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Cheers to those who do

While I have been not writing (did I mention I got an A in my algebra class?) some of my friends have been going to town. Here are a few worthy reads and why I think you should check them out. Continue Reading »

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If there are any readers left, greetings readers!

I can’t blame you if you left. What a horrible writer I’ve been the last three months (more? I lost count, and anyway I forgave myself already for not writing and frankly I’ve hinted at how freaking busy I’ve been so you know what, back off and cut me some slack and – oh, wait, if you’re reading now you have cut me slack and you’re still here reading and I should say instead: hey there, long time no see!) Continue Reading »

11 Things

December 11 – 11 Things. What are 11 things your life doesn’t need in 2011? How will you go about eliminating them? How will getting rid of these 11 things change your life? —reverb10.com

1. Work for pay. My life does not need this exchange of my creativity for money.  It’s crass. I’m happy to do nice things to help you if you need it and I know how to do it. I’d like to discuss play for pay. Deal? Continue Reading »

I knew I had it in me

Wisdom, extracted by Andreas, via Flickr Creative Commons

December 10 – Wisdom Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out? – reverb10

I feel like 2010 was a cascade of decisions – things to do and not do, places to go and places to leave, what gets my time and what doesn’t. Underlying it all was my decision (acutally made right before 2010, but made in the spirit of 2010) was to begin writing One/Week. Cultivating my voice here has made so many other parts of my life this year richer. I set some goals for One/Week last year. Here’s what I wrote: Continue Reading »

Community

Reverb10 (#reverb10) is an annual event… It’s an open online initiative that encourages participants to reflect on this year and manifest what’s next. It’s an opportunity to retreat and consider the reverberations of your year past, and those that you’d like to create in the year ahead. We’re connected by the belief that sharing our stories has the power to change us. We look forward to reading yours. – from reverb10.com/thestory

December 7: Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011?

from Flickr Creative Commons By Patrick Q

I am on the edges of many communities. I love knowing different kinds and sets of people, so I feel as if I am “part” of many but not essential to any. And that is fine with me right now. I’m in a transitional place in life – if any part of life is not transitional – and I don’t need too many things demanding more than I can give as I chart my course.

I am happy to say I’ve discovered a much healthier work community at my new job. While there were many people I liked at my last job, some who will stay good friends for years I think, I never felt part of the community of my co-workers, nor do I know if any such community existed among them. There is that sense here, and I’m grateful to enjoy the company of my co-workers as we celebrate organizational successes, personal advancements, holidays and momentous events like weddings and babies. Continue Reading »

Hands full

As part of the Reverb10 writing project, I answer, sort-of,  today’s prompt: What (or whom) did you let go of this year?

With both my hands full,

I let fall what cannot fit.

I will come back soon.

 

This has been such a year of picking up new things. There is so much I want to hold and have and do with these hands of mine (mind of mine, heart of mine).  Each thing I pick up enlarges my capacity, but I am not without limits. I cannot do it all and I will not live forever. Try as I might, some things must fall from my hands. But they’re not gone.  They’re at my feet and one day I will scoop some of them up again and other things will fall.  I am a juggler, hands full, air full, floor full of colorful balls in slow motion.

By LucaP, Flickr Creative Commons