In the Moment

slice-of-life2I am participating in #SOL19. Thanks to the twowritingteachers blog team for this wonderful experience!


Each day is a little life. ~Joseph Hall

If you were able to let go of all your current obligations for the next three years, what would you devote your time to doing?

I thought about my response to this question, and I believe I would spend my time reading  – picture books, upper elementary and middle school, YA literature and beyond, blog posts, Atlantic magazine, The New Yorker, N.Y. Times.  Of course, there are all the professional reads and rereading all the classics.  The rest of the time I would write in my notebook and on my blog and develop those long-awaited chapters for a possible middle-school novel.

And most of this reading/writing would be accomplished in different locations – a week in Camden, Maine or a week in Surf City, NJ, or a week in San Francisco. What about a travel log while we tour the national parks or take a cruise to Alaska to see the glaciers before they are all gone, or that four-week stay in Australia and New Zealand (my husband’s dram trip), or a tour of the castles and the purple moors of Scotland. Another trip to Venice to visit the synagogues in the Jewish Ghetto and sip cocktails on an open porch facing the Grand Canal to watch gondolas lazily float by.

And why not throw in a second visit to Portugal to see again the Belém Tower and the palaces of Sintra or tour the fado restaurants of Lisbon, and the labyrinthine lanes of the medieval capital of Coimbra. Of course, what about a trip to France to visit the art galleries of Paris, Loire vineyard visits, and chateaux-hopping with time exploring the coasts of Normandy and the French Riviera! Certainly, the travel would inspire writing and still leave some time for reading!