Sunday Sketch – Owl

In the wee hours of the morning, when the cat inevitably wakes me up to go out, I can hear a pair of owls hooting – one close and one farther away. I’ve never caught a glimpse of them, but I imagine them nestled in some hiding place till after sunset.

“Women who wear black, lead colorful lives.” – Neiman Marcus

Catherine Deneuve – Walter Carone, photographer

I set up my blog back in August of 2014, soon after I began experimenting with writing. It took me a year to actually take it seriously. This was shortly after enrolling in WordPress’ blogging university courses. One of the tricks they teach you is to give your blog a unique and eye catching name. At that time I chose: Meg Sorick Writes Better Than She Dresses, and used the tag line: “She tried to look picturesque but only succeeded in being untidy.” – a quote from Oscar Wilde’s A Picture Of Dorian Grey. Looking back, I’m trying and failing to remember why I assumed such a self deprecating position. I’m neither untidy nor a bad dresser. I do, however have a simple approach. My wardrobe is nearly automated.

Within the drawers of my bureau you will find black short sleeved shirts, black long sleeved shirts, black cardigan sweaters and black undergarments. In my closet, hang black dresses, blouses, skirts, jackets and slacks. There is a shelf for denim and another for my black handbags. I have black boots, tall and short, black stilettos, black ballet flats and black Crocs that I wear while I’m working at my ‘real’ job. All I have to do in the morning when I’m getting dressed is choose the next clean, black item in the queue and I’m ready to go. You will not believe how freeing this feels! And no it’s not boring, there is still a variety in the styles that I wear. I just never have to worry about coordinating anything I’m putting on my body. I always know it will match AND that it will look good. Ever see yourself in an old photo and cringe at what you were wearing? My system eliminates that from happening.

Apparently, there are a lot of people who feel like time is wasted worrying about clothing when you could be thinking about more important things. Examples include Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, President Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg and Christopher Nolan. I hear you saying, “But those are all men…” How about this? Fashion editors Carrie Donovan and Grace Coddington, writer Fran Liebowitz and R&B star Janell Monae all wear black or black and white every day. Actress Drew Barrymore has recently written about minimizing her wardrobe.

In addition to running a chiropractic practice -albeit part time- I’m also writing, editing and researching nearly full time AND if you’re paying attention, you know I’ve also got my creative irons in a couple other fires. I don’t have time to think about my next outfit! There is work to be done and fun to be had! So I’m belting up my black bathrobe to have my first cup of black coffee before showering and dressing in the next black thing. Hmm, maybe I’ll wear a skirt today…

Seven Days, Seven Photos (Day Seven)

My good friend, and super talented photographer, Beach (sonofabeach96) has tagged me for this intriguing challenge: “Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.” If you don’t already follow his amazing photography blog, please check it out. He should get paid to travel the world and take pictures. Calling Conde Nast! As for the rules, well… I’m not going to nominate anyone, but if you’d like to jump into this challenge, consider yourself nominated!

Here is the seventh: