I started blogging despite the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. I created Living a Beautiful Life when I left the hospital emergency and was waiting to learn whether I’d need eye surgery or would simply lose my eyesight. Living a Beautiful Life is my first blog and I hope to continue for a long time.
I’m glad you didn’t lose your eyesight: What caused the doctors so much concern?
I’m not sure I want to go into more detail…the medical stuff kind of creeps me out. It was the result of injury though, not a condition or degenerative issue.
Would it be fair to say that the crisis over the potential loss of your eyesight precipitated a crisis of identity?
Interesting question. I love reading – and have since I learned how to read. When I was a kid a big treat for me meant going to the bookstore and picking a book to bring home. I’ve always felt that one of the best gifts I’ve ever received is exposure to books, and how fortunate I am to be literate. When I was at risk of losing my eyesight, I thought, “Oh no! Why can’t it be a limb or something else?” It would be fair to say my identity is wrapped up in reading, ideas and learning. Writing was always on the horizon for me and the possibility of leaving that unexpressed was devastating.
“No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.”
~ Gabriel García Márquez
When was the first time you felt an urge to write?
I’ve wanted to write for most of my life. I only started taking that vague notion off the back burner and putting it into action with my blog.
How did you decide on the name, ‘Living a Beautiful Life?
When I started my blog I didn’t know what I’d write about or even what my general theme would be. I thought about having a tiny speck of a space on the internet – what that would mean and what I wanted to contribute. On a fundamental level, I believe there is always room for more beauty in the world and it wouldn’t hurt to focus on that.
You say you knew nothing the day you started your blog, what have you learned about blogging and bloggers since that day.
I’ve learned the importance of what I call “blogging your love”. The closer to my heart a blog post is, the more rewarding it is for me to write and publish. It’s also more risky too; it just matters more. I still expect to hear crickets when I post something. Reader response is amazing. The fact that one other human reads something I wrote and takes time to comment just tickles me. I also enjoy reading other blogs and getting to know other bloggers. The blogging community is amazing and I’m so lucky to be a part of it.~ Danica – (Living a Beautiful Life blog)
Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing an interview I did with fellow blogger and friend, Rob Goldstein. I did the interview exactly one year ago today. I thought it would be nice to share it with you again because June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month in the U.S. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Rob last June in San Francisco. By coincidence, my boyfriend and me traveled there during the city’s Pride events. El Paso will be celebrating their Pride events throughout this month.
Hi everyone! I hope your weekend is going well! Today’s interview is with fellow blogger and friend, Rob Goldstein from Art by Rob Goldstein. Since meeting Rob here, I’ve always been interested in his art, photography, writing and creativity. Rob’s lived an interesting life. His interview intrigued me. It also made me shed a few tears. Since June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender…
Norse discusses recently published letters he received as a
young writer from W.H. Auden.
Auden advised Norse to accept the locked doors of the
literary world as a sign of his true calling in life as a saint.
When Norse speaks of a politically correct left, he means an academic
élite that restrains the use of a certain kind of language even when it’s
essential to the work.
Section 3 of the interview closes with a question of identify:
“It seems to me that you’re making more than a writer when you take an illiterate and give him the ability to express himself with a self conscious understanding of his real social and political position. That is an extremely powerful thing to do and it can be devastating.”
Interview with Harold Norse, Part 1 Section 3- Saints and Self Destruction