Where you at?

Where You At?

Trace the water you drink from precipitation to tap.

How many days till the moon is full?…

From what direction do winter storms generally come in your region?

Name five grasses in your area.

Name five resident and five migratory birds…

Were the stars out last night?

From where you are reading this, point north.

~ Jenny Offill, Weather: A Novel (Knopf, February 11, 2020)


Notes:

  • Inspired by: “As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to use more simple than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched, and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable?” ~ Alan Watts, The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Published August 28th 1989 by Vintage, first published 1966) (via noosphe.re)
  • Illustration by Ariduka55 (via Your Eyes Blaze Out)

Comments

  1. I’d fail dismally on replying to those questions but I’m married to the uncrowned King of Questions, so I guess I should get away lightly this time 😉

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  2. All you need to do is to ask the great Oracle, Google…

    I’m stuck on the “five grass” question and stumped after “ green” and “ brown”

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  3. LOVE this…
    You’ll be surprised how many don’t know the answers to these questions from where they’re at!

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  4. an excellent point made here.

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  5. We are so isolated and lost in our respective ‘bubbles of information.’

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    • Oh, we are.

      As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to use more simple than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched, and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable?

      ~ Alan Watts, The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are (Published August 28th 1989 by Vintage, first published 1966)

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  6. I do know where the closest dunkin’ donuts is though…

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  7. Our 5 grasses are Don’tParkThere, Don’tTrampleThat, WeHaveMoles?, MossyWonder, and OhLookItCameBack! Good questions, though.

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  8. Ahhh… but is it knowing the grasses by their names that matters or by their feel, their scent, their colour in summerlight or moonlit darkness? How they wave and bend in the warmth of the Chinook wind that blows in from the mountains to the west or how each frond curls in icy isolation of an Arctic wind storming down from the north?

    Just askin’. 🙂

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  9. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Where are you at?’ … Jenny Offill, Weather: A Novel (Knopf, February 11, 2020) …

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  10. I know when full moon is! Does that count??ha!! 😎

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  11. This is taking the time to smell the roses to a whole ‘nother level…
    I can’t name a damn blade of grass and am limited to birds like robins, blue jays, cardinals, swallows and sparrows. The crows are probably blackbirds but I couldn’t say… However. I can say that I love to stop and listen: when all is silent, when one bird sings, when a cricket chirps… or watch a dragonfly sway, a butterfly flit…
    Does that count?

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