March 3, 2011

Thinking about Less...

I don't have much to say this week.  My mind is elsewhere.  I've been reading and watching and listening to a lot of news lately, and although I think it's important to stay well-informed, it can be so incredibly depressing.  When hearing about the uprising in Egypt, the war in Libya, the tragedy in New Zealand, and our own comparably trivial troubles, including the protests in Wisconsin and our continued failed attempts at balancing the budget, it can be difficult to bring focus back on my own little life.  But of course that is exactly what I should do.  I can't control all the chaos in the world.  

I also just finished the book, Say You're One of Them, by Uwem Akpan.  It's fantastic, but only read it if you are okay with the fact that it will break your heart and haunt your dreams.  It's simply painful to come to terms with the fact that so many children in the world face such tragedy.

I've also become rather disillusioned with the blogging world lately.  I don't know - I think I'm just uninspired.  While this mood lasts, I may cut back a bit on posting.  Or rather, I'm going to post when I want to and not feel like I should put something out here every day.  We'll see.  I just went through the list that I follow and removed the ones that seem to post mainly about things.  There are so many out there that want to tell me what to buy, or what I should think is cool, or that seem to be trying so hard to make money.  I need to make sure I'm sticking with all the wonderful and inspiring and thoughtful blogs out there.

I realize this is a rather negative post, so let me leave you with a little dose of goodness...

'Reality Bites' was on last night, so I let myself get sucked in.  This is exactly the type of nostalgic optimism I need.  Love Ethan Hawke...

Isn't this gorgeous?  I can't trace it back to the original source, though.  Love it.


  1. LOVE this post Mary! I'm feeling much the same way these days. I think we all need a good dose of spring! and by spring....I mean warmer weather and mud puddles!

  2. hey girl. first, i hope i made the cut?! second, i too have been a bit disillusioned with the blogopshere lately. weird. stay true to you in what you read and what you post...and i we could all stand to think about less more. xoxoxo

  3. great post, mary, as always. xo

  4. inspired by this post i just edited the feeds in my google reader. its like cleaning out your closet. feels good. thanks.

  5. Hi Mary - just back after a week away and my goodness this post resonates. I actually follow about 100 blogs and must say I got back and picked my fave 8 or so (yours is on there) and checked those first. There are so many that have little/less substance. I need some substance. I came home from skiing with so many thoughts of 'what's it all about?' - will share all next week as I go through the blog 'therapy' of sharing! I do hope my blog stayed on your list! I do find I get a bit lost sometimes with what to post but then I find my groove again and it's all OK. I hope you find yours.

    And Reality Bites - ohhh Generation X we love you. So 'of our era'. I love the soundtrack to that film. My Sharona is one of my fave running songs. Dreadfully bittersweet though - I think of those days and what we had ahead of us and now as I approach my 37th birthday next week, I notice I have started looking back not forward...hmmm. Is this is sign? Anyway - sorry for the epic post - but I missed you! Lou x

  6. I go through this quite often about blogging. It does help to clear out the reader... I personally found the "inspiration" blogs felt like clutter after a while... and the same stuff starts to show up too often.

    I really enjoy your blog and am sure that you will find a balance for youself with posting when you want, what you love. You have a great mix of posts already- plenty of substance :)


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