Squash Blossom is an assemblage of whimsy, yarns, poetry, witticisms, memoir, wisdom and opinion. As a personal blog, my focus is varied. It is sometimes spiritual, sometimes political, and often poetic. I am Yvonne Raphael. It’s nice to “meet” you!
I began blogging in 2005. I’ve written about spirituality, sex, relationships, short stories, critical and technical theses, poetry, and art, even fiction and nonfiction, during this decade-plus of blogging, both private and public, though Squash Blossom shows an archive going back only as far as 2008. I am slowly working on getting some of those old posts I’ve saved reblogged. My yearning to express creatively, ranges from writing to beadwork, to sewing. I’ve made hoop drums and other leather crafts, occasionally I even get out my camera too (the squash blossom is some of my work). A few years ago, having recently graduated with a writing degree, I thought I wanted to devote this blog to only my writing. Thus it fell into a fallow state when other creative processes came to the fore.
The past two years have taught me that being creative equals the process of my life. Life lived messy and fully, its ups and downs, its brilliant occasional insights, how it knocks me flat and how I get back up again. I create art because of, and through self understanding. That changes as life unfolds. Obviously. My most crucial stage of expression has to first be brash and unedited. I can’t let spelling or a knot in my thread, or spilled bead slow down the flow. I need to be seen in the midst of my mess too. I have no idea why. Perhaps it’s knowing we both can accept me, just as I am now, I can then grow into this new art, emerging. My hidden journal tells me what I think, but as with any group context, consciousness reflected and encountered, examined and explored openly is transformative. I am not writing here to hone my art. I do that while editing my work behind the scenes. I do that by reading too. No, I am here to be an artist encountering community. I write to encounter you. Thank you for stopping by!