Autumn is in the Air!

Autumn is in the Air!

Richmond Park, London, England (Image: Getty Images/National Geographic Creativ)

(Image: Getty Images/National Geographic Creativ)

It must be the time of year, because I’m feeling all writerly again! My inspiration is gradually returning. In the last week I’ve started easing into a project I’m planning with a fried. We’ve been saving up all our ideas for over a year, and it feels like the time is write.

Is it just me, or do other people get that creative energy as autumn approaches?


Under Pressure

Under Pressure

What does it mean to be a writer? How do you see yourself? How do family and friends see you? How does everyone else see you? What do you do when the motivation to write isn’t there? Or when your creative energy produces less than a page of words?

I have good days and bad days. Some days I’ll get on a roll and hammer out page after page. All my energy goes into each word and I’m flying high. Other days, I have a goal to write, turn on the laptop, get settled in, look at the screen, then shut it down. Nope, just not happening. Then there are days like today. I do a little work, get some files organised for a project. It isn’t much, but it’s something, and I’m ok with that. Then someone comes along and accuses me of doing nothing. When I show my work, little as it is, and try to explain myself— “Excuses!” Yep! That’s all it is! Just excuses.

I’m sure most of the writers on here will get it, and probably even have methods for dealing with the lags in their creative process. But for me, it’s no good if I try to force it. I have editing to do, and yeah, I can do that. But it’s not like the thrill of creating, and my life is pretty overloaded right now, so I’m not feeling it.

Anyway, judging me or putting pressure on me is not the way to motivate me. Get me engaged and excited about something. Get me talking and sharing. Show some enthusiasm and so will I. That’s how to motivate me.

Reblogged: “It says ‘Well-regulated’”

People keep making this ridiculous argument that the wording of the 2nd Amendment permits the government to put any and all restrictions on the possession (keeping) and carrying (bearing) of firearms (arms) so long as someone, somewhere is allowed to keep something, even if it’s only a tethered cork popgun. Any such restrictions are not an “infringement” because “well-regulated.”

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Summer’s Bounty

Summer’s Bounty

I’m way behind on my gardening. The garden beds are overgrown with weeds, and there are seeds to be collected for the next season’s planting. However, the beans are thriving in their garden jungle! In fact, it is quite urgent to get them harvested before the beans get any bigger. There are tomatoes and pumpkins growing amongst the beans, compliments of our compost.

Harvesting the beans was my top priority, so with the help of my new roommate, we got most of them picked, except for the ones too high for use to reach (we are both very tall. I’m 5’10” and Jen is a couple inches taller). Then we took a stroll through the greenhouse where I have a section for my own use. There were vine ripened tomatoes, summer squash, and coriander seeds. There are also peppers, but I’m not in any hurry to pick them, since I’m not ready to use them. I can’t wait for the tomatillos to be ready so I can make salsa Verde.

Thriving in the Summer Heat

Thriving in the Summer Heat

Hi all! I just want to share with you a drink recipe inspired by Ayurveda to help you not only survive the hottest days of summer, but also to thrive!

Cucumber-Lemon-Mint Infused Water

What you need:

A few slices of organic lemon, a sprig of fresh organic mint, several slices of organic cucumber. (I used half a small cucumber.)

Add ingredients to a water carafe or large bottle, fill with cool, filtered or spring water, shake well and let sit in the refrigerator for a couple hours.

Sip and enjoy throughout the day to hydrate and keep cool!

The Art of Giving and Receiving

I was listening to an audio my boyfriend played for me by Subonfu (not sure how to spell her name) in which she was discussing the value of receiving and the difference between that and taking.

The way she told it, when a person gives of their own will, and in turn when the person to whom that generosity is bequeathed accepts that gift graciously, it is in some way a sign of abundance.

The alternative is to take what someone cannot spare to give. She talked about how Western society is taught to feel unworthy or to struggle with receiving and to think that if we accept help or generosity from others it is to leave us indebted to the giver. That is a from view and also assumes disparity, that there isn’t enough to share. So, when we receive, we honour the giver and we encourage abundance. To me it feels like how our thoughts and feelings can shape our reality. Giving is easy. Receiving is so much harder. This is definitely true for me. I can really relate to what she said about feelings of guilt or indebtedness when someone gives to me. It is a struggle to overcome those feelings, and I found her words inspiring.

Another thing came to mind while listening to her. She was speaking from the position of the individual, but when applied to a larger scale, to a community or a state or nation, her words have the ability to drastically reshape our collective views regarding social welfare. And it occured to me that by relying on force to take from some to give to others is counterproductive. It creates resentment in a lot of people for not being allowed to give of their own free will and it creates a sense of entitlement on those who receive welfare. Subonfu talked about this at the individual level and what kind of impact this has, and she comes from one of the poorest countries on earth! Of course, there will always be a need to help others, but rather than doing so through forced taxation, wouldn’t it be wonderful and so much better if people could give freely as they see fit? And this brings us back to what is truly lacking in our Western societies: a sense of community. We live in neighbourhoods where we know so few of our neighbours, if at all. We live only for ourselves and maybe those within our immediate families, but gone are the days when extended family meant something to us, and when the village was a strong, close-knit community. Subonfu spoke about how her people were so close that there were no secrets and nothing was really private, because they were like one family. And in such community, everyone has their place, their purpose. Everyone pulls together to get the work done, to provide for the tribe, and to help one another.

Meaningful change starts within the individual, in each and every one of us. And when we change ourselves for the better, we change the world through the example we show.