One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. ~ A.A. Milne
“What you doin Mama?” Bren said as I saw his shadow pass me on the sidewalk. I’m making a drawing for you, come see.” His shadow passed on going toward his papa who was fiddling with the stroller, and I finished up. Continue reading
I lost my voice. Then I lost the practice. And then the atrophy set in.
There was a time I wrote. Fiction. Poetry. Creative non-fiction. But it was before. And I’ve decided to stop waiting for it to come back on its own. If there is one thing that I’ve learned from my journey to lose weight, it’s that things don’t happen without intention.
I do believe in magic, but believe it requires the right conditions. Which is in the same family as the word conditioning, a synonym for prepare. I actually went over and looked at a thesaurus. A few other synonyms I like for this are: practice, ready, habituate, loosen up.
All this is to say, with intent, I am writing again.
I don’t know how long it will take to get back what I’ve lost, but I do know it will never come back if I don’t start somewhere. And, I also have a keen understanding that if I don’t write regularly and with a plan, then my intent will remain only an intention.
And so–to adapt another key habit I’ve taken on in my weight loss journey–I’m starting with one small specific commitment: On Thursdays, from 3-4, I will pick a topic and write.
This poem can changed nothing, but you can change everything for this poet. William Thomas Johnston, out of Minneapolis, is a very talented poet. And he’s going guerrilla style to publish his first book with this kickstarter campaign: One Manner of Hunger or Another: Stories, Poetry and Prose — a book of poetry, prose, and stories developed over fifteen years.
I’d like to encourage everyone I know to go and support his campaign. You won’t regret it. Go, give, read.
On Sunday, I turned 37 years old. I had a pretty mellow birthday. Chris let me sleep in, while making me bacon. I made cupcakes and Bren and I ate our good share of chocolate icing with sprinkles. Then Chris took my birthday portrait (pictured left). We had a nice dinner the night before plus a little wine. And we played Yahtzee. All in all, very nice and I could want nothing more. Our lives are so blessed and full. I’m a lucky woman.
I was thinking this morning, where will we be when I’m 40. Then I took a mental pause, redirected, and decided to ask myself where do I want to be when I’m 40? Continue reading
Yesterday, my husband built an obstacle course in our house so that Bren could have some fun indoors on a rainy day. He regularly pack and rolls the soon to be three year old to play dates, museum and zoo excursions and adventures in the city.
If you’ve not had the pleasure of spending a lot of time herding a toddler, you may not realize how much work this is–it’s a lot. At any moment, you may need to be:
- A teacher, for right and wrong and A-B-Cs
- An athlete dashing after him
- A nurse soothing cuts and bumps
- A counselor explaining hurt feelings and frustration
- A mind reader, trying to figure out what the kid is asking for when he can’t find his words.
It’s a varied role to play and when you do it all day, every day, it’s exhausting. Many mom’s already know this. My husband does this every day, and he does it well. I wish I could stay home with my son, but I’m so glad it’s him if it can’t be me. In fact, I think he may do it better than I could.
My son, laughing, and singing is evidence. So, this post is a few days late. But I wanted to take some time and tell you about my amazing husband. About how he chooses to be a father. We play different roles than our parents, or their parent. I leave the house each morning with a kiss and a see you later alligator. And Bren is happy, happy he gets to spend the day with his Papa.
And for that, I feel so very blessed and thankful. I knew I married a good looking man. Smart, yes. Funny, as hell. Resourceful. And now I also know, I married a very good, may haps the best, parent.
P.S. Did I mention he’s learning how to cook? And helps keep the house orderly? I know, I’m a lucky woman.
When you have a bunch of smart people with a broad enough charter, you will always get something good out of it,” Nathan Myhrvold, formerly a senior executive at Microsoft, argues. “It’s one of the best investments you could possibly make—but only if you chose to value it in terms of successes. If you chose to evaluate it in terms of how many times you failed, or times you could have succeeded and didn’t, then you are bound to be unhappy. Innovation is an unruly thing. There will be some ideas that don’t get caught in your cup. But that’s not what the game is about. The game is what you catch, not what you spill.”
Interesting read on David Blum, the editor of Amazon Kindle Singles, a Web service that is helping to promote a renaissance of novella-length journalism and fiction, known as e-shorts.
“…[Amazon] Singles is filling a literary terrain not crowded by other retailers…With magazines folding or shrinking because of financial pressures, long-form storytelling has few places to flourish, and the company has leapt firmly into that void…”