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2011, via haiku


#reverb11, #WEverb11

“Sum up your year, via haiku.

My step kids came back
after a long cold winter
time did not stand still

Professional hopes
turn to ash; more energy
for the animals

Reverb11, Resound11 – These things are useful: perseverance, frankness, critical thinking



“Yesterday we got down and dirty and revealed our 2011 vices; today we’ll wipe the slate clean and talk about what personal virtues we discovered in 2011. What good have you done in 2011? Where do you really shine? What have you done that makes you proud of yourself? We know you’ve got it in you!

How will you resound?”

#reverb11 (via dontbeapicklebump.com/reverb/)

“Name someone in your life who has influenced you in a positive way this past year. How did they influence you? How did you pay it forward?

This year was tough professionally, and I’ve been pretty hard on myself. Thank the gods for my All Things Vegan radio show, and the non-profit VegNet things that I’ve been involved with and made happen. I’m proud of the way that we jumped right into to creating the radio show from scratch, with no broadcasting, interviewing, or technical experience at a radio station. I’ve been able to use my perseverance, frankness, critical thinking, and computer and social media skills to continuously improve the show, even having a little fun along the way. It’s been very fulfilling, confidence building, and meaningful, and I’ve loved interviewing and meeting such interesting and compassionate people from around the world!  It wouldn’t be the same without my friend Judy, who is just as dedicated as I am, and always comes at things from a slightly different angle, keeping things from getting stale. And we are slowing seeing the vegan community in Bend blossom, after years of hard work (a couple of years on my end, many more years on Judy’s end).

In other news, today I watched three movies. Three! Very unusual for me. I’m a little under the weather and only had the energy to snooze, catch up on some Netflix, and of course, make food (I’m rarely too sick to eat). Loved Visioneers. It had a Brazil-like feel to it and had me laughing out loud in several places. I’d tell you what those were, but I might spoil it for you. Oh no, now the Brazil theme song is in my head! I also watched two documentaries: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a Werner Herzog film about the Chauvet caves of Southern France, and Enlighten Up!, about a yoga quest. I was only partially paying attention to Cave, but I did appreciate the beautiful imagery, which included the context of the surrounding remote landscape and the interior of the multi-chambered cave itself, the close-ups of the paintings (still photographs are not the same), and all the various archaeologists and other experts expounding on the meaning of the drawings. It had a fitting soundtrack as well. I found it interesting that there are deliberate painted hand prints in the cave and they were able to identify one person’s repeated prints by their crooked finger. Enlighten Up! was OK, but not quite what I was hoping for.

Again with the night owl


#reverb11 #resound11

“Yesterday we summed up 2011 in one word. Today we’re going to talk about vices. Did you slip back into any old habits that you wish you hadn’t? Did you gain any new habits that you wish you would have walked away from? Did you discover the evils of Nutella? ‘Fess up … we won’t tell. This prompt may sound dark and dreary, but we’ll be back to our sunshine selves tomorrow. Take today to reflect on a vice (or two or twelve) that you’d like to give up in the new year.

How will you resound?”

The worst habit, that I quickly slipped back into this past year, was allowing my night owl tendencies to rule. Along with staying up way too late and then getting up late, I also “wing it” instead of sticking to a routine. Then I feel guilty for not sticking to a routine. And trying to get up with the sun every day for a month earlier this year didn’t last long. I’m not sure what to do about this in 2012. Maybe I just need to set a later schedule and stop feeling guilty about what is clearly a natural pattern for me.

Runner-up bad habits: Too much black tea. Not enough water. Nonprofit commitments often keep me away from home too many nights per week.

Where are my writing prompts this fall?!


I’m sort of at a writing loss this fall. First, I fell behind on mindful52. Recently, I’d been trying to catch up, but noticed that the organizer lost some steam as well and posts and responses have become fewer and far between and maybe even stopped completely in October. Then, I gave up on NaNoWriMo (although I’ve kept up with NaBloPoMo).

I was really looking forward to Reverb, which last year took place during December. But today I received an email from the main organizer who has decided not to host it this year. She encouraged everyone to write our own Reverb prompts and then comment on them throughout the month, possibly inviting others to respond to our prompts. I can tell the community feels a little abandoned and irritated that she waited until the last minute to let everyone know, and I certainly feel this myself. It’s just not the same as being given a new prompt each day, with several thousand other people responding to the same prompts on the same day in a sort of collective group meditation. And tomorrow is already December 1—not a lot of time to come up with our own list. However,  there are a few people seeing this as a challenge: brainstorming ideas and posting them on twitter. Maybe I’ll end up following one of those, or come up with a list tomorrow morning…

Although it’s disappointing, I can’t really blame the organizers for petering out on mindful52 or reverb. They put a huge amount of time, energy, and resources into creating and maintaining these challenges, and who knows what is happening in their personal lives?

If not for December, I like the idea  of writing the prompts ahead of time for my February light box month.