Introducing the 1 Day 1 World Project

Flickr Photo Credit:  Nicholas Raymond, www.freestock.ca
Flickr Photo Credit: Nicholas Raymond – http://www.freestock.ca

One of the things I enjoy most about this blogging community is the unique opportunity to experience snippets of daily life through someone else’s perspective.  Some of you record and share these moments through photography while others paint pictures with your words but regardless of the format I always enjoy the time I spend looking through your eyes.  I started this blog as a project to share little views from my corner of the world and discovering this vibrant, global community of creative thinkers who share this sentiment has been a gift.  Through my friends here I can armchair travel through several countries, sit in a sidewalk cafe, visit a museum, read a humorous/sad/insightful post and fill a note pad with new ideas while thinking about the next photo of the Pacific Northwest I want to share in return.

One of my note pad ideas is a 1 Day 1 World project designed to capture daily life moments, one hour at a time, until we reach a full day.  The format is structured like the television show 24 with each hour of the day having its own week and running for a total of 24 weeks from May through October.  During these six months the Northern Hemisphere will transition from spring to fall while the Southern Hemisphere moves from fall to spring and with enough participation not only will we view a virtual 24 hour day we can also experience each of the four seasons through our global community.

I’m up for posting one hour from my day each week but the project will really only come to life if you join me.  I know many of you enjoy photography while others expertly capture moments with a few, well-crafted sentences and I think this format can work well for all of us but if you’re still unsure about how to go forward I have a few ideas below.

  • If you attend an event, movie or kids game how about a quick description of where you are or a photograph of a ticket stub.
  • A nice dinner out or coffee with a friend could be captured by a photo from your table, a review of your favorite restaurant or maybe story about how you discovered this place.
  • Describing where you are at one brief minute during the hour – waiting in line, sitting in your office or standing in the kitchen wondering if you should clean it or walk away and read a book.

I know some of the hours will be difficult to capture but this is a no-pressure kind of project and I want it to be as fun to read as it is to participate.  If you’re an early morning kind of person and don’t have something to share from 2 am  please stop by anyway and visit those night owls who find this time of day their most creative.  Your prime time will come soon and a sunrise moment might be just as interesting and rare to them as their midnight sessions are to you.

Our first hour will be 12:00 pm and you have the next week to think about it before the project opens on May 3rd.  I’ll schedule my new posts to publish early Sunday mornings, Pacific Standard Time, and they will remain active until the following Sunday for comments and links back to your posts.

Please let me know what you think in the comments below.  Does this kind of project interest you and would you check in to read other’s posts?  Ultimately, I want this to be a fun and creative community space to share our views through a day and the more the merrier!

 

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Saying goodbye to March 1, 2011

the dream

I was really looking forward to March 1st, 2011.  My parents were coming to visit, my mom and I had tickets to attend a favorite author’s book signing and it was the final dress rehearsal for my son’s school musical.  I felt like we were turning the corner on winter and getting ready for spring with happy plans and good times.

I planned to come home from work early to clean up a few last-minute things but instead found myself standing in the driveway while the police searched our house; we had been robbed.  Daytime residential burglaries are at record high levels and my home was one in a string of robberies that day.  Knowing we were not alone in this experience didn’t help me feel safer the next day however and it certainly didn’t help us through the painful conversation with our 9-year-old son. It also didn’t help with the hundreds of hours spent with the police department, court system, banks and insurance companies.  This is the kind of crime that happens quickly but takes an emotional toll with years of work and stress to resolve.  Tonight while typing this post, I am still exchanging emails and phone calls with our insurance company discussing reimbursement for items on our claim.

My goal today though is not to reminisce about what we lost.  Instead I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to reach out to someone in your area and say hello.  We live in a traditional suburban neighborhood and two years ago were the new family on the block. We happily waved hello to neighbors driving by but didn’t take the next step to introduce ourselves. During their brief investigation the police found several people around us who had noticed a different car parked in our driveway and one person saw two men in hoodies walking around the house but no one knew us well enough to feel comfortable calling 911 and report suspicious activity.

We have since made a point of following the easy wave with a hello and a smile.  Now I slow down and visit with the regular dog walkers, my UPS delivery man and my postal carrier as these are the people who see our street every day and are usually the first to notice something unusual.  My UPS packages are kindly left at the back of my house instead of the front door and I have encouraged several friends to establish neighborhood watch programs in their local areas.  We have installed an alarm system and use a credit monitoring service and two years later I am successfully replacing my fearful memories of open closet doors, empty dresser drawers and finger print dust in my bathroom with newer, happier ones.

This post has been waiting in my drafts folder for a few days while I thought about whether or not I should click publish. Initially the theme and tone felt too different from my planned subjects of books, home, gardening and Northwest travel and I want this blog to be a place where I share the good things in my life.  Today I reopened the file with a fresh set of eyes and saw perhaps the two themes are not so different after all.  I believe strong communities are where we can find security and WordPress is a wonderful place to reach out, say hello, and meet new “virtual” neighbors.

My local police department has issued a list of tips to help avoid a residential burglary here.  If just a few fellow WordPress members take these tips to heart and perhaps prevent a crime in their community I will feel publishing this post was the right choice to make.