Wednesday Vignette – the untouchable


Isn’t it interesting that the most imposing part of this photo – the cloud and its reflection – consists of something so airy and ephemeral that it cannot really be felt to the touch. Having just come from a school meeting where the ongoing inequities within a school district were discussed, this ephemerality takes on a whole new meaning. We all know it’s there. We can all see it. The data has been assembled, sorted, presented, and debated. Whether you are immersed in it, or simply basking in its far less harmful reflection, it is undeniably there. Yet, it seems incredibly difficult for the powers that be to acknowledge its presence, and the urgency of the prioritized action. Why now, they say? Can it wait another year? No, it really can’t. And, if nothing is done, and status quo remains, the reality of the situation will come down far harder than can reasonably be expected by merely a looming assembly of water drops – however oppressive it might appear at first sight. Ridding ourselves of the “cloud” will take some heat – bring it on!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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18 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – the untouchable

  1. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Beautiful photo, wonderful (if sad) observation.

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s sad, and the experiment in question has been going on for a decade. The time to end it is far overdue. Indeed, this is no time for waiting…

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Thought-provoking words perfectly paired with the pretty picture. My contribution is here:

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s so hard to stand by and watch the inaction when the overall consensus of the neighborhoods is that it NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW, and the proof, as well a perfectly viable solution has been presented. I sincerely hope that they will have the guts to take this opportunity rectify their mistake.

  3. Oh Anna, I am so happy there are people like you involved in our pathetic Portland Public Schools. Andrew and I are fortunate to not have kids trying to make their way through that maze of outdated buildings/systems/mindsets.

    On a lighter note I give you this:

    • annamadeit says:

      Can you believe that I’ve been at it for over 7 years? Not always super involved, but at the very least paying attention. But holy crap – it really is like treading water.

  4. rickii says:

    You always go beyond the eye candy to make me think. Your mind is a lovely thing to see in action. No thinking required here:

  5. The students are lucky to have you in their corner! Beautiful shot with weighty words. Here is my WV:

  6. Thank you for the sharp contrast between the world of people and the world of nature.
    I too am aware of the inequalities and see the threat but it is hard to motivate people to get
    involved. The photograph is wonderful and balm for the soul.

    • annamadeit says:

      It is interesting (and sad) to see how far removed we have become from nature, isn’t it? You’d think we’d at least try to sync them into one, right?

  7. Kris P says:

    A fervently and eloquently worded protest, accompanying an incredibly beautiful photo – both more powerful for their juxtaposition. My vignette was photographed during a visit to my local botanic garden:

  8. Evan says:

    As I was reading your thought-provoking post, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to pretty much every group of people. In herds, we have a habit of turning a blind eye until we’re practically at the edge of the cliff, if we haven’t already plunged over. Think of the debates over climate change, the ridiculous accumulation of wealth by the top 1%, the disappearing middle class, the plights of the impoverished and homeless. We ignore problems until we’re forced to deal with them, by which time they have become even bigger. I do it in my own life. I’m a terrible procrastinator. But I am striving to improve myself, as I hope others do, too. Sorry you’re dealing with such a frustrating body of people. Here’s some mindless eye-candy to relax with:

  9. annamadeit says:

    Scary, isn’t it? Sometimes, I just want to slap people… But yes, I’m a terrible procrastinator too. Unless my task is something I enjoy. At last night’s meeting, there were multiple people I would gladly assign power positions in PPS, to the detriment of the flat-liners that are in those positions now. It was wonderful and inspiring to see such engaged and talented community activist minds. I’m grateful to call them my friends. 🙂

  10. I have a close friend who is teaching in Portland after teaching here in northern VA and she’s told me that it is a universe away from what we have here. Even her interview questions were archaic and ignorant. I was really surprised. I hope the change comes. Be the grease that gets the wheels moving!

  11. annamadeit says:

    Oh Tammy, hearing that people like your friends can draw comparisons that confirm our struggles makes me sad. I really don’t know what will come next, but it is my sincere hope that the amazing work of this community (which quite honestly should have been done by PPS themselves) will gain enough traction to force positive change. Our kids deserve so much more than they are currently getting.

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