Monday, January 23, 2012

My Seven Links


 I took it as a great compliment when my dear friend Donna Drozda invited me to be part of the 'My 7 Links’ project.  Luckily, she assured me there was no deadline, so my usual inability to get to all 1,329 things on my list in a timely fashion was not going to be a problem.  I have to admit that when I realize how much time has gone by since the invitation, I feel a bit embarrassed, but I'm going ahead with it nonetheless.  So, I hope those whose blogs I’ve invited will allow themselves the same lee way… and if the time or interest doesn’t fit, no worries.  (I copied some of this from Donna; she writes much better than I do.  I can hear her laughing at me now.)


Did I Dream This?  by Donna Drozda

 The idea is to go back to your own posts and find one to fit each of the 7 categories, then ‘pass it on' to 5 more bloggers, and so on, and so on, etc., etc., etc.  The project is described as a way of “uniting bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint venture", and I'm all about uniting, you know?

The following are the 7 categories:

  1. Most beautiful post

  2. Most popular post

  3. Most controversial post

  4. Most helpful post

  5. Most “surprisingly successful” post

  6. Most neglected post

  7. The post that makes them most proud

    So, here goes! 

     1. Most Beautiful.   I had a hard time deciding,  but in the end I think I chose "White" 2/7/10 at least partly because we've had virtually no snow (or snow days!) this winter.  On the day these photos were taken, we'd had the most perfect snowfall during the night, and then, in the morning, the sun came out.  The result was dazzling.


    2. Most Popular.  I don't know if this post got the most comments, but I appreciated the support of so many wonderful blogger friends.  Where can you find this many people so willing to cheer you on?  I hope they also found some small inspiration in this story of conquered fears: "I Did It" 10/24/10



    3. Most Controversial.  I'm not sure any of my posts were very controversial.  But I know that politics are not popular on art blogs, and despite my best efforts to keep my political opinions to myself, they just pop out every once in a while.  I chose "Every day should be Earth Day" 4/21/09  , because everyone really should know about this.


    4. Most helpful.  Many of you told me that this post was helpful, and I, too, often need to remind myself that "Art Comes From the Making" 6/30/11


    5. Most surprisingly successful.  I was surprised to see how this post resonated with people; I had feared it might be too whiney, but it was something I just needed to say.  Apparently, I wasn't the only one who felt that way. "Here's How It Is" 2/7/11



    6. Most neglected.  "Interconnections" 11/29/09

    7. The post that makes me most proud.  I chose "Not an Open Book" 6/15/11.  I'm proud of myself for not chickening out when it came to revealing the very personal subject matter of this piece, and for having the guts to try an unfamiliar form of expression on an important project.


    The five bloggers I've chosen to participate in the 'My Seven Links' project are

    Lynne Hoppe

    Kim Hambric


    Gwen Buchanan

    Lynne Ciacco


  1. This is such an exciting and thought provoking collaboration. Thank you for sharing your intimate thoughts and process with me. beautiful. Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  2. Nice to read some of your older posts. Great choices. I did the 7 links too. It's a lot of work so bravo for doing it!

  3. This is a very thoughtful and beautiful collection of posts Ms. Sharmon...and what a lovely surprise to see that you actually kept the project tucked in there... on your list of 1,329 things to do... we all get the treasure of being able to look back and savor once again some of the meaning that you make through your work.

    Green light '-)

  4. Thank you Sharmon, that was very Sweet of you. It really is a challenge.. Hope I am up to it.. Your selections flow so naturally.

  5. I like this idea/project.Yours are very good picks :)

  6. The 'most beautiful' really was!

  7. We are all "just particles of change floating around the sun" - Your interconnections post is just what I needed right now. As always a post and great job getting this project off your the list.

    (my word verification is chant...LOL)

  8. It was a treat to look back at your older posts that resonated with the themes provided. I remember most of them very well because they also resonated with me on their first postings. It's pretty astounding how we bloggers keep coming up with new stuff and a little sad that the old lies buried...but it is like buried treasure waiting for newcomers with the time, patience and interest to dig a little deeper. This Seven Links approach will save them a lot of time! I'm honoured that you thought to include me in this "exercise." I will put it on the back burner and hope the pot doesn't boil dry before I get to it (or my memory give out). I can just hear myself now, "I know there was something I was supposed to do...something about the Dance of the Seven Veils"?

  9. I'm new to your blog so it was nice to look back at some of your older posts. Your work is beautiful!

  10. Your work is the most unique work I've seen blogging around. Its originality amazes me every time I stop by. This sounds like an interesting challenge. I copied the criteria. I wouldn't mind seeing what I come up from my past to satisfy my own curiosity. Interesting concept. We artists are all connected though--whether we're connected on Blogger or not.

  11. Glad you were able to participate and share you past posts and link us up to other blogs you like.


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