Nova Scotia’s now-famous Maude Lewis was always painting, despite having had no training whatever and despite her various disabilities. When I walked into her little house many years ago, long before the entire structure was moved to the provincial art galley in Halifax, it was fascinating just to see the impressive result of her compulsion to decorate everything in her home and to ornament her soul in the midst of a difficult life. The movie called “Maudie,” about her life, is well worth seeing. There are also books about her now, and my favorite is The Illuminated Life of Maude Lewis by Lance Woolaver.
My reason for blogging is perhaps not so very different from her motivation or that of many writers, musicians, artists and runners. I read and write largely for pleasure, but make no mistake about it, I would indeed want a few folks to read at least some of what I write. And here it has been my observation (not criticism) that genuine one-on-one communication among people is actually quite rare. Lots of things are said, laughed over, gossiped, raged about, and penned – all the time – but I have seen that in all that verbal exchange there can be little of real substance.
Before the blog, I experimented with encouraging more worthwhile discussion by placing on Facebook suggestions for conversation under the title “Coffee Time.” For a while, this really worked as people were sending back-and-forth comments on certain subjects, generally in a friendly manner. That was great, though it didn’t last. After a couple of months, it just petered out.
But I still enjoy hearing about old friends and am interested (and often grateful) to learn how their lives are turning out. Now summer is just around the corner and it’s time for a change of pace. I hope to do some travelling through picturesque Newfoundland — maybe even see my first iceberg. And of course, I will also be reading quietly in the backyard of my home, no doubt making notations of one kind or another, but I’ll spare you a blog about it.
Thanks to all you who took the time to read some of my articles. Here’s wishing you a healthy, pleasurable summer, with lots of good friendly conversation!