“what difference does it make if you live in a picturesque little outhouse
surrounded by 300 feeble minded goats and your faithful dog?
the question is: can you write?”
– Ernest Hemingway
early winter hiking in MacCready Nature Reserve, Irish Hills, MI, USA 2020
what impeccable timing
as soon as i had finished working on puzzles
on my favorite old table
putting pen to my journal instead
olive also changed hobbies
from puzzling to journaling
the same time and place
“the best time to begin keeping a journal is whenever you decide to.”
“i’ve decided that the best time is now.
the puzzles are gone, there are no open spaces in a puzzle to fill in by laying on them with my body,
no pieces to quietly and slowly push off the table with my paw, and no frame to snag and break apart with my claw.
perfect time to begin a journal.”
that surprising and wonderful moment
when you discover
there is yet one more unread book
written by one of your favorite authors
hiding in plain sight
waiting for you to pick it up.
“books are for nothing but to inspire”
an important kinder note.
i’ll be writing back.
“words are but pictures of our thoughts.”
an update of my progress on my book.
“i’m writing a book.
i’ve got the page numbers done.”
(not me, but we could easily pass as sisters)
for some reason
after almost 8 years of blogging
and never questioning it
I only recently discovered
what the word ‘blog’ actually means.
Blog is another word for weblog.
A weblog is a website that is like a diary or journal. …
Bloggers often write about their opinions and thoughts.
A blog containing video material is called a video blog or video log,
usually shortened to vlog.
“Blogging is to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.” For most of human history, all published writing had been carefully inspected, edited, and approved. In the last decade, blogging has turned the publishing world on its head. A blog allows you to write and publish anything, from anywhere, and have it be immediately available to billions of people all around the world.” -Andrew Sullivan, the Atlantic
. I, for one, am happy to embrace the chaos and vitality.
I’ve been keeping a diary for thirty-three years and write in it every morning.
Most of it’s just whining,
but every so often there’ll be something I can use later:
a joke, a description, a quote.
It’s an invaluable aid when it comes to winning arguments.
‘That’s not what you said on February 3, 1996,’ I’ll say to someone.
image credit: connecticut public radio
“what we write should surprise us, the way life surprises us.”
in 1852 Roget published his thesaurus, a word that means ‘treasure house’ in greek.
JANUARY 18: NATIONAL THESAURUS DAY
British lexicographer Peter Mark Roget—who is most famous for publishing The Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases (a.k.a. Roget’s Thesaurus) in 1852—was born on January 18, 1779. As such, this is a day to honor, celebrate, extol, laud, praise, revere, salute, etc. his contributions.
“the man is not wholly evil, he has a thesaurus in his cabin.”
– j.m. barrie, author of Peter Pan, describing the character Captain Hook.
I am a huge fan of alphabets, words, and more words, in all languages
the thesaurus is one of my favorite books
and it is indeed a treasure house.
image credit: the right word, Roget and his thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet
January 17th is National Send a Handwritten Letter Day.
(one of my favorite things in this world)
Why celebrate on January 17th?
Because it’s the birthday of Benjamin Franklin,
the first Postmaster General of the United States.
The idea is to save the dying art of letter writing
and help the ailing Post Office
by sending a letter to someone you care about.
Who will you surprise with a letter?
Saving the world one letter at a time.
“letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.”
-johann wolfgang von goethe
image credit: Anastasy Yarmolovich