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Super Powers are dangerous. Quest 2015

Catherine and Suzi 1999
It’s #TBT right? Me and the adventuring Cgirl in 1999.

 

 

Today is January 29, 2015.
That means I am 38 days away from Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others.
That means this blog is about to burble with activity in the Out blog series.
That means I am 25 days away from the show at No. Six Depot of my Coptic stitch journals, titled “What a daily writing practice looks like: The Hand bound journals of Suzi Banks Baum” and the public reading of the women of my Powder Keg Sessions writing workshops.

This also means I am deeply immersed in the small projects I am doing that will illuminate these events. It also means my writing time is divided up and so far, I have slipped out of my long post/short post schedule here on LLD.

My @Quest mate Brenna Layne wrote this post about developing brevity as she hones her time-shaping skills. For many years, I considered multitasking as my super-mother-power-force for maximizing my time. You know, churning the butter while rocking the baby, while working on my abs? Exercising this power, I got cricks in my neck from holding the phone while hanging laundry, dropped the phone in the rain barrel more than once, and nearly blinded myself by leaving a spoon in the blender and looking away at some other small shiny object while I pressed the ON button. The kids were fascinated by the pattern spread across the ceiling from the blueberry smoothie. We will call this episode “another cleaning opportunity” and not chide myself anymore than the nightmares I had about being impaled by a soup spoon have done.

Doing one thing at a time while you have children underfoot is really a challenge. There is always a pot of soup simmering, a load of wash spinning, someone throwing up or jumping off radiators, beds to change and lunches to unpack. And, there is the dreaded topic that I still hate: dinner. For inspiration, I always go here.

Today, no kids underfoot and I am still capable of near death experiences by distraction. I am, however, letting that super power go.

Light Divine Clarity

So to better deliver a quality blog post and magnificent events to you, filled with lasting impressions of real life illuminated by articulate women engaged with their creative voices, I may put up shorter posts this coming month. And perhaps only once a week. There will be guest posts, and photo posts and tiny glimpses of the short movie Lynnette Lucy Najimy and I are making with miles of great footage submitted by many of the women of the Out of the Mouths of Babes blog series. The short movie will be full of moments in these women’s lives where they “leave the dishes” as Louise Erdrich suggests in her catalyzing poem, Advice to Myself.

People often ask me how I do all that I do.
I have a couple of answers to that, but I have to admit I am growing my brevity muscle and my “no thank you” muscle and the discipline to consider that the urgency of an incoming email is not something with which I have to engage at the moment of seeing it.

Just writing this makes me feel I have more room to breathe.

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XO S

  • Coleen Davidson

    S always so inspiring! xo C

  • http://tashamillergriffith.com/ French Toast Tasha

    I know exactly what you mean! Often when I sit down to write a post it seems like there’s so much I’d like to say, so many angles to approach things from, so many things I thought about while making the thing I’m talking about. But lately, I’ve realized that trying to squeeze all of that stuff in just makes my posts seem cluttered, or too long. I’m going for for focus, brevity, clarity. Trying to think about what are the most important and relevant points, the ones that hang together into a short cohesive story … so here’s a long comment about brevity, just to encourage you!

  • Julie Bond Genovese

    BAhahaha! “The kids were fascinated by the pattern spread across the ceiling from the blueberry smoothie.” I had a similar experience with a peach pit “falling” into the blender. It made the most heart-stopping wild n crazy racket – scared the !@#$ out of me and broke the blender blade! Cheers to smoothies, shiny objects, and our beloved kids! Xoxoxoxo

  • http://www.taniapryputniewicz.com Tania Pryputniewicz

    I’m inspired watching you winnow and choose, Suzi…just lovely. Our blueberry smoothie ceiling was an experiment with what happens when you jam too much cold fruit into a blender and fail to hold lid tight…thanks for the laugh…Catching our breath to re-think the sort of desperate (though inspired and lovely-at-the-time) patterns of creating “under duress of motherhood” is a beautiful idea. I love swimming behind your boat…

  • Keys to Change, LLC

    “I have to admit I am growing my brevity muscle and my “no thank you” muscle and the discipline to consider that the urgency of an incoming email is not something with which I have to engage at the moment of seeing it.” Excellent!

  • http://www.laundrylinedivine.com Suzi Banks Baum

    Thank you Nancy. So happy to have you on LLD. xo S

  • http://www.laundrylinedivine.com Suzi Banks Baum

    I’d say you are right here with me, in the boat Tania. Or maybe we are a flotilla?

  • http://www.laundrylinedivine.com Suzi Banks Baum

    Racket indeed! Oh JBG, you are a balm and a joy. xo S

  • http://www.laundrylinedivine.com Suzi Banks Baum

    Thank you Tasha. I write with you right here next to me. I so appreciate your thoughtful replies and love your blog posts! xo S

  • http://www.laundrylinedivine.com Suzi Banks Baum

    Thank you Coleen! xoS

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