, moving from link to link, and discovering in the process what a rich, honest, inspiring, generous and kind population exists in this relatively new world.

What you write has made me more brave. How you write has made me look deeper for what poetic language I may contain. The comments you contribute assure me that we do connect with each other in these spaces; they remind me of a phrase my father used, about keeping in touch, with his instruction to "leave a note under the rock."

In the past few weeks I seem to have fewer hours in each day, perhaps a bit less energy in those hours, and have missed visiting your sites with sufficient attention to read thoroughly and comment, as I choose to do, from my heart. I have not gone away and I will be back. How much your thoughts mean, both in your posts and comments upon mine, is nearly beyond measure. I love that you are there, opening yourselves to all wayfarers who may stumble past. I love that I have become one of them. I feel my spirit grow in direct proportion to my contact with all you share.

I know now why I do this, why I was nudged in this unlikely direction. Accept, please, my Valentine, symbol of appreciation and love. You are magnificent.


Laoch of Chicago said...

I find blogging to be very convivial. I am glad that your are part of our circle.

Erin in Morro Bay said...

Just "egging" you on to keep your "sunny-side up"!

Marylinn Kelly said...

Laoch - I find it to be very convivial also and am so happy to be in a circle to which you belong.

Erin - My sister and I have always loved the Valentine puns from our childhood - or earlier. I hope we don't fry when the heat returns over the weekend.

Radish King said...

I find it simply amazing that I have found the people I was supposed to find just by showing up. Just amazing. And I have made true and true forever friends here. I, a dyed in the wool recluse, would never have believed it possible before.

wv: Clout. You has it.

Claire Beynon said...

Dear Marylinn - this is an amazing community... As Rebecca says, it's amazing to be able to be a part of it just by turning up. It is a most forgiving and patient and capacious space. Thank you for all you bring to us. YOU are wonderful.

(PS. I've been mightily stretched lately, feeling 'whelmed and sometimes overwhelmed, which explains why I've been apparently absent. I'm not, really. I come here and to a handful of other places almost daily and thank you +++ for your open door.) Much love, C x

Artist and Geek said...

Ditto, ditto and ditto

Marylinn Kelly said...

Rebecca - It IS nothing short of amazing, it nearly defines the word, how we find one another here. I believe last night something balky and ancient shifted just enough so that I could comprehend the enormity of...THIS. I could but sit in awe and gratitude, admitting a happiness deeper than I could have imagined. I almost didn't speak of it but it is not fragile in that sense. Iron-clad wonder. Love, Marylinn

Marylinn Kelly said...

Claire - Thank feels like an honor to be here, to be part of this. It is the product of fortune, of something vast and benevolent, that sent me and that continues to whisper words of encouragement. The path between mind and heart is not so overgrown, it is more easily traveled. I am so pleased, part of me shrieks and leaps with joy in excess, that you, that all of you, stop here. Love, Marylinn

Marylinn Kelly said...

Artist and Geek - It is fine that you arrived here, adding your experiences and knowledge to the mix. In either of your guises, I'd say you are in the right place. As Laoch says, we are a convivial bunch...the sense of opening blogger and finding such kindred spirits, their chairs circled, the conversation begun. It's pretty swell. Love, Marylinn

Marylinn Kelly said...

LOVE, LOVE AND LOVE. xoxo To all.

Anonymous said...

It's a darn good thing that brilliant writers don't scare me or I'd be quivering behind the trees. Even your commentors rock the house. Me? ...I'll just keep coming back for poetry, wisdom and creative refreshment.

Artist and Geek said...

Nourishment for the mind and soul.

Like after the rare great dinner party, where the conversation is as good as the meal.

I feel content and satiated.

I wonder what the next main course will be and look forward to the desserts.

Insightful and talented Marylinn-
Thank you for being such a gracious host. What most perceive as dichotomy, you recognized as whole. It just is.

Inspired. Time to paint.:)

Marylinn Kelly said...

Lisa - Oh, yes, please keep coming back. Nothing scary here, just welcome and inclusion. You who convinced me that starting this was a good idea. That earns you the Smarty Pants award...which, sadly, does not come with an honorarium. But the plaque is quite handsome. xoxo

Artist and Geek - You are very welcome. I am so pleased that you joined the party. If there is nourishment to be found here, I am content. Just like my ordinary reality kitchen, I have no idea what will be served up next. Your generous interpretation of my musings means a great deal. Paint on, paint on. Seize the moment. Thank you. xoxo

Pamela said...

I love the valentine and this thoughtful post.

Anonymous said...

Better to have one person read and comment from the heart

than 100 "awesome post" comments.

I do believe there is a life span for blogs as much as all things.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Pamela - Thank you so much. I am a fool for those old, silly Valentines.

Denise - Since I feel I have just begun to establish a pace with this blog, I hope it and I have a good bit more time to run, but I understand - things do end. And there are times, daily, actually, when I find myself not as expressive as I wish to be when wanting to comment. I take with gratitude anything that doesn't tell me I suck.