Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Monday, December 28, 2009


New Year's Resolutions are usually about starting something new or giving something up. We hear over and over, I resolve to go on a diet, eat healthier, exercise more, quit smoking, stay on a budget; the list is endless.

While reading a back issue of "Artful Blogging" magazine I noticed in more than one article the addiction to blogging. That made me curious. How do we know we are addicted? Is there an itch, a craving, a nervous twitch? I realized it is almost the first of the month and soon a new set of Somerset publications will hit the stands. I can't wait. I'm addicted. I also admit to jumping on my computer to check my e-mails whenever possible but I haven't developed an addiction to blogs, yet.

I have noticed my hand actually does seem to twitch when I see writers or think about writing in my journals. So I guess I can safely say I am addicted to putting pen to paper. During the past year that has developed into visual journaling with markers, paints, stamps, glue, bits of paper and colored pencils added to the list of things that curb the twitch.

So, back to resolutions; yes, I plan on exercising more, eat healthier, and stay on a budget, but I also plan on feeding my addictions to writing and art. And through my daily life and my blog I hope to get as many people as possible to join me.

I hope you will add writing, art, and play to your list of resolutions and join me in a creative 2010.

Friday, December 25, 2009

A 2009 Goal Reached

Here it is Christmas Day and since my husband has taken Maggie to the Bark Park I am finishing up one of my goals for the year. My own blog. A place to share my interests, learn and share with others.

A place to share my obsession with the Old West. A place to share interesting tidbits about Arizona history, particularly the area around Tombstone.

A place to share my love of writing and journaling. To share what I have learned about writing and how writing has changed my life.

A place to share art in the form of mixed media art, visual journaling, drawing, doodling, and other fun things.

A place to share some things I have learned about life, love, sharing, caring, and being myself.