Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.
February 3 question – Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere?
I absolutely have made friends through blogging. I may not have met these friends in person, but I look forward to seeing their names in my email box and sometimes in conversation at my own blog places. Some I also get to party with on other social media platforms! Others have sent me personal notes when they sense through my words a need for encouragement, or for check-in’s just like a good friend who hasn’t heard from you for awhile. Every blogging friend I categorize as a special friendship.
Have you made any friends through blogging?
Exploring in Our Writing
Today I am also at Inscribe Writers writing about how our writing explorations may take us on unexpected trails.
My 12 year-old granddaughter was quick to strap on her snowshoes while I took longer, fumbling wrapping the rubber straps around my snow boots. A few steps over packed snow in the parking lot took us into deeper snow on a path scattered with lodgepole pines and spruce trees. Ahead opened up to the 22 kms of the frozen waters of Maligne Lake, the largest lake of the Canadian Rockies. We hoped the lake was frozen. It had been a mild winter thus far, but the lady who’d rented us our snowshoes said the 45 minute drive up the winding Maligne Lake Road was worth the time for the best conditions for snowshoeing in Jasper National Park.
As my granddaughter ran ahead onto the lake, her snow shoes leaving tracks in the deep snow, I wondered if Mary Schaffer would have explored this area on a similar winter weather day. It was during a gruelling summer back-country trip in 1908 when 47 year-old Schaffer, along with her Nakoda First Nations travel companions, found Maligne Lake. Most likely she was also the first white-woman to float upon Maligne Lake’s waters. She also surveyed the lake for the Geographical Board of Canada and now a hiking trail that loops the lake is named in her honour . As I sped up my steps to catch up with my granddaughter, my metal snowshoes light and my hands warm in my synthetic gloves, I wondered what drove Mary Schaffer to endure the thick forests, valleys and mountain passes full of treacherous trails, wildlife and biting bugs that summer?
What drives any of us to endure the hard to reach a goal?
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