I don't know about any of you, but that would definitely be me. Even though it was only a few days of serious disruption in my life, this storm changed me.
I'll be writing about the blizzard and its effects on me in a couple of days, once I can sort of digest some more of the feelings I'm having about the whole experience. When we lost power again on Monday I immediately got a big knot in the pit of my stomach, my heart sank as it started beating a little faster, and a clammy anxiety began slowly expanding from the center of my body. As the hours passed and the house began to grow cold, again, I began to grow despondent. I've got to figure out how to reshape this new automatic gut response I seem to have developed, given the way the electricity goes out so often around here.
In the meantime, one way for me to feel more "normal" is to get back to writing this blog on a regular basis. Funny, in the summertime when I was up to my eyebrows in the struggle to make enough money to survive another season in Provincetown, I was out every day taking photos, sampling food, visiting beaches, trails and attractions, and writing every day about things to see, do and taste in PTown. Oddly, when my schedule changed at the end of the summer, and the pressure was off, everything sort of shifted a bit, and I got out of the habit of writing. Taking up this blog again is a great way for me to gat a little of that rhythm back, and to shake off some of the trauma of the storm, along with some of the feelings of such vulnerability to the treacheries of Mother Earth. Besides, I have something great to turn you on to, just in case you don't already know about it...
Life in PTown gets back to normal again tonight at 7 PM. Every second Wednesday of the month, from the autumn season through June, the Writer's Voice Cafe meets upstairs at Napi's Restaurant in Provincetown, at the corner where Freeman Street meets Standish. Writers of every stripe gather to read anything they've written, anything that strikes them. We're midway through the sixth season of this monthly showcase for local writers. On any given night you might hear, or read yourself, anything from a comic monologue to an editorial on gun control, from a work in progress to a finished poem, or any other sort of written piece. Each week there's a featured writer, followed by an open mic session for any kind of written work.
|Maria Nazos, tonight's featured writer, lives and
works in Provincetown and in Mal Pais, Costa Rica