Every once in a while I pause to consider the name of this webspace. You know how it began, many years ago - with an image of an old woman halfway up a hill, knitting the wind into stories. I liked the image, used the phrase, and have spent the years since wondering if I was crazy to do so.
Without explanation, the phrase means nothing. Also, I smile every time someone follows me on Bloglovin and I visit their profile only to see that they mostly follow knitting weblogs - and I wonder, did they follow me just because of my weblog name? I also get a lot of Google searches based on knitting. And I've noticed that other people are starting to use the phrase for their own things, which makes me wonder about trademarking and originality.
On the other hand, I've been "knitting the wind" for almost ten years now, and I suppose there is some recognition value in that.
The question always shunts me into another one - just exactly what do I offer in this space, anyway? I know I am far too inconsistent for real success. That inconsistency means I have a diverse audience - which I love, but it does lead to uncertainty sometimes about what to write. (Of course, there's nothing wrong with meandering!)
I also know that I want to speak with intention, and with a sense of my responsibility towards society, and I wonder how best to do this. It feels like a wonderful privilege to have a public platform, regardless of how small, and I want to do the best I can with it.
To paraphrase Mary Oliver - tell me, what will you do with your one wild and precious voice?
Of course, I've been wrestling with this for years. So I have no answers tonight, only a collection of links for you - things found and loved throughout this week.
Turns out it is in human nature to be compassionate.
Letting children speak their truth.
Five great, practical ways to put aside worry.
Someone wrote special music for cats, and it's beautiful.
I laughed good-heartedly over this charming moment with the pope.
This post about staying gentle in the loud world was most-read here lately. And one of my posts about a mother's creativity was recently published in Voice in Journal.
The Art of Wildness is a lovely new blog-find for me.
After yesterday's post : here is a quote from another Russian writer I love.
Finland will be teaching unit studies in public schools. I have mixed feelings about this, and would love to hear the opinions of my fellow homeschoolers.
Have a blessed, beautiful day.
(Linking today with Kim Klassen for Friday Finds.)