Here and There

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Late January

 At the campground in Camptonville after Christmas.

 After all the rains, all the leaves and things on the ground make stamps and then they get moved out of the way and the sidewalk looks like this.

 We watched The Shining in 20 minute increments so it wouldn't be too scary.  I had never seen it.  We also watched Back to the Future which I had also never seen.  I feel like I am a more well rounded individual now.

 We got a moon calendar this year.  It's fun to learn the names of all the full moons and see how the moon's cycle is a pattern we forget, but is always there.

Self-care, solo day.  Lunch was good, 3rd cup of coffee gets almond milk in it, a really good book.  Also worked on poems.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

So this is the new year/Turning over a new leaf

In the last days of 2014, I zeroed in on the word "expansive" as one that I wanted to pursue. This was what 2015 was about for me.  "I am open to new ways of living"  was a tag line.  My sabbatical this past year taught me so much about myself, about the value of introspection and embracing the regular practice of writing poems as a valuable tool to process the world and my feelings.

This past year I blogged more, I wrote more and I read more than I have since Lily was born more than 8 years ago.  My hopes for 2016 are to pursue the expansive even more fervently.  Like drinking cold water on a hot day, your first sips, while delightful, only whet your thirst for more.