I spent the summer in a state of entanglement. Bindweed has twisted itself around the roses. The dogs have been caught in burrows and brambles. We became embroiled in everybody else’s dramas and plans with no time to connect, to rest and read, to slow down.

My yarn and cabin were neglected, sitting in shadow beneath the trees.  By the close of summer, we were taut with fatigue and our little girl’s hair was so tangled we had to cut out thick dreads.

When I allowed myself to be convinced that I should become an ‘authority’ site, not a simple blog, I ended up with an illogical mess between two web platforms. I had only wanted help with SEO. But, it got me thinking about the purpose of the internet.  And about greed.  My conclusion is that it’s easy to lose our integrity here.  It shouldn’t be about self promotion but connection.

Today, possibly behind the curve, I discovered Theron Humphrey’s This Wild Idea.  http://thiswildidea.com His journey, (across America meeting a new person everyday, for 365 days) and his tender photographs and simple interviews transformed my day.  This man has got it right – he is forging real connection, telling people’s stories, celebrating the beauty and honesty of their everyday lives.

 

Disentangled
Posted by Louisa Thomsen Brits on 24 September 2012

When our children were babies, I didn’t often have time to read. So I kept myself afloat with snippets of poetry. Through those often lonely, early morning feeds, I would balance their small, warm bodies in one arm and a book in the other.

This summer I didn’t have time to write.  So I kept myself sane with the instant pleasure of digital photography and Instagram. The opportunity to see the texture of so many other people’s lives has been a privilege. It could be addictive.  Here are a few pictures from my feed.  I’ve put a link, above, for you to see the rest on line and discover more of the generous and creative Instagram community.

 

 

Snippets
Posted by Louisa Thomsen Brits on 19 September 2012