Update: Reallocating resources
As with theartofdisorder dot net, I am also discontinuing my Personal plan at WordPress for quiltedpoetry dot net and reverting to the free plan with fewer amenities. More of my writing is personal and on paper, these days, and I find myself wanting more time and attention available for other concerns.
I am continuing with my writing and increasingly, my photography. While I enjoy (crave?) interaction with people on a personal basis, engagement has decreased on the Internet over the decades. At the same time, my motivations and goals are changing.
I am not going away. However, I am reallocating resources.
And more changes
I also am moving some of the poetry from The Written Word/Quiet Spaces to this blog (Quilted Poetry). There will be, for a time, a mess, as I delete the pages and posts that I will be leaving at the other domain.
Mainly because of the cancellation of WordPress’s daily prompts and weekly photo challenges, my domain The Art of Disorder (dot net) will be going away before the end of the year. I am not renewing my WP Personal hosting plan, but intend to keep the blog going for a while, at least, at theartofdisorder.wordpress.com
I am enjoying my six-week online photography workshop (ably led by Andy Ilachinski) and find that applying what I am learning is taking a lot of my attention. Along with the sorting, tossing, downsizing, and otherwise refocusing activities, surroundings, and life in general.
life’s texture changes
with the changing rhythm
of the days and years
soft light refines the hillsides
bird song drifts across the lake
Changes continue, and the process is engaging. Discoveries and rediscoveries…
December…the beginning of the end (of 2017)
I am not certain that I am looking toward the new year with joy, but I feel as though I’ve worn out this one (and the last) quite thoroughly. Or, they’ve worn me out. A bright spot in my life was the on-line Introduction to Japanese Poetry workshop I attended, which covered writing/understanding haiku and tanka, each form getting two weeks of study and practice. Quite involving!
The second bright spot that stands out is the bereavement counseling from the local hospice organization. Stimulating discussions with several counselors and new thoughts to think about life and death, loss and revelations. Two books stood out for me. The first is a book of poem by Barbara Crow: Coming Up for Light and Air, which title I came across and then searched out from independent sellers of second-hand books. I got an autographed copy, and also two other used copies, one of which I gave to my first HRRV bereavement counselor. The second is Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (Taylor & Francis, June 2011); in particular, the article “Giving Voice to Nonfinite Loss and Grief in Bereavement”, by C.L. Schultz and D.L. Harris. As one approaches old age, nonfinite loss is surely a factor in quality of life.
The third bright spot that stands out, other than having made contact with cousins at an aunt’s funeral (although I did not think to ask for USPS contact information or email addresses). I did find another of the cousins who live on the West Coast on Facebook.
And this year included not one, but two poem-a-day challenges with the same group of people. I participated in both NaPoWriMo in April and a write-along during NaNoWriMo (November). I held back some of the poems from my Quiet Spaces Journal for reworking, and also for submission someplace, if they turn out the way I hope.
My favorite, I think, from the 30+ poems that I wrote, last month, is from Day 10:
fiery blanket of light
a sea of stars
broad enough to span a life
deep enough to hide within
Copyright © 2017-11-10, by Elizabeth “Lizl” Bennefeld.