Thursday, February 24, 2011

Dear Readers...

When I started writing Words Paint nearly a year ago in April, I almost made it a private blog, thinking it would be a way to journal, a way of writing down the bones of my recovery for myself, a way that is faster for me than writing with a pen or pencil and thus sometimes more spontaneous and truthful. My art blog with nearly 700 followers is more of a dialog, a place to write for my readers, a pleasure to be sure and at the same time a responsibility to others.

I envisioned Words Paint to be by me, for me. I decided not to encourage readers and not to get into the entertainment or education business with it at all.

My purpose remains pretty much the same, but my feelings have changed. And so, dear readers, today I'm here to thank you for your support. Those of you who write comments have an uncanny, generous, loving way of making me think more deeply. My gratitude for this is huge. Also, I know a number of people who do not have blogs or blogging IDs are reading Words Paint on a regular basis. Sometimes they email me or talk to me about one of my posts. You know who you are. I appreciate that you've let me know you're here.

You are my witnesses. You help to keep me focused, clean (mostly) and sober simply by the good thoughts I know you hold for me. Thank you!

Just for fun, here are some pictures taken today and last week.

cow and pig, life-size plastic animals

Island cow and pig.
These two lovely beasts
live for celebrations.
They take all special occasions to heart!

cow and pig, valentine celebration
Did I say heart?

Lake Briggs, San Juan Island
Last week the weather was spring-like,
chilly yet holding promise.
This lake is the water reservoir
for Roche Harbor Resort.

snowdrops wild flowers
our earliest wildflowers,
are already blooming.

daffodils and snow
Today, though, is a different story.
These daffodils may not be too happy
about the weather reversal.

black-capped chickadees at feeder in snow storm
Black-capped chickadees
are wishing we'd get out there
and put more feed in the tube.

black-capped chickadees at feeders
We more than met their demands,
filling a second feeder for them.

mailbox and snow on trees, San Juan Island
I love how the snow looks on the trees!

late day sun on snow-covered tree tops
Late afternoon sun
peeking through the clouds,
lighting the snow in the tree tops.

Today's gratitude:
Thank you again for being here!


  1. Thanks for the pictures. Pretty, but somehow much more so in November than almost March!!

    Love the cow/pig combo!!

    I've always felt this blog was a peek into your diary, some thoughts too sacred to comment on yet I do anyway. You speak your inner thoughts for all to read. Some of us don't have that courage..ever.

  2. Needless to say the feeling is mutual! I enjoy reading both your blogs so much and feel so much recognition in your writings. You are an inspiration in arts and comtemplation, in silence and in words... I am gratefull to be able to call you my cyber-friend!

  3. I appreciate the genuineness of your writings here. There is a thoughtfulness and vulnerability that takes courage to put out there.

    And I LOVE black-capped chickadees. :-)
    I thoroughly enjoy the research part of painting, and a few years ago learned about the plucky, feisty little survivor that is the black-capped chickadee. Their "cuteness" is quite the disguise for their strength.

  4. When I started my blog I did it for personal accountability. I didn't know anything about blogging; didn't read them. What a wonderful surprise I found - a community, connections, support, friendships. And you are part of that:)

  5. I so appreciate your candor and courage, Robin. It has inspired me to be more honest, too, and really look at what drives my various addictive behaviors.

    I'm always delighted with Beadlust, too. I think I have enough inspiration in your books to go on beading for the rest of my life. I have only to look at them and inspired ideas start ricocheting around inside my head.

    Mahalo a nui loa - thank you very large.

    Aloha from Kauai

  6. I love your blog and your take on things.
    And I love the cute pic of the heart and animals.

  7. I love your blog and your take on things.
    And I love the cute pic of the heart and animals.

  8. Sorry that went twice!
    I guess I love it twice as much as I thought!


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