About a month ago, I left my journal at a friend’s house, so I had to start a new one. When I got the old one back, I started writing again where I’d left off. I noticed a lot had happened in a month’s time. So I wrote about it. (Note: Journal technique: time capsule)
May 29, 2016
A lot has happened since I lost my journal.
- I planned my first street protest.
- I went to Santa Rosa, Florida, for a reunion with three dear friends, where I photographed purple flowers.
- Despite our protest, the Zoning Committee of City Council voted to approve the zoning change to my neighborhood
- I took the Journal to the Self series for the fourth time, this time facilitated by my friend and newly certified JTTS facilitator, Meg Rohal, so we can work together to expand the expressive writing community here in Jacksonville.
- City Council also voted to approve the zoning change, with the exception of five key votes.
- We began filing an appeal.
- I went to Kanuga, North Carolina, for the 2016 Journal Conference and heard Pulitzer-Prize-winning poet laureate Natasha Trethewey.
- My kids came home from college for the summer.
- Camille got a job and is writing an article for Edible Northeast Florida!
- Matt survived his freshman year at LSU!
- I joined City Beautiful Jax as a board member.
- I held a writing circle in the woods for a Write + Hike + Eat at Down to Earth Farm.
- I wrote a table of contents for my new book idea.
- I learned three new bird calls: yellow-throated warbler, Eastern phoebe, song sparrow.
- The downy woodpeckers in the back yard fledged the nest.
- I decided I’m ready to finish setting up my bedroom, the last room in the house to get my attention since my move.
- I’m helping to start a non-profit to help give citizens a stronger voice is our City’s zoning decisions.
- I got closer on the redesign of my business brands (I’ve got four of them).
- I planned my trip to Belgium (and Luxembourg, and Ireland, and Paris), for this summer, kicked off by Camille’s study abroad program in Paris.
- Camille’s passport finally arrived in the mail!
- I began planning ANOTHER street protest.
Now I’m headed to brunch at Community Loaves with Camille, where we will eat homemade bread and walk in the garden.
Life is good.
In the Riverside Garden.