3 things for you as I prepare to take a blogging break for a week or so. A beautiful poem, a sketchbook round-up, and a blog post from each month of 2014. I want to take some time here at the beginning of a year open wide with possibility to think about where I’ve been and where I’m going. I want to write, to think, to dream. To let my sleeping brain knit together a blanket of ideas for the new year that will warm me all year long.
This is my 1,590th post. For almost 8 years I’ve been merrily hammering away at my keyboard, uploading photos, sharing sketchbook pages, travel tales, books, poems, and yammering on about this & that. Sending smoke signals out into the world. Thanks for noticing. For visiting & responding. Your encouragement & kindness are good reminders that in a tumultuous world filled with blazing light & occasional darkness small bands of people can find each other across the vast interwebs. Big & small connections are made. Ideas ricochet off each other and grow. Inspiration is gleaned and shared. I plan to keep right on manning my post here. Sending out thoughts, images, and ideas into the world. Contributing my verse, as it were.
I wish you a splendid year brimming with big ideas & hopeful new beginnings of all kinds.
A poem that moved me
O Me! O Life!
BY WALT WHITMAN
Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d,
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me,
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined,
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.
12 Blog Posts
12 posts I wrote that do a fine job of summing up 2014. 1 from each month. Like anyone has time to read them! However they are totally perfect for all of you insomniacs out there who need something to do besides count sheep at night.
March The Path
May Hello Out There!
Sept. Untrammeled Idleness
Oct. Where I Chase The Blood Moon Around The Ponderosa
Nov. I Saw A Fireball
Dec. Driving North
See you in a week!
Over and out from Moss Cottage, where all the women are strong, all the cats are good lookin’, and all the ideas are above average. xoxo