Last week, in reaction to a recent article on LandArchs Network , a discussion broke out on a friend’s facebook page (article here, discussion here). The story was about 10 planting designers to know, and as remarkable as all the people on the list are, the reality of there only being one woman (Beth Chatto) on the list struck a nerve (not just with me but with many other women in this industry). The resulting discussion revealed so many names of women that could also have been on the list. Since I knew so few them, I simply had to write them down for future reference.
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A friend posted this on my facebook wall this morning and it hi-jacked me for the last hour. I wasn’t really planning to watch something like this at 4:45 in the morning on Chistmas Eve Eve/Winter Solstice morning but in my state of last minute holiday planning and bustle, and at a time when I always wish I had a little more brain power left for introspection and thoughtful consideration, this has helped me to look past the hype of the next few days and start to move into a time of year I always cherish.
That time of year is the deep winter darkness (I have a dear friend who has recently been referring to it as the ‘fertile darkness’ – a phrase I love that refers to planting the seeds that will grow as the light returns) where I can think, re-organize, evaluate, and be a little quieter.
If you have an extra hour, or can find some minutes here and there that will eventually add up to an hour, I would encourage you to watch this video series. And if you take the time to do so, drop a comment here, I would love to chat about it with you.
Colorado University Physics Professor Dr. Albert A. Bartlett’s lecture on “Arithmetic, Population, and Energy.”
Remember last week when it dawned on me that asking you guys for help might be a good thing. (BTW, thank you for the photographer and lighting recommendations and the printer is still available.
I have a doozy of an ask for you today. Week before last the Leaf team (Susan, Lynn, Marti and I - unfortunately John and Roanne couldn’t join us) met down in Connecticut for a day to plan our 2013 Editorial calendar. We have lots of exciting things in store, but as we talked we all started to agree that the time that we had been thinking will come someday…is actually here, now.
When we started Leaf, we thought…someday we will have more than 100K readers (we now have over a million). We thought that someday we will legitimately have created something of value….nearly 2 years later and heading into our 3rd year…. we are in the black and we have some big time advertisers and supporters, and we were recently shocked to hear that some of our greatest inspirations and admired outlets in the media world now see us as competitors. We are still getting used to it, but the bottom line is that we have arrived in a place where we are confident that Leaf has a purpose, a place in the market, a seat at the proverbial table, and staying power. That is what we set out to achieve….So now what?
We are setting new goals and higher expectations and in order to achieve them we need help. We need help in navigating the media world, business development, managing growth, publishing, technology and investment. We have come a long way on our wits but the success of Leaf thus far proves that this a thing that deserves more.
What can you do?
Can you help us find the right people? We are looking for investors, partners, media moguls and technology masterminds that can help take Leaf to the next level. Maybe you can introduce us…maybe you are that….either way…please get in touch if you think you can help.
You’ve been reading her posts for a few weeks now, but you haven’t actually officially been introduced. Let’s remedy that. Here is a little more about Erin Lang-Norris who is pitching in here on studio ‘g’ to write about our favorite garden makeovers. I loved her post this morning about the shared side yard space with the green chairs…wouldn’t that be a great cost savings as well as fun social space? Makes me wish I had close neighbors…- Rochelle
I try not to take life too seriously and you can usually find me settling debates and things I don’t want to do with a friendly game of rock-paper-scissors. I’ve only lost a couple times so it’s pretty frequent that I use it to my advantage.
When I’m not trying to get out of cleaning the litter box or calling in the order for take-out, I like to create mixed-media art (you can check out my etsy site, yellowcanoe), listen to music, stalk design and psychology blogs, go canoe-camping down the Wisconsin River, watch hockey, shop at thrift stores and write. I went to Harrington College of Design for a brief stint before moving away from Chicago, and after moving I was still convinced that I was supposed to be a designer. That lasted for about 9 years, and more recently I’ve become interested in the idea of going to school for something in the psychology field. But until the stars align, I’ll continue to work at a canoe and kayak shop, sell my art and write.
Of course, lately I’ve started to feel that my life was lacking direction and reason, and while I do enjoy the stress-free lifestyle of not having a real “career”, it does start to get a bit dull after awhile. One of my dreams since I was a kid was to be a firefighter, so last spring I finally mustered up the courage to join my local Volunteer Fire Department. Going to that first meeting was pretty nerve wracking, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve met some really great people and it’s been a lot of fun. I’m kind of an adrenaline junkie and I enjoy physical labor, so I think it’s a good fit. Next on my life-goals list is to join a women’s hockey team…we’ll see how it goes.
Sparklers and champagne! That’s what I would have done if I hadn’t had to immediately run off to Curriculum night after we launched the Autumn Issue Leaf Magazine last night.
Instead, I had a beer and late night pizza after meeting elementary school teachers. Need to go walk that off.
But in my quest to celebrate with sparklers this morning…I found this lovely image of Allium Schubert – after the flowers have gone over at Liz’s Blog (For the Love of Gardening – read her post about fall bulbs here). I played with it — I’m addicted to image manipulation these days — but I think that these satisfy my need for celebratory garden sparklers.
Can you go check out the magazine?– and come back here and tell me what you think.
image from for the love of gardening
It’s a busy day (so much to do before the kids are out of school in less than a week! Gah!)
But I nonetheless let myself get completely distracted with instagram this morning. It has taken me months to play with the app that I downloaded ages ago, but finally I did….and I am now totally addicted. Check out some of my pics… (that’s my puppy, zippy in the pond with his friend rosie) and below are unripe blueberries in my garden (that aren’t quite ready and for whom I need to buy a bird net before its too late).
Anyway, I have hooked up my instagram feed to the studio’g’ facebook page. If you care to, maybe you want to like studio ‘g’. Then you can see my instagram stuff right on facebook. Or if you are a instagram user, follow me….I’m rgreayer. I would love to follow you too so leave a comment with your user name and I will follow you as well.
BTW….Where else am I?….well twitter (but infrequently), Pinterest (like totally still addicted) and Leaf Magazine (another issue is coming out later this month…whopee!)….Join in, I look forward to seeing you around.