“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

7.14.2008

I will not talk politics


The lovely, lovely Katie and I discuss politics all the time. We're very political people, as are the ever-wonderful Michael and the usually-packing-heat-especially-while-naked-in-the-yard-at-5 a.m.- looking-for-a-prowler Robert. (Whew!)

But we're also girls. We want things to be pretty. To be soft. This doesn't mean we won't kick your behind if you threaten us (of course, I don't mean you - I mean someone else, someone up to no good), but it does mean we'll try to look good while doing it. So last week, while she & I were discussing Robert's new blog, she mentioned that he hadn't yet put in background colors, or designed a cool header. (Actually, she didn't say cool, but I knew what she meant.) I didn't say anything at the time, but I thought he's not gonna do that - he's got a different kind of blog than I do. My blog is a haven, a nest, a place I come to where no politics are allowed. The only complaining I do is on a personal level - it's about art, or getting older, or bad service at restaurants, and even then I don't name the restaurants. Robert's blog is a soapbox - full of political opinions, funny stories, sad stories, guns, great photographs. It's a whole nuther animal. He pulls no punches - I respect that & I read his blog every day & laugh & disagree or agree with him about things. I like seeing his take on the neighborhood - he drives through the streets & photographs a cannon parked in front of a friend's house; I drive through the streets & photograph a tree bursting with baby-girl pink flowers. (Doesn't that even sound pretty?) And sure enough, yesterday Katie mentioned to me that he was going to leave his blog as is. We both laughed. Cause she wanted to decorate it - I totally understand. I decorate this one.

And that's what the above photograph symbolizes. I made it part of my sidebar last week & it will stay there. I will not talk about politics. I will not talk about politics.

This is my place away from all that - it's in my face the rest of the day, and that's okay; I believe in being aware & informed. But here? No way. This is an escape - this is my rabbit hole to a magical place full of colors & amazing creatures & silliness & fun. It's my secret diary, but I've made copies of the key & given each of you one to call your own. It's a pale aqua diary with a silver lock & a bookmark made of pressed white flowers & I use pens with different ink colors when I write in it. Cause I'm a girl. Cause this is mine. Cause I can.

11 comments:

  1. YOu make me laugh. I need to remember the no talking politic thing. the weekend of the 4th my neighbor and I got into it, in a good way. we enjoy each others opposing views. But we bored everyone else. So I told him I wasn't allowed to talk politics with him anymore.

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  2. Michelle - I have tons of friends with whom I disagree politically. We are always able to enjoy the debate & continue being friends. I admit that there is that one guy - he knows who he is! LOL! - who makes me mad sometimes (and vice versa), and we go through a few days of cooling off & then we're okay & we start up again. How boring it would be to only hang out & talk to people who are just like me. Besides, I need to be able to defend my ideas, and sometimes (gasp!) I actually change my mind.

    :) Debi

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  3. a tree bursting with baby-girl pink flowers. (Doesn't that even sound pretty?) yes this really does sound pretty. i have been over to robert's blog a couple of times now and i think the contrast of your styles makes for a perfect back-to-back visit for me.

    i am of the same mind. my blog is not only my haven but intended as a virtual haven of sorts for my visitors. it is created in the spirit loving life, loving living. the worries of the world, the hate and injustices need to be given their place and time for expression. it is becasue of those tragedies that i look for a feeling of 'a safe harbour' in my blog searches. and you dear debi come through over and over.
    xo.

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  4. Robin - Thank you so much. YOUR blog IS a haven - ditto Jaime's & Maddie's & Cookie's & everyone else I visit regularly. It's nice to have little vacation spots I can go to without leaving this chair. I remind myself that these people & their blogs are just as much real life as the 6 o'clock news. Fantasy & fairy tales & bird stories & flowers & art keep us sane.

    :) Debi

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  5. Thank you for allowing me a key! I will cherish it always! Love ya

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  6. Baby girl pink flowers... I love the sound of that.
    I love what you have created in this lovely girly journal of yours. I think there are quite a few of us that have decided to create a beautiful getaway with our blogs...and each one is so incredibly unique and individual. Each one, a pretty flower that is able to thrive in a quiet space away from the chaotic crazy hectic world we sometimes have to be a part of.
    Coming here is like taking a deep mindful breath.
    Thank you for the key as well!

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  7. i think that's what's so cool about blogs...that they are SOooo whatever you want them to be! i've had a couple of potentially political posts, but i also try to stay away from it. for me, blogging is journaling that i don't mind sharing.

    i looked at robert's blog after he commented on my reagan posting, but have to admit it's not my cup of tea and i probably won't really go back (and i might change my passport, but that's another issue). however, i totally respect his right to have it and to express whatever he wants to express there..the whole naked truth, as he sees it. ;-)

    anyway, i'm glad you're sharing your escape with us. :-)

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  8. Julie - Thank you. I'm glad you're still visiting me. It means a lot.

    :) Debi

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  9. Christy & Jaime - Thank you both. It's meant so much to have this place to come to, where I can just breathe & talk about dreams & agonize about art, and share silly stories. Where I can talk about how important flowers & owls & robins & storms are to me.

    Love to you both -
    Debi

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  10. Hi Debi,

    What a wonderfully thoughtful blog post (even though I found it months later)! I’ve been mulling whether or not to bring up politics on my art blog, too, and you bring up very good ideas about not doing so. The old adage about refraining to discuss politics and religion can still be valid today. Thank you for your thoughts.

    Since I haven’t visited in a while, I really like your blog’s new layout and design--Bravo!

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  11. Gina - It's really a tough call. I just didn't want anyone to not like me if they disagreed with me. How shallow is that? LOL! No, really, I DID want a place to come to to put it all behind. Because even if I disagree with someone re:politics, I may very much agree with them re: art & fun & I just refuse to let politics overshadow that.

    And thank you for liking the new design. I AGONIZED over it!

    :) Debi

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