Tuesday, July 15, 2014


post by Lynn

Maybe I should act like a coach, prodding you into productive action. Seat to chair! Fingers to keyboard! It’s time to exercise plot and point of view and revision!

But that would not be honest. Because today I am in summer mode, and if anything, I’d like to take you by the wrist and pull you down into the grass with me. It’s summer, and I don’t want to spend hours at the computer.

I want to spit seeds and listen to the swish of warm wind through the maple. I want to throw a tennis ball for Luna the span-triever. I want to pick flowers I know are weeds, but that I think are pretty anyway.

That’s my agenda today. And you know what? That's okay. Downtime has restorative qualities. Play has its place in the creative process.

But don’t take it from me--listen to these folks:
What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace. 
- Ellen Goodman
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water or watching the clouds that float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time. 
- John Lubbock 
Play is the highest form of research. 
- Albert Einstein 
So, come on. Let's go soak up summer--before it goes away again. As long as we keep a notebook in our pockets to capture the images and thoughts that bubble up, it qualifies as writing time.

Trust me on that.

Let's go outside and play!

Photo by Aunt Lynn


  1. I had a counselor once tell me that when I didn't do anything to recharge, it was like pouring water out of a pitcher without ever refilling it. At some point, I simply ran out of water and it would pour no more. Summer is a good time to refill that pitcher.

    1. Excellent analogy. Hope you get some time to refill, after Frontier Days!

  2. Cheers to that! Also, if it blooms and the bees like it, it's not a weed. ;)

    1. I agree! The bees know what's what, so we should follow their lead :-)

  3. Downtime is definitely good for the soul!


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