Present Continuous, by Henk Visch
Photo by Gras-Ober via Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons
My wife, LaVonna, and I lived outside of the United States on-and-off for about 23 months of 2015, 2016 and 2017. On nearly every day during our time abroad, I wrote a brief newsletter and distributed it to a few friends and members of my family.
Most of the contents of my newsletters sprung from notes I scribbled in pocket-sized notebooks about things I noticed as we rambled about. My notes and my daily deadline for the newsletter, I thought, kept me alert and energized no matter where we were or what we were doing; I wrote about castles but also about new-to-me products on the shelves of supermarkets.
We’ve been back in the USA for about two months, now, and I find myself less curious, less attentive and less energized than I had been. The problem, if it is a problem, isn’t that things aren’t as interesting here in Denver, Colorado; it is that I’m no longer in the habit of taking notice of things and taking notes about them, and no longer am motivated to meet my deadline.
This blog will take the place of my newsletters and I will, I hope, return to the habit of note-scribbling.
The photo is of a sculpture entitled, Present Continuous, by Henk Visch. It’s not in Denver, where I am, but it seems to be about noticing, and noticing–and writing about what I’m noticing, is what I’ll be doing.
(For the time being, I’ll be sharing these posts only via Facebook. As soon as I figure out how to make it possible, though, you’ll have the opportunity to subscribe.)