Sunday, August 11, 2013

August’s Common Thread Give-Away: #2 Ode to Jon

This month’s Common Thread’s featured artist is Jon Katz.  He will be giving away a free sample of his work. In order to qualify simply go to his wife, Maria Wulf’s website, Full Moon Fiber Art and leave a comment anytime Monday, August 12th through Wednesday, August 14th. The winner will be drawn and announced on Thursday, August 15th.

For those of you that haven’t visited Jon’s website, Bedlam Farm Journal,  it is a delightful experience not to be missed.  In fact, I start most of my mornings reading it.  Jon is a New York Times best-selling author and his photography is becoming as renown. Instead of waking to the all-too-common horrible news of the day, I start my day with Jon’s blog and come away with a positive affirmation of love for country life and a sweet story to go with it.

One of Jon’s dogs, Red, has become a therapy dog.  I think that Jon is becoming a sort of therapy man himself.  His blog is balm to my soul, and his writings stimulate my thoughts, often leaving me with a smile as well as an urge to write a retort.  For those who want to “talk back” and interact with Jon and his followers, he has an interactive group on facebook that I understand is quite lively.

I find Jon refreshing and forever young at heart.  His life, and love for his dear Maria, dogs, donkeys, sheep and chickens, along with the beautiful upstate New York country-side surrounding their charming vintage farm house are captured in his writings and photographs.

His pictures of Maria and Red in action are inspiring as they do their farm chores, showing both totally focused and enjoying their work! Jon’s blog has become a little exercise for my heart and brain, opening them to the goodness of the world and setting a tone for making the most of each day, helping me see the blessings that surround me.

This is my second Ode to Jon and I’m sure there will be more to come.  To know Jon and his writings is to love him!