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  • It's now maybe three weeks into this space of jettisoned from the world of responsibility. This portion was spent mostly at my home in the Arizona forest (well my little 1/3 acre portion of it), puttering in the yard, sanding/repainting the deck, staying on my daily photography kick. I own time.

    The time is not all hermit-like; I see my local friends for breakfast on Saturday at the Randall House, and go to Tuesday night laughing yoga class in Pine, and we drink beer afterward. There is a new rhythm to this.

    I'm also not alone with my tether (mostly wireless tether) to the internet; I write today on my blog of things I learned from the "Steal like an Artist" essay. My sounds are mostly background of NPR- I do not receive a strong enough signal from KJZZ in Phoenix, but I can tune in via the new radio, the internet.

    Actually, I do not really want to yell, and the envelope of quiet is very soothing.

    Looking back at this photo, which I eventually used in a digital story, I cannot even recall what the heck I was doing, but it does speak to me now, one year later, as that moment.

    The quiet is safe, familiar, and a cocoon. At the same time it is lonely. I want to yell.

    I am using Cowbird to share the story of a 15,000 mile road odyssey I took in 2011, which started with me quitting my job in March and setting out in June for a loop around the US and Canada. It's less of a day by day narrative and more of an attempt to tell a story of the story, with some amounts of imagined bits that emerge on looking at the media from the trip, including the more than 1400 images, videos, and audio files collected in my digital time capsule, the Storybox.
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