Walking In This World – Literally

My "Walking in the World" feature is meant to be metaphorical, in terms of a "flora and fauna" report, as author Julia Cameron terms it, and not literally as a report about walking. Not today, Dear Reader.  Not today. In the late 80's, I injured my knee catastrophically while downhill skiing.  I was a racer, but on that sunny Saturday, I sat down to wait for a friend to join me on the ma...
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Walking In This World – The Flora and Fauna Report

It’s easy to think that our neighborhood is ordinary. After all, we live there and see it every day. We forget that what is ordinary for us, may be exotic for others. I’ll give you an example. I have a friend who lives in Melbourne, Australia, about as far from me, here in Chicago, Illinois, USA, as it’s possible to get. I was telling her about riding the CTA, which stands for “Chicago Tran...
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Walking In This World – Snow

  The snow has started.  They're predicting gusts up to 50 mph and 4 to 10 inches of snow, but most of what will be to the south of us if the weather reports are to be trusted.   It's started to snow now, which you can't really tell in the foreground but that hazy bit down the alley shows it better.  The alley isn't usually this strewn with trash, but the wind has been hellish the last...
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Walking In This World – Flora and Fauna or, Snow, Ice, and Yuck

Julia Cameron talks about a lovely idea in her book, The Artist's Way, about "flora and fauna reports" that she would get as letters from her grandmother.  They were remarkable for two reasons: first, they came so frequently and for such a long duration; second, because they were so in-the-moment as to be Zen koans. Today, I needed that idea.  The alarm went off at 0500 and I did not want t...
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Wednesday Walking In This World

The Metropolitan Museum of ArtEvening Snow at Kanbara, Edo period (1615–1868), 1834 Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858) Woodblock print; ink and color on paper; 8 7/8 x 13 3/4 in. (22.5 x 34.9 cm) The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936 (JP2492)Julia Cameron's second book in her Artist's Way trilogy is entitled Walking In This World.  For many years, I mis-read this titl...
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Walking In This World

One of the most obvious ways to ground is to work IN the ground, by gardening.  What I've discovered about gardening is that weeding is like laundry - it never ends.  As you keep working in your garden, the weeds keep growing.The best part about gardening is the results of the growth.  I love seeing tomatoes turn red, and peppers finish growing.  We have chard that is getting h...
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Walking In This World – Friends

Today, as I prepare for our barbecue, I am reminded of the people in my life.  My friends bring me so much, not the least of which is the process of drawing myself out of myself and into this world, this physical, concrete place in which I live.  I am grateful to my friends for so many things, but this perhaps is one of the most important. Thank you.
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Walking In This World – Promptly

The 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month are the Prompt Group meetings for the Evanston Writers Workshop.  It's funny, but I find that on prompt days, I don't usually do my morning pages in the morning.  Today is no exception; I wrote this morning instead of doing the pages (by that, I mean I worked on a WIP and not my journal).  I think that says less about the pages or Prompt Group...
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