Weekly Postings

Every Monday & Friday

A Pilgrimage of Place began as a collection of essays on the places I've come from, the place I've been, the places I'm going. These places can be physical or metaphysical. I'm a constant gardener of hopes and dreams. I hold tightly to the notion that the world is a beautiful place and worth exploring. While I can't hop a plane or boat at the moment, I can explore through books, websites, literature, food, music, and other nouns that allow me to live vicariously through research and experiment.

 I have now fused this with another idea for a collection of essays I'd entitled The Things We Carry:

I am a collector, a hunter and gatherer of lovely little things. 
They come across my path in many different ways, 
from many different sources. Some of my favorites have been given or found. 
Many have journeyed with me from childhood
 through the many challenges and joys of adulthood, marriage, and relocation. 
Many are old; some are new. And some, like the places, 
aren't things at all but beliefs ideas and knowledge, 
notions cloaked in nostalgia. These essays will explore 
not only the objects but their stories as well as as 
why we feel such connections to inanimate objects 
and why we need them on our journey through life.

I tried posting essays on these two topics on different days, on a different blog, but I've found that they lend themselves very well to one another. We can pilgrimage through our belongings and our ideas as much as we can by physically wandering or focusing our research energy on a place that's pulling us.

I hope you enjoy these musings as well as the creations they inspire. I invite you to share your own travels with me, whether they are virtual, actual, through books, art, music, or otherwise.

Here's to adventure!

Every Wednesday

Ruminations on the creative life that chooses us. I'm a writer, an artist and a crafter. I work on many different mediums and genres. I enjoy the act of putting pen to paper and idea to screen. My fingers find their way to fabric and stitching, to sketching and sewing; I occasionally take up paint brushes and dollop heaping amounts of color onto canvas. I adore paper and textiles and have taken up the task of learning to design my own. I also take pictures and allow them to spawn poems which will, on occasion, bleed onto this screen. I may wax poetical on these subjects or simply share some insights I gathered in my own research and reading. Also, the first Wednesday of each month is the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Expect a posting on this day tailored to this marvelous group of creatives.

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  1. I love these essay areas. Thank you for sharing your insightful writing, Jen!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to getting back into sharing them with more focused postings on specific days.


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