One question I am asked regularly is: ‘why do I blog?’, ‘What is its attraction?’ With ‘why bother?‘ seeming to be at the core of the questions.
Its ironic, when I started as a blogger, I really had no idea what I was doing. I was bored, feeling isolated and generally wanted to do something interesting, fun and hopefully pass on some of what I know too the world and look at me now, obsession or hobby I still working on that one.
Recently it dawned on me, how many blogs, bloggers and storytellers there are out in the world. How many great friends I have made, and how similar we are in our hopes and dreams for our families, our children and the world at large.
I have decided to Feature a blogger, and their blog here at flowers.
To show just how diverse, yet similar we are.
Some you may find inspirational, some funny, some interesting and informative and others a little melancholy, but they are and will be the best of their kind (in my opinion), I have found on the web.
So for this months Feature Blogger, Flower Smeller and Blogger with Integrity I bring to you
Shinade of The Painted Veil
Who is Shinade?
I am interested in everything that God has created within this universe. And I have an almost unquenchable thirst for knowledge. My grandest dream and prayer is for peace in the world and that no-one lack for any need.
I also deplore and cannot tolerate any prejudice of any sort.
Also I am an artist. I started working in oils approximately ten years ago. And then moved into graphics using Poser and Paint Shop Pro mostly. My new love is photography. I am a novice and I hope you will follow along with me as I tackle this new endeavour. To sum it up I wish for The Painted Veil to be a place to seek peace and harmony. In hopes of reaching out across boundaries that seek to destroy harmony from within and also globally. God Bless my friends.
We are all God’s people.
Your Favourite Food?
Currently Queen Elizabeth The Golden Age, The Notebook, The Departed, A Summer Place, Giant, and every movie with Doris Day, Maureen O’Hara, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Susan Hayward.
The Rolling Stones
Why the Painted Veil?
The name comes from the story written by Somerset Maugham. He is one of my favorites. I fell in love with the latest remake a year or so ago of the movie: The Painted Veil. But, it goes even a little deeper than that. As I love graphics and photography I consider my blog painted with splashes of color, glitter, and pretty things. Also the word veil implies that there is something to be revealed that lies underneath. So this name had all of the aspects of my character.
I blog to reach out and share. Originally I had MoonDanzer, which delivered a political blog. But, it was full of negativity and the world has enough of that. There are millions of blogs out there blogging everyday about politics and politicians. The Painted Veil tries to be a more positive and uplifting inspirational blog. I decided to turn away from the anger and negativity and try my hand at shedding a little fun and positivity. A place to escape if only for a second from the harsh realities of the world. I want to spread love. I am the original flower child.
What do you see as the most important thing in your life?
Without a doubt, my faith and my guidance from God. Without that there would be nothing else.
On The Painted Veil you showcase the area around you, do you follow a more natural life style?
Oh heavens no me follow a healthy life style. I am a blogger whom blogs daily. Sometimes publishing 2 or more posts a day. I rather see myself like the old newsmen sitting at their desk, eating, drinking, and practically living there as they type away.
What part does your faith play in your life and your blog?
A great deal. I try my best to reach out to everyone with love. I also will not tolerate any prejudice of any kind. All people are God’s people and it is not up to us to judge. I always remember that my grandchildren come and visit my blog. So I try my best to keep it at a PG rating. I do not like cursing and will reject comments that contain filthy language. I have many friends that I would visit more if their blogs were not full of vulgarity and the use of God’s name in vain.
What do you consider to be the hardest challenges facing people today?
Learning that life does go on no matter what. Of course I have concerns about human rights, war and genocide all over the globe. But, we can only do what we can do as individuals to help and then we must count our blessings and get on with it. One of my favorite phrases that I repeat often to myself is “This too shall pass”.
What are your hopes for the future both for yourself and the rest of us?
Well of course being the eternal optimist and idealist I hope for world peace.
The elimination of all wars, homeless people, genocide, crime, and starvation. If I could have all my hopes realized we would have Utopia. But, this is not a realistic view of life. So my hopes reside in this very second. For this second in time is all I truly have. It is all that anyone truly ever has.
Join me in a special thank you to Shinade, for sharing with us a little her insight and her blogging story.
Kesa’s Flower Smeller of the Week! Shinade
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