Marja-Leena Rathje
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I have often mentioned that finding connections and being inspired by them is very much a part of the way I think and find ideas for my art work. One of my print series is even called Nexus, which mean connections. Blogging for me is about connections too, about inspirations given and received in this wonderful moving web that covers the world.

These thoughts have re-emerged to the front right now as I've been honoured and very awed by several blog-friends who've found connections and inspirations from a couple of my recent posts. Dave wrote a fabulous poem and Mouse in France wrote some great prose, both inspired by my post about hands in cave art. Olga wrote both prose and a great poem about her thoughts on connections, inspired in part by an art piece of mine. Venus de Willendorf was the subject of one interesting blogpost by Finnish blogger "hanhensulka", living in Brussels, and he responded to my comment with a post linking to my Venus works, and the hands post as well! Thank you, friends, for this wonderful web of inspiring connections!

On the home front, we have been having a week of mostly sunny weather and spring is definitely here at last. I've been busy preparing for friends arriving this afternoon for a short stay this weekend (connections of another kind!). Dessert just came out of the oven, husband is out picking up a fresh salmon for the barbeque, and I'm having a short break catching up a little with blog reading and writing. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Addendum: April 2nd. Though I don't take horoscopes seriously, I could not resist a chuckle over today's very weird one for this Aquarius, in our local newspaper:

"You're making a connection, a link between your small mind and your higher mind. You may feel like an alien in a bubble, but you're no stranger to being strange. Stay in touch with your earthly relations."

Marja-Leena | 31/03/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging


What fun, to be the source of inspiration for such cool folks!

Hope this April Fools Day gave you more treats than tricks.


Thank you ML, I did, And you?
This is a good place to come, with lots of interesting content and always a warm welcome and a good buzz!
(Must be patient now, I left a comment on your mossy March post and didn't wait long enough so it didn't appear.)

Lori - yes, indeed! And April Fools Day was a wonderful one spent with good friends and family! The only joke played on us was by the weather with a dump of hail making it look like we had an inch of snow on the ground for a while.

Lucy, thank you so much for the compliments! But I'm sorry I didn't get your comment on the mossy March post! Comments may take a while to appear on the blog until I've approved them, but it isn't even there to be approved. I seem to get duplicates sometimes too. Try again?

How about that, Marja-Leena - you're a Muse.

Anna! That is too embarrassing! Now I feel like I've been bragging.

Hey, by the way, the comment box at your blog is not working! I've visited and tried twice to no avail.

Glad to hear that you finally have some sun out there. We had snow this afternoon! Big fat wet flakes, enough to have to push it off our cars (I'd say brush, but it was heavy wet stuff) leaving work tonight. However, I did see on a walk yesterday that the forsythia has fat yellow buds just waiting for a warm sunny day to bust open.

Leslee, snow?! How disappointing. But we had hail last Sunday night and woke to some snow on the ground Monday morning. Yesterday was gorgeous, today is cool and occasionally rainy - a real mixed weather week. I'm hoping for a sunny Easter weekend for us all!