The Way It Is
Words and Pictures by Elana Halberstadt
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My blog was titled elanahalberstadt.wordpress.com from August 19, 2011-May 15, 2013. I’ve added a domain name, thewayitis.me, and renamed it The Way It is. When I first started writing this blog, I couldn’t come up with a title I liked, and rather than waiting to find a title I liked to start blogging (which we now know could have taken me almost two years), I signed up and used the default—my name.
I must say that the new title is in homage to a brilliant poem I adore by the late, great William Stafford (1914-1993). It distills into one delicious bite of words much of how I often feel about life , writing, art and just being human. I started this blog with a parenting focus and that has shifted. I write about writing, art and art making, fears, politics and current events, social and environmental justice, silly / funny things, books, gardening, questions, etc. I also post pictures of my drawings, illustrations, and photos. I write about the way it is as I see it and feel it. Thanks for spending time with me here.
The Way It Is by William Stafford
There’s a thread you follow. It goes among
things that change. But it doesn’t change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can’t get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding.
You don’t ever let go of the thread.