Ruth Andre

I've spoken freely, especially of late, about aspects of the blog-world that leave me feeling weary and jaded. I find that when I think about big things, I'm overwhelmed to the point where I now longer see the point in participation.

And while blogging can exacerbate all of that, there are moments when it's beautifully small. When I receive certain comments or e-mails and I find myself believing things that were only the smallest hopes tucked away in a corner of my mind.


I'm both wary of and hungry for the power of readers in this respect... to leave me feeling fully understood or, sometimes, fully alienated. I try to protect myself from it. But it's also the nature and sometimes the beauty of what we do on blogs; connecting suddenly and profoundly to people unknown to us.

Ruth Andre e-mailed me after I published this post. The image was one I had instagrammed in Ireland. I remember wanting to fall into the sea as I stood there; one of those moments when I was unnerved by my lack of fear, by my own craving to swallowed whole by the sea.


I hadn't said any of this, but Ruth saw something in that little photograph too and was inspired to paint it as part of her "painting a day" project. And then she e-mailed me and offered to make me a gift of the painting. I cried when I read her e-mail and saw the painting she had made.

Her painting arrived last week and I feel very privileged to have it. Thank you, Ruth.

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  1. So beautiful - the painting and the gesture.

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    1. Thanks Laura! I hope to get it framed, but I'm reluctant to be apart from it!

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    1. Thanks Erica! I was really blown away.

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  3. This is beautiful Jane; and a gesture worthy of you and your blog. If it weren't for readers reaching out every once in a while, or 'meeting' a like-minded person like you, I wouldn't see the point in blogging either.

    I'm so pleased you received such a fine and thoughtful gift - you completely deserve it!

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    1. Thanks Hila! I feel the same way about you too!

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  4. That's pretty life-affirming stuff.

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  5. Such a nice response to your post, and a nice gift. It is impossible for you to hear all of us nodding as we read your posts and we don't comment. I wonder what the proportion is: the number of visitors and comments?
    ever onward!

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    1. It is usually less than 1 in 500 who comment... though, of course, some posts are more comment-receiving than others.

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  6. How beautiful! These connections we make through blogging are real and can be wonderful. You are right that we need to protect ourselves at times, but overall it seems worth it, especially when I see something as lovely as this.

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  7. Oh Jane, Thank-you for such a lovely post. It pleases me greatly to know you are enjoying the painting.

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  8. Lovely painting and connection. By far the best thing about blogging for me is the people I've "met" and befriended, from around the world. And I think it is the small moments that connect us.

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  9. How very sweet and thoughtful. I appreciate your blog and willingness to share your life and thoughts with all. Sherry-Kalamazoo Michigan

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  10. Hello Jane

    How kind of Ruth Andre to present you with such a beautiful painting that has so much meaning to you. The brush strokes and tones all work beautifully in this small painting, which I know you are treasuring.
    It took two hearts full of passion to create this masterpiece, your photograph and the intense love of the subject and Ruth's perception of this great love.

    Another beautiful day

    Helen xx

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    1. Thanks so much Helen - what a lovely comment!!

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  11. How beautiful.

    More words than that feel unnecessary.

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  12. I've been thinking lately about why I do this blogging thing too but like you, the connections to real people make it all worthwhile. It can be SUCH a ratrace - the creating original content, the promoting of it, the tracking of it, etc. But stories like this - when someone obviously connected deeply with your photo - how lovely.

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    1. Thanks Sandra - I've pretty much opted out of the rat-race re blogging - it mostly seems to entail selling out to the lowest common denominator.

      I'm mostly grateful for readers like you and Ruth and the people who comment here who connect with me through words and stories and the odd picture too. Thanks!

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  13. What a lovely, honest post. I enjoy your blog so much, I think because you are so consistently, unflinchingly honest. I can imagine all the complicated, sometimes very painful experiences of blogging. Please, please, stick to it! I am a busy, busy mom/daughter of aging mom/corporate lawyer, and your blog is such a lovely place for me to be sometimes!

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    1. Thank you - I'm very glad you find this a nice place to be!!

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  14. What an amazing thing to do.

    It's incredible she was so touched by your powerful photo that she was compelled to paint it, and to give her creation to you,the original creator.

    Does that make sense?

    You are clearly far from the rat race blogger.

    You are a standard bearer.

    xo jane

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  15. It is little gestures like this that makes blogging in a way such a beautiful idea, that which could show you the humane aspect of sharing thoughts and connecting together in a little place.

    What a lovely painting and photo, too. :)

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    1. Thanks Rouenna - I'm in love with the painting too.

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  16. the painting so very beautiful.

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