I am always so inspired by other people’s blogs so here I am, six months after my last post, hoping I won’t forget about this place that exists somewhere out in cyber-land, hoping I can contribute something to the world that might add a little beauty. It’s just every time I sit down at my computer to write, I feel an urge to go outside and watercolor instead. We’ll see what happens. 🙂
The past few months in Maine passed by quicker than usual. Winter was cold and long but incredibly beautiful. The first day it snowed, it snowed a LOT. The fog horn sounded early, and a few minutes later we got e-mails that school was cancelled. (I just kept hitting the re-load button until we got the news… and even though it was 6:30 in the morning it was impossible to sleep after that!) Here’s a picture I took of Becca.
The snow piled up and stayed, occasionally coming up past my waist. I spent a lot of time curled up reading for my classes, trying to stay warm without crawling under my covers and falling asleep. One day it was -35 degrees below. I bundled up and headed out for a few hours to take pictures of the eerie, beautiful sea smoke. In some places the water looked like the Caribbean.
Near the end of February, I went to NY for the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN. This year we had a delegation of 8 or so and it was exciting to introduce more people to CSW. The launch of UN Women set the tone for the whole week. For me, the big question this year is how can we get men more involved? And is it time for another World Conference on Women? It’s been 15 years since the last one.
Earlier I said winter was cold and long, but it was really spring that was difficult. Actually, slow is a better word. Around the middle of May, the flowers started coming out and the fog pulled away. We had a few solid weeks of fog. At least 20+ days… I lost count! I guess that’s what it means to live on an island in Maine?
Some highlights include: visiting my grandparents in KY, taking my friends engagement photos, spending hours watercoloring (outside when the temperature was above 45 degrees, and inside when it was below), learning about the physics & mathematics of sustainable energy (and finally putting numbers and facts to what I know about climate change and energy), reading Mama Day by Gloria Naylor, dancing around the May Pole, and making a very sudden trip to NY to see my family.
Now I am back in NYC, spending time with my family and friends. I am interning at the New York Open Center, a holistic education center with classes that expand the mind, heal the body and nurture the spirit. 🙂 It’s a really neat place and every day is different.
I’m also working on a new book–Reverence.
Although I started it in the winter, I am putting the final touches on it now and it better be done by like… tonight. I guess I should get going then. 😉0