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What to blog, what to blog ...

April 8, 2009 - Meg Alexander
For days — or maybe weeks — I've been trying trying to figure out what to blog about. It isn't so much a lack of ideas holding me up, but an overwhelming abundance ... though I am reluctant to publicly address some of them. I'm reading a book right now that addresses just this issue — Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig.

Focus on one brick, would be Pirsig's recommendation to me. Or, he might say, write down everything you want to address in no particular order, and then choose the most important brick(s) to write about. (His brick assignment came about when a student was overwhelmed with an assignment to describe a town, so he told her to focus on one street, but still she was overwhelmed. So he had her pick a building, and still she was overwhelmed, so he told her to focus on a single brick in a single building. She did, and it resulted in a creative breakthrough and an amazing piece of writing.)

So, without further ado, here are my bricks: - the brilliance of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, though it's taken me more than a year to make it 3/4 of the way through it. - gay rights in Iowa - liberal California ought to be ashamed! - the conflicts of being a social liberal and a fiscal conservative, aka fitting a square peg in a round hole in a political sense. - moving into Fairmont and adjusting to life in the "big city" after growing up and living in the surrounding "suburbs." Does this mean I can't wear my bathrobe to the curb when I take out the garbage? - finding a room of one's own in a house that doesn't quite feel like home yet. - the new neighborhood. - elementary/junior/high school orchestra concerts and the nightmare of having one day to find all black dress pants, shoes and a shirt for an 11-year-old boy in Fairmont. (It can't be done, by the way.) - awkward "join us on Sunday" invitations. - neat freak versus ... not neat freak, aka I've become OCD about cleaning my new house and the rest of my family is not sharing my enthusiasm.

And as long as this is getting, I'll have to wait until next time to choose one of these. Oh well ...


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