By far, the very best thing about blogging is meeting kindred spirits... ...lovely people from all over the world who share your passions, your visions, your way of looking at things and the world we live in.
The really special thing about meeting people this way is that it is an opportunity to get to know individuals who normally would not cross your path...perhaps because of an age difference or for socio economic reasons or simply geographic factors.
In any case, I became friends with Ange of Signed by Ange...when she found my blog and commented... asking about the poem "My Symphony" which is on my sidebar. She was asking permission to use part of it as she is an artist and a calligrapher. Of course, the poem does not belong to me...it was written by William Henry Channing... ...but I was appreciative of her asking and of leaving a kind comment.
Over the course of the last year Ange and I have had many conversations that have revealed the incredible depth of her spirit, her compassion, her unfailing optimistic outlook, a brilliant wit and a fearless determination to make a difference in this world.
Sometime in May, Ange wrote to say that she had been browsing through the French brocante and saw something that made her think of me... She said she was going to work on it and then she would send it to me.
First of all... Can you imagine what this feels like? That this special girl...all the way over in the south of France was poking about a flea market and thought of little old me? She wanted to send me something simply because she felt that she had been supported by my words and she appreciated our friendship...
Well, her package arrived and was filled with bits of French papers, her own calligraphy and painting...a darling little pottery shoe... ...a sweet heart
Words of encouragement and prayers for my Mom and my family...
An old architectural piece...a wonderful wooden shield... which she painted in shades she knew I would love... Blue is a favorite we share.
I don't know what the letters originally stood for but to me the L.A will always represent a special friendship between Laura and Ange.
If you are already a friend of Ange or are familiar with her beautiful artwork and calligraphy you will know what I am talking about. If not, I encourage you to visit her website here... and her blog here...
Ange is a woman of conviction and action. I would keep my eye on her... ...she is about to make her mark on this world... ...and a beautiful mark it will be...
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
Thank you to all the kindred spirits and kind souls who take the time to leave a comment......Your support and encouragement are deeply appreciated.....I read each and every message and as time allows, do my best to reply.
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