So we decided to go to Cooper Marsh on Sunday with our younger children. It is one of my favourite places to go with the littles. I have pushed many a stroller through the muddy walkway and pulled many a wagon. We’ve fetched shoes thrown over the edge of the boardwalk, pulled out rubber boots stuck in mud and carried a tired toddler to my exhaustion many a time. But not this Sunday, we decided to bring Maya (our black lab) with us for the walk. It must have been winter brain that made me forget but you are not allowed to bring dogs there, not even if they are on a leash.
Photo props: http://www.ourhometown.ca/news/NL0028.php
So we hopped into the car and decided to go to our favourite local beach. While driving I noticed a frog, a really big frog, at the side of the road. I mentioned it to the family and my husband insisted that we turn around and go see it (I think he thought I was bluffing when I used my hands to describe how big it was but he assures me that is not the case) So we turn around and find Mr. Frog. By this time he is in the middle of the road. Alex jumps out of the car and goes running into the middle of the rural highway and starts flagging his hands at the cars and trucks protecting little (well, huge) Mr. Frog. Continue reading
I don’t know the first thing about poetry. I don’t think I have ever read a poetry book front to back. I didn’t study writing in college or university.
I wrote one poem a few years back. I decided to share that poem last week. Some people seemed to enjoy it.
I think the acceptance of readers and the encouragement of others birthed something that hadn’t been there before. Like childbirth it was unnerving, scary, becoming responsible for something new.
Like many new parents I had no idea what to do but I knew what not to do. Continue reading
Today I’m feeling a little more like I have my footing. I feel better able to navigate my way around my blog.
I have no idea what stats typically look like for new bloggers and because my intention is to share my journey I will share where I’m at currently.
I had 35 views day one 4:30pm first blog.
Yesterday I had 115 views (second blog)
So far today I have had 34 views for a total of 214 views prior to the posting of this blog.
I have 16 followers 2 of whom I know personally.
I have been sincerely in awe by the fantastic community of writers, bloggers, poets, musings, opinions, photographer’s, techy’s and crafty’s (I like to add y’s and group people, my apologies if that offends it’s not intended to, it’s a celebration of the group of people) that are out there to discover. I have laughed and cried, been inspired and educated, not wanting to write only wanting to connect, comment and engage people about their writings and I’m only 40 hours into my blog/journey. There is so much material to read, to the point of distraction.
This reminds me of a quote that I love by Nietzsche a German philosopher.
“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”
I learned about Nietzsche while in College last year in a general humanities course. My professor was an anthropologist and a ‘Wordy’ (see end quote of previous post for a description) unlike any other I have ever met.
He encouraged my writing even asked to keep copies of my papers and to read my pieces to the class. He was a great encourager.
When I first read Nietzsches philosophy I was enticed by his ideas of self. Being that I am not naturally a visual creative type of person I was drawn to the idea of creation.
Design with the ability to potentially become artistic, bold and colorful with myself as the palette.
Nietzsche believes that we can become unique, original. That we can become more than a sheep, a follower, a conformist, that our lives can be created by us to reflect art. Whatever we want to create, a masterpiece of our own design, inarguably perfect and beautiful because it is our creation.
Although I may not agree with all (or most for that matter) of Nietzsches philosophy I have always loved this idea.
Today while I was reading, I was so inspired to see this very idea coming alive on the palette’s of each individual visit to this place we call blog.
For more information on Friedrich Nietzsche please visit your local philosopher’s blog