Improving the silence

Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.

This proverb is attributed to Vermonters. It says a lot about not talking just to hear yourself speak, there is something wonderful about comfortable silence.

I just bought my tickets…in less than 3 weeks I’ll be back in Vermont. I’m looking forward to spending 10 days at the most beautiful time of the year (in my opinion) in New England. If I had unlimited funds I would spend every September and October in New England. In At Home In Vermont Marguerite Hurrey Wolf writes “throughout the year I am drawn to little things, from the first tiny snowdrop bravely hunching its little bell, through the granular snow, to the last small red leaf clinging to the euonymus bush.”

Today take a walk around the neighborhood and notice the little things…set the timer for 30 minutes and write about what you saw. Are there changes of season happening where you live? Did you notice anything unusual? Can you work your words into a poem or an essay? Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag

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