circling back to the future

While I was glumfully thinking how Tuesday, September 15th marked the first 15th of the month paycheck I didn’t get in ten years, other folks were thinking how to celebrate International Dot Day. (Admittedly, a lot more fun!)

So while I confess I didn’t come up with any creative solutions (yet) for bolstering my significantly (understatement!) reduced income, I’m putting those concerns aside to commit to celebrating International Dot Day next year—no matter what (as long as I’m still breathing).

Meantime, here’s what I’m thinking….Next time I have colored paper to three-hole punch, I’ll save the little circles for celebrating International Dot Day when it circles back around this time next year.

I’ll amuse myself by strategically—or, bet yet–randomly positioning one colored dot on an unlined piece of white paper. Then, with pens, pencils, crayons, paints, markers—whichever and however many catch my fancy–I’ll gleefully turn that little nondescript dot into something truly amazing–or at least somewhat interesting.

And if I’m feeling superlatively creative, I’ll start with more than one dot, the more the merrier. Maybe even hundreds of dots. Wow! I can hardly wait. That will really tax my artistry–admittedly hardly existent!

…Now it’s time to make known. I didn’t wake up on International Dot Day this year with this magnificent idea. No. Years ago at a librarian’s conference, I participated in a workshop led by an author-musician team, who displayed a booklet of students’ dot-pictures. How clever! Just one little dot, and off were the students’ imaginations.

Truth be told, the presenters did not suggest a green-friendly dot start. (That part of the idea is “original”–no matter; I’m sure someone somewhere already thought of it.) Rather, they suggested starting with sheets of little colored sticker-dots—certainly a significantly easier/less messier, as well as time- and energy-saving method.

Nice thing about International Dot Day is that it celebrates creativity… So in that spirit, throw out from your mind everything I’ve just suggested.

However many dots, whatever size(s) in however many colors, textures, backings, however they are obtained—let loose. Go for it. See where the dot(s) lead you! …And, please be generous to your family and friends–even to the children. Please share some dots with other creative geniuses!

When you do, would you please share a snapshot of what you have created? Thank you!

Have you ever tried, or think you might try going forward, celebrating International Dot Day?

p.s   Well before International Dot Day was invented, remember playing dot-to-dot games in activity books when you were a child? Fun, wasn’t it! Some of the number clues, I’m afraid, might be way too small–glasses or not–for us to read today.

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13 Responses to circling back to the future

  1. patwdoyle11 says:

    Dot day… really?? I’ve actually been considering buying an adult coloring book. They have them and apparently it’s becoming a big deal. Very mediative. I always loved to color…yes I am in-the-lines kinda-of gal!

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    • bakrawiec says:

      “in-the-lines-kinda-gal!” I love that!..Me, too!!!… But not in everything; you, neither, I think… Otherwise you wouldn’t come up with the best outside-the-box observations… Your comment about adult books has piqued my interest and reminded me of a particular kind of coloring book…Thanks to you, that’s what I’ll try to reflect on for tomorrow’s blog. Wish me luck!

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  2. patwdoyle11 says:

    BK – thanks for your daily insights! I just nominated you for the Leibster Award. Check out my latest blog post for the rules of engagement. You’ll have fun with it I am sure.

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    • bakrawiec says:

      Oh, my Goodness. Thank you!! …Leibster Award…Yet another unfamiliar word. You really keep me on my toes. Am “racing” right to your latest post & will be back….

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    • bakrawiec says:

      …Am back from a quick look at your post. (Will return to enjoy your answers more leisurely!) Thank you so much for the honor! Your reading/commenting spurs me on, and your way with words provides a high benchmark for my poor blogging. …As far as the “fun” part, hmmmm…I’m not sure about the award assignment qualifies–Homework for the [retired] teacher–thought assignments were out of my futures…guess not:) …Truthfully, as much as the award is total gift, it does make it more valued and appreciated to not have the award simply handed to one, but on some small collegiate plane, to have to “work” for it answering questions. The part I really like is nominating others for the award. Given we’ve followed some of the same newbie bloggers, I think my qualifications won’t include that I already follow. …Thank you sooooooooooooooo much. I’m flattered, humbled, and grateful. You are an “Outer Circle” friend extraordinaire. Thank you! God bless you!

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    • bakrawiec says:

      Sorry to be a pest…If a WordPress blog doesn’t identify how many followers, is there a way to find out? Followers need to be fewer than 200, right? First blog I follow that I just went to look at doesn’t show a number of followers widget. Don’t want to contact the blogger to ask. Any other way to find out? …On to a quick lunch…

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      • patwdoyle11 says:

        I guess I wasn’t that overly concerned with the number of followers as most of my nominees were relatively new bloggers. A long winded way of saying – I have no idea how to find it out! I’m not even sure how to find out my own number…. I’m gonna go look now.

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      • bakrawiec says:

        Thanks…turns out I’m following folks with thousands of followers. I’ve looked online for ways to identify new blogs. Seems as if that question was asked 3 years ag0–no answer then. Will keep looking:)

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  3. patwdoyle11 says:

    OK, it took me 5 minutes to even find my own number of followers (it’s 37 if you are interested). And no, didn’t figure out anyone else if they don’t publicize it…sorry. Will keep noodling on it!

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    • bakrawiec says:

      Pat…think you greatly underestimate… on your site, it says “You are following this blog, along with 146 other amazing people (manage).” Mine says “Join 20 other followers”

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    • bakrawiec says:

      Still researching… Seems I’m not alone in not following small sites; 2 years ago a blogger said she had no one to pass the award on to. How about I just hold the award in reserve, not post the logo, and keep looking (not any more today) for start-up blogs? Deal? Sorry…If you want to nominate someone else in my place, I totally understand! …I’m at a loss…

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      • patwdoyle11 says:

        I say, accept the award, post the logo & your answers, and when you have someone to nominate, do that part of the rules. MrFirestation did his in 2 parts, so there is a precedent. And part of this is letting people know more about you. (And yes, you totally deserve the nomination!)

        Some of my newer bloggers are people who have liked me (I always go look at them), searching for others writing on retirement/being retired, and from Blogging 101, a wordpress class. After Mr Forestation nominated me I got a few new likes and a couple of new followers. Maybe you’ll get some new connections as well. BTW – I think because I link my blog to my FB and LinkedIn, I get bigger (not really accurate) numbers.

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      • bakrawiec says:

        If you think that’s really ok, I’ll take this step-by-step. I’ve got to be up by 3, packed and out, so I will percolate on my answers to your questions, and make this project–at least the first step– my A#1 project this coming week. Thank you again SO very much! …If I have questions, you know who I’ll contact:)

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