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Thursday, August 30, 2007

nudge-nudge . . .

I've been feeling The Nudge a lot lately. The Nudge to get back to blogging, that is. At first, I tried to ignore The Nudge. When that didn't work, I tried reasoning with it.

"Nudge," I said, "I'm trying to SIMPLIFY life, not add more stuff to my to-do list."

Then, to be absolutely sure my point was crystal clear, I hauled said to-do list out of the drawer and let it unroll. It unrolled across the livingroom floor. It kept right on unrolling out the balcony door. And over the rail. And across the park. On and on and on it unrolled, toward the distant horizon, revealing one to-do after another until any sane person (or even a demented Nudge) would have to admit the truth: there is no time left for blogging!

Funny thing about time, though. Sometimes, even when you think you have none to spare, you find a way to squeeze more stuff — especially fun-type stuff — into each day's waking hours.

I was pondering the odd and occasionally flexible nature of time when The Nudge snuck up on me again. It caught me all unawares-like and made me volunteer to start a brand new blog for my author clients over at

"Nudge," I said, "Wipe that smug grin off your face. You have not won. I haven't given up on the whole SIMPLIFY thing. But this is different. This is work."

Well, the new blog has been up and running for a whole week now and I'm not kidding myself any longer. It's not work. It's fun! And blogging there has made me realize how much I miss writing here at stillpoint.

So... time to chase the dust bunnies out of the corners, sweep down the cobwebs, and start posting again. Right now, I'm working on 101 Things About Mom (a companion piece for this). Mom passed away last month, exactly three weeks after her eighty-fifth birthday, so the writing of it is an emotional journey for me. I don't want to rush. Meanwhile, Sam the Cat is demanding some quality face time. (Guess he's tired of showing off his tail.) We'll try to get organized with a new portrait (and a new tale) for next week's Friday Ark.

You'll have to excuse me now, though. I have a gi-normous to-do list in need of re-rolling.

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At 6:35 pm, Anonymous Kate I said...

It's good to see you back online again!

My condolences on the loss of your mom...even when a parent's life has been a long one and a good one, the grief is still intense. (((hugs))).

At 6:47 pm, Blogger Ostara said...

Great to hear from you, Kate, and thank you for your sympathy and hugs. You are right about the intensity of grief. I have to say that even though I haven't been writing, I haven't stopped reading blogs and yours is a constant inspiration. Thank you!

At 12:27 am, Anonymous burekaboy said...

hey, welcome back :)) sorry to read about the passing of your mother; will look forward to reading your 101 things post -- i remember the one you wrote for your father was very moving.

in short, i'm glad to see you will be writing again and wonder what mr. sam has been up to. as for those infamous "to do" lists: they say, give a piece of paper and a pen to a child and an adult, and the adult will 9 out of 10 times start a "to do" list — the child will immediately start to draw and create. somewhere along the line, we replace that reflexive creativity with those "to do" lists. i guess life's realities and responsibilities override, or at least, mute it.

At 9:58 am, Blogger Ostara said...

Hi burekaboy - very interesting comment. I tend to get caught in the "must finish the to-do" before allowing time for creativity. Think I'll work on getting some of that reflex back!


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