Something in Jude’s blog got me thinking about how routines can be shelters, too. I rely on writing practice and calendar markings to create places of both rest and dynamism.

Daily pages were almost entirely abandoned in the press of the holidays. I don’t know why. But — never mind! I did my three pages today.

Over on Instagram, I’m taking part (somewhat informally) in a yearlong effort called: #theunreadshelfproject2018. I want to read more generally and specifically, I’d like to finish some of the many books I’ve started but then set down for one reason or another.

As part of that effort, I’ll be tracking my reading here — not book reviews per se (plenty of others writing those — many of whom are paid to do so) — more like idiosyncratic (random?) responses.

The bitter cold continues and we’re supposed to get a foot of snow on Thursday. We are back to a pack of three.

8 thoughts on “Shelter

  1. Sue Batterham

    The sky was beautiful in your last post. The blue sky makes all the difference to our mood I think. We lived in Canberra for 7 years; it is dry cold there. Blue sky and down to -9 c sometimes, but I loved it. I am not looking forward to Saturday with a forecast of 41c and a strong hot wind. In case you didn’t realise, I am susie- l- b on IG

    1. deemallon Post author

      I’ll take cold over heat any day. I didn’t know that was you over on IG so thanks for connecting the dots for me!

  2. Michelle in NYC

    I’m prepared to never leave the apartment again till Spring, except for the post and Groceries and maybe the library and the zendo. All mostly within blocks. Maybe my 75th birthday too if some lovely friends offer me a close by meal.

    1. deemallon Post author

      I’m glad everything is so near! If I was I’d bring you some excellent soup! When’s your bday?

  3. Nancy

    It’s funny, about the pages (did that years ago)…I’ve had the feeling recently that ‘I Need to Return to myself’…whatever that means! I have books still piled on the living room floor, in the middle of a process here! I keep thinking that I “should” read all of these books I intended to. Then the pendulum swings the other way and I think: WHY “should” I? Face it I am Never going to read them! Just move on I say to myself (we have long chats! lol). Again, love Finney all dressed up in his GI Joe outfit!!! And just love his skinny little leggers! 🙂 Stay warm my friend (I’ll take heat any day!)

    1. deemallon Post author

      Part of the book exercise for me is giving away the ones I can admit to having no intention of ever reading. Why keep them? As for the writing, it is most definitely (for this person anyhow) a way to “return to self”. Every morning. There I am. Showing up on the page with my drivel, my whiny complaints, my boring to do list and occasional stuff of interest.

      1. Nancy

        But they look soooo goood and I really Wanted to read them!! (read in whiny voice)
        My pages, from that time (long ago shredded or maybe burnt up) were endless repetitions of stressed workplace nonsense! I had a horrible boss who did awful things, so on and on I’d write and vent! it got to a point when I felt like a high schooler whining that I wanted a boyfriend! lol I never went back and read them, just got rid on that period in my life.


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