Saturday, September 03, 2011

Concert on the road

Image found at Thomas Jefferson Journal.

The sound of my feet slapon the blacktop.
The padding, panting, and leash jingling of my dog add to the rhythm.
Deep breaths followed by thankful exhales, help me press on in this tempo of activity.
The sky is hazy, the air is thick with humidity.
Sweat is already running down my back and face.

This isn't going to be easy.

The crickets boldly sing providing the song's base,
the morning dove croons her pretty solo for variety,
and the frogs bellow a backbeat to cheer me on.

I suppose I didn't need my ipod after all.

Feet slapping, arms swinging, lungs working and heart pounding.
It's time to take this show on the road.

T.L. Eastman 2011'

Friday, September 02, 2011


Return the library book and the "borrowed" cozy sweater.
Return the tupperware, because thrifty gladware works much better.

Return the cd, dvd, and phone charger true.
These things have a way of meandering where lost socks wander to.

Return to doing the things, you really ought to do,
because people matter and you won't want loose them too.

Return to caring actions and not just words.
Return to living life, in spite of all the blur.

Return to the stack of books sitting on the shelf.
The pages that you read, might help you find yourself.

T.L. Eastman 2011"

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Return to NaBloPoMo this September

Would you consider writing or updating your blog each day for an entire month? To join in this commitment to the creative pursuit of writing this September go to NaBloPoMo and sign up. They offer daily prompts to help with the process as long as a monthly theme. This months theme is "Return".

It's been a while since I've tried to post daily over here at Uphill idealist, but I'm giving it a shot - for the fun of it, for the joy of it and hopefully for you to join in too!

Happy September to you. I hope this writing project is one that will bring you many creative returns!

1. What is National Blog Posting Month?

Essentially, it's a group of people who have committed to updating their blogs once a day for an entire month. If you would like more information on how to get involved with NaBloPoMo simply click on this link.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Sign on the dotted line if you think creativity matters.

I signed on the dotted line because I think creativity is really important!
Will you?
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The Creative Collective is an online resource for folks seeking ways to work creative efforts in the spirit of adventure, authenticity, and faith. I just was introduced the they via Relevant Magazine's September issue. To check out the collective and to join in the conversation head here to join and here to read their blog.

Wearing summer thankfulness all year round

(Image from Petco.)

Last night while waiting for my daughter to get done with work, I heard a chorus of geese singing as they were flying overhead. They were working on migration practice runs over the lake.
This morning, I went out for my usual morning trek, and found that I needed to keep my sweatshirt on throughout the whole jaunt. The foggy chill this morning was one I haven't felt in a while.
In these bittersweet moments ( I love the sounds of fall as well as cosy sweatshirts), I realize just how quickly this summer has rushed past me - and I feel as if I did not have the opportunity to be outside enough to take it all in!

There are moments in life so sweet and full of warmth that come too quickly and are gone too fast - just like this summer. This Monday Meme is an opportunity to think upon what need to be let go of, and what need to be held close. If I could, I'd attach all the lovely things about this swift summer to my cosy sweatshirt, just so I can 'wear' those balmy, sun-filled days - even in the midst of February's-multi-layered-clothing-just-because-of-the-gray-chill. Yes winter is coming, but not before the beauty, color, and crunchy leaf walking fall has it's bold and glowing say. There are loves and dislikes to every season.

So summer, the things I'd not attach from your season to my cosy sweater are:
temps so high that sweat runs down the back of the leg and into the crook of the knee, days too busy to get outside and play, fear of the unknown, a month without rain and then weeks full of rain - a little variety is good, saying no to time at camp because other work needed to be done, no time to read good books, rolled ankles that keep jogging at bay, and tiredness that won't go away.

The qualities of summer I would attach to my cosy sweatshirt are: s'more making with white chocolate, having a weed pulling race with my youth group, family adventures in day trips to art parks, reading a few wonderful gems of books, time with new and old friends, hunting for and finding that winery I'd been looking for, floating in Gram's pool and gazing at the puffy clouds in the sky, courage to keep going, a dog that is just as happy with long walks as fast runs, scrabble with twizzlers, and tiredness that finally says 'Uncle' to a good nights sleep in a night just chilly enough for wrapping up in a comforter.

Seasons may come and go, but an attitude of gratefulness and recounting what to be thankful for has the power to warm the heart in all sorts of weather, especially with the right cozy sweatshirt to wear.