Wednesday Vignette – world of webs


Do you ever feel ensnared in the maelstrom of news and events constantly and violently exploding around you? The causes and effects, and obscure relations that emerge? It seems the more I read, follow along, and listen, the more my inner eye sees imaginary web structures, and gaping omissions that both hold together and tear into our social fabric, and societal norms. Six degrees of separation means we all lost someone this weekend.

When the worldly vortex gets too overwhelming (which is often), I escape outside, into my garden, to soothe my senses, and calm my nerves. Spiders place their webs right in the path of their victims. Often, I stumble right through them without even realizing they are there, and then I feel destructive and mean – even though I just proved that their net was perfectly placed for catching something. I was just too big to fit into their plan.

Sometimes it feels like the various forces at work around us are too big for what’s left of our shredded, unraveling webs, and will crash right through them. “Do something!” chanted the people of Dayton. I agree. Do something. About so many things.

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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21 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – world of webs

  1. A theme so well adapted

  2. Tina says:

    That’s a beautiful photo, Anna. The garden is an excellent balm, even if it’s temporary. While we shouldn’t look away for too long, or too often, we must from time-to-time. That break is necessary.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Tina! Indeed – it is so VERY necessary. I realize what a privilege it is to just open the door, and be able to let the garden recalibrate my state of mind. But you are right. We need to use this privilege to gather strength, so we can then keep trying to monitor our respective slices of the world to ensure greed, corruption, and hate is not allowed to fester, and grow deeper than it is now. Our collective eyes on the ball, my friend. It would be dangerous to let our attention slip.

  3. Alison says:

    The news this week has been so bleak and anxiety-producing. I’m so sick of how paralyzed this country is on any form of gun control.

    Nice shot of one of what I’m sure are many spider webs in your garden. They are all over mine, it’s spider season. I actually produced a WV post this week, it’s here:

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks, Alison! Yeah, I’m proud of the Dayton folks, who chanted ‘Do Something’. For as much as I generally dislike Mike DeWine, I actually think he took the message to heart. I hope and pray that the proposals he put out there immediately after his visit, lead to change. It would be surprising but one hell of a precedent, so fingers and toes crossed!

  4. I hate it when I have to destroy a beautifully constructed web, even when I think I can avoid it I eventually end up walking right through it. Poor spiders.

    My WV:

  5. Jacque says:

    Life is fragile. Thank you for such a sensitive post.

    • annamadeit says:

      It’s interesting how so many of us feel this way, and yet our values are continuously trampled. Our collective squeaky wheels need to get a lot squeakier, I think! Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Jacque!

  6. Kris P says:

    Thanks for the thoughtful post, Anna. I’ve been so angry this week I’ve been unable to focus, bouncing from one thing to another and feeling as though I’m accomplishing very little. With respect to the gun violence that continues to plague this country, one remark by GMA host Robin Roberts stuck with me. Paraphrasing, her comment was in essence: let’s not get hung up on defining the central cause of our country’s anomalous problem with gun deaths – tackle EVERY ONE of the contributing factors, including the proliferation of guns.

    • annamadeit says:

      Kris – that’s a great quote! I couldn’t agree more with it. And yes, I feel the same anger. What is happening is shameful and despicable beyond words.

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  8. mmwm says:

    “The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.” — Louise Bourgeois. I guess that’s one lesson we can take from the spider, not to waste too much energy on anger and despair (though God knows we could) but to use our energy, individual and collective, to repair the web. And keep repairing the web. Here’s mine:

  9. Beautiful photograph. Spiders are good role models, I guess, with their tenacity.

  10. hb says:

    Yes indeed, to all of the above. Keep repairing the web.

  11. As a beginning-again gardener, I found a list of garden blogs online, and the charming and accurately descriptive name flutterandhum captured my attention. Sometimes the internet still offers the rare joyful surprise. Simply, a thank you for your writing, and much appreciation for the thoughtful and enlightened comments and discussion.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thank you, Cheryl, for the wonderful and kind comment! And welcome back to gardening. Honestly – it’s one of the few things that keeps me sane right now. Nature really is the greatest of healers. 🙂 ❤

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