Saturday, May 23, 2009

Holy smoke! It's almost tomorrow!


I did intend to write a post today, truly I did, but events overtook me. Remember those Nordic walking poles I tried out at Florencia Bay? I decided to give them another try, this time at Piper's Lagoon in Nanaimo. I took my camera along and of course ended up doing more clicking of the shutter than walking. When the little battery icon on my camera started flashing, I finally put the camera away and did some serious walking - or as serious as it can get at the lagoon, which features a path that no sooner gets started than
it runs into an enormous, tree-topped rock,
thus making it a little difficult to get any kind of stride going. I did my best, and then I scurried around the town, running errands, finally ducking into Starbucks to have a cup of coffee and work on the poem I'm submitting for Original Poetry Sunday tomorrow.

When I got home, it occurred to me that I really should go online and check out a site that would confirm that I was using the walking poles correctly. What I found was a site that told me I was doing it wrong, wrong, wrong. Oh, dear. Back to square one.

Now - the reason I really wanted to post today was to thank Angie Ledbetter (Gumbo Writer) for taking time in the middle of her hectic life to host a writing contest last week. I entered the contest. I didn't win, but I did earn a rating of four crawfish (out of five), and my piece came back with the cyber equivalent of red pencil marks - most of them very positive. The experience was both humbling and exciting. |Thank you, Angie, and thank you as well to Nannette Croce of zine writer, who joined Angie in judging the entries.

3 comments:

Barb said...

What an amazing part of the world you live in. Something about the second picture makes a little home sick for Australia! I think it may be because they look a bit like Jacaranda Trees, which are beautiful in bloom.

John Hayes said...

Lovely pictures. Interesting that you picked a Langston Hughes poem-- I'm feeling pretty fascinated by his writing right now myself.

Sandra Leigh said...

Hi, Barb. Now I'm trying to remember what kind of tree that is. I'm thinking maybe it's a Garry Oak.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_oak

John, I was thrilled to discover Langston Hughes (not that long ago, I'm ashamed to admit). I absolutely love his poems.

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