zibaldone | 10.26.22 …

  1. Ten. 10. X : Over the past month or so – and occasionally throughout the past several years – I’ve attempted to document the day by creating/documenting ten things that have inspired (or sometimes annoyed or encouraged ) me throughout the day. My aim is to create this list as my nearly “last action” of the day. I don’t always succeed – but that’s OK. I enjoy the process and am finding it is a good way to capture and review the day.
  2. I first ran across the inspiration for the list from Alisha Sommer’s blog, finding it both fascinating and intriguing. She created the blog inspired by an interview she heard Krista Tippet conduct with author, Marie Howe. This overview from Good Reads is a great intro, if Maria is new to you as she was to me.
  3. Lately, since my July trip to Sisters OR, I’ve been enamored by and re-engaging with slow stitching – stitching by hand. I find it relaxing, inspiring and rejuvenating. The seasonal switch to autumn: changes in temperature and colors and slower pace invite this type of activity.
  4. To that tune, I saw a class, offered by the Sisters OR Stitchin’ Post featuring Rosalie Dace, a quilt instructor, from South Africa. Autumn, 2017, I attended a week long class in Sisters with her. This current class is also being offered via Zoom this weekend. I wish I’d known this sooner and was free for I’d have seriously contemplated signing up for a Zoom seat…
  5. I’ve made considerable progress with my AmaZe writing project; to date, I’ve digitized nearly 230 vignettes- I’m not a typist. My plan is to make a photo storybook.
  6. The other day I had a grand surprise: I discovered 62 stories that I wrote in 2012 that I also need/want to include. More typing practice for my M- F…
  7. The London Writers’ Hour, offered 4 times a day. I join the M-F, 8 AM EST Zoom session; it has played a big role in helping me focus on the AmaZe project.
  8. I am a big fan of Gretchen Rubin and her weekly Wed podcast, Happier, with her sister Liz, is my fave morning walking companion. Their October 19 episode was the 400th. I suspect that since winter’s soon to arrive, I’ll be switching to PM walks…
  9. I received a mug I’d forgotten I’d ordered and it makes me “happier, ” indeed. I’ve yet to indoctrinate it for my MSQT (morning solitude and quiet time) and Writers’ Hour sessions. I’ll start in November.
  10. A thought: perhaps I’ll choose Happier for my 2023 word; hmmm…

6 thoughts on “zibaldone | 10.26.22 …

  1. I enjoyed reading your reflections for Zibaldone. I used to write down three good things about the day after I got into bed at night. Reading about your ten thoughts, makes me think I should do something similar. What a nice surprise – finding stories you wrote earlier. Keep writing and stitching. Hope all is well with you and yours.

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  2. What a gift to find this post today. Now I am listening to the podcast and thinking that I am up early enough for that writers hour or maybe some extra time to just knit and listen. Such a very good post.

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  3. I love hearing about these regular practices you have related to writing, making, and noticing. I expect there is not an hour in the day when you aren’t doing something (except maybe when you’re sleeping)!

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  4. Marie Howe is a sister of an acquaintance of mine. We were much closer when our sons were playing soccer together. She also lectured at a fabulous series in Rochester (which ended before the pandemic). It was a wonderful evening. I love the card (mini-book?) in your photo above.

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  5. I love this peek into your day/month! And thank you for the links to the new to me poet! I am off to see if my library has any of her books! I have queued up the Tippett interview to listen to later today!

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