I’ve been on a decluttering rampage the past few days. Well, clutter may not be the right word. I went through a giant folder of URLs of stuff I thought I might want to read later.
“Oh look, a 10K word article on Indigenous language in N. California. That might be interesting.”
I’ve been going through all that stuff and either reading it or getting rid of it. Mostly the latter.
I also have about 100 Photoshop and Illustrator tutorials bookmarked that I never get around to and whenever I do, it takes me all day to do one because I can’t remember how any of the tools work.
I’m not a big resolution maker but I think I’m going to resolve to stop saving stuff to do later.
My other project is my digital photos. I try to keep up with them but I’ve got all sorts of folders labeled “duplicate?” “probably delete” “make prints for people” “huge organization project.” I went through a little of that. I need to do a whole series of photos like the one above. Bob has taken zillions of photos of the back of me walking with various friends and loved ones.
The one above is probably Murnau, Germany last Spring with my cousin Lisa.
Here’s one more item found during the purge. I do this. This is one of my favorite things to do when traveling.
4. Develop the art of sitting and watching.
In her book, Helgoe talks about the French term “flâneur” (feminine, “flâneuse”). It translates literally to “idler or loafer,” but the poet Charles Baudelaire defined it as a passionate observer. Yes, yes! I am a flâneuse. I love just sitting and watching people doing what they do, and even more so when I travel.
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Just in case you hadn’t heard, the holiday letter has been posted here.
I’m going to be offline for a few days.