A Kindness Challenge – I can hardly wait to dive in – maybe you’d like to join too. Here’s the info from blog titled The Richness of a Simple Life
I learned about it from another blogger – you might like to check that site out too, I know I love reading it: Haddon Musings
Happy Mother’s Day to moms, mentors, caring-lovely-friends and children everywhere.
The story on NPR this morning about the way we are using our screens to fill up our time made me stop and think about what would happen if I didn’t give in to the impulse to
1) look things up on Google at the drop of a hat, or
2) check email when I’m just sure I should be getting a response to a question I asked earlier in the day, (or worry that I’d better check because I probably have to respond to someone else’s questions) or
3) play Mahjong or Solitaire or Yahtzee – supposedly to “wind down.”
It isn’t that I’m obsessive or even compulsive about checking my phone or my tablet but I’m sure the act of checking and using them the way I do is filling up time in my day when I might otherwise have been — what — daydreaming? napping? bored? twiddling my thumbs? engaged in something – anything – else?
I do knit – and I can’t really check screens when I’m knitting. And I do read a bit before bedtime. But there are times in my afternoons and weekends when one little search for information leads to a click on another site or I have to look up something else up to fill in a gap in my information. Bored and Brilliant is the title of the NPR story and if I wasn’t wandering down those rectangular little rabbit holes, I probably would be doing some creative thinking of my own. Perhaps I’d be more inspired in my writing – which has taken a nose-dive into a cave for a long winter’s nap.
So the next time I find myself wondering about something, I’m going to keep wondering instead of wandering – and perhaps I’ll write something brilliant.
I can’t believe it has been a year and half since I tricked my mom into starting a blog. When I started a blog, my mom was my best fan and she would talk about the writing she used to do. So I asked her to write about how my parents came to live in their present home which they call Otterlanding, and then I created a blog by the same name and posted the entry. I showed my mom “her blog” and challenged her to write once a week so I could post it to the Two Writing Teachers Tuesday Slice of Life.
She’s been blogging once a week ever since. At first she was in a quandary about what to write each week; “My life isn’t very exciting, I do the same things week after week.” I encouraged her to write about her projects, her thinking, her perspective.
When she started getting comments, Mom became worried about how to keep her entries interesting. I told her that comments were “dessert,” nice but not necessary. I encouraged her to write for herself, for her family and friends.
Mom writes about little things she saw or did or overheard and the thoughts and memories triggered by those events. In the first few months of her blogging, I had to edit quite a bit. She mistyped words; her sentence structure was sometimes confusing. But now, she has found her voice and writing every week has improved her typing. I don’t edit much at all except as an administrator of her blog – that is expertise she doesn’t want to take on. She’s realized that photos add more to her story and will post them on her Picasa site for me to download.
When we get together for our usual Saturday lunches together, Mom will talk about her upcoming slice idea. She usually has a few “in the pipeline.” If she is struggling for an idea, sometimes our chats together will foster an idea. Usually I get an email on Sunday with her entry. It has been a fun connection for us, (as though we needed another one,) and it has been especially wonderful for my siblings who live farther away.
“When do you write? What is your discipline around blogging?” a fellow blogger asked.
What a great question to answer. I need to have a lot of discipline these days around blogging. I edit my mother’s blog to get her entry ready for SOL and I like to write (at least!!!) once a week on One Sunflower, and I also want to play around on this blog.
But I need to be a reader of blogs too! If I read, I need to comment – because even though that darling dashboard shows visitors, how will anyone know their writing is valued- not just peeked at- if I don’t comment? I think visiting a blog needs to be more like courteously trespassing. ” I loved tiptoeing around your house and your orchard…loved what you’ve done with the bathroom –and by the way, your apples are delicious.”
I enjoy the discipline of blog writing and, while I occasionally worry I’ve bitten off more than I can chew, I love what I’m seeing in my mom and in myself as blog writers. When we get together on the weekend, she talks to me about her current blog topic ideas. She is inspired by all kinds of conversations.
I love the challenge to be thinking about writing. I edit my mom’s entries so that they’ll be understood by readers who aren’t family but I work hard to maintain her voice and stay true to her intention. I try to write with some integrity to my teaching on my other blog and to purely play on this one.
Did you taste the apples?