Exhibiting a Life

August 13, 2014


“Why to people do this?”

“Blog, you mean?  I don’t know . . . didn’t someone once say the unexamined life isn’t worth living?”

“Yeah, Plato,” said Strike, “but this isn’t examining a life, it’s exhibiting it.”
— from The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J. K. Rowlings)

I had to laugh when I read the above passage.  I’ve always considered myself something of an introvert, and yet I’ve been blogging about my life for over five years!  Perhaps I am really a closet exhibitionist.

There are many times when I don’t know what to write about or where my next post will come from.  And even though it is a real struggle to find the time to write, I am not ready to give up the practice of sitting down and thinking about my days to discover something interesting or important or meaningful.  To shine some light on the little ordinary things.

Like these blackberries that grow wild in my yard.  One of August’s gifts, free for the picking. (You can find the recipe for the blackberry cake at this link.  I blogged about it two years ago!  This time I left out the rhubarb and used just blackberries.)





6 Responses to “Exhibiting a Life”

  1. Beverly Morrow Says:

    Rosemary: Thank you for your blogs. I have been a faithful fan of yours for about 2 years. Sometimes I share them with my husband. You are very much on the same page as myself. However, I tend to be very philosophical. I am the one who asked what kind of camera you had, as if I could take meaningful photos myself if I just had the right camera. I have a degree in English and was a middle school language arts teacher.I am retired now and am a artist and professional clown. I think we blog because we need to share, communicate with others so we can feel connected, hoping that others out there will find some value in what we discover, live, and work with each day. It is a noble calling, not all can feel the need or even do it if they do. Bev

  2. I love to blog so I think perhaps I am a closet exhibitionist too…I adore your blog and accompanying pictures Rosemary.

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    I just want to say that I LOVE your blog. I moved to Whidbey Island from Atlanta, GA in November 2013, but was so homesick for my family and friends that I moved back to the South in April 2014. Reading the beautiful poetry you post on your blog and viewing your watercolor painting and photos brought a comfort to my soul while I lived there. You are so very talented. Even though I don’t live in WA anymore, I still enjoy visiting here to catch up on your latest adventures. Washington is truly breathtaking. Thank you for your posts!

  4. shoreacres Says:

    What’s so funny is that I don’t think of you as an exhibitionist at all. You share your life, but you’re really quite reticent. Yes, there have been personal posts, but I like to draw a distinction between the personal and the confessional. I can be quite personal in my blog, too — but neither of us would make good fodder for People Magazine. 😉

    I still contend that there’s a huge difference between blogging, per se, and using the blog format for our art, writing, reflections, photography, and so on. The beauty of blogs is how we can enrich each others’ lives through them.

    And recipes. Don’t forget recipes. This one is going into the file, and it’s going to be taste-tested very soon. Do you think it would work with the overflow of peaches I have?

    • Rosemary Says:

      I can’t imagine an overflow of peaches! How lucky you are. And yes, I think they would make a remarkable dessert cake using this recipe.

      I know I am missing something when I taste a peach I’ve purchased in our stores here. Eastern Washington has plenty of peach orchards, but it seems they transport peaches well before they are fully ripe. Have you ever read Epitaph for a Peach? A wonderful book.

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