Monthly Archives: February 2011

Nodaiku: “wreathed in harvest glow”

Photo by Jessie Veeder Scofield

wreathed in harvest glow
the moon lonely holds her place —
cold worlds quake below

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The Nodaiku Project is a weekly series featuring one of Jeremy Bold’s haiku compositions based on Jessie Veeder Scofield’s photographs from her ranch way out in western North Dakota (Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Daily Photos).  Find more of The Blank Rectangle’s nodaiku poems by following us on Twitter (@blankrectangle) or here at The Blank Rectangle: Nodaiku and be sure to clickthe “Sign me up!” button in the sidebar to get notified each time there’s a newnodaiku or other post from The Blank Rectangle!

 

Wreathed in harvest glow

The moon lonely holds her place-

cold worlds quake below.


Meeting Agenda: Feb 28, 2011

Tonight, we’re planning to have a meeting to discuss details of our project for the Walk Across North Dakota (WAND).  Below you’ll find the agenda of things to be discussed and we’ll update you later in the week about what was decided and discussed at the meeting.  (Also, you’ll see it below, but we’ve submitted an application to feature our project on Kickstarter, a funding platform of mass patronage for creative projects where anyone in the world can pledge financial contributions to our project.  Hopefully we’ll have an update on that in the very near future!)

Agenda (subject to revision)

  1. Route update from Richard and Tyler
  2. Kickstarter update (if any) by Gwen
  3. Make a list of areas we need to research and assign them to people (e.g. food, equipment)
  4. Discuss physical preparation
  5. Check in re footwear
  6. Discuss addition of Bruce (Gwen’s fiancé) for first week
  7. Determine if Eric is doing the walk
  8. Comments on blog, if any
  9. Letter Jeremy drafted for family/friends support
  10. Discussion of potential creative outlets for the WAND from Jeremy

Jeremy planning the WAND


Nodaiku: “from pale frozen skies”

Photo by Jessie Veeder Scofield

from pale frozen skies,
cold rays light the last hills-
the road goes to die.

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The Nodaiku Project is a weekly series featuring one of Jeremy Bold’s haiku compositions based on Jessie Veeder Scofield’s photographs from her ranch way out in western North Dakota (Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Daily Photos).  Find more of The Blank Rectangle’s nodaiku poems by following us on Twitter (@blankrectangle) or here at The Blank Rectangle: Nodaiku and be sure to clickthe “Sign me up!” button in the sidebar to get notified each time there’s a newnodaiku or other post from The Blank Rectangle!


Cattail Flour and Rock Toilets

During our walk across North Dakota, a very important event will occur: my birthday. I expect nothing less than an extravagant celebration of epic proportions, gentlemen. I’m just playing, of course, but in case you decide to make a small but meaningful gesture or two to observe my b-day, I’ve come up with a few suggestions. Nothing your resourceful, ND-born selves can’t handle.

Photo from scenicreflections.com.

1.  Make a birthday cake. It’s as simple as rustling up some cattails to grind into flour, eggs from a chicken coop, freshly squeezed milk, wild honey, and perhaps some wild strawberries, then baking the batter over the campfire. Delish.

2. Sing “Happy Birthday” every hour on the hour, seeing how many different musical styles you can pull off.

3. Build toilets out of rocks for me when and where I need them.

4. Foot massage!

5. Carry a makeshift umbrella over my head, should there be the misfortune of rain, sleet, or hail.

6. Find some mountain lion kittens for me to play with.

7. Carry my backpack all day. That one’s a no-brainer.


Nodaiku: “a snow-covered throne”

Photo by Jessie Veeder Scofield

a snow-covered throne
for the meek and the lowly
the grouse finds her peace

 

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The Nodaiku Project is a weekly series featuring one of Jeremy Bold’s haiku compositions based on Jessie Veeder Scofield’s photographs from her ranch way out in western North Dakota (Meanwhile, back at the ranch: Daily Photos).  Find more of The Blank Rectangle’s nodaiku poems by following us on Twitter (@blankrectangle) or here at The Blank Rectangle: Nodaiku and be sure to click the “Sign me up!” button in the sidebar to get notified each time there’s a new nodaiku or other post from The Blank Rectangle!


North Dakota + Haiku = Nodaiku?

As many of you know, we’ve been creating some North Dakota-themed haiku – it seems apt to call them “nodaiku” – which we’ve mostly featured on our Twitter feed and sometimes here when they are accompanied with a photo.  Well, I’ve decided to take this project to THE NEXT LEVEL and embark on a collaboration with Jessie Veeder Scofield, blogger/singer-songwriter/photographer extraordinaire from Meanwhile, back at the ranch… for the Nodaiku Project.

The Nodaiku Project will be a weekly series of one of Jessie’s photographs from her ranch far out in western North Dakota and my words from deep beneath the surface of my consciousness.  Check back each Monday for the next installment – or just subscribe to The Blank Rectangle by clicking the “Sign me up!” button on the right sidebar to get an email for each of our new posts.  And be sure to check out Jessie’s blog for a look into a life on the modern day North Dakota ranch.   Hope y’all enjoy!


Nodaiku: “orange over white”

Photo by Jessie Veeder Scofield, from Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

orange over white
hills and twigs that hibernate-
the last leaves last long


“You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.”

For some of the people going on our North Dakota walk, and for many of those who have undertaken journeys of a similar nature, the experience will serve first and foremost as a way to make meaningful, perhaps spiritually-tinged personal discoveries. For me, walking across my home state and all that it will entail will not be devoid of meaning—how could it be? But so far I am viewing the walk primarily as a fun adventure. I have loved the idea of an itinerant adventure practically from the cradle (watching and reading The Hobbit was a big part of that). But I’ve done few truly adventurous things in my life, at least things that fit typical definitions of adventure, and I want to have a significant daring experience before I get too much older.

Adventure! Photo from the 1977 Hobbit movie by Rankin/Bass.

As for fun, one of my major objectives in life, in anything I do, is to have more fun (I know I’ve mentioned this before, but bear with me). My fellow walk participants are guys I either have enjoyed spending time with in the past (Richard and Jeremy) or think will be enjoyable to spend time with (Tyler and Eric). And many of the things we’ll do will be fun in and of themselves. Walking: fun. Camping: fun. Admiring North Dakota’s beauty: fun. I know there are bound to be some distinctly unfun aspects to the walk, but such things are inescapable however a person chooses to spend their time.

The other goal I have is challenging myself physically, and to a lesser extent mentally and emotionally. I am pretty physically fit—considerably above average, I believe. But I pale in comparison to many athletes and people who are extremely fit for other reasons. I don’t have a desire to become as conditioned as I possibly can, but I love the idea of pushing myself physically in this concrete way. I want to be able to say—and to know for myself—that I was able to walk across half of North Dakota with a backpack on my back over the course of two and a half weeks. To second Jeremy’s quotation of Richard, I want a physical test that will be truly hardcore. Not that we’re doing something on the scale of sprinting up K-2, but it will still be an impressive achievement.

Of course, the more I blog about the walk, and prepare for it, the more the idea of meaning enters into my thoughts. I am not very concerned about the ultimate of anything, nor do I want to become someone who is. But answering questions like “What does it mean to be from North Dakota?” is increasingly intriguing to me. I imagine all of us will find our goals shifting, at least a little bit, as this time of preparation progresses.


Feeling the Love

I’m supposed to be preparing a post on my goals for the ND Walk (which I am, sporadically), but I want to take the time to say how excited I am to spend two and a half weeks in the company of Jeremy, Richard, and Tyler! I’ve known Richard since he was born (he’s my baby brother…never mind that he’s now half a foot taller than me), and I’ve known Jeremy for about four years now. Tyler, I might as well recklessly confess here and now that my friend and I had a crush on you when we were in seventh grade and you were in eighth grade. Of course, we had several crushes at any given time, so you were one of many. I didn’t really know you then and I know you the least of the Walk participants now, but I’ve enjoyed becoming acquainted with you over the past few months.

(L-R) Richard, Tyler, Gwen and Jeremy. Photo from hikingtrip.org.

 

Annnnyway, the planning we have done so far for the Walk, whether by email, Skype, or in person, has reinforced my enthusiasm for spending time with these three gentlemen this summer (with the possible addition of Bold brother Eric). They are all intelligent, articulate, hilarious, compassionate, and fun. (And I am all about fun.) We haven’t met too many obstacles yet in our preparation, but there is no doubt there will be obstacles in both preparation and execution. Minor and major ones. Meanwhile, we’ve been able to energetically yet rationally tackle the challenges we have already encountered.

I have every reason to believe that walking 150+ miles across western North Dakota will be not only bearable, but incredible, with these people as my companions. And I would be remiss if I failed to mention, as you can see by the photo above, that we’ll make a ridiculously good-looking crew to boot.


Nodaiku: “You are a harsh friend”


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