When Wanderers Cease to Roam They Find a New Hobby

I bought a square journal a few months ago with the intention of doing some drawing, journaling and scrap booking. I pulled it out the other day and did some thinking about what would be a format that would call for some creativity, but not make me feel pressured to perform. I wanted to have a place to document my life in all it’s messiness and quirkiness, good and bad, funny and sad, a place to put ticket stubs and favorite photos, quotes, books, pictures and observations. It needed to be fun and therapeutic; good for my soul.

Well, I’ve begun. I won’t do much drawing because I’m just not very good at it. And yes, I have given it a fair shot over the past few years. So, mostly my journal is shaping up to be a collection of stuff, ephemera is the fancy word for it. I’m adding a few things every few days and really find it calming and fun. I’m not very far into it yet, but I’ve shared the first three pages with you with some trepidation. I have a lot of super creative crafting friends who have journals that are really works of art, worthy of publication. Let me just say right now that publication is not in my future. I’m sure I’m doing a lot wrong artistically, but it just feels right. So, you do it your way and I’ll do it mine and we’ll all find what we need in the doing of it. It feels like this may be a past time that will bring me joy and help me look at my life in a different light.

My friend, Kathie, one of those creative and inspiring friends, shared a book with me this week that has given me great ideas. It is called When Wanderers Cease to Roam – a Traveler’s Journal of Staying Put by Vivian Swift. It is gorgeous. What hobby brings you joy, comfort and satisfaction? Please post a comment and share with me.

Published in: on January 31, 2010 at 6:11 am  Comments (1)  

Movie Review Where God Left His Shoes

Watching this movie, a Sundance winner, during the holidays was kind of a downer, but I’m aware life isn’t all twinkling lights and flannel sheets for everyone. This move reminded me of Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. The movies are similar in their theme of a down-on-their-luck family, but to be fair to each film, the comparisons should probably stop there. The actors in both did an excellent job and the luminous eyes of the nine-year-old boy in this film could out-star even Will Smith.

What I liked about Where God Left His Shoes is the way it serves up flawed people and shows the exponential way that bad things can happen very quickly, both through our own choices and what life throws our way. Not everything is wrapped up neatly in the end, but the viewer is left with a lot of things to consider, not the least of which is how we can help people just like the family in the film.

Published in: on January 3, 2010 at 6:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Don’t Make Resolutions

I always say I don’t believe in resolutions, don’t really make them. But I lie. I just can’t help making them! I am compelled. In January I always regroup. I do a mini-regroup in September, kind of a leftover habit from so many years in school. I usually resolve to write in my journal more, write more letters, take more pictures. watch more sunsets, organize my home and business, read more, play more, laugh more and exercise every day, a resolution that you’ll be happy to know I’ve kept in 2010.

I went to our local office and art supply store today. I wandered the aisles for an hour, admiring organizational tools like boxes and notebooks, planners and pens. To inspire me to keep neater records and make me excited to write in my journal I bought some new microtip gel pens. They are also very good for crossword puzzles, though I’m resolved to do a few less of those this year!

January makes me think of many RE words. Words like Resolve and Repent. But those words seem to conflict with other RE words like Relax. I guess I’m looking for some semblance of balance in all these possibilities. Some are active – some are passive. I need both.

Realign, Retreat, Reconsider, Receive, Recharge, Recline, Recollect, Remember, Recover, Recreate,
Rebel – oops, leave that off.

Reconcile, Recycle Reclaim, Reduce,
Reflect, Refine, Reform

Refrigerator – really, I’m going to clean it

Rekindle, Relationship, Reconcile, Release
Repair, Repay, Respond, Respect, Rest, Restore, Revel, Revere, Review, Revitalize

Revolt when necessary


Aren’t you just REady for something new this decade? The kind of “something new” that honors the past, but looks forward to the future? Let’s get going!

Published in: on January 2, 2010 at 11:51 pm  Comments (2)