Room….and room enough. How do you make space in your life, for yourself, for your dreams, for another person?
How do you create warmth and comfort and interest?
Is that just about outer atmosphere, or is the inner condition of your soul the place from which an invitation to abide emanates?
Isn’t that what “room” is all about? A place to abide, be it contained or uncontained.
And what is abiding? To me, it’s more than living…it’s living in peace.
I want to abide — in my house, in my work, in my life, in the world — in peace.
© 2014, essay and photographs, Priscilla Galasso, All rights reserved
“Abide in me, as I abide in you.”
Yes, I know the quote well.
Beautifully said, Scilla, and the photographs are wonderful to look at and perfectly paired with the ideas.
I decided to borrow your style instead of putting all the questions in one paragraph and all the photos in a gallery, like I usually do. 🙂
It’s all good information, Scilla, butI like to intersperse the photos to break up the big blocks of words and give people time to reflect upon that thought before moving on to the next. I think it lends itself well to your style, as you have beautiful photos and thoughts worth pondering.
See? That’s why you’re a great storyteller…it’s all about pace, right? 🙂
Excellent post, excellent interpretation and the first shot is an excellent portrait.
Thanks! I like yours, too. Great juxtaposition of characters.
A diverse set of photos – all with a sense of peace to them, in their own way.
Thanks! That’s what I was hoping. 🙂
I love the contrasts in these photos that offer a picture of the complexity of a person along with the sense of being at one.
It came out like that mostly serendipitously, I’ll admit. Steve is in so many of my rooms…or we share rooms, but he’s in front of the camera, and I’m behind it…and so I wonder if it’s our complexity and our oneness, too!
i LOVE your dining room! books need to be everywhere!
Oh, and here, they are! We operate an online business, “Scholar & Poet Books”, and our inventory is everywhere!
Very peaceful and nice to see someone else with so many books. 🙂
We sure like it!
Great shots, especially the first three!
Thanks, Elena! I guess that’s our studio. I’m sure yours is colorful and personal, too!
This is a nice compilation of your rooms. I like especially the last one.
Lake Michigan, its beach, its dunes….it’s been one of my rooms since I was quite small; not one I visit every day, but a very special one.
Bautifully put Priscilla… peace is the thing.. I particularly love that first photograph.. not least because I am a bit in love with monochrome at the moment !
It is particularly effective in b & w — and fits Steve quite well! 🙂
The monochrome made a strong message, and made it even more powerful without the distraction that color can sometimes bring. Really like the capture.
Thanks! And it makes him look so scholarly, too. 🙂
Yes! I felt this whole post..the need for peace just burns all the harder the more you experience I think..and the capacity to be grateful in the joy in the everyday..I like the gentleness here..and also love the look of your rooms!
If you like books, natural science, and anything old and quirky, our house is your cup of tea! Thanks for visiting!
The B&W portrait is absolutely wonderful. I love the pics of the house – I mean home! too. And all the ideas and questions here. The spaces all look very…inhabited.
Thank you! I have to say that the kitchen is not really inhabited; it’s one of the houses at the living history museum where I work, Old World Wisconsin. Thanks for your visit!