I truly can’t believe I’m writing my 200th post! As Adam said, the second 100 sure went by faster than the first. A lot has happened over the course of all these months. The blog has changed. In the beginning I was telling my story. Now I realize I’m painting a portrait of the lives we all live up here on the High Road, many of us as artists. There is still so much work to do to flesh out that picture—people I haven’t yet interviewed, a cacophony of experiences to document. But piece by piece, little by little, the story is being told. I very much appreciate that this blog won’t ever really be complete and, in that way, it is ACTIVE. I am WRITING a blog. I haven’t WRITTEN it. It continues to come into being, better expressing itself the more posts get added, making the picture clearer, deeper, more viable and real. The blog is aging and with its age comes some understanding, which can only take place through the passage of time, much like living our lives.
I believe it was just beginning to happen back at that 100 post milestone: you all are talking with me. We are engaged in a conversation, through comments on the blog itself, on facebook, and in direct emails to me. I love it when a quote I post on fb gets you all responding to it and each other. We are beginning to find community out here in cyberspace!
Some of you have even decided to make significant life changes as a result of reading the blog. I can’t begin to tell you how deeply meaningful that is to me! Many of you responded to the Conversation posts (there are more of these coming very soon by the way). One reader said she realized her job had been reduced to doing things she didn’t like with people she didn’t enjoy. She took a pay cut and went back to the people and the work that inspire her. Wow!
Over the last couple of months I’ve been documenting the creation of Anna Karin’s and my new gallery here in Truchas. I’ve really enjoyed these up-to-the-minute posts that have been taking place in “almost real” time. You all have been so engaged and supportive. THANK YOU! That actually kept us going sometimes when it all seemed to be too much. So, in keeping with this “then and now” theme, I wanted to post some “before and after” photos of the gallery so we all can see where we started and where we are today. Are you ready for it? Here you go then!
That makes me realize how much work we’ve done! For those of you who haven’t read the New Gallery posts here’s a list of links, in order, so you can read them now:
- Creating Our New Gallery Home
- New Gallery Blues
- The New Gallery Progresses
- A Mother’s Eyes: Seeing Beauty in the New Gallery Space
- It Takes a Village: The New Gallery Becoming
- A Little Help From Our Friends: New Gallery’s Vision Realized
- New Gallery: End (Or Rather the Beginning) in Sight
- New Gallery: Let There Be Light
- New Gallery: Two Steps Forward
- New Gallery: Keep on Truckin’
- New Gallery: Yard Clean-Up Plus
- New Gallery: Back At It
- New Gallery: Bringing The Art In
- New Gallery: Hanging The Art Plus
- New Gallery: Inching Forward
- New Gallery: We’re Opening… Sort of
- New Gallery’s Opening Day
- New Gallery: Odds and Ends, and The Studio
- Anna Karin Gallery – Truchas, NM – Before and After
I also wanted to share a list of the top 10 stories, those most read, since the inception of the blog:
1. Rescue Dog: Meet Finn – Survivor
2. Janice Joplin and Jimi Hendrix Were Here
3. A Celebration of Skye’s First Year
4. Rescue Dog: Finn – a Love Story
5. My Re-Birthday
6. Rescue Dog Braves the Great Outdoors: Skye Breaks Free
7. Rescue Dogs Happy Success Story: Finn Thrives
8. The Long Goodbye
9. Art Opening at Hand Artes Gallery in Truchas, NM
10. The Night I Died: The Whole Story, Part 1
And there you have it—200 posts! What do you say, are you up for 100 more? I sure hope so because Adam and I are having too much fun to stop now.
Thank you all so much for coming along on this journey with us. It wouldn’t be the same without you. Here are a few more pics of the new gallery just for fun…
Love to you all,