“We’ve got our suggestions for what you should do today, but everyone’s blogs move at a different pace. In recognition of that, today’s task is your choice!”
I think I need a 12-step program for blogging. I’m obsessed with reading and commenting on blogs. I’ve noticed that my page count for journaling has dropped.
Step one is to admit I have a problem. I am addicted to reading and writing, though the addiction leans strongly in favor of writing. The main reason I read, especially blogs, is due to my desire to become a better writer.
A few of my blogs, prior to taking on the Zero to Hero Challenge, have been about why I write. I have mentioned that I write so I can remember. My brain is like a sieve; retaining information, experiences is hard to hold onto. Perhaps not the major experiences, though I only am able grasp general ideas; time anchors are like images in the sand. As time goes, the waves of passing years slowly erodes the specifics.
For example, A few years ago or so, my three sisters and I gathered in Massachusetts for a Christmas reunion. Someone remembered that all of us hadn’t been together for Christmas since 1977, my Sophomore year in high school.
In order for me to nail the year down on this event, I would have to look at journals. When it comes to dates, I don’t remember when my father died, though I know it was July because we celebrated my sister Deb’s birthday. I don’t remember how old my animals are.
The only reason why I remember my mom’s death date is because it was the night that Richard Nixon was elected, but I only remember that it was November 1972. Had to have been on Tuesday, but other than that, I have no clue.
In addition to writing to remember, I write to kill time, to entertain myself. And this is where I find I do a lot of writing. Today, after arriving at Thurston High School in Springfield, Or., and after reviewing the teaching plans for the day, I found myself with about an hour and a half of time. When the students were deep into their journaing, I snuck some more writing in. During the last class of the day, when the students were supposed to be studying, I had another hour and a half to write, though I did have to stop once in a while and prod the students to get some work done. I should have brought my cattle prod as my encouraging words fell on deaf ears.
Basically I write when I can. If I am a passenger in a car, I’ll write. I send emails to myself and then stick them into a document for the month. I’ll write while walking the dogs around the property, which doesn’t include leashes, but it does include watching where I walk if you catch my drift. So, sometimes I talk my writing and let my Smart Phone record my journal.
Well, I have an early date with fifth graders at … darn it, I’ve forgotten the name. I bet the name will come to me as soon as I finish writing. Nope, got it sooner than that. Camus Ridge Community School in Eugene. I think that’s right. The most important thing I need to remember is where the school is located.
Earlier this week I worked with another group of fifth graders, but this time I was at Page Elementary School in Springfield. The best part about that experience was that I got to play Jedi Dodgeball twice. Good times were had by all.
I love being able to kill two birds with one stone; writing this assignment while journaling.