Ariadne’s Thread has moved to its new home on my new website. Confusingly, the old familiar url should magically take you to the new site, thanks to the wonders of domain aliases and other acts technological wizardry. I don’t want to lose anyone in the shuffle, though, so if you somehow end up on this wordpress.com site, and see this message, please refresh your screen, or navigate your way to www.ariadnesthread.net or www.kimberlysaward.com. Once there, you will need to sign up for email notifications if you want to be notified of future posts, and/or click the little follow button on the right side of the screen.
I have finally done what I’ve been wanting to do for many years — created a website for my work! The surprise for me has been that I have loved the process so much that I’m actively looking for new work! Who’d have thought?
This blog is now featured on www.kimberlysaward.com
The new site is still a work-in-progress, but I think it’s ready to meet its new web audience. I hope you’ll visit soon and often. I’ve posted a lot of good stuff on there, including some of my writings, so please take time to look around the website and let me know what you think. Unfortunately, you will probably have to click buttons on the new site to activate the new notification settings if you want to be notified of new blog posts.
See you soon!
Some of us are old enough to remember sock hops… but that’s going back a long, long ways. That’s the first thing I thought of when I heard the words blog hop. On the very day that I resurrected my blog by writing my Reviving Ariadne post, my friend and fellow blogger Karin Schluter Lonegren wrote to tell me about blog hopping, and asked my permission to feature me, in essence tagging me to join in this social dance of words and images. How could I refuse? It felt like a delightful sign that the universe was applauding my return to blogging! I so love a good flash of synchronicity!
So first, here’s Karin Schluter Lonegren to tell you about herself:
I was born in The Netherlands in 1954. I moved to Glastonbury in 1997. I have five fabulous children, six grandchildren, and a beautiful husband. And a cat. I knit. I find inspiration in nature and I recharge myself by walking, yoga and meditation, and inner work. “I give healing/coaching sessions. I offer on-line and “in real life” trainings in Deepening Consciousness, retreats for women, and workshops. Over 900 clients have found their way to these healing sessions and workshops on personal/spiritual growth. I teach spiritual healing in the UK, The Netherlands, and in the USA. I live in Glastonbury, UK, and in The Netherlands. It’s a curious exercise, living in two countries! This is my website, with a link to my blog: www.karinschluter.nl.”
Thank you for gifting me with this invitation to talk about my writing, Karin! I always enjoy talking about my writing process because for me writing is far more process and practice than product. Nevertheless, I am delighted to have my writing recognized and enjoyed.
What am I working on/writing? I have just launched a new long-term project that weaves together my fascination with the ageing process and my sense that I really want to leave an organized legacy from my time on this planet. I have been blessed with incredible good fortune and opportunity, and I somehow want to say thank you for that by taking time to look over my life while I am still young and vital enough to birth something new out of the retrospective. It all started by digging out my stacks (and stacks) of old journals and personal writings. In typical Give-a-Mouse-a-Cookie style, that led to spring cleaning my desk, then our office, and finally to a sort-out of my collection of old jewelry en route to an actual writing session. My way in to the project has been a nostalgic look at the charm necklace that has grown (and aged) along with me over the decades. The stories of those charms has introduced both my eras and my interests.
How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre? My writing is deeply personal and intensely conversational. I write as if I were sitting with my reader, speaking heart to heart about what matters in that moment. It is a very spontaneous style that seems to come from somewhere beyond me. My writing secret is that I don’t always recognize what I have written because it has come from someplace so much deeper than my own headspace!
Why do I write what I do? I write to make sense of my world. Writing is my spiritual practice, letting me know what I really think of the world and my place in it; I need to read what my pen has to say.
How does my writing process work? I warm up to most days by sitting in bed with coffee, pen, and notebook in hand. I write in longhand, relaxing into the rhythm and freedom of my pen scrawling across the page. Those pages are my safe place, the place where I am most completely and freely myself. By the end of three pages, what matters most has surfaced, and I ground it with either a prayer or a haiku (is there a difference?). I am a list-maker; while I scrawl, I also make lists, and the lists I generate in the margins of morning then inform and shape the day ahead.
Some days I make it to my desk, others find me detouring into what I call my kitchen alchemy, stirring my creative process by cooking. Or I knit. On my writing days, I circle into myself, dropping deeper into some quiet space inside myself where I can weave my words. It is a tender place, and fickle. Once there, I am easily called away by outside noises and distractions, so I wear headphones but rarely turn on any music, instead whispering into the vacuum as if reading to my invisible audience, knowing that my words must land both audibly and visually in my reader’s consciousness.
Today’s social media fascinates me; its potential for community-building is without precedent. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn, and from there connect to the various pages I administrate for community, craft, and labyrinth. You can also connect to me via the Labyrinthos website.
Enough about me. Blog hopping now allows me to introduce you to a couple of my favorite bloggers and invites me to ask them the same questions I’ve just answered. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to two passionate women who blog about their work, their lives, and their interests. I hope you’ll hop on over to their sites….
Robin Bradley Hansel spends her days “rooted and grounded in a love of words.” Through her company, Green Treehouse Media, LLC, she designs personalized writing projects for small business owners, non-profit organizations and large corporations. Clients trust her to manage their social media accounts, blogs and newsletters on a daily basis. She’s passionate about ocean and environmental conservation and often lends her unique voice to “green” causes in her South Florida community and beyond.
Robin enjoys freelance writing on a wide variety of topics. She brings over twenty years of focused professional experience to her health, fitness and Pilates magazine articles as a licensed physical therapist. Additionally, she takes personal wellness to a deeper level by facilitating meditational walks and retreats for a variety of individuals and groups through her other company, Labyrinth Wellness, LLC.
As a Louisville native, she still can’t hear “Run for the Roses” in May without getting a little teary-eyed. Married longer than she was alive before they met (but who’s counting?), Robin and her husband learn on a daily basis – with help from their teenage son – how little they know about anything. If her coffee cup is empty and the WiFi’s off, you’ll find her searching for sea glass with their yellow Lab, Lily.
Laura Diana Lopez is passionate about choosing a nourishing life. Her deep commitment to Integrative Wellness is evidenced by both her education and her personal story. Certifications in Intuitive Energy Medicine, Conscious Bodywork, Reiki, Yin Yoga and Holistic Health Coaching, and advanced degrees in psychology give her a multi-faceted approach to transformation. Her twenty-five years of front-line professional experience in corporate cultures bring every-day practicality to making enduring change.
Laura mentors her clients in daily living in alignment with their best self, through implementing choices today that create a lifetime of balance in their tomorrows. She can help you reach your health goals in areas such as releasing extra weight, reducing food cravings, managing stress, and maximizing energy. Her clients say they are motivated by working with a coach who has firsthand experience of shifting to a healthier lifestyle.
It’s been nearly a year since I last published a blog post. I’ve written any number of posts, but haven’t published them, not feeling sure how to best shape my online presence. I travel in different circles, each of which represents a different aspect of my many involvements, and the truth is that I want Ariadne’s Thread to reflect my personal eclecticism and evolving interests. I am a pilgrim who knits, cooks, walks labyrinths, writes and philosophizes. The tapestry of my life is too complex for me to happily or successfully tease out and separate the individual threads that have been woven together to form the bigger picture of my life.
Moreover, I am now 59 years old and I am absolutely fascinated by the process of my ageing and the prospects of celebrating my next milestone birthday with a joyous and inclusive heart. I want to shout from the mountaintops that I love where my Path has brought me and that I treasure the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
If you’re reading this post, I congratulate you on your patience and tenacity, and thank you for all the kind notes that have encouraged me to return to my blogging. I’m back at my desk, baring my soul, and spinning my thread!
(And yes, I know the Snake Goddess of Knossos isn’t Ariadne, but to me, she belongs on this page, and I welcome her wisdom…)
Visiting Saffron Walden with a dear friend yesterday gave me the chance
to see the familiar labyrinth with fresh eyes and an open heart.
We walk together
following the old pathways,
peace blows in the breeze.
Cooking fascinates me; to my mind it is one of the truly magical practices available to us mortals. A pinch a this and a dollop of that combine to make something that can nourish the body and delight the soul….. amazing!
One of my great joys is reading cookbooks, and I’ve recently rediscovered an old favourite, May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World, filled with familiar recipes for quirky vegan comfort foods… I’m such a California girl at heart! My update of Ginger Tea has been keeping the sniffles and snuffles at bay throughout this long, cold winter, and we’re going to keep drinking it through the next few weeks as we finally transition into our long-awaited springtime.
- 6 cups/1.5 liter water
- Big chunk fresh ginger, peeled & sliced
- Juice of large freshly squeezed lemon
- Honey to serve, preferably local, or stevia
- Bring the water and ginger to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Strain out the ginger pieces with a slotted spoon.
- Add honey or stevia to taste and serve hot or cold.
This concoction will boost your immune system as it warms the body and comforts the soul; what a wonderful way to see out winter’s last icy blast!
New ideas poke up,
breaking through the icy crust
of my conscious mind,
with the energy expended in flagging
my dozey attention.
I think of spring bulbs
struggling to brighten the garden,
still shivering beneath a snowy blanket.
My toes wiggle in their woolly socks
as I lean forward,
reaching to new beginnings.