Good Morning Readers,
What does Amanda offer at her blog?
At STPA you will find posts with thoughtful sayings and seasoned perspectives on Sunday Sayings, writing Travel and Book/Product reviews, providing tutorials on Traditional Arts and Crafts, sharing recipes and fun posts about home cooking. Amanda also cohosts the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.
A fun post from her blog is HERE, which was a “Words of Wisdom” post from September 2016. That post gives a snapshot of my view of Amanda. Sharing her enthusiasm for quotes – that depict wisdom and living life with with appreciation for learning and grace for growing – while the post also shows her adeptness at connecting with others as seen in her signature style of comment chatting (i.e. with RAEWYN and MABEL KWONG).
Question #1: Can you share a little bit about why you feature quotes, traditional proverbs, and sayings on your blog?
Amanda: Loving history and traditional art, I am an Australian who began blogging at Something to Ponder About more than nine years ago. As my writing evolved in direction and focus, one of the enduring features of my posts was the incorporation of traditional proverbs and sayings.
I became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marvelled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age. They offered knowledge; knowledge that is passed to us in much the same way relay runners might pass a baton. Once it’s handed over, it is up to us what we do with it and how we pass it on.
Dissecting the metaphorical layers hidden within some of the old quotes and sayings often prompts a lively discussion on Something to Ponder About which I find both interesting and inspirational. I feel that this literary window into the minds and thoughts of our ancestors reveals elements of social history as well as offering us timeless advice we may need and use in the future.
As I have a special interest in practising and developing contemporary adaptations to a traditional form of decorative painting, called Norwegian Rosemaling. This art form dates back to the 18th century, so I guess it’s no surprise that some of my favourite words of wisdom originate in Norway itself.
Historically, it was a custom to decorate the border of a bowl, utensil or piece of furniture, painted in Norwegian Rosemaling style, with a saying or Proverb. Therefore, not only are these rosemaled pieces beautiful works of art, they also lend a small insight into Norwegian values penned by the artist of that particular time.
Question #2: What are three quotes to share with readers?
– Bak skyene er himmelen alltid blå. “Behind the clouds the sky is always blue.”
– Det er håp i hengende snøre. “There is hope as long as your fishing-line is in the water.”
– Gode ord skal du hogge i berg, de dårligere i snø. “Carve your good words in stone, the bad in snow.”
Question #3: Do you have a favourite quote?
Amanda: The following is my favourite quote and although there are questions as to whether it was originally Norwegian, or attributed to Helen Keller, the old language indicates its particular relevance in historical life.
Vend ansiktet mot solen, og skyggene vil alltid falle bak deg
“Face the sun and the shadows will always fall behind you.”
That quote is open to individual interpretation and yet so general in the sense that it could apply to anyone’s present challenges or predicaments, no matter where they live in the world.
The advice I extract from the quote is to look forward not backward. Be Pro-active not retrograde. Focus on the light, not the darkness.
Did you know…. that Amanda has a rock star cousin?
Amanda shared that her distant cousins lived and worked in a very old Danish church. One of their sons was a guitarist for Carpark North, a successful Danish rock band, which toured the world. Here is the band performing Transparent:
Did you also know that Amanda has two on-line shops?
You can find some of her fabric designs and merchandise at:
- Spoonflower www.spoonflower.com/profiles/forestwooddesigns
- Redbubble https://www.redbubble.com/people/Forestwood/shop
Here is the part that connected to BB’s post (which also gives you a feel for the way we sometimes travel back in time over at STPA):
Here is the image BB shared (so fun):
Question 4: What do you consider your life purpose?
Amanda: Yvette and I have had many discussions on mental well-being and life itself, and so I suspected that if we were to meet in real life, she might ask me what I considered was my life purpose. Here is my short answer:
I’ve always been interested in the concept of community. I believe the accumulation and passing on of knowledge, both formal or informal within our communities, IS our purpose in being here, in addition to a contribution to society or the community as a whole. Being me, I found an appropriate Norwegian proverb that alludes to effort and education:
Bedre bør du bær “kje i bakken enn mannavit mykje. You can’t carry a better load up a hill than much knowledge.
Amanda @ forestwoodfolkart.wordpress.com
Amanda, Thank you so much for taking the time to do this mini interview.
And thank you readers, for joining us today. I have about five more mini interviews to share before 2021 winds down and will see you in October for the next one, which will feature Norah Colvin.
In the meantime, I hope you have a great day and let’s chew on this little nugget of advice from Amanda:
Look forward, not backward. Be Pro-active, not retrograde. Focus on the light, not the darkness.