Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I always need a leaf or a flower,

For the past few weeks I've spent much less time at the computer.

My attention span was shredded, and it scared me. 

But it's coming back. 

I'm reading the hard copy of the newspaper again instead of skimming online.

I feel like I can breathe again.

There is so much that I don't need to know.

Last weekend I didn't go on the computer at all, 
and the only thing I missed was reading your blogs. 

Tomorrow I am heading off for a long weekend, with no computer,
somewhere with an ocean.

This poem:

           Of What Surrounds Me

Whatever it is I am saying, I always
     need a leaf or a flower, if not an
entire field. As for sky, I am so wildly
     in love with each day's inventions, cool blue
or cat gray or full
     of the ship of clouds, I simply can't
say whatever it is I am saying without
     at least one skyful. That leaves water, a
creek or a well, river or ocean, it has to be
     there. For the heart to be there. For the pen
to be poised. For the idea to come.

                                  ---Mary Oliver

See you in a few days...

xo,  Jen


  1. I think we all need some tech-free down time like this. Hope you have a lovely break Jen. Amanda xx

  2. I seem to have reached the same point here, and while Taiwan has lovely and relaxing sights, I am thinking in terms of Ohio, and in fact am looking up tickets right now.
    --Road to Parnassus (at the moment, Road to Cleveland)

  3. Have a lovely weekend.

    We'll all be here when you return.

    xo Jane

  4. I agree with you in some ways, Jen. Computer system is convenient for us, and convenience hasn't always good aspect.
    I know you love nature and human touch. I love to read your words and poems reflected your ideas.

  5. Have a lovely weekend Jen! Enjoy!

    Madelief x

  6. it's the same for me and reading online vs. reading real books. haven't touched my kindle in months...

  7. the ebb and flow. we must balance with breathing space.

    enjoy yourself!

  8. I know exactly what you mean. Too much information, quite a bit of it unnecessary. Have a wonderfully unplugged mini vacation.

  9. I can't agree more with you dear Jen!
    yes there is so much out there we don't need to know

    a leaf or a flower
    and maybe the ocean ;)

    enjoy your vacation!

  10. Something with the ocean sounds perfect. I'm glad you can breath again. I hope you have a wonderful time.

  11. As you know Jen, I've been away from this scene for a bit now. And, I really don't miss it except for a few special people such as you.

  12. Thank you for your kind and understanding comments. I am back from a wonderful long weekend, and (as you can see) at the computer. But it was a good break.