Tuesday, November 5

alrighty then!

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Now we are getting into it.  This is when the idea of showing up to blog seems absurd.  Yes, Daisy woke me at 5am and had I gotten up then, we'd be having a whole 'nother conversation.  

Instead, I rolled out at 6:30 and therein lies all the difference.  Without that extra margin of time, I have nothing to share-- no reflections worthy of pixel to screen.  (Not that what I ever spill out here is of any value but most of the time if I come in here-- there's something I am looking to express to you or to share with you.)

That extra 90 minutes is huge in my life-- huge in the rhythm of the morning.  As it is-- I feel somewhat behind the 8-ball.  I'm now at the office after a beautiful walk down the streets of Providence which are simply too pretty for words right now-- and I don't blog from the office.

Oh, whoops.  My bad.

See?  This is my dedication to the foolish endeavor.  

In this moment?  I am here for the sole purpose of fulfilling a rather pointless idea to blog every day for 30 days.  One thing I can tell you (for those who feel my too much love too much light too much fucking pollyanna approach to the world needs a bath in boric acid) -- I am definitely a hater.

Oh, yes.  I am.

Who do I hate?

1.  the inventor of the leaf blower

2.  the designer of cd packaging

3.  the developer of lunchables*

To name a few.  The thing is--- each of those items have consumers.  They could invent the thing but if no one bought it or used it or consumed it--- then, who cares, right?  So, if I am really going to hate authentically, I have to extend it to all those who purchase those inventions.    And dear lord, I have no time to blog-- something I actually enjoy-- so there is definitely no time for me to invest in hating.

Plus, hating is silly.  It really is.  My only job is to live my life well -- point finale.

To allow ourselves to spend afternoons watching dancers rehearse,
or sit on a stone wall and watch the sunset,
or spend the whole weekend rereading Chekhov stories --
to know that we are doing what we’re supposed to be doing --
is the deepest form of permission in our creative lives. 

~ Dani Shapiro  (via Myth & Moor)

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bisous, e

*Regarding the shift toward more salt, sugar, and fat in meals for kids, Geoffrey Bible, former C.E.O. of Philip Morris (prior owner of Kraft Foods), remarked that he read an article that said: "If you take Lunchables apart, the most healthy item in it is the napkin."

18 comments:

  1. I just discovered your blog and because I enjoyed what I read, I wanted to share it with you to encourage you to continue. Its great if you can keep up with the 30 days blogging every day.. I wanted to try 21 days of sketching (I am a frustrated artist!), as I heard that whatever you do 21 days continuosly, it will become a habit, and for some reason or another I do not seem to pass beyond 2 or 4 days...
    Enjoy the journey... Your photographs are absolutely awsome.. I love the colour contrast and harmony.. What a wonderful planet we live in..
    Lots of love..
    Besos Glo.x
    http://embidgloria.com

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    1. hello Gloria!! oh my gosh-- thank you and please make yourself at home around here--- so glad you stopped by -- I am a big believer in the 21 day change power-- it has absolutely been true for me-- hang in there-- sometimes just showing up for 10 minutes is enough to make the pattern hold. Don't tell yourself you have to paint an entire painting or paint for a full hour-- commit to showing up, for the minimum amount of time you know you can do .. and see what grows from there-- sending big love, e

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  2. Excuse me ... have to take issue with you, 'Not that what I ever spill out here is of any value ...' I missed you so much over summer. There is you and there is Nina Bagley, and you guys are where I go to fill up with 'beautiful' when I can't run off to Italy. You're both such lovely souls and therefore I find your stories and photographs, so often light-filled, absolutely of value.
    And ... as if the universe were teaching me a particularly difficult lesson, you both took quite a few weeks off recently. Ohdearlord, I understood but what was I to do for beauty and light and escape!!??
    :-) Never under-estimate your value. Never ever.
    And I think that's you told.

    Forgive me but I am so picky about what I love reading that I had to speak up.
    Oh, and I followed your example and headed into the daily blogging thing. Had a small crisis, deleted my first 3 offerings but it all kicked back in today. It's not as easy as it seems ... and I'm trying not to be self-conscious about this deliberate daily writing thing, as opposed to writing whimsically and when the muse strikes.
    Good luck.
    x

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    1. oh Di -- !!!! how you make my little heart spin with the giddy and the sparklers --- thank you. THANK you. Hang in there with the daily blogging-- remember you are a visual artist-- posting a photo with a few words from the moment COUNTS as a post!! and if you keep at it-- the days with more whimsy and inspiration will appear .. . *scouts honor* xoxoox, e

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  3. Just catching up with this new turn of speed round here! I know you'll stay committed, curious as to what will unfold as you were expressing on the first day. Also "..reading dozens (okay probably more than dozens) of books has been key to pulling together the threads to make my own quilt of comfort." is a sublime quote I scribbled down immediately.

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    1. OMG --- scribbling down my words as quotes DEFINITELY counts as flattery that I will scarf down like so many warm from the oven pecan sticky buns -- metaphorical pecan sticky buns, of course, since I can no longer consume sugar . .. .

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  4. Okay I have to admit I was secretly happy that you chose to blog for 30 day. What can I say, I like reading what you write. Don't take your ramblings on your blog for useless blather, for it is not. Sometimes you inspire me to begin blogging/writing again. However, I know myself so well that I would get bored and abandon it, like I did with the two blog I had. I would much rather read what others have to say than hear myself, after all I am a teacher, I hear myself talk all. day. long. Reading your blog postings are one of my end of day indulgences along with a hot cup-a-roasted green tea. Plus your photos are terrific. Some of them would make wonderful semi abstract paintings. So Ms. E. I look forward to hearing the next 25 postings!

    BTW I am with you on the extra sleep time. I have two cats and a golden who wake me up religiously at 5:30 every morning. Who needs an alarm? If I wait too long they torture me, so I relent.

    Bridgemor

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  5. ohhh Donna!! it is always such a thrill for me when I know you have come round .. . I love that you enjoy my scribbles and coffee chat . . . this is all really encouraging for me to cut loose more here-- truly and YES to live animal wake up calls-- gentle, sweet quite reliable in terms of time--- I have not had a real alarm clock since 2006. boo-YAH! xoxox e

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  6. Is it bad that I love that you are a hater too? I don't admit it much, but when you mentioned LEAF BLOWERS, well. That can't be ignored. It is hard for me to figure out what to write every day too. Responding to writing is so much easier for me. But it is good for me to stretch myself. So thanks for the kick in the pants, I still have to get today's done, but I have three hours! xoxoo

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    1. yes! let us join in our hate of the leaf blower!!!

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  7. Not to be too crabby, but I find most plastic packaging from hell--- I mean I have cut myself getting in to stuff before. Lunchables make me sad too and leafblowers are helpful I suppose, but with the winds around here it's all fairly fruitless. :) Daisy is a doll!! Pollyanna on my friend, hating's wasting. :)

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    1. awwww-- that's my t-shirt!!! love it: hating's wasting -- brilliant, Eileen!

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  8. haha! Lunchables! When have you ever had a Lunchable? :D That photo of Daisy is BEAUTIFUL.

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    1. never. I have never had a lunchable -- it's just their existence (and the fact that adults buy these and feed them to their children) that makes me lose my mind . ..

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  9. Now, see, I am highly delighted you're posting every day, even if sometimes the obligation makes you feel a little pissy. Cause I read your non every day stuff and am constantly in awe of your photos, your words, the welcoming atmosphere of this online home of yours. You seem to be so... so... so like I wish *I* could be like , I guess.

    So, I shouldn't smile, but I am... I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a tiny wee bit amused by your irkedness. (Is that a word? It is now!)

    Much love,
    Croila
    PS Lunchables are toxic waste that even taste revolting. Why oh why is there a market for them? They're vile!

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    1. CROILA!!!!! look at us! back in touch!!! THIS alone is worth my posting every day. and I will do my best to be pissy and irked as much as possible *promise* xooxooxoxo !!!

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  10. Yes we are back in touch, which I am SO happy about! ... And I'm TRYING to write again - through your blog a wee while ago I found Susannah Conway's site, and I am doing her blogging course (I'm currently on day 4) ... Which I LOVE, and I have you to thank for stumbling upon it! So thank you dearly, my old friend.

    I'm so glad to be back, even though I've pretty much forgotten how to blog and need to learn all over again!

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    1. ohhh, you are a natural writer and Susannah is the PERFECT person to help you get reconnected with the fun of it-- !! so so so glad to know all this!

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thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me-- I love that you stopped by and hope something I shared was what you needed today. xo, e