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  • Leonardo's Mona Lisa is just a thousand thousand smears
    of paint. Michelangelo's David is just a million hits with a
    hammer. We're all of us a million bits put together the right way.

    Chuck Palahniuk, Diary: A Novel

    Invitation: DIARY - Tell us a short, short, short Story about something of significance, magic, delight, awakening, heartache, or challenge that has happened in your life in the past 24 hours. Treat this as a Diary entry. Just a notation, nothing fancy. Focus on your current reality, and the NOW.


    Cowbird is a blank canvas, an open journal, an invitation. Here, we are on our own, without a map, to find our way among an infinite number of possibilities. So we explore, try this, try that, see how it feels to tell this story, that memory, that poem, those days, and how it was. The freedom is intoxicating, and can feel overwhelming at times.

    When anything is possible, and everything in consciousness is a candidate for a “story,” where do you start? How do you select a form and focus?

    In re-reading the Cowbird Frequently Asked Questions, which I do from time to time, I rediscovered a hidden invitation:

    “You can use Cowbird to keep a diary of your life, and to help us document the major sagas taking place in the world…”

    A diary! A diary as in “How is it with me today? What is going on? Wazzup?

    Not what happened in the past, but right now. Not paragraphs from that book you wrote years ago,, but what is happening right now as you move through the day, awake, aware, tuned in to life as it happens.

    Not excerpts from old journals, or recollections from times past, interesting as this material may be, but today, right now, here.

    Today, here, now is more naked, more vulnerable, more open, less rehearsed, and this can be scary, like improv, where you trust the moment and its potential. And leap!

    A diary! What an intriguing idea!

    Today is the edge, the place where everything is in-formation, and up for grabs.

    Today is what gets written down in a diary. Notes on the run, stories in the making. No artifice. No posturing. Just life.

    And so I am going to add yet another discipline to all the possible disciplines available to me here: The discipline of occasional diary entries, the yoga of writing about things that are going on right now, the immediate, the present.

    A diary does not ask the world of us. A diary just offers up its pages for heartfelt and humble notations of our current reality, and only asks that we write from what is going on right now in our lives, as we move through the day.

    Maybe just a few words are enough. Maybe a few sentences. Maybe a glimpse, a vignette, a moment, a whisper, an awakening. A diary does not demand, but it is there, and from its entries, we have the opportunity to share a moment or two with others.

    So, all this by way of explaining that from time to time, I will do a post titled simply “TODAY” and it will be a diary kind of item, from the present, on the run, imperfect, but I believe in the spirit of the Cowbird invitation to write from our current reality as it is happening.

    Oh my! Yet another practice, another way to be present in this most engaging collective creation that we have going on here. Many Cowbird writers already do this, but for me, I have a new sense of opportunity, and an awareness of what tiny moments from a day can mean as short, short, short

    Each day is filled with possible stories, and to take the diary approach brings these stories into vivid focus.

    GO! Tell us a Story about something of significance, magic, delight, awakening, heartache, or challenge that has happened in your life in the past 24 hours. Treat this as a Diary entry. Just a notation, nothing fancy. Focus on current reality, and the NOW.

    Sprouts Welcome!
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