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Spread 229 – The Bare Square November 21, 2013

Posted by Orly in Uncategorized.

229-The Bare SquareIt’s raining today in Southern California where I live, finally!!! It makes me seriously happy, prolific. Feeling abundant and lively. Sweet Fall memories of childhood in the Negev (prairie/desert) of Israel flutter into my mind. In front of our house was a deserted stretch of land, ten minutes child walk distance from end to end, visible in its entirety from our porch. Although it was a completely naked and forgotten piece of earth by adults, much transpired there. For us neighborhood kids it was the largest playground in the whole entire world. Kites were flown; make-believe worlds and lifetime friendships were created there. After a long summer drought, rain was greatly longed for. So when Ha’Yoreh, the first rain, appeared surprisingly in giant drops, excitement and joy was in the air. Rain was certainly not taken for granted. The dried, tough “bare square” would come to life almost instantly by softening, cracking, and forming an abstract texture, making fun sounds when stepped on. From the cracks, soon would peak small pink, crocus-like flowers, Sitvaniot, borrowed from the word Stav which means Fall, in Hebrew. Today, the rain came, finally, the Summer was way too long, warm, and dry, and I yearned for rain so badly. It reminds me of barren pages of my journal. They sit there blank, dry, scarce, waiting for my Ha’Yoreh to come down pouring in giant drops. And it came today, raining outside and raining color, lines, textures, images, on my journal pages, making me feel my aliveness soaring, feel joy of the simplest yet grand way. Sharing it with you deepens all of this for me in an indescribable way.


1. Terry Garrett - November 21, 2013

Orly- another incredible spread and moving words to go with it. Here we are gearing up for winter- very cold- spits of snow today- Your animal reminds me of a beautiful cave painting.

2. Reva - November 21, 2013

I so love your posts – and your journal spreads – this one is so lyrical and from the heart – it feels like a sweet musical tune playing softly – you inspire me!

3. Lisa Rene - November 21, 2013

Belle, belle, belle!!! Bring on the new rains.

4. apaperbear - November 21, 2013

Well, I am so glad someone likes the rain. I know we need it here in SoCal but it has EXACTLY the opposite effect on me.

Your spread and story on the other hand are refreshing, inspiring and renewing. Love to you always.

5. vivian helena Aumond-Capone - November 21, 2013

Beautifully said,,, Yes, we in Calif. are enjoying the rain.. Even my llamas are feeling the spirit of the rain..

6. clare - November 22, 2013

Wonderfully written. As I read your story I was transported to your childhood square and truly felt every bit a part of the scene you described. Superb artwork and beautiful childhood memories!

7. John - November 22, 2013

I love this memory that you related. I also love the feel of the day of the dead. Wonderful!

8. Jennifer J - November 22, 2013

What a beautiful journal page and beautifully written memories from your childhood. I can imagine the whole scene. I, too, was thrilled that the rain arrived and we have a chill in the air… FINALLY!

9. Patricia Ross Lacroix - December 11, 2013

Wow. That was a beautiful story. When I initially looked at your page (I like to look at the art first, then read the story after I get my initial jolt from it), I felt like there was a lot going on, the paint drips *love* did remind me of rain, and the animal with it’s bowl of (fruit?) reminded me of abundance. I love all the writing all over the place, and how the people are all together on the right side of the spread. šŸ˜€ This is a fun page to look at Orly.

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