Welcome and thank you for taking the time to visit.
I would like to introduce myself through a haiku written by Basho. While he is writing about poetry, his words guide me as I see the world through a camera’s lens.
You can learn about the pine only from the pine, or about the bamboo only from bamboo. When you see an object, you must leave your subjective pre-occupation with yourself; otherwise you impose yourself on the object, and do not learn. The object and yourself must become one, and from that feeling of oneness issues your poetry. However well phrased it may be, if your feeling is not natural—if the object and our self are separate—then your poetry is not true poetry but merely your subjective counterfeit. ~ Basho*
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Again thanks for visiting. Leave a word or two…I would love to hear from you.
110 replies to “About Brenda”
I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, check out my recent post for the guidelines
thank you. I’m unable to locate your blog. “file not found” message
Thank you for taking the time to answer my blog questions.
Thank you Brenda for following my blog… I just followed yours too. Cheers! 🙂
distant companions sharing different paths, 🙂
I like the image on this page, the sisters. It’s a great painting. Is it your work? I’m also interested in the name Saldage. Is it someone’s name?
Thank you. Yes the mari sisters is one of my drawings. The word saldage was introduced to me as a Brazalian word translated, “homesickness for a place that cannot be”. A powerful word that describes a lot for me.
Thx. I accept your gift. It is a welcome kindness in this unpredictable unimaginable world. Namaste.
thank you. namaste
Art therapy is a wonderful tool for those who can’t words to their feelings, or those who can’t even identify their feelings. Great blog 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. As I was watching an art educational video, I realized spontaneous creativity requires an understanding and respect of all the art materials being utilized – an effective guiding principle to generalize into the choices I make on a daily basis. 🙂
oops, meant to write ‘those who can’t put words…’
continuing with my previous reply, otherwise I might find myself in a muddy mess 🙂
Very well said Brenda…
I loved your thoughts…..
Thank you. The images on your blog tell a story of how you are living a dream 🙂
Hello Brenda, would you like to translate “saldage” for me?
my introduction to the word “saldage” noted that it is a Brazilian word, homesickness for a place that cannot be. My personal meaning, homesickness for a place, a time, or person who cannot be.
Oh, you mean “saudade” 😉
“saudade” ? so my source spelled the word incorrectly?
I enjoy your writing and nominated your blog for the sensual blogging award http://wp.me/p2MIsj-c0 No obligation to do anything with it, it’s simply a token of appreciation.
beautiful blog and photos!!
🙂 thank you
Thanks so much for the follow. Please feel free to share your comments or thoughts anytime. Take Care.
to me sharing is an aspect of gratitude. 🙂
Then let it flow freely ;). Peace & Blessings.
You are a truly a gifted person and a gift to us. I like the word “saldage”. It’s hardly use and I am glad you are resurrection this word. Pax Tecum, Seeker
thank you . . . recently a blogger informed me that saldage is misspelled … should be saudade. I’m going to keep my misspelling 🙂
It sounded right to me and I’ve check the only dictionary. Your blogger friend is right. That’s ok, I’ll stick to this misspelled word since nothing last forever.
Thank you for stopping by and following my blog and giving me the chance to discover yours. I look forward to reading more of your poetry and seeing more of your photography.
I am from Wyoming, and wanted to get out as soon as I could when I was a kid. Now, I find myself missing it sometimes! Your pictures of it are beautiful and I’m so glad to see them! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Great style. Strong. Simple. Pure.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and for leaving a positive comment
It’s truly inspiring walking into your world, so here I am at it again 🙂 And thank you for visiting too (you might prefer my Photos & Poetry blog though, link on the right side)
thank you … words have the potential to inspire creativity
Yes. When written or spoken from a deep eternal inner that doesn’t preach or judge, but simply appear as they are, open and honest with no pretense. Those words opens us by pointing towards something that can be truly sensed. And the gift of those words let the listener quietly be and thereby leaves it up to each to take with them that which resonates. I find your words and photos coming from this “place”.
..far, far away….past the demons….past the righteous….past the angels….past the sinners….perhaps even past the creator…..there is a field…..i hope to meet you there sometime….
you have a fabulous blog here….!
Be pure emptiness. What is inside that? you ask. Silence is all I can say
Thank you for following my adventure:)
I was just checking out your blog….It’s incredible….I am so grateful that you through this special blog are connecting with my journey! Thank you:)
thank you for the return visit … i enjoyed the freedom expressed within your mandalas
I Love your Blog very inspiring
thank you for the visit … for a very short 2 years I was given the opportunity to live in Sydney … super memories that have a “recall” power. 🙂
Yes Sydney is a Beautiful City I am glad you have such great memories. I will think of you as an Honorary Australian
Hi Brenda, I’ve awarded you for very inspiring blogger award. I hope this is ok? If you don’t want it, you don’t have to do anything, I’ll still keep your link there if that’s alright with you, it’s on http://artofxistence.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/blogger-award-really-really/,
Thanks for liking my post…yours is the 1000th Like on my blog:)
🙂 you are welcomed
Great photos Brenda. You really excel in BW photography!
Thank you for visiting and for your supportive feedback 🙂
Thanks for following as now I’ve discovered your work … Love it.
“Within all of us there are powerful emotions within our souls that remain voiceless and silent until they are conveyed through imagery and symbols. It is through creative endeavors – drawing, cooking, writing, painting, gardening, poetry, child rearing, photography, weaving, reading, work – that a woman may be able to give “voice” to that which words cannot convey.” Yes 😀
Thank you…your “yes” is validating…thank you, again 🙂
Thanks for liking my photo challenge post. I like your work on your blog and am following your posts!
thank you for your visit…hope to see more images you submit for the weekly challenge. 🙂
thank you for liking my post…you have beautiful pictures 🙂
you are welcome 🙂
I would like to nominate you for the Inner Peace Award and The Lighthouse award. I hope you can find the time to participate. I sure enjoy your blog!
Thank you Cee…my current life situation is one in which I often need to apologize for limiting commitments.
Thank you for introducing me to Saudage:)
thank you…I enjoyed my brief visit at your blog…wonderful stories…please continue.
Thank you for the like of my ‘monument’ Brenda. You have an absolutely beautiful blog.
thank you for visiting
Whether it is spelled saldage or saudade, what a beautiful heart-felt sentiment behind the word… thank you for sharing this idea, I love it! 🙂
Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog 🙂
I really feel great to find your beautiful blog here and clicked the following button as soon as I read the About page 🙂
Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts and the incredible images here, have a great time 🙂
thank you…I have enjoyed wandering though your gallery of images…looking forward to future visits.
Wow! Looks and reads like you captured the reality of saudada. Mirabile dictu…
thank you…saudada…one word that tells me that I am not alone in my feelings of homesickness
thank you for visiting and for your positive feedback
Τhank you for your time to visit and like my post!It was a great chance to visit yours and see all those amazing pictures!
thank you, in return
thank you for taking the time to visit…I enjoyed your images as well as the various haiku
Thank you for following Storyteller. — Ray
You are welcome…you have an interesting blog
Delighted to have found your fascinating and heartfelt blog. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in and ready to play!).
Thank you for visiting and especially for creating a wonderful blog…today you offered 4.26 minutes of reflection throughout the Carrickfergus video…priceless
Delighted you enjoyed it so. There are several other V Morrison posts on the Jukebox. Regards Thom.
hello, Brenda! 😀 I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I hope you can check out the details here: http://berryduchess.com/2015/04/08/the-versatile-award/
thank you very much…it is “icing on the cake” on a good day. I’ll try and open up some time to check out the details.
🙂 thank you! Have a great day!
thank you for taking the time to visit
Greetings from India.Interesting to go through yours ‘about me’ and the meaning of ‘saldage’ & the Portuguese explanation. Though confusing initially, on a deeper thinking ,got the point. Thank you. Thank you also for going through my blog.
Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write me a note. Looking forward to seeing your future blogs
and I bow to the spirit within
Thank you for taking time away from nature to visit:)
Love the photos and the words. Together they paint a very lovely picture. Maybe it is my own ignorance but I do not see a way to coment on each photo individually. Thanks for the experiance…
Thank you for taking the time to visit and share your thoughts. I didn’t know there was a way to comment on photos…will explore. 🙂
Before I read the backstory of the word “saldage”, it sounded to me like: “wise one” – as in sage. I think I will hold on to that interpretation too. Your photography is very thought-provoking.
Thank you for visiting and especially for sharing your thoughts. I experience a silent smile at “thought-provoking” since it suggest an invitation to pause and ponder in a ‘fast click-like” world. To invite a moment to nourish the restless soul.
‘Saudade’ sounds very close to the Sanskrit/Hindi word ‘Mrigtrishna’ which literally means Trishna (thirst) of a Mriga (Deer) which is an expression used for constant outward chase of the superficials to achieve happiness and satisfaction which exists within.
I am grateful that you took the time to visit. Someone once shared a Celtic word that held a similar definition…but I misplaced it. But as I thought of the similarity within these words…I wonder if their beauty describes the emotional and psychological realm of the Hungry Ghost?
The title ‘Meditative Journey’ caught my attention and the writing very much justifies the title.
I just read your “About” — I am sitting here amazed that there is a word for something that has been with me all my life, even though I am now seventy two years old; it has never left me—- “a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness. (cited in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade)”
Thank you for visiting Carol. It is nice to meet someone who understands this life-long relationship with “Saldage.”
Nice to meet you!
Thank you for taking the time to visit. It is always great to hear from other bloggers.
I love the word, saldage. The first syllable sounds like soul—and that’s always a good starting point.
It is great to meet someone who loves this word and to associate it with “soul” deepens the translation.
Hi Brenda! I am interested in your post https://ameditativejourney.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/seven-remembrances/
I found this on earth holder, too. I had a version that included some links to a Thich Nhat Hanh book I didn’t know. Now I can’t find this annotated version anymore. Do you still have the original source? I would be glad to get hold of the book title.
A flower for you, Tobias
Good day Tobias. Is this the link you are looking for https://earthholder.training/earth-based-mindfulness-practices/
A flower for you. Brenda