I hope this post finds you reading, writing, and enjoying your summer days.
The season started a little slowly here in Oregon, but it finally arrived in late June, right in time for a summer pleasure, long-loved but little enjoyed due to Covid restrictions and my own poor health —going to a writing conference. This year I attended the Oregon Christian Writers 2022 Summer Cascade Christian Writers Conference in Canby Grove, Oregon. I opted for this particular writing conference, rather than Willamette Writers or SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators), who both also host wonderful summer conferences, because I felt the need for both an infusion of writing passion and a shot of spiritual renewal. It provided both.
Summer Cascade Christian Writers Conference
For my three-day coaching class, I took a course on branding—so I may better serve you here at the Literate Lives Blog—taught by James Rubart, of Rooms fame. I also took in some one-hour workshops—a few that focused on writing craft, one on poetry—because poetry is so much fun, and another on social media for writers. I learned a lot and enjoyed meeting and making friends in the beautiful, wooded setting.
However, the high point of my conference experience came during an afternoon break. Due to severe plantar fasciitis, I could not go for a walk, as I would normally have done, so I took my sketch book and colored pencils and sat down beneath the shady trees beside the Mollala River where I could let my bare feet soak up the tenderness of the new grass and I drew. It was amazing! (And I’m not talking about my doodles!) The temperature was just right, the breeze gentle and soothing, and the sound of the moving water so refreshing.
It reminded me of many summers passed sitting in the shade of towering trees watching my kids swim in the South Fork of the Merced River in Yosemite, while reading, revising one of my novels, or drawing. Such bliss!
Picnics and Wooded Walks
Since the conference, I have enjoyed picnics with my husband, lunches out at our favorite old country inn, and gentle walks. To our delight, we discovered that the empty lots at the dead end of our street had been converted to a nature reserve with a beautiful, wooded path. I have been longing for a nearby place to get out into nature for such a long time, and now, God and the City has practically dropped one in my lap. I am so grateful!
I guess by now you can pretty much figure out my ingredients for a wonderful summer day. I hope you are enjoying some delightful days of your own. Please use the comments box below to tell me a bit about yours. Let’s share our delights and pleasures, and in doing so, encourage one another!