Who I am, and why I’m here.

This seems a simple pair of questions.  Who I am?  I am Cindy, and I also sometimes answer to Cyn, but only rarely to Cynthia.  I am a mother, of 3 young adults. I am a wife, and my husband and I have been happily married for many, many years.  I am a daughter, of a wonderful woman who in the last year finished chemo and radiation treatments for breast cancer (she’s doing well, thankfully). Also, I’m a sister, to my one older brother. There is also a beautiful grey cat in my family, but I’m not sure if I could be considered her mother, or significant other, or whatever.  At the very least, we are very close friends.  Of course I have quite a few other familial connections, but these are my most important.

I have a healthy artistic side – I love photography especially, and I’m sure I’ll be posting a lot of my photographs on this blog in the future.  I also appreciate other art formats, as well as literature – poetry and prose.  I feel that art and literature is a way of communicating to others in a more emotional and thoughtful way than we usually do when merely conversing.  You can express deeply felt insights and thoughts with art & poetry, and the audience can feel that expression in a more meaningful, even a personal, way.  At one time, I wrote poetry myself, and the occasional short story, but I feel I have lost the skill from lack of doing.  It is something I’d like to regain.  So I practice occasionally.  In the meantime, I read and admire friends and others who write. In fact I love to read, only I have become too slow a reader these days. There are so many books on my shelves, waiting for me.

Why I’m here – well, I’ve dabbled in blogging off and on for the last 10 years.  I’ve had a live journal, a blogspot, a wordpress, a tumblr.  I’ve tried making my blog on my own website.  Blogging seems like a fun way to do something creative, to do something with my photos and thoughts.  Also, I like the interaction which can occur with other people on the internet.  I mean, I do keep a private journal which I don’t share with others, but with a public blog I feel like its possible to build a kind of community, even if its only an internet community.  I like to see what other people think and say and do; I’d like to join that community, too.  Unfortunately, what usually happens is I lose focus, or I get forgetful about posting, time goes by, and yeah, it just dribbles away to nothing, and then I eventually give up.  I would like to not give up anymore.  So, I decided to take these blogging and writing classes to see if I can learn how to do a better job of keeping focus, and to build my confidence as a blogger. This will be my learning blog, at least for now.