The yellow brick road starts here…

ups and downs

ups and downs

I don’t know what’s up with me and WordPress but I can’t seem to set up a gallery of photos and I’m too tired to fight about it. So, I’ll just figure out another way around this problem. Multiple posts! With, of course, the added benefit of making me look really productive in a publishing sense.

Truth is, there is much I’d like to share but little time in which to do it. My father Ollie used to say ‘three moves equals one fire’. There are all sorts of ways to interpret that apt observation (not originally his own). I think he may have been referring simply to the damage moving inflicts upon one’s belongings—that which is lost, broken, nicked and dinged.

I prefer to think of it in a more spiritual sense, and this time I’m definitely burning  down the house.

Of course, once the smoke has cleared and the ashes cooled, I’ll be sifting through the wreckage for what is salvageable. And then I will begin to build anew.

I’ve signed a one year lease on a work/live loft in an artist’s community in Lowell, Massachusetts. I will move in on December 1 and having a known destination has provided me with a solid sense of direction. I can now see a light at the end of the tunnel and (thanks Melinda) I’m fairly certain it isn’t a train.

The photo at the top is of some very colorful stairs leading to an amazing warren of artist’s studios located in the old mill adjacent to my future residence. Studios such as this one:

creativity abounds

creativity abounds

“Dorothy, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore’.

12 responses to “The yellow brick road starts here…

  1. Sounds awesome!

  2. Somehow this place fits you, Linnea. I can picture you being very productive with your art here. And isn’t it crazy, the stuff we accumulate? I try annual purges, but not much seems to go or it is replaced by more stuff. Steve, on the other hand, parted with nothing. Our sons have a treasure trove to harvest. Hopefully, Dec.1 will find you settled calmly in this new home. Stand Strong. Hedy

    • Yes Hedy—I would agree. Never a gated-community sort of person (What? I can’t have a clothes line?), I think this place is in fact a good fit. And once settled, I can continue to sort through my stuff (oh, stuff!). I hope your sons are finding value in their sentimental journey.


  3. Looks like you have found the perfect place — inspirational, fun, you! Can’t wait to see more posts about it!

  4. I’ve been lurking but have been at a loss for words. Where you are now is where I thought I would be last winter. To have it really happening – well, (insert clip of hundreds of emotions)… Sending big hopes, strength, the kindness of friends and strangers, love from every corner of the universe, and the eyes of all deities to watch over you. I wish I could do more to help. You are incredible.

    Endless hugs,

    • Thanks Jazz, I can use all those eyes just about now. This was in a way inevitable but that doesn’t mean I’m not scared shitless. But you know that. Love to you…


  5. love you LInnea. good luck with your move & new beginnings. xxo

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