Monday, September 5, 2011

Creative renewal

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It's a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it's time to reflect on what's come before.
                                                    - Mitchell Burgess, Northern Exposure, Thanksgiving, 1992

As I'm typing this, the temperature here in Central Indiana has dropped to 70 degrees. The sun is shining, but I can already tell the leaves on the tree outside the kitchen window are beginning to brown and crinkle. There is a bite in the air and I'm eyeing my fireplace, eagerly anticipating the first fire of autumn.

Fall is my favorite season. For me, there is something rejuvenating about it. And I need some rejuvenation after a very busy summer. Between work, home and my various avocations, I've been pulled this way and that all year. My creative fires are nearly spent. I have a list of projects I'd like to tackle, but no sense of how to start, where to focus and how to pull them off along with other life commitments.

With autumn on the horizon, I decided to take the next month to relax, reflect and re-prioritize. I've signed up for a four-week Tranquility Project e-course called Yummy Tips for Tranquil Living. I'm beyond excited about it. Latoya Peterson at Racialicious turned me on to Kimberly Wilson, the course leader, so I know this is bound to be good.

What does this mean for you, dear readers? It means, What Tami Said will be dormant for the next few weeks. I'll be taking a short blogging break. As part of my reflection, I 'll be thinking about ways to rejuvenate this space and make it better. In this, I'd like your assistance. Tell me in the comments section how I can improve What Tami Said. What topics would you like to see more of? What don't you find in other spaces devoted to race, feminism, pop culture and politics that I might offer here? What can I do to make my comments sections more vibrant and active?

Let me know.

I may check in from time to time, but expect to find What Tami Said back in action--hopefully fresher and better than before--on Monday, Oct. 3.

Thank you for your continued support.


Photo Credit: gigmum2008


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