It's a weighty decision whether to chin up to the violence and sadness in the world where buildings and people are blown up or to retreat to the sight of my grandfather's birdbath just outside my kitchen window where I watch all these birds splash their mornings away. Yes I know I can do both and I do. But it's still about what I let into my head and my consciousness and how that then affects the energy I give and receive.
I keep up with the news. Lately I'm likely to write a check or a letter or both in support of the values I believe in. Thanks to Facebook and Utube, I am well more sensitive to the plight of animals and thanks to my age, I am well more able to make choices about my time and efforts.
I am knee deep into writing a novel that will span forty years and god knows how many people. I have 30,000 words done which on average is a third of the length required by publishers. Unlike my first book, there will be back stories and places as characters. The back stories and dates require research and I like that even though plugging it all in accurately and orderly confuses the heck out of me.
It's the end of August and the air says it's Fall already. I've returned to work until early next spring. I will return to Provincetown in two days after a season of rentals and I'm glad for that. I am laying pavers around my garden here at # 9 and that is such a 'concrete' act it tickles me.
Meanwhile, are you like me? Do you google every day? Multiple times a day? It makes me laugh to think of the index cards I would bring to the library before there was Google; how I would organize my homework and assignments with those index cards and how I would then type each word from the cards onto my typewriter. Now, I sit at my desk or on my couch and I research the world. I'm doing a lot of research for my novel but also for things small and large that give thanks for my life. This week on Google:
1. Gay legal employment issues in 2001
2. How a seventeen year old would enter the Sisters of Mercy to become a Nun
3. How to bleach a weathered wood fence
4. The significance of 1969 (JFK, MLK, Bobby Kennedy)
5. Inexpensive wood enclosed outdoor showers
6. Stand up tents from LL Bean
7. Ordering a copy of 'Patty Jane's House of Curl"
8. What can I give 5 year old Drew and 7 year old Ryan for their first day of school?
9. Researching Meniere's Disease
10. WTF with Iraq, Ukraine, and ISIS
What are the last two things you've googled? I and everyone here would love to know :^)