Happy Summer Solstice! The change of season is a fitting place for me to begin this journey for I feel this is a significant transition for me. For years I’ve kept my writings, observations and fragments of poetry in back pocket journals. These little notebooks would follow me everywhere; through idle time and in the workplace, on the road and in the depots while traveling abroad or along the familiar streams and well worn paths of hikes I’ve done countless times at home. They were both friend and confidant, sometimes the only ones , certainly the most consistent. A place to map out or come to an understanding of both the internal and external states I would find myself in.
As these words and journals built up in dusty drawers, I began to re-visit them. I would pull out lines and thoughts that interested me, change a few words and transition into new pieces of writing. Each time new layers of meaning would be revealed depending on changes in my thoughts or in my life as a whole. I got to thinking that these fragments of writing, whether I liked the way they sounded or not, were never truly finished. Instead, they were like seeds or embryos that later writings would be born out of.
Through this blog as a medium I hope to add further layers to these writings, moving from the mostly personal relationship of myself to my journals into a more public space where feedback, interpretations and responses will be welcomed and encouraged. In this way collaboration is possible.
Some themes I would like to further explore, for example, the individual’s relationship to nature, the traveler’s relationship to the road or the writer’s relationship to creativity are common threads that run throughout these notebooks and can become topics to discuss and elaborate on in this forum.
Thank you for stopping by and taking a moment to read. Until next time.