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A to Z Blogging Challenge, S: SQUEEE! Sedaris!

David-SedarisA few weeks ago, I spent a delightful evening seeing humorist David Sedaris at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. A bonus of the night was that our two older daughters came up from their colleges for the show; tickets had been a Christmas present for the five of us who know his work (our youngest had her own magical night sleeping over at her friend’s house). David entered the stage wearing culottes, and then proceeded to read a story printed in the New Yorker about shopping in Tokyo.  I’ve read his books but wasn’t aware that he was writing for The New Yorker, so now I feel like I have a weekly  treat that I can look forward to between the publication of his books.  SQUEEEE!

Many years ago, a librarian I used to work with recommended that I check out one of his audio books to listen to on my long drive down to Indianapolis for my library classes, and oh my.  I found myself laughing so hard that I had to pull over, stop the CD, and pull it out of the player.  If you’ve listened to Sedaris read his own work, you’ll know he’s that funny.

Seeing a favorite author is such an emotional experience.  We fans love our favorite authors because their writing lifts from the page and speaks to us.  They can articulate things we thing and feel that we aren’t even aware of how to begin to express.  Sedaris read from his work and then raised the house lights and answered Q&As from the audience for two hours.  We waited in the book signing line for another hour, and honestly, I smiled and just basked in the enjoyment of the experience the whole time.  He was every bit as charming and delightful and funny and irreverent as he appears in his work. I held it together until we crossed the threshold on the way out to the vestibule, at which point I turned to my husband, threw my arms around him and sobbed. So many times I’d missed the opportunity to see his show on a book tour when my path didn’t quite align with his – my husband estimated it was about 11 years I’d been waiting – it might have been more , but 11 from the first time I saw that he was on tour. We’d just arrived in Germany, and David was going to be in Munich, but since I hadn’t learned the language or public transportation system, I had no way to travel the few miles to the venue.

That show felt like a culmination of so many good things – family, love, laughter, stories.  So wonderful to have a bit of Christmas in the spring.

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: M, Mood

Yeah, this is pretty true for me…what about you?

writers mood rings

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: K, King

King

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: J, Journal

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Earlier this week, we went up to Concord to see David Sedaris.  I’ve blogged about that under “S”, which will be coming up eventually, but since today is “J” I’m going to hold off on my Sedaris comments.  It was a wonderful show, and he spent a portion of it reading bits of writing from a diary.  Sedaris said that he’s kept a diary for 40 years and quite honestly I felt kind of convicted when he said that, since I stopped keeping a journal years ago.

Most of my journals had tended to be a place to vent free-form, and I never re-read them.  In recent years, I haven’t used journals as a place to collect or develop story ideas, and yet, I remember when our older three kids were very young, I went through a time of non-creativity, just too mentally exhausted after caring for the kids to collect my thoughts about anything.  At that time, a friend recommended Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, which really unlocked a piece of me that I apparently had buried under everything else.  Sedaris’s words reminded me that any recent journal I’ve kept has been mostly to record macro-nutrients, calories burned, or miles walked, and any frustration related to my success or failure. Diaries consist of daily calendars filled with To Do lists that never quite get crossed off.  I was struck that Sedaris’s diary entries were just observations, and how I could imagine these smaller pieces being developed into something longer.

I think it’s probably time to crack open The Artist’s Way again and try to unlock some creativity that’s possibly getting buried under a busy –  though very good – life and find my way back to journaling again.

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: I, Ideas

story ideas

 

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on writing topics while systematically moving through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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April 14, 2016 · 7:13 pm

A to Z Blogging Challenge: G, Boston Globe

For those of you outside of the Boston-metro area, you may not have heard about the Boston Globe’s fake front page today, in which the editorial board studied Drumpf’s speeches, campaign website and other resources, to create a satirical sampling of what a Drumpf presidency might look like.  Take a gander:  Ideas-Trump-Front-Page

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A to Z Blogging Challenge: E, Expectations

expectationsEarly in our marriage, my husband decided to return to school. We  lived in several states and spent a year in Germany in pursuit of this, all along with the expectation that he’d land a tenure-track teaching position at a nice college somewhere, we’d become knit into the intellectual and creative community on campus, and eventually we’d send our kids there and they’d benefit from some tuition remission. As a graduate student family we furnished our home with eclectic finds from tag sales.  I always said to myself, I’ll wait to buy matching couches when he has that tenure position. I said it so often that eventually these matching couches began to represent much more to me than just being couches – they represented success and stability.  I’d repeat that phrase to myself when times were stressful and the future was unknown and like a mantra, just saying it would conjure images of peace and tranquility – represented by a tidy living room set.

Long story short: my expectations never panned out. My husband’s career has never been steady; I’ve had the job and career climb in a surprise twist that neither of us expected. When I took my most recent promotion, it coincided with a move and I suggested we buy a loveseat/couch set.  We’d downsized so much in the previous move that we didn’t have enough furniture to spread out in the new place. Our family had grown and in a very practical sense we needed seating for all of us to be able to be in one room together. Probably to everyone else, we were just making a purchase, but to me, I was resigning myself to how our life had turned out in the new “now” and allowing myself to grieve and release all the expectations I had for so many years about what it meant to be successful and happy. It was very emotional and a bit frightening and at times continues to be so.

I think we should pursue our dreams, but know that those dreams are more than their shell – writing a successful novel, getting married, losing weight, buying a home.  These dreams come from a place deep within, and it’s important to be mindful about what the outside milestones represent –  Peace? Stability? Acceptance? Respect?  – and know  that you can achieve that personal quest on a path that you hadn’t known existed.

During April, I’m participating in The A to Z Blogging Challenging, blogging 26 days of the month on topics that systematically move through the alphabet. The goal is to develop a more regular blogging habit and network with other bloggers.  Join us!

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