To write, go on vacation. You can either stay home or travel, but I've found it most important to take some time out. Set a time and place for relaxing, thinking and letting the thoughts come to the surface. Often I throw away the first thoughts and words that serve to prime the pump of memory. But I keep coming back to the writing spot and make a time to meet myself there.
|Deer friend from Cub River Canyon, Idaho|
When my camera is out, she seems to back off more quickly. So do the butterflies I attempt to capture in a photo. But like my memories, even though they are not exactly replicated in a photograph, the deer and the butterflies and the grasshoppers and the wild turkeys are stored in my mind and may peek shyly out of my writing when the time is right.
|Driving along the road I spotted this piece of machinery|
that spoke to me of my Johnson roots in Preston, Idaho
It's summertime and the living is easy. Schedule a vacation from the everyday and let the memories come out of the scrub oak to meet you.