Wednesday Vignette – vast openness

Is it just me, or does it feel like our world continues to unravel, and that we’re all somehow more exposed and vulnerable? The ethical and legislative frameworks that shaped society as we know it, are at risk of being forcibly and forcefully deconstructed and altered. I find this kind of raw exposure and rogue projection of uncertainty unsettling. What are we doing? Where are we going? Whatever we ARE doing is setting off whirlpools of shaky turbulence, in all directions. It’s the same kind of open, moving vulnerability that one might feel on the beach during low tide. You are in a landscape in flux, and it is about to shape-shift. New paths open for exploration, but charging ahead carries a high amount of risk and uncertainty. As your gaze is focused in one direction, venues behind are closing, reducing chances of safe reversal. Bewildered, you seek the familiar, the rock, if you wish – however worn and eroded. The rock in my life this week, is Austria. Thank you, Austrians, for keeping your sanity. In a massive stroke of irony, Hitler’s homeland just became the one to stand firm against the current, global flood of nationalist and fascist sentiments. The trusted point of solidity in a sea of blinding flash.

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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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23 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – vast openness

  1. It’s not just you. Well said

  2. Kris P says:

    Well, at least when the view is open you can see if a tsunami is coming. Here’s my WV: https://krispgarden.blogspot.com/2016/12/pumpkin-deconstruction-wednesday.html

  3. Alison says:

    I’m so glad to hear people somewhere are keeping a clear head. Even Angel Merkel apparently is trying to keep women from wearing full burkhas. I wish I could express my chaotic, inchoate thoughts about the world’s and our country’s craziness as well as you do. All I can do is share a pretty picture: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette.html

  4. I guess I’d better start researching Austria’s outlook on visitors. My WV: http://www.thedangergarden.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette-santaclones2016.html

  5. Evan Bean says:

    Maybe that’s why I chose a sheltering, enclosed canopy for my Wednesday Vignette. I’m not sticking my head in the sand, but I am hiding under the leaves. http://practicalplantgeek.blogspot.com/2016/12/root-crops-and-wild-wonderings.html

  6. Peter/Outlaw says:

    We are certainly living in interesting times! The sand outside is probably frozen today so I can’t bury my head but I’ll just live in a fantasy world instead! http://outlawgarden.blogspot.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette.html

  7. I share your concerns. I’ve read several articles written by historians that say that it looks like we’re ramping up to another potential world war. I’m crossing my fingers that cooler heads prevail like those in Austria.

    Here’s my WV: http://www.gravylessons.com/journal2/2016/12/7/wednesday-vignette-winter-blues

  8. rickii says:

    But the rocks are forever..oh wait, I’m forgetting about erosion.

  9. Thank you Austria! Do not ever turn your back on the sea. I have turned my back on the world while i fight and beat breast cancer this year. Here is my first blog entry since January 2016: http://prettyfyit.blogspot.com/2016/12/wednesday-vignette-snow-monster.html

  10. christine maciel says:

    You have expressed my feelings perfectly! Day and day out I wander around, not being fully interested in anything practical, then I hear another piece of disturbing news, and remember what is causing all this distress. I hear a lot of good discussions about our current situation on our Public Radio station which has become my community…this helps, and I know I’m not alone in my fears. Thanks.

  11. annamadeit says:

    Christine – I just spoke with my mother. She is feeling the same despair you are. In fact, I think we all are. Even if we sometimes need to turn away and repair our souls for a bit, we need to keep sticking together and stay aware of what is going on so we can stop this madness. In two years, there is another election, at which we have a chance to make him a lame duck for his remaining two years. With the current gerrymandering, it will be difficult, but it’s not impossible. Hopefully in two years, enough backtracking has taken place (after all, with control of Congress, Senate, and White House) they pretty much have a free reign to do what they want), so that people realize their vote indeed counts. And, it is up to us who already know, to keep repeating that mantra. It is my sincere hope that the pendulum has reached it’s extreme end with this election, and that the next will begin it’s swing back toward the center again. If not, I think I WILL move to Austria.

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