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"The Day" by Ferdinand Holder, 1900




It has been such a long time since I've felt called to blog. 2010 was a good year for me but also a complex and busy one. Living it and learning from it seemed to be the order of the day, blogging about it did not. And, well, let's be honest...Facebook offers a quicker, cheaper, flashier alternative to blogging and I (I am chagrined to say) gave over a bit to the McCulture of the day.

However, I am back and badder than ever! *insert fanfare here* Not only am I back-n-badder but I also now have a theme and a sweet chunk of inspiration. No more random and compass-less blogging! (erm. well, until I want to.) This is new and improved blogging and with a Purpose. *looks determined*

So, a group of my nifty friends have given themselves a 365 day challenge for the coming year. In 2011 they have picked themes for themselves and they are going to live and touch those themes daily (sharing how they do that via Facebook or other public media). I've agreed to step into that challenge myself, within the boundaries of what I feel is reasonable for my life. Therefore I am committed to sharing 365 thematically appropriate moments with the world this year...though I do not guarantee that they will come daily. I just can't chain myself to a computer like that folks. Papa was a rollin' stone and all that.

My theme for 2011 was already set when this 365 challenge came at me (via the gift that is Maggie). I have deemed this year "The Year of the Poet", which for me is about much more than just writing poetry. For me, engaging this theme is about a way of being; a way of daring that is open and present to the beauty and sensuality of life and to the art of this existence. This way of being is brazen. It allows itself to be expansive. It flaunts itself like the most bejeweled of peacocks. It is heightened and untamed. It is unabashed in its intensity. It is unwilling to alter itself to conform to popular opinion.

Now this way of being will not be to everyone's taste. This way of being may seem, to some, to be too bloated, too baroque, too dripping with cheese. After all, some poet-souls are neat and sparse. Some live in haiku and quiet tidiness. Some fit into elegant boxes of order.

Not mine. Just sayin'.

So I'm going to strip off my clothes and stretch out fully in the sun here. I'm going to revel in the glory of this garden as I share, one by one, velvet petals of this poet-soul.

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thistle333
Jan. 6th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Welcome Back!
Welcome back to LJ! I have myself dipped a toe in the Facebook river. But I do so enjoy seeing my pals on LJ as well...

I look forward to your poetic wanderings.
chelidon
Jan. 6th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see what comes out of this, and you have thus managed to entice me back onto LJ for the first time in far more than a year. Gods-speed to your noble endeavor!
(Anonymous)
Jan. 8th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
The Commitment
I am so excited by this idea. I am equally excited about what you will be bringing us this year. You inspire me to make a similar commitment myself. Donald
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