What’s in a “blog,” anyway? “Web Log?” “Blogging”/blobbing/burbling/blurting still feels eerily like the diaries I used to keep in junior high.
“And yet, she persisted.” Sound familiar? This time, it’s me, persisting/regrouping in my efforts to bring information and insight around the complex and confusing topic of health and healthcare to more people, by writing and speaking about what I’ve come to understand.
It’s also me, persisting and re-engaging on some topics I also feel passionately about—like women’s rights and empowerment; civil rights, and civility; the right to affordable health care; and the rights of all to live in a clean and safe environment—that have, until January 20, 2017, not needed my voice so urgently.
It’s now also me, persisting in my lifetime love of poetry. My poems are written in fits and starts, when I’m exhilarated, or angry, frustrated or confused, when I’m depressed or when I’m hopeful….and when I take the time from all my “busy-ness” to put pen to paper.
I had a rare chance a few weeks ago to reignite my passion for poetry, and to remember why poetry is so important as a means of expression and self-reflection, as a way to play with words and feelings, to really say and experience something deeply and meaningfully.
The opportunity was to hear and to interact with our nation’s current Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera for a poetry weekend in our local Jackson Hole community arts center and library (see photo). The time I spent with him and with other poetry-interested people was life-changing, and my creativity was spurred as if by a cattle prod (I live in Wyoming, remember!).
That, combined with my new Summer Commitment to move forward with my dream to reach more people with the message of health and hope through healthy nutrition and lifestyle choice, have resulted in this blog/blob/blurb actually being written, and posted, on my too-long neglected website.
Onward and upward! Hi-yo Silver, and Away! (just watched an old episode of The Lone Ranger; old TV shows have been my comfort food this spring)
The upshot for you, dear reader? More writing and more posts from moi, more connection and engagement, more thoughts for us to chew on, ideas to imagine on, healthy tips and tidbits to move forward on.
My tip for this week? It’s all about attitude: Enjoy more, stress less; love more, fear less; create more, obstruct less; embrace more, worry less. And especially for me, right now: Express yourself, however that manifests. Give voice, and vision to who you really are.