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Are you still writing about delight?
Plus, Bernadette Mayer’s journaling prompts, poetry and money, and books.
Recently, a reader asked me: “Are you still writing about delight?”
Here's how I responded via email:
“Yes, I'm still writing about daily delights in my journal. Also, I realized that my delight lists are a great companion to my Noticing Notebook project. Paying attention to delight helps me notice my surroundings. And, noticing my surroundings is a delight.”
Ross Gay said:
“ … It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar. Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study… I felt my life to be more full of delight. Not without sorrow or fear or pain or loss. But more full of delight. I also learned this year that my delight grows — much like love and joy — when I share it.”
To grow my delight practice, I thought it would be fun to share part of my March delight list with you:
Riding my bike in the rain. Making Anki flashcards. Coffee ice cream. Being car-free. Toast with jam, honey, granola, and blueberries on top. Chico Fog (a delightful hot beverage with earl grey tea & oat milk). Finishing & filing our taxes. Rest days. My weekly coffee and work date with M. Business partnerships with friends. Snuggles with Ursula the Cat. Finishing my volunteer training and volunteering at a local hospital. Helping people in small ways. Taking a break from reading non-fiction and getting lost in novels. Making and eating “Gâteau au Yaourt à la Farine d'Amande.”
I hope my list inspires you to start recording delights in a small journal. It's fun!
With that, here’s what sparked my creativity and curiosity recently:
1.) Mason Currey's article — “Bernadette Mayer will give you ideas”— was interesting. Before reading Currey’s article, I didn’t know about Mayer's poetry. I want to read more of it. Also, you'll find a list of Mayer’s journal and writing ideas here. I’ll return to her prompts in the future.
2.) A fascinating conversation about poetry and money: “Give Everybody Everything: The Financial Life of Bernadette Mayer.”
3.) Marilyn Monroe's Psychoanalysis Notes: "My body is my body, every part of it..."
4.) This story made me smile: ‘Hi, This Is Oprah Winfrey. I Read Your Novel and Loved It So Much.’
5.) An informative interview: “After 100 years, Barnes & Noble wants to go back to its indie roots CEO James Daunt explains how Barnes & Noble is different than Amazon.”
7.) And here is my latest article for Be More with Less: “How to Spend Less Money (25 simple tips).”
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