Hello, you wonderful fellow resident of this planet!
Welcome to more musings on the state of our world, creativity and sustainable living. I have to confess to finding our current trajectory alarming in the extreme. So many people falling struggling to eat and pay for heating, so many people working precarious stressful jobs to make and deliver to us goods that we essentially have no need of.
I spend time each morning sitting quietly with my coffee. I could call it meditation or prayer, but it is more free flowing than that suggests. This week, an idea popped into my head, that I might have reached peak possessions.
It's an exciting thought, stimulated by reading Joshua Becker's latest book, Things That Matter. His message is not about 'minimalism' as a paradoxically fancy lifestyle, but about reducing our excess to make way for things that matter more. As we consider the next stage of life when David retires, I have the chance to think about this very seriously.
If you are interested in learning more about reasons to reduce what you buy, try these articles. Hair-raising and inspiring!
Am I imagining you objecting that the economy would collapse if we stop 'supporting' it by endless consumptio? We get told that often enough, but our system is collapsing right now anyway.
Strange but true to accept that the future of our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren lies in our daily beliefs and habits.
We have more power than we realize, folks!
Art and Writing
I'm on Day 97 of the 100 Day Project, Many of the recent images are from my trip to the Yukon and Banff.
See more on Instagram if you are curious! My followers are oscillating wildly, from 1004 to 977 and back to 991 in the last 24 hours. Not that followers means a lot really, but it's kind of fun to hope to break the 1000 mark.
You will still find my Sunday Afternoon Poems there as well,helpfully collected in a Highlight Button now so easy to find them.
Work on the novel continues... worldbuilding for a fantasy novel is always a challenge. How much research to do, how much to put in the book. Deep down, I am a bit of a nerd really, so I can get lost in fact finding and the amazement of the world.
For example, did you know that a mother orca can't stop swimming for three weeks after her calf is born? The baby doesn't have enough blubber to float yet and only stays safe by nestling at her flank in her slipstream!
And in case you are wondering, yes, there are orcas in the book!
"This is our tribute to the larger-than-life legends of music, entertainment, film and Wagnerian rock opera who tragically passed away during the pandemic: Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf. Steinman wrote "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" for his long-time collaborator, and it was originally recorded in 1993 - featuring on the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell."
I am leaving on Monday May 23rd to visit family in England, attend events that have been postponed since pre-covid, and enjoy the northern hemisphere summer.
So in celebration of more of the things that matter in life, I wish you joy, connection, and laughter!