Thursday, December 6, 2018

Real Life

"How we spend our days, of course, is how we spend our lives," Annie Dillard famously wrote, in words that both inspire and haunt me.  

One of my classes has been reading excerpts from David Eagleman's book Sum, which is quite intellectually and philosophically absorbing, and startling at times. The chapter "Sum" reminds me of Dillard's quote -- you can read it here -- and it makes me think about how I spend my time, and with whom.  It also makes me shake my head when I consider how much time has lapsed while I have been sitting at red lights or standing in lines. 

The layout above offers a little glimpse at what is most real to me, what delights me, and what I regard as time well spent.  Too often I become absorbed in that which will not matter much in retrospect. This page is a reminder to me that when I look back, I want these faces and these pasttimes to figure prominently in the sum of my days. 


  1. Hi Jill!
    I so appreciate your creativity and insightful perspectives. Thank you for taking the time to means a lot to so many of us who enjoy and follow your work and thoughts. Have a lovely Holiday season!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Maria, for your sweet comment!