Welcome To Stillwater Ripple!

I want to look outward on the world, learning what I can and participating in it. Moving apart from the world is not for me. I want to make ripples and be moved by the ripples that others make.

Welcome to Stillwater Ripple! Today, 17 September 2020, I migrated my website from NormLeonard.com to StillwaterRipple.net because I didn’t like having an eponymous website. It seemed… Cheesy. And too self-centered. It wasn’t me.

Welcome to Stillwater Ripple from Norm Leonard (pictured with son Wolfie on a paddleboard)

I want to look outward on the world, learning what I can and participating in it. Moving apart from the world is not for me. I want to make ripples and be moved by the ripples others make.

For those of you who were already following me on normleonard.com, I wrote more about the name change on a blog post for that site.

Why “Stillwater Ripple”?

The title of this website comes from the song Ripple by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia of the The Grateful Dead. It’s a song about making our way in the world – “ripple in still water where there is no pebble tossed nor wind to blow” – and the difficulty of leading where “no one may follow.” It dares us to follow our own path. And I love it. I love the message. And it also reminds me of my dad, Ken Leonard, who also loved the song for similar reasons. Besides, it’s just a solid piece of music.

My favorite version of the song is by Playing For Change, featuring Bill Kreutzmann.

Anyway, the ripple metaphor touches me at my very core, and I promise this is only the first of many, many more times you’ll read about it on this website!

This site is about growth, making ripples in still water. It’s about the journey, not the destination. The process, not the product. So, as you read, I hope you notice the gratitude, the emphasis on human connections, the core values of cheerful service and self denial. I believe life is better when we act together rather than alone. It’s better when we recognize and advocate for the dignity of others. And it’s more fun when we share it all.

Live with Intent. Be Present. Practice Gratitude. And Ripple in Still Water.

And welcome to Stillwater Ripple!