Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesdays Unplugged Redux


(An Teachín, finished on the outside, pic taken Tuesday, snow is gone again).

This experiment of unplugged Wednesdays is truly amazing.

I look forward to it. Plan carefully for it and then let the wind take me where it will.

Nothing exciting at all. Maybe grocery shopping, maybe a movie, though what St. John's has to offer is depressing - the demographic has to be hormonal, grammatically challenged 13 year old boys with a blood lust.

I read a lot on my Wednesdays and work internally on the new play, for my best ideas have always come while driving. I meet some friends, sometimes. But mostly I am alone. Newfoundland is a place one talks to strangers. There is a natural curiousity that I love in Newfoundlanders who pick up on my accent and have to know right then and there where I am from and when I confirm, yes, Ireland, there is unbridled joy: the Homeland! So then I have to get into the journey that brought me here and then it is their turn. It is all about clan and family and outports and connections.

The voicemails wait on my phones.
The emails nest together irritably.
Facebook updates slide sideways.
Lexulous boards are anxious.

Now I haven't gone to two days unplugged yet. But we'll see.

20 comments:

  1. I am working on rewriting a play of mine for a new production in November.

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  2. When I lived in California, I never managed to lose my Dutch accent. On some days it was worse than on other days. You should hear me in English now. It's gotten really heavy, the accent. I guess I will never lose it now. I suppose you're bound to be the Irish woman always too. I'd like to hear you speak. Maybe some day.

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  3. The more you're unplugged, the more you'll want to be unplugged, I think. The Teachín looks beautiful -- a great place to be, whatever your state of digital connectedness.

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  4. Oh Zuleme:
    Congrats that sounds wonderful! I realize the more I am alone with my play, the better it gets, somehow it is all coming together now in a way I had not planned!
    XO
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  5. Nora:
    I would have told you my accent had long since fled me but no, I am continually surprised and some have totally shocked me by asking what part of Cork without even asking if I'm Irish!
    I would love to hear you in English!
    XO
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  6. Stan:
    Inside pics coming soon it is far bigger, it seems, on the inside than it is on the outside!
    XO
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  7. Love the unplugged idea and have incorporated it into my own days, though I have to admit I'm tempted when the ice storms keep me inside... I was unplugged for most of my childhood (we didn't get TV until I was a teen and even then I was almost always out of doors) so this unplugged day is taking me back to some of my happier childhood pursuits - reading, painting, walking, journaling, snowshoeing, etc :)

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  8. Good description, WWW - unplugged.
    Could be said to be going acoustic
    too, or living a capella. :-)

    Haven't tried a day of it yet, but I shall.

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  9. Pauline:
    Yes, I too was without TV all my growing up years and I unplugged that monster about 19 years ago and never looked back but the interwebz took over - so now unplugging is like being a kid and I love handwriting out some cards to people and like you, journalling.
    XO
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  10. T:
    Living a capella, what a lovely phrase indeed!
    yes, try it you will like it. Opens the mind for exploration.
    XO
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  11. I do my best thinking while driving too and I haven't been driving much lately. I need a road trip.

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  12. Having a dedicated day to be unplugged is a great idea. You certainly seem to revel in it. I sometimes switch from computer to reading if I'm in the midst of a good book, but I'm not sure of being able to do it as a discipline each week. Let us know how it goes!

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  13. I sent you an e-mail.
    A story with a happy ending, but it can wait.
    Enjoy the sound of the wind and the rays of the sun.
    Helen

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  14. Last week with the the bugs keeping me from the net, I thought I could so easily not bother going back to the airwaves. There was one day where I even forgot to turn on the radio!

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  15. I deliberately limit the amount of time I spend on the internet. It's all great fun but not at the expense of life's other pleasures.

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  16. Marcia:
    I would love my super long road trips for all the ideas they generated.
    H'm must plan one soon!!
    XO
    WWW

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  17. Freda:
    It is wonderful, I totally enjoy it and will give periodic updates on the 'condition'.
    XO
    WWW

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  18. Helen:
    thank you for your email and your thoughtful comments here.
    I will respond.
    XO
    WWW

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  19. GM:
    It is like a state of suspended animation, isn't it?
    I am really enjoying it. Only for business I would increase it.
    XO
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  20. Nick:
    Business activity keeps me there more than I desire and um yeah Lexulous. Don't start. It will overpower you.
    LOL.
    XO
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