Sunday, September 13, 2009
Renewing My Vow
I've been writing my blog since June 2005 and sometimes I don't think about its title for weeks at a time.
Some of you have only started reading my blog recently, so I thought it might be time for a re-introduction.
Maybe you're wondering : What is Wabi Sabi?
Way over-simplified, it's an appreciation for the beauty of things which are imperfect, incomplete, impermanent, humble or rustic.
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept and Wabi Sabi West is a celebration of how the idea touches my life with my readers. Wabi Sabi can mean "to everything there is a season". It can mean fitting yourself to Nature rather than exerting power over it.
There may be as many interpretations of Wabi Sabi as there are people who've felt it.
If you'd like a few examples, read on. Imperfect
-- like a smooth stone which just fits the curve of your palm, though the top is spiky with barnacles Incomplete
-- like a piece of old lace made for your great-great-great-grandmother's wedding day, fashioned into a veil that's unfinished because her husband-to-be died in a Civil War battle Impermanent
-- like a sunbeam dancing through dust motes Humble
-- like rescuing a spider before its sucked down a bath tub drain Rustic
-- like a wooden fence, paint peeling in a pattern that will only be created by winter wind and summer showers, only once, ever
Wabi Sabi West will be down to earth and simple. I'll respond to reader letters and emails, tell you what Nevada looks like from my office window, what the dogs have dragged in, maybe share some research notes for past and future books and I won't stay away from controversial topics, especially if they impact the West's wild horses.
Not a chance. Nope. No way.
Stay safe and happy --
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Terri Farley @ 2:50 PM
Mrs. Farley.. wow i always wondered why you called your blog Wabi Sabi. CHampion concept.