it's like a "rollercoaster ride" as Nita amply puts it. happy news then sad: Nette's son Miguel's precarious surgery and subsequent successful recovery, Honey's mom's cancer, Kitkat's dad's stroke, Em's happy pregnancy, then suddenly Diane's Huey's passing. thinking about all that is enough to make me feel drained.
the local scrapbooking community is so interconnected thanks to the power of cyberspace. not only that, we also do get to see each other face to face thanks to well coordinated EBs. but as with any community it has its boons and its banes. i count as a boon to be in touch with so many people, be able to share in their lives and share mine with them as well. and then, it may be a bane that you sometimes find people you do not like too well. however, there are definite jewels in the lot that i am willing to sift though the sand to find them.
hmmm... let me change that last statement even before i finish this little musing. i think everyone IS interesting. and not just the jewels--people who i absolutely rave about--but even those who... let's just say... are not my favorites. even the, uhhmmm, basalt rocks (gee, what a geek!) offer a certain color to my life's palette. from them, i learn how not to be or what not to do. besides, in any community of varied people--be it a corporate scene, a working environment, one's relatives, and yeah, a group of hobbyists--there will always be intrigues and [what a friend calls] politics. unless one is living like a hermit, it is unavoidable and intrinsic. i even dare say, a necessity, because, in encountering all sorts, we get to enjoy the good company yet learn the important values of tolerance, patience, and even open-mindedness, when we have to deal with those we find more than a bit unsavoury. so if you come to think about it, it really is all good.
been sitting too long here in front of the computer. i think i should go out and get some sunshine now... oh shoot, it's raining!