Updated: Dec 27, 2020
My aim with this blog is to benchmark, know and notice the world around me.
To have a place to go when I want to google "what time last year did the Phoebe show up in MY yard?" "What month did the nettles come up at the specific river spot WE go to?"
I want to learn how to know and to notice the things in my life that aren't google-able.
Another aim of this blog is to benchmark. One of my favorite essays (excerpted below) by Derrick Jensen ends with this directive to pay attention; to avoid declining baselines. I keep note of birds and plants I see on a paper calendar but also try to record these things here.
We had busy workdays today and aren't the best at dealing with over-packed days. We usually opt for the simple choice of not adding another activity but somehow we both had the energy to pack up a funny, but perfectly serviceable dinner of leftover oatmeal, crackers, apples, cheese and dried fruit and get our butts on the sand looking at the river during sunset. We don't have many more late-enough sunsets left this year to do this and it was worth the last minute scrambling.
And if I'm using this blog as a place for things I want to remember, I want to remember that: Get to the river. Even when you think you don't have time. Watch the sunset. Get those good butt-on-the-earth-and-not-in-a-chair-vibes.
Here's the excerpt from one of my favorite essays of all times called Against Forgetting. You can (and should) find the complete essay on Derrick Jensen's website.