I’ve been a bit bored with my blog lately…. tired of writing about myself … tired of the same old stuff that comes up in my life … weary of my inner urge to write but no real topic that inspires my writing. It’s pouring down rain outside … a Noah’s Ark-type rain that started yesterday around noon and has not stopped except for a few minutes here and there. So I’m stuck inside, and I’ve been reading blogs that pique my interest from WordPress’s Freshly Pressed site. I thought I might get some inspiration from other bloggers.
There are some really good writers out there. I have to be honest and say that I feel a little inferior after reading some of their posts. Kelsey Munger’s piece about her weariness of being a Christian was really raw and profound. A few photography blogs were pretty amazing, but I’m not really a photographer. I ran across a blogger named Ashley Wilson Fellers who has an interesting project-based blog. She apparently started her blog last year when she had an idea that she wanted to spend 40 days taking pictures of things she loved about her city.
Ashley, like me, had been in her new town 2 years when she realized that she felt like she didn’t fit. You can read her initial blog post here, but she had this great idea to explore about her new city with fresh eyes by writing her blog. She’s since moved on to a body image project among other things, but her first project was so powerful that it inspired her to keep going. In Deja Vu, she invites her readers to email her so she can get to know them. I know that I’ve really enjoyed the emails that I get from readers when they really connect with me. It makes blogging social, and I’m at heart a social butterfly …. but only when the connection is real and authentic.
So, I want to steal her idea of taking 40 days to chronicle something that I love about Baton Rouge. I have a feeling this may challenge me at times, but I’m up for it. Maybe it’ll make me get out and find lovely things when they don’t fall in my lap. And I invite you to do this with me. There are many ways to contact me, but if you feel like posting things you love about your city – or mine – please comment wherever you feel appropriate.
So, I’ll start today with the weather. I have a love/hate relationship with it here in humid south Louisiana. But, I really do love the rain. I especially love the rain when I don’t have to be out in it. This weekend the rain gave me downtime – lots of it. I had time to read blogs, noodle where I want to go with mine, cook a big pot of bean soup and practice a lot of yoga and meditation. It was quiet, sometimes boring and relentlessly peaceful. The pitter-patter of raindrops outside my window served as music all weekend.
It hasn’t rained a lot in the last few months, but it poured this weekend. Louisiana rain is different from other places I’ve lived because it pours like someone has opened a big spigot above the state. The gentle sprinkles in Seattle have nothing on this. It pours and pours and pours until the ditches, the streets and the grassy areas are saturated like one huge puddle of water. I complain about the mud, but the rain keeps it cool here. In fact, in this case, I believe it will be bringing cooler temperatures, and I’m ready for it to be below 80 degrees. It cleaned the gravel-road-dust off my car after my retreat last weekend.
Today the rain feels cleansing and hopeful for the cool weather it will bring. What I love about Baton Rouge today is that the weather here is ever-present, and it doesn’t allow you to take it for granted. It’s stifling hot, freakishly cold, suffocatingly humid, sometimes scary and always a character. And when it rains it pours. I am grateful for that.
What do you love about your city today?