This is the first Shutterbean Checklist of September. What I'm reading, eating, inspired by, watching, etc.
The Weekly Check-In
There’s a blogger I follow who writes under the name of Shutterbean. Www.shutterbean.com She calls herself, “a food stylist and photographer based in the SF Bay area.” Emily turned me on to her. Among other things, she has a list of prompts you can fill in and then use to track certain things month by … Continue reading The Weekly Check-In
My Brain On Biden
Ever since Biden’s election, I feel my brain coming back on line. For the four years Trump was president all I could think about was the world, and him, and the crazy shit he was always doing and tweeting. I read the newspapers voraciously. I followed all kinds of journalists and politicians on Twitter. I … Continue reading My Brain On Biden
My First Book Group
So while I learned a lot from you, and don’t regret getting to know you, we’ll never make it as a couple. We just want different things.
My Rules for a Book Group
Last night was the first meeting of the book group. At this first meeting, I felt I needed to leverage my power as Group Instigator and Generous Benefactor Of Meeting Space, to impose a vision, my vision, of how this should roll. Without being too overbearing, but, I hope, making it clear that my continuing … Continue reading My Rules for a Book Group
Digital De-Clutter Update: Week 1
The good news: Instead of trolling Facebook, I'm reading Homer.
The bad news: I'm still sneaking into news feeds.
How I Spent my Self-Designed Summer
I designed my summer this year. Made a plan, carried it out, and it worked! Summer slowed down and I saw every moment of it.
The Novelty of Reading Novels Has Worn Off
First novel: Depressed woman locks herself up with hawk. (H is for Hawk) Second novel: Blind girl and her father flee Nazis carrying a diamond. (All The Light We Cannot See) Third novel: Fat boy tries to lose his virginity during the bloody reign of Trujillo in Dominican Republic. (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar … Continue reading The Novelty of Reading Novels Has Worn Off
"Who cares?" "So what?" These are the questions that have derailed me every time I got to the point where I was ready to put my work out there. I'd read my stuff and get the sinking feeling that it was all bullshit. "Who the hell cares? So what?" I'd ask myself. And then I'd … Continue reading Who Cares?
Tomorrow we go to Sanibel Island, Florida. Never been there. It's supposed to have good shells. I am looking forward to sitting under an umbrella, my toes in the sand, the sound of the surf in my ears, and reading voraciously, and then staring out at the horizon with equal absorption. I am looking forward … Continue reading Sanibel Bound