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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Catching Up

The eighteen-year-old in our family, currently residing one state north, was home this weekend for the first time since starting college.  As the two of us sat with windows rolled down at the beach, sipping our favorite coffee, she informed me I’ve been slacking in my blogger duties.  “I keep checking Mom, but there is never anything new.”  I hung my head.   I’ve joined two writing groups, one local and one online, each of which require reading and critiquing, and I’ve given myself a writing goal that means putting Middle Passages on the back burner, for now. There is writing going on, behind the scenes, and lot of everyday living, but not so much happening here.  Sometimes, you can’t do it all.
 
But then, you get a warm long weekend in October when the sky is so clear the land has sharp edges.  The points on the oak leaves are visible and the outlines of the houses lining the harbor are etched in fine pen and ink. You walk a barrier beach, picking up flat stones and skimming them across a mild chop toward the sailboats still moored against a backdrop of yellowing trees, and take a trip in the dinghy through late season rollerstoward a lobster boat hauling its traps, out by the rocks.    On the shore, sea grass turns from blonde to brown to rust, and all this provides fodder for a blog post, especially because you happened to remember a camera.




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14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

In other words, sometimes it's all right to just go live your life!

Robin said...

Oh, Liza, your girl is off to college. Time just keeps rolling right on and we have to roll with it. You have found new things to fill that empty space and that is good. More writing when there used to be active parenting. Maybe you can allow this blog to be your "feeling place" and put down in long, short, or medium posts all of that stuff. That is the kind of writing that doesn't really happen in a critique group; it is also the kind of writing you might need now more than ever with so much change going on. ((Big hugs to you))

Ann Best said...

We have to set our priorities!

Stunning photographs, Liza. Thank you for posting them!!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Jan Morrison said...

I'm always happy to read your blog and see your photos whenever they appear. I know that I might not get the quantity of other posters, but the quality! (I'm kissing my fingertips here and throwing them open)

KarenG said...

I think it's so sweet that your college age daughter checks you blog and looks for something new from you.

Old Kitty said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful pics and your wonderful words! I think blogging for me is waaaaaay down the list of priorities - especially when it comes to the writerly bit! So good luck with yours! Take care
x

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

You sure found the words to use for this post! Lovely. *sigh*

Wine and Words said...

It's lovely how she wants to track along with you through this blog. She wants your "new" and your experience. I think it's sweet how your heart and soul is sought.

Anne Gallagher said...

*sniff* I miss the beach so bad.

Thanks for posting these pics.

Arlee Bird said...

I'm sure it's a fine time of year there. It's good to enjoy it.


Lee
Tossing It Out

jbchicoine said...

Oh my--I can here the water slapping against the hull of my skiff!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I love how she's getting on you to blog more! That's sweet.

Lydia Kang said...

I love that sharpness that you so perfectly described. It's like someone hit the focus button on life.

Jon Paul said...

Yeah, it is a juggling act. I'm still trying to figure it all out. But thanks for taking a moment and sharing a bit of your world.

:D