I received two interesting emails over the past two days. The first was from Vivien Blackburn, announcing that she had "tagged" me. The other was from Joanne B Kaar.
Joanne B Kaar is a fantastic fiber/paper artist who lives in Caithness, Scotland. I found her work through Kirsty Hall's blog. Somehow, Joanne saw a comment I had left on Kirsty's blog and followed the link back to my site, where she discovered we had both attended the Oregon State University. She contacted me about what a small world it actually was, and I checked out her blog, where I found a wonderful story about a message in a bottle. Which inspired the direction of this post.
The Internet, and blogs, are a modern equivalent of the "message in a bottle." We send out our thoughts, and like the bottle in Joanne's story, it's found by people from distant lands, and lasting friendships are formed. I have found some wonderful friends through blogging. Although they may not realize it, their words enrich my life, and let me know that there are others with the same dreams and struggles. So, according to the rules, I must now reveal those seven facts no one knows.
1. I have a strange phobia about phones. If you call me, I'll talk all day, but for some reason I hate to pick up the phone to call someone. Even to order pizza.
2. In high school I thought I would grow up to be a marine biologist and swim with Flipper.
3. I still have a small blue ceramic pig that I made in art class at age 9. It's the only relic that remains from my childhood, it's 50 years old now, and I think it is a talisman.
4. I can devour an entire pan of rice crispy squares in a single sitting .
5. I absolutely cannot sing.
6. My great-great-great Uncle was John Chapman, known as "Johnny Appleseed." Since I'm related to a man who walked around the wilderness with a pot on his head, it's okay if I'm a little weird.
7. My great aunt traveled across the Sahara by automobile when women weren't supposed to do such things. So now it's double okay that I'm a little weird.
Now, here are the blogs that I'm tagging:
First, Bill Sharp, my Portland buddy, also an "over 50" artist who "gets it."
Second, Tina Harris, who was one of the original Loft artists, a fantastic photographer, and a good friend.
Third, Margret E short, who's fantastic Rembrandt project was everything an artist should aspire to, and who hasn't blogged for a while. I miss hearing about the new pigments she's found.
Fourth, Laurel Neustadter, who's drawing blog and easy style are refreshing and definitely worth checking out.
Fifth, Paulette, who's introduction to her blog "Becoming a Renaissance Woman" is exactly what I aspire to at times. Especially the fainting part.
Sixth, Joanne B Kaar, whose blog is fascinating. While I can't exactly "tag" her in the traditional sense, her site is definitely worth visiting. Read about how she makes fascinating things like kelp paper, and get inspired. She's an artist's artist.
Seventh, Jeanette Jobson: Illustrated Life. I found the "save the Bunny" game here, plus, her emphasis is drawing, as are many of the other blogs I'm mentioning.
Now, if you've been tagged, according to the rules you must now reveal seven facts about yourself and tag seven other blogs.