One-Sentence Journal, Week Thirty-Five

  1. 09/15/2014:  After waiting nearly an hour to pay my property tax, I learned my cashier’s check — purchased for an amount quoted over the phone — was $5.05 short, I had no cash on me, and the adjacent ATM was down due to remodel construction . . . yet I was saved by a kind elderly woman who overheard my plight and paid the extra, asking in return that I simply pay it forward to someone else in the future.
  2. 09/16/2014:  I attended the Pete Fromm reading at Shakespeare and Co., one of my favorite writers, and I was happy to not be disappointed; it was an inspiring evening, particularly in how I kick the whole thing around in my head in the aftermath.
  3. 09/17/2014:  Even in her simple introduction to The Best American Travel Writing: 2013, which she edited, I find Elizabeth Gilbert’s “chatty” style of writing (The Last American Man; Eat, Pray, Love) to be teeth-gnashingly annoying.
  4. 09/18/2014:  I’ve decided Julia and I need to figure out a way to get a syndicated fashion column published somewhere, because as we turn in another batch of articles for the Missoulian‘s upcoming Fall Fashion insert, I realize it’s a blast and we’re pretty decent at it, even with such a short turnaround time.
  5. 09/19/2014:  A quote from songwriter/musician Steve Earle, with whom I have a love/hate relationship, from an interview in American Songwriter magazine that I would do well to remember: “I’m an artist from the ground up, from the time I wake up in the morning to the time I go to bed.”
  6. 09/20/2014:  Another round of photographs on behalf of Betty’s Divine, a process which, while improving, is still for me largely an exercise in one finger on the shutter and two crossed behind my back in hopes the pictures turn out.
  7. 09/21/2014:  Instead of band practice on a gorgeous sunny day I opted for a long hike, which did everything it needed to to flush my brain of detritus.

Author: Chris

Chris La Tray is a writer, a walker, and a photographer. He is an enrolled member of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Missoula, MT.

2 thoughts on “One-Sentence Journal, Week Thirty-Five”

  1. Been a while since I caught one of these. You’re getting really good at turning a day into a pearl of wisdom. If you didn’t watch TREME on HBO, you will find Steve Earle as a continuing character in a couple of the seasons. I read Pete Fromm’s INDIAN CREEK CHRONICLES long ago and have wondered how his career has developed. Loved the story about the elderly lady paying it forward.

    1. I watched the first season of TREME, I need to pick up the rest. Earle had a recurring role in THE WIRE too.

      One of Fromm’s books was made into a movie — AS COOL AS I AM. I haven’t seen it, but reviews are mixed, from what I’ve heard. Still, I’m happy for him to have gotten the paycheck, and I’ll watch it here eventually.

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