There are images I lean on as if they were a cane when life and schedules seek to untether me from the essence of who I am. In those moments I seek refuge in a nearly meditative state. While there, my mind draws from an invisible well of haphazardly placed images—places, activities, people, which when […]
It just hit me, I really need a shift in my day, not later, now. After all it is Wednesday and rumor has it that’s a great day to go wordless. So join me if you like, push away from the keyboard and feast your eyes on something beautiful. Enjoy!
Last night while fretting obsessing over a formatting issue on a blog post I was trying to publish for my website, I received a text message from Jimmy. He was downstairs. This has become one of our habits. I mean it is easy. Sometimes it can even feel like a guilty pleasure, now don’t go […]
Yesterday, while we had the entire Backyard Playgroup together again, we had our family portrait taken. The daylight hours, having been pushed back to standard, bent long rays of gold behind us—the air was crisp, the afternoon, beautiful. While the photographer, a friend, worked her magic with the lens, we propped ourselves up against centuries […]
In March of 2011, the universe sent me a rather messy message via my pantry. Last Friday I got sick. And I mean the sort of sick that found me in fetal position on the floor of our closet text messaging Jimmy a distress signal. Jimmy lovingly calls me, Deep-End-Diver, because when things go wrong […]
In her new book, Still Writing, Dani Shaprio, shares countless beads of wisdom for writers, among them this is one of my favorites: “Sit. Stay there. It’s hard—I know just how hard—and I hate to tell you this, but it doesn’t get easier. Ever. Get used to the discomfort. Make some kind of peace with […]
If you have been kind enough to subscribe to my musings every time I click, PUBLISH, thank you! Now I feel it’s only fair that I should warn you: During the month of November, Beyond the Backyard Blues, aka, Elin Stebbins Waldal, will be posting daily. The WHY and the WHAT: Four days ago I […]