“I listen to NPR everyday, and I can’t sleep at night because of the world I live in. But blueberry pie? That’s nothing but joy.” – George Higgins, chef featured on NPR this morning (Read that article here.)
So, maybe you haven’t bought into the whole Pinterest thing yet, but you’ve probably heard of it or seen it and know that it has millions of users. The longer Pinterest has been around, the more people who post trashy photos, but overall, I can still log in and not have every morsel of innocence demolished. The good definitely outweighs the bad, but don’t say I didn’t warn you about the bits of bad. Nevertheless, let’s talk about the good.
Personally, I jumped on the bandwagon months ago, and now I surf Pinterest almost daily. (Check out my boards here.) I am a woman, and I use the site mostly for home improvements and recipes and maybe an outfit idea. I have no statistics to back this up, but I would wager that these are the intentions of the majority of Pinterest users, and this blog post is based on that assumption.
People flock to pretty things, and now that many people have realized what our grandparents did during the Great Depression (there isn’t a Money tree, afterall, or even much of an American Dream left), Pinterest has allowed millions of people a place to see pretty things for free. Even better, it has given people ideas to create things with their own hands.
Now, frankly, this is no new concept. Women have subscribed to magazines or catalogs and ripped out images of things we would like to replicate in our own homes for centuries. This is just a new way to do the same old thing.
My husband recently heard a presentation of a study on brain activity, which concluded that science uses a much smaller portion of the brain than does art. As an artist, I totally believe that! (Then again, maybe the science-minded are just being more efficient.) I think the speaker was trying to convey that artistic minds are the more enhanced ones, but to me, it just says that we aren’t alone in this heroic journey for beauty.
I wondered why. Where does that search originate? Why is it so common?Then, I heard the clip about pie-making on NPR this morning (see epigraph) and felt so much truth in it. Just last night, my husband and I were saddened by a weather update (not even world news!) as we saw what seemed like an entire country on fire–reddish colors indicating either temperatures of over 100-degrees, and/or actual, uncontrollable flames.
It’s a timeless concept, intrinsic to human beings: When life is filled with such terrifying and simply ugly events, it’s empowering to know that we can fill a scrapbook with memories or mason jars with candles or Pinterest boards with pictures. That we can fill a pie with blueberries. We can make something lovely, and there’s nothing but joy in that.