“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.” ~ Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
This is our annual update on each other’s summer. Send a photo or two and let us know what you’ve been up to!
From Susan C in SII and living in CT: In between writing, painting, Library meetings, short trips and volunteering, I work on my 1500-piece never ending jigsaw puzzle of Van Gogh’s Starry Night.
LINDA E SII
Have been reading “The Seven Basic Plots” and “Writing Life Stories” by Bill Roorbach. I am making slow progress on my memoir, writing some difficult sections and playing with second person (for one chapter). I’m looking forward to the fall studio, so I’ll have to lay off the Aperol Spritzes and knuckle down. Maybe next week….
LAUREN C SIII
KRISTI T SIII
Our summer started off with a bang and continued! July 4th boating on our local waters. A week later, we walked ten miles in one day roaming the Country Fair, proving my recent foot surgery was a success! We spent the rest of that weekend enjoying friends and music and a remembrance of a dear Country Fair friend who passed.
Then it was on to the California redwoods in our Camper RV. Yes, I am a tree hugger from way back!
We then camped along the small towns of the Northern California Coast, taking in the sea air. A surprise visit with an old friend who gave me back my Gibson guitar twenty-six years later!
Arriving home, the garden was overgrown, lots of weeding and work.
I have made friends with the local crows, learning so much about their magnificent ways. Did you know they mate for life?
We are expecting two Westie pups from the breeder in September. The pic you see is of the girl whom I have already named Bella. That will make four Westies, a cat, two young chicks, and four grown chickens. Thank goodness our two thirteen-year-old Westies sleep most of the time. It will be a madhouse around here for a while.
Soon we are off to visit my in-laws in eastern Oregon soon, camping on their beautiful land.
I am reading Fast Draft by Rachel Herron. Also, read halfway through Maggie O’ Farrell’s, I Am, I Am, I Am. Stopped midway because we are traveling so much, and the story gives me the creeps! Still working on Anna Karenina. I love this tale.
Writing, I have not met my summer writing goals yet. This drives me a little crazy trying to find the time. I daydream about being offered a writer’s retreat where I have a little cabin or something away from everything where I am not distracted by my wonderful life. (Seriously, I am living the dream, but even the dream needs a break in order to write)
Miss all of you and look forward to seeing you in the fall????
DOUG S SIV
Writing grinds to a slow pace when fun events
are pulling us in other directions,
especially when our precious children are involved.
JULIA P SII
PATRICIA B – SII
Healing. The vacuum of grief subsides like low tide. It never leaves and at times roars back destroying my beachhead, but in the calm in between the extremes, hope grows. I’m getting to grateful.
CINDI G – SIV
Skylark – SIII
Camille – SII
Photos from Ireland. We drove all over the country which enabled us to see some amazing things!
Eamon – SIV
It was the summer of small trips. Rafting in the desert, surfing at the coast, walking along mountain rivers, floating on lakes, dipping behind waterfalls —as I look at these pictures I realize all my best moments were in the water. I’ve definitely done some writing this summer–stitching and then unstitching–so not many words on the page, but I think I figured out a path forward– so I’ll call that a win. Looking forward to getting some structure with the writing classes this fall!