Friday, September 18, 2015

Oh, What a View!

We're back from a brief camping trip in Wildcat Mountain State Park, where we hiked along nearly empty trails hoping for a glimpse of the Kickapoo River,

looked down on vultures soaring over the valley,

and rested and read in a secluded campsite. 

At night, we stared up at a skyful of stars, warmed by a cozy campfire.

Every once in awhile, I remember the advice I give to students:
  • Walk. The regular motion helps ideas flow.
  • Read. Take time to appreciate the sounds of the words as well as the meaning.
  • Slow down and pay attention. A change in scenery (especially outdoors) can bring inspiration.
Works for me, too!

This week's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Today's Little Ditty.  

JoAnn Early Macken


Diane Mayr said...

Great advice!

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thank you, Diane! I have to remember it!

Bobbi Miller said...

What a lovely meditation on writing!

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thank you, Bobbi! Sometimes I forget the basic stuff. Getting away for a bit helps me remember.

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for the inspiration, JA. Just what I needed. And love the photos, too.

JoAnn Early Macken said...

Thank you, Marti! I'm happy to hear it was helpful.