I was walking down my road the other day and passed an “info box” at the end of a neighbor’s driveway.
There was no “For Sale” sign at the house, no real estate placards — just a clear “info box” on a white post sitting next to a red mailbox, number three nine zero.
I was curious, but a little too self-conscious to actually look to see what was IN the “info box” at three nine zero, so I just wondered.
I have wondered a lot.
What would someone put in an “info box” at the end of their driveway?
A photo of the family, perhaps? “Hello, we’re the McDermotts.”
The recipe from tonight’s dinner? I could smell the delicious concoction as I walked by.
Details about the family dog that watched me as I watched him: teeth? check. claws? check. shots? I hope so.
I might ask them to post a sketch of their garden, with notations on the flowers. I thought I spotted Dutchman’s Breeches, but I couldn’t tell — there was a dog in my way.
So, what would someone put in an “info box” at the end of their driveway?
When I decided to re-start this blog, I had to ask myself a similar question: what am I going to put in it?
I knew that if I was going to charge myself with the task of a regular blog post, I needed to be clear about my intentions. So I wrote a list: writing, art, poetry, photos, books, recipes, general observations about life, quotes.
I was comforted by the familiarity of the list. “I KNOW these things,” I thought. “These are the things that have surrounded me all of my life. THESE are the things I will put in my blog.”
And these are the things I would put in an “info box” at the end of MY driveway.
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“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.”
— BILL MOYERS
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