Note: This Thanksgiving Eve November 22, 2017 sticky post starts the year-long “So Last Year” project, which begins with Thanksgiving 2016, November 24, 2016.

For many months now I’ve kept to a journaling routine called #MorningPages, popularized by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way. Writing longhand, avoiding pixels and screens, the routine has helped me get back to writing, an activity I love, but which got badly damaged and smashed to bits by the floods of social media.
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September 22, 2017 (Friday)

by Yule Heibel on September 21, 2018

Another very rainy and blustery day. Lest my Wednesday repeat itself, I will be out and about today, even if I get soaked.

A crazily disoriented bird, which looked like nothing more than a medium-sized gold-brown piece of foliage, just banged twice (second time on the ricochet of its swirl) against my window, having been caught apparently in a sudden gust of wind in which it could no longer manage the maneuvers of flight. The “thunk” it made hitting the pane suggested the heft of a bird with its own velocity – it was certainly more than a mere leaf – but it looked like a clump of something and not like an articulated creature. If I hadn’t seen wings fluttering, which I’m sure I saw, I wouldn’t think it was a bird. Maybe it wasn’t. Maybe I imagined the whole thing.

The sky looks slightly yellow under (or over?) all that thick pale gray.


September 21, 2017 (Thursday)

September 20, 2018

During the night, half of which I was awake for, I seriously couldn’t remember what day (night) of the week it was. I was convinced, for a while anyway, that today should be Friday. It was with both alarm and a sinking feeling that I realized it wasn’t. My dismay came from at least two […]

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September 20, 2017 (Wednesday)

September 19, 2018

Last night W. and I met at John Harvard’s Brew House for a light meal; the café we thought we’d meet at was too packed and loud and discombobulating. Then we headed to the Yenching Auditorium on Divinity Avenue to hear Dave Rubin host and converse with Steve Simpson (of the Ayn Rand Institute – […]

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September 19, 2017 (Tuesday)

September 18, 2018

This afternoon I’m driving to Cambridge. Will meet W. at [café], then go to a 7p.m. event at Harvard’s Yenching Auditorium to hear Dave Rubin (of The Rubin Report), Bret Weinstein, and some other guy from the sponsoring organization, the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI). I never thought I’d have anything to look forward to from anything […]

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September 18, 2017 (Monday)

September 17, 2018

Monday, Monday. For me the days don’t change. Even Sundays are full of work – cooking, cleaning and tidying, cooking cooking cooking again (followed by cleaning up, again). I wonder in what mythical universe, apparently inaccessible to me, people run downstairs and around the corner to pick up something to eat. No, my life is […]

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September 17, 2017 (Sunday)

September 16, 2018

Yesterday we stopped at [café], chatted at length with the owner. We talked about climate – the social climate – in Boston and on the North Shore, and how it is provincial here. He mentioned that he constantly “escapes” to New York City (where he would move in a heartbeat, should the opportunity arise). In […]

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September 16, 2017 (Saturday)

September 15, 2018

I really don’t feel like writing much about anything this morning. It was another night of still, thick air, seemingly immobile. The last two or so days (and nights) have been this way. And yesterday, after poking around on Nextdoor’s R.-Street thread some more, I thought about how I really don’t want to be here, […]

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September 15, 2017 (Friday)

September 14, 2018

The morning is almost foggy – it’s definitely foggy out at sea. At the very top of the sky a few burnished curlicues of cloud edges hover, no movement discernible. Otherwise, all is grayness and still. Last night felt oppressive. Even though we had all the windows open (and consequently all the noise), it felt […]

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September 14, 2017 (Thursday)

September 13, 2018

On Tuesday and yesterday I got myself embroiled on the site Nextdoor about development on R.-Street, and surprisingly was involved in some fine, interesting discussion. Things are happening here for sure – TOD (transit oriented development), “affordable” housing, “luxury” multifamily units (i.e., not just luxury single family homes), and so on. The weather continues warm; […]

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September 13, 2017 (Wednesday)

September 12, 2018

I took myself to T.-café in the afternoon to do some writing, and while I was there, W. texted: “heads up going to nyc 9 26 thru 9 29 both of us.” Best news ever. We booked flights last night; the hotel is in lower Manhattan, in the financial district (Wall Street area). I’ll be […]

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