Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Looking at the moon sheets brought us into a discussion of silence in journals as well as of different ways of structuring time (by lunar month instead of regular months, by fortnights, etc.) in journals. I was a little sad to realize I had no idea what phase the moon was in last night; even though I live in a valley that has gorgeous moonrises and moonsets over a mountain range, I've grown complacent about them. So as I drove home I thought about how a journal can help us notice things as well as remember things. And I decided to use my little square-inch-a-day journal to help me start noticing things that I take for granted here at home (but would record in a travel journal).
So, when early this morning I pulled out of the driveway and spotted the silvery crescent moon hanging in the branches of a tree across the street, I knew I had my noticing for the day. Later this afternoon, though, I noticed crisp little bunches of chives sprouting in clumps in some dead leaves at the base of a tree. So this is my breaking news for today: the moon is a waning crescent; chives are bursting through litter and duff! And that's what you'll find in my one-inch for today.