The title of this blog is borrowed from an Emily Dickinson poem:
The Brain — is wider than the Sky —
For — put them side by side —
The one the other will contain
With ease — and You — beside —
The Brain is deeper than the sea —
For — hold them — Blue to Blue —
The one the other will absorb —
As Sponges — Buckets — do —
The Brain is just the weight of God —
For — Heft them — Pound for Pound —
And they will differ — if they do —
As Syllable from Sound —
Dickinson is my favorite poet. Her work speaks to me; she inspires me.
I started blogging in 2004. Since then, I’ve had 3 different blogs, covering a wide range of topics. I’ve been out of commission for a while and have decided to start blogging again. As a writer, I know it’s important to write daily. And yet I haven’t. Over my vacation in December 2012, I was reading a book: beautiful prose. And I realized that, of late, I hadn’t written anything good. In fact, my brother-in-law gave me a journal for Christmas, and I was trying to make a valiant effort to write in it every day we were on vacation. I did. Nothing brilliant, but I wrote. And it was the first time in a long time I had written something that wasn’t a work document.
Then, just this month, I was revising my CV and realized I haven’t published any academic work since 2007. Nothing. And I’m not really sure when that happened.
And so I am making yet another attempt to write on a daily (or semi-daily) basis. Here. On this blog. Because I am a writer who has not been writing.
I am more than a writer (which is part of why I haven’t actually been writing).
I try to be the change I want to see in the world. I am a college instructor, an administrator, a Guardian ad Litem, an animal lover & advocate, an avid reader, a TV Junkie, a social media addict.
And so, this blog, too, is wider than the sky–in that it will cover a wide variety of topics–basically whatever I happen to be thinking of when it’s time to post. I’ve struggled with perfectionism, which hampers writing and creates writer’s block. So I’m going to try to avoid that here and focus on just posting.
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