|The outdoor "rain room" - a place to reflect on life's stories.|
The arbutus trees, the maple trees, and the Douglas fir present a hundred shades of green. Strangely, the piece of music I am listening to at this very moment is Jon Mark's and David Anthony Clark's Celtic composition..."A Hundred Shades of Green". It is haunting and deeply moving.
I have, it seems, spent every free moment in the "rain room" these past few weeks...an admitted amateur, immersed in the art and craft of creating a media presentation. It is to celebrate the official partnership and twinning of two parish communities, St. Margaret's in Forfar, Scotland and our parish community here, on Vancouver Island. As challenging as I found the project, it was a labour of love. It involved editing and choosing from hundreds of images and dozens of video clips taken on the exchange in Scotland last summer. The final 295 images and 11 musical selections (some whole, some in part) distilled into 37 minutes and 37 seconds of story-telling. There was a second "layer" to it...a very personal element. It was with a sense of deep satisfaction (and relief), when the last "touch" went on, late Saturday night.
Similarly, so many folks create wonderful stories with words and images in their blogs. Reading and frequently re-reading the reflections, it is possible to feel joys and moments of personal triumphs in the words. Often, there is a tangible experience of high adventure in the shared accounts - it is easy to be there, on the water or deep in the hills and mountains or perhaps on a personal spiritual or vocational quest. There are heartfelt descriptions of personal experiences, some very difficult, and fraught with frustrations. I often want to reach out, with a caring hand, into this shared medium. Usually, all that is possible is to offer a brief word, in the comment box...and hope that the message comes through.
I suppose all I'm saying is that the words others write, the images that are shared, from whatever or from wherever they find a "rain room", are always meaning-filled and enjoyed by so many. The stories reflect life - shared life is so important and the shared experience enriches us all.
Keep on writing...and sharing. We'll keep on reading.
Image: Joan, reflecting, under a Gabriolan tree. Beyond...a hundred shades of green.