The Way It Is
Words and Pictures by Elana Halberstadt


Hi! Thank you for stopping by, reading, and your comments.

Special note to all the bloggers /readers who like or comment: I appreciate your likes and I do my bestto get back to everyone and  check out other people’s blogs. Sometimes it takes me a while. Please consider this my ongoing THANK YOU to all Readers, Fellow Bloggers, Likers and Commenters. 

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.


8 thoughts on “About

  1. Elana – I’m your mother’s 2nd cousin, so your 2nd cousin, once removed. I love your New Year’s post and wanted to say THANK YOU to you! i agree with everything you said (but couldn’t say it nearly as well. You inherited your mother’s gift with words.) I am forwarding to my siblings and nieces and nephews. Much love from Ralph and me and the kitties and have a safe snuggly year.

    Pat Redman Fuller
    Simi Valley, CA

  2. Hi there!
    I am from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and I was looking for a representative of Ernst Halberstadt’s Estate and I came across your blog entry where you noted he was your grandfather. Any chance you could point me in the right direction on who could review the museum’s general permission request form?

    1. Brooke,
      Hi. I’m one of Ernst Halberstadt’s granddaughters–yes. I’ll ask my dad and uncle (his sons) who you can contact about that and will let you know when I know. You can email me privately, or send me a message here with your email, and I’ll reply. You can post a comment here as you did above, and I won’t approve it, but will just get your email if you can send it that way, (and so it won’t be public). Thanks! Elana

  3. What a great start!
    “Stop worrying if your vision is new
    Let others make that decision
    They usually do
    Just keep moving on”
    — Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George

Leave a Reply to Brooke Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s