One Second Every Day – April

Here’s the fourth month of my One Second Every Day project. This month includes baking, my cousin’s sweet rollerskating moves, and lots of Cards Against Humanity.

The song in the video is Matt Nathanson‘s “Birthday Girl” (in honor of my birthday).

(Curious as to what this project is all about? See the first post.)

One Second Every Day – March

Here’s the third month of my One Second Every Day project. This month includes my friend’s adorable baby playing peekaboo, one of my classes writing to a prompt, and an arm wrestling match.

The song in the video is Lindsay Katt‘s “My Happy.”

(Curious as to what this project is all about? See the first post.)

One Second Every Day – January

Photo courtesy of 1secondeveryday.com

Photo courtesy of 1secondeveryday.com

When watching a documentary or reading a snippet about the life of someone famous or someone who’s done something noteworthy, I often wonder what happened in the life of that person during the silences. By silences, I mean when the announcer says, “This person got a job, and then six years later, they had their big break.” I always wonder what happened in those six years, months, days, minutes. What was their routine? What did they read? Who was their best friend? Who did they talk to when they cried?

The answers to the above questions are pieces of life that history doesn’t see fit to record. They are moments that history often forgets, and history shouldn’t. We shouldn’t because it is routine that is the lifeblood of, well, life, even if it’s not as exciting as our biggest victories or lowest valleys. Most of what happens to us is mundane, but in those routines, we have small variations that surprise us and, whether or not we like to admit it, we are delighted.

In that vein, I’ve embarked on this ironically app-inspired journey that I hope to continue throughout the year and beyond. I’m doing the 1 Second Every Day project (I found out about it via the Storyline blog). It entails recording a second of every single day with the intention of splicing those second together to make a sort of movie narrative.

I want to do this so that I have a record of how I spend my spare time and have a memory for each day that I live, no matter how small. Of course these days and months will be punctuated by excitement, but more than that, the reason I’m doing this is because I want to remember. I don’t want certain things to get old, like my finace kissing my hand, like my roommate doing something zazzy (a word of his own making). I don’t want to forget my drives to school or the work that I do (yes, that includes grading). I want to remember what I put my time towards. I think that’s important. I don’t know that I can articulate why, but I think it is.

I found out about this project a few days into January, so this month’s video is a bit abridged. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you’ll consider embarking on a similar journey of recording your seemingly mundane days. I think you’ll find there is always something noteworthy to record 🙂

(The song in the video is “Pictures of You” by The Last Goodnight.)

Poetry Monday – Laurie Ann Guerrero

Thanks for joining me for Poetry Monday!  Today’s poem comes from Laurie Ann Guerrero’s new book “A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying.”  The poem is called “Esperanza Tells Her Friends the Story of La Llorona.”  Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Rachel McKibbens

Thanks so much for joining me for Poetry Monday. This week’s poem is “Poem for the Missing Poems about My Ex-Husband” by Rachel McKibbens from her book “Pink Elephant.” Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Dane Cervine

Thanks so much for joining me for Poetry Monday. This week’s poem is “Wild Weeds” by Dane Cervine. This poem appears in the November 2012 issue of “The Sun.” Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Aby Kaupang

Thanks so much for joining me for Poetry Monday. This week’s poem is “if i believe in other worlds    the dead” by Aby Kaupang from her book “Absence is Such a Transparent House.” Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Wislawa Szymborska

Thanks so much for joining me for the first Poetry Monday of the new year! This week’s poem is called “Nothing Twice” by Wislawa Szymborska from her book of selected works “View with a Grain of Sand.”  Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Taylor Mali

Thanks so much for joining me on Christmas Eve for this week’s Poetry Monday. This week’s poem is “Undivided Attention” by Taylor Mali from his book “What Learning Leaves.”  Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Matthew Dickman

Thanks for joining for this week’s Poetry Monday! Today’s poem is “Blue Sky” from Matthew Dickman’s latest book “Mayakovsky’s Revolver.” Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Christine Beck

Thanks a bunch for joining me for this week’s Poetry Monday! Today’s poem is “Given Salt, Given Time” by Christine Beck from Adanna Literary Journal’s “How Women Grieve” issue. Enjoy!

Poetry Monday – Ruth Padel

Thanks for joining me for this week’s Poetry Monday!  Today’s poem comes from the latest issue of The New Yorker.  It is called “The Cello” by Ruth Padel. Enjoy!