What Myth are you Living?

My study looks like a bomb went off it. Quite a contrast to the rest of the house. Stacks of books and papers everywhere. CDs leaning at a crazy angle. They are the photo archive back-up of almost every photo I have taken since I began taking pictures. Before digital cameras, I seldom took pictures. Yesterday and the day before, I was hunting frantically for an old picture from 2006. It was in the wrong folder, but assiduous hunting found it. I’m a little nuts sometimes; wild-eyed but not dangerous.

A cork-board leans against the low bookcase on the south wall of my study. I have to move a blue and pink sparkly hula hoop to get to it. Things I like or want to remember are stuck to the board with push-pins.

I wrote:  “I am a person who always looks for the silver lining. Silver linings are important to me.” October, 2009

A quote from Harry Crews’s memoir: “If you don’t leave home you suffocate, if you go too far you lose oxygen.”

A blurry photo of a little hedgehog on the sidewalk of Queenstown, New Zealand. Underneath, a handwritten label:  “Enzed the Urban Hedgehog.” I have half-written a story for children about Enzed, who was out on the streets when he should have been hibernating. He wanders into a cyber cafe, snuggles up in an American teenager’s backpack and winds up in Los Angeles (or Atlanta, or Tampa, or Asheville). He turns out to be a she, and has many adventures. Unfinished, but still on the board. The children I was writing it for are nearly grown now. Every now and again they will ask, “Are you ever going to write Enzed?”

A black and white scanned image of my older sister and me in white Easter dresses. I was six. She was sixteen. There is a joy, a solidarity and a confidence seldom seen in my family’s paltry photo albums.

A few New Yorker cartoons are stuck on the board, arcane and delicious, and an index card that says: “What myth are you living?’

2 thoughts on “What Myth are you Living?

  1. This is delicious. A writer writing. A writer's journal made public. Flexing literary muscles. You seem to have made this blog your new home, so I'll replace Switched at Birth in my blog roll. Thanks for inviting me in.The myth I'm living is of someone who thinks about how people can be strong for adversity, and believing that there are ways to help people get stronger. And…hoping this is not a myth.


  2. Thank you, Denny. As always, I value your friendship and also the resource of your web-site, Building Personal Strength. So much more than a daily homily, it is a solid shot of truth, optimism, character reminders and help for living a successful life.


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