Reflection on Blog Name

V.J. has asked us to reflect on the meaning of our blog name.

“Stuff and what if…” came out of the blue. The word ‘stuff’ applies to all material things in our lives, as well as old thoughts…

“What if…” leads to exploration of curiosity, creativity and imagination that can be a changing force in our lives.

In a dream

Looking downriver

Presented with a choice

Stop to look back


All my stuff appears upriver

Material things left behind

Old memories that hinder

People who scarred happiness


Travelling lighter

Curiosity emboldened

What if’s…

Flow in front of me


Inner child laughs with glee

Dipping toes into the river

No fear

Just curiosity

Patrick’s Challenge: Upriver


About Olga

I have always had an affinity for artistic endeavors and the beauties of nature. The power of the word combined with photography have become my creative spark.
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27 Responses to Reflection on Blog Name

  1. Beautiful reflection 💕

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  2. V.J. Knutson says:

    What a great explanation. I’ve always liked your blog name – seems so fitting for what we’re all looking for.

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  3. <smile> One of the first great websites, nearly a quarter century ago now, went by the moniker “Addicted to Stuff” … It was a grand compendium of things on the interwebs, but also a repository of things people just thought were awesome. (Now, the domain name is owned by a small retail store.)

    Your reflections remind me of it, beyond the word “stuff”,while yours is much more personal expression and journey than a vast compendium of neato things albeit lovingly and passionately compiled.

    You can see some snapshots of the old site here … formatting and images missing, unfortunately.

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  4. Hélène - Willow Poetry says:

    Olga, what an appropriate name for your blog. I love reading your reflection on this. Your photo is amazing, looks very much like what I would do with my watercolors.

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  5. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Love “dipping toes into the river” – what a joyous revelation!

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  6. memadtwo says:

    magical! (K)

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  7. bushboy says:

    Stuff is a word for everything. I have stuff in my about 🙂

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  8. I like the name of your blog and the poem too. What if is the crucial question.

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  10. Mmmmm…. taking a moment to re-read this week’s submissions before posting the new challenge.

    I kinda love that you look at upriver as behind, while my challenge poem looks at upriver as ahead. =)

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    • Olga says:

      Time flows like a river. Upriver is behind and the past. Water flowing downriver is the future. To go upriver is to challenge the flow and introduce mechanical energy, like a boat or swimming against the current. I use to swim against the current, but now I go with the flow. 🙂 I think I got the direction of the flow right.


      • <smile> True that, and a potent metaphor, though it is important to engage with the flow, to guide myself along the river’s course rather than listlessly allow it to take me wherever it might.

        My poem uses a different metaphor to express a different condition. The river in it is the flow of time itself, while the river bank is my perception of mile posts on a journey, or a spiritual quest. It is a reminder that while my headway on a journey may appear to be slow if I pay attention only to the markers on the shore, I am in fact rushing ahead at full throttle. It is a reminder to be patient with my progress when I am doing all I can to progress.
        🙂 I think we both got the direction of the flow right, even if our answers are different.

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