Day 8 -#SOL2021: Conversations with “Strangers”

In my early morning writing, waiting for Little Man to come, I found myself not sure what to write. It was not a matter of no ideas but of too many little thoughts jumping from place to place. Some of those thoughts are better placed in my personal journal, some fit well into my garden notebook and then there was a to do list that kept popping into my head.

I decided the way to settle this was to read a few posts from todays Slice of Life Challenge. Certainly that would give me focus, settle my ideas. But instead it sent me off into new and glorious thoughts. I found things that fit my own thinking on age and how different things are now (thanks: Aging gracefully or not – Diane Lisa and My how things have changed in 70 years – arjeha)

Then I ran into Beth Sanderson and her lovely poetry. There was What Lies Beneath and the a poem from March 3rd – Three kinds of Rain. Both of these poems fit into my love of the natural world and had me wanting to play with poetry as this early spring arrives here in Minnesota. Birds singing, snow melting, plants growing are perfect for this kind of writing.

I thought let’s just read one more of these posts they are so much fun. So on I went to Margaret Simon’s Erasure Every Letter. She was thinking about time again but that time between writing a hand written letter and when it is received compared to our instant type and send text or email. That thought alone had me interested and then she tied it to Georgia O Keefe and her letters to her husband and ending with a poem found among the words of others. ( An added plus was a reference to a article in The American Scholar that I now need to find and read)

Oh, so much learning this morning and so many more ideas to push me out of my head and into new thoughts and feeling. It is what I have found missing during the pandemic – conversations with others that brings new ideas and interesting thoughts. Talk that stirs up my emotions and brings new energy into my daily thoughts. Conversations with “strangers” give me new ways to see the world, new ways to think about the world around me. (Although I must say the friends here at Two Writing Teachers are not strangers. Some I know well over years of writing here together and others are quickly becoming new friends – a thought for another day)

And to think I only read four posts before I began to write. Each time I returned to the TWT site there were more and more entries to read. So much good writing to think about.

For now I will end – heading off to think about what I read and where I want to take those ideas. Maybe later tonight I can return to see what other wonderful ideas are waiting to be discovered.

Thanks TWT for all your work in setting this up and keeping us together! Great Job!

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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6 Responses to Day 8 -#SOL2021: Conversations with “Strangers”

  1. arjeha says:

    I sometimes like to compare the posts at TWT like information one receives at a conference. There is so much good thinking and conversations that it sets the mind spinning and gives food for thought for future writings.

  2. jumpofffindwings says:

    I feel the same way you do; the writing of others is where I go for inspiration. I love how you have left me breadcrumbs to follow to some great food for thought. I have a tough decision every day deciding who to leave out. I know what I’m missing!

  3. margaretsmn says:

    I told a friend who is also slicing that I could read slices all day long. Each one sends me into a new thought place, a rabbit hole of thoughts. That’s why the March challenge works again and again. Not only are we writing every day, we are also constantly learning and connecting.

  4. Pam Ela says:

    I agree. I’ve been back multiple times throughout each day simply because I miss words from adults!!! I’ve enjoyed it SO much.

  5. I adore the way we can use one another to provide us with writerly and creative inspiration when we get stuck! That’s what it’s all about!

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